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Cinema Asia Austin

Cinema Asia Austin

Last night I attended the opening night of the Cinema Asia Austin Film Festival. It’s the first year for this new fest and they have a pretty impressive lineup of films for a newbie event. If anything, it will give some of us a great chance to catch up on some of the acclaimed Asian films that have been on the festival circuit or even opened in limited runs elsewhere. Tonight I plan to catch a screening of Twilight Samurai, which practically swept the Japanese Oscars last year. A few months ago Harry Knowles and the Aint It Cool News crew were raving about it but said that an even better film was a Japanese pic that didn’t get as much stateside press: Ping Pong. We tried our best to nab Ping Pong for SXSW 2004, but to no avail. It seems to be a hard one to come across here in the U.S., but I’m still eager to see it…. Oh well… I guess I’ll have to “settle” for the Oscar-nominated Twilight instead. Other films in the Cinema Asia fest include Blind Shaft, a segment from Austin-bound (and SXSW-screened) Robot Stories, as well as a great film called Cosmopolitan. SXSW screened this in March and it’s a really sweet film by Nisha Ganatra. Word is that the only hour-long Cosmopolitan will have some added time to it and then – hopefully – be sold to typical distribution outlets…

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