New York Asian Film Festival will commence its 20th Anniversary Edition on July 15, 2022 and run through July 31. The lineup will include 6 world premieres, 8 international premieres, 19 North American premieres, 4 U.S. premieres, and 17 East Coast/New York premieres. Showcasing action, comedy, drama, thriller, romance, horror, and art-house films from Hong Kong, Japan, China, South Korea, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Mongolia, Singapore, and the United States.
Opening night July 15 will include Opening Night Market Soiree featuring live music, Asian food stalls, parties and receptions. The opening night film will be Fast & Feel Love directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (Thailand 2022). This will be the film's international premiere.
The festival is presented by the New York Asian Film Foundation and Film at Lincoln Center. The festival will run July 15-28 at Film at Lincoln Center (Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street) as well as July 23 and then July 28-31 at Asia Society (725 Park Avenue). International stars and acclaimed filmmakers will return in-person to grace the NYAFF red carpet at FLC, receive awards, speak at Q&A sessions, and impart wisdom during masterclasses and special talks.
The NYAFF 2022 Closing Film, co-presented with Asia Society, will be the much-anticipated time-travel sci-fi epic Alienoid, from blockbuster Korean director Choi Dong-hoon, who will introduce the North American premiere of his latest production. The first part of a two-part film, it opens during the Goryeo Dynasty (918–1392), when Taoists attempt to seize a legendary divine sword that controls a portal to the future. The fantasy features Ryu Jun-yeol (NYAFF 2019 Screen International Rising Star Asia awardee), Kim Tae-ri (The Handmaiden), and So Ji-sub (also at NYAFF 2022 with Confession), and will be released later this year by Well Go USA.