I remember very clearly New Years Eve of 2019: I had worked for weeks putting together a kick ass roaring 20’s theme party, and those in attendance all had a Gatsby of a time, and we were so excited for the new year and all the things that 2020 would bring to us.
A young sales clerk (Janine Gutierrez) is under appreciated at work and faces soul crushing challenges both professionally and emotionally in the big city. After a horrific event at work, she finds a revolver that changes her demeanor, giving her confidence and a way to even the odds in a misogynistic and cruel world. All the while she is unaware that the gun has had a dark journey of its own before finding itself in her hands.
NYAFF XIX Review: In Keishi Otomo’s BENEATH THE SHADOW, Matters Of The Heart Lead To A Search For Inescapable Truth
Author Shinsuke Numata’s Akutagawa Prize winning novel, “Eiri”, serves as the basis for Beneath The Shadow, director Keishi Otomo’s first foray into the arthouse genre. With the March 2011 earthquake as the centerpiece of the film’s backdrop, the film stars Go Ayano and Ryuhei Matsuda in a story set within the span of six years and centers on Konno, a newly relocated pharmaceutical company employee who eventually befriends a co-worker named Hiasa.
Last year’s New York Asian Film Festival was a pure blast with tons of hits, including awarded festivities with some famous faces on hand as well. I didn’t get to attend, but I did make some friends and worthwhile connections along the way, and while most in New York City won’t get to galvanize at this year’s 19th edition, the line-up looks just as robust and lively as ever.
Last year’s inaugural Winter Showcase by the New York Asian Film Festival was an amazing red carpet stunner with films like Miss Baek and Malaysian crime drama, Fly By Night outlined for its bilateral Crazy Broke Asians/A Touch Of Old School theme.