For the second year in row, Subway Cinema will invade the Japan Society and screen a splatterific film from one of Japan’s new wave of underground cinemaniacs -- all in the name of promoting this year’s New York Asian Film Festival, and even giving the lowdown on a few of this year’s titles to look forward to.
Here are a few reasons why you should be there:
1 - Splatter Matters: not only will this year’s event be held in the name of entertainment, it will also serve as a charity, as the proceeds for this and screenings in other cities will go directly towards earthquake relief in Japan. There will even be an auction of some of the wildly imaginative set pieces from Yoshihiro Nishimura’s studio to raise more money for the cause.
2 – Eihi Shiina: along with Helldriver director Yoshihiro Nishimura, lead actress Eihi Shiina will be there, making it her first public appearance in the US. For Japanese horror fans, she is an iconic figure known for her unsettling role in Miike Takashi’s Audition. My mind has forever been branded from the scene from this film where she coos ‘kiri kiri kiri’ soothingly while inserting ultra long acupuncture needles into her subdued male victim’s eyes and other body parts.
3 – NYAFF 10th anniversary preview: this year isn’t just any for the NYAFF; it’s the tenth anniversary. Not only that, it’s their second year settling into the high profile venue of Lincoln Center, so they are bound to try to outdo themselves this time around.
4 – Heavy Metal: somewhere in the Japan Society’s modest space, a genuine metal band, Vaura, is set to make some serious noise.
5 – Free Beer! and other snacks in the lobby after the film finishes.
Reports appeared yesterday of there being only 40 tickets still available, so don’t sleep on this one!