This month Cinema Asian America presents a collection of anticipated new releases, and classics that should be just enough to keep you busy from April Fool’s through May Day. After traveling the film festival circuit for almost a year and winning accolades world-wide, Arvin Chen’s (“Au Revoir Taipei) romantic dramedy, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” makes its US debut. The comic but bittersweet Taiwanese hit tells the story of a gay man who just can’t leave his loving wife and son. From neighboring Hong Kong comes Stephen Chow’s (“Shaolin Soccer,” “Kung Fu Hustle”) latest wacky comedy; a period piece that finds a Buddhist monk fighting monster fish, and falling in love with a female warrior. From Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker Asgar Farhadi (“A Separation”) is “The Past” a chamber drama that explores the fractured relationships between and Iranian man, his French wife and her lover.
In a specially-themed collection, “Asian Provocateurs,” we present six recent envelope-pushing films from some of the hardest-working, and most psychologically complex (and twisted) filmmakers in Korea and Japan. Leading the way is Korean maverick Kim Ki-Duk (“The Isle,” “3-Iron”) with his appropriately named classic “Bad Guy;” a sensual and violent account of a gangster and the college student he forces into prostitution. From Japan is Ryuichi Hiroki’s “The Egoists,” an unconventional character drama following two young, troubled lovers, as they escape the city to find a new future…but realize their dark pasts continue to pursue them. In the revenge-drama “Don’t Cry Mommy” from Korean filmmaker Kim Hong-han, a mother takes vengeance on the boys who raped her daughter, but also finds herself stepping into the edge of sanity.
• The Past, Asgar Farhadi, Iran
• Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, Arvin Chen, Taiwan
• Junk, Kevin Hamedan
• Shaadi Ke Side Effects, Sakat Chaudhary, India
• Journey to the West, Stephen Chow
• Bad Guy, Ki-duk Kim, Korea
• Don’t Cry Mommy, Yong-han Kim, Korea
• Green Chair, Cheol-su Park, Korea
• Venus in Furs, Yae-sup Song, Korea
• The Egoists, Ryuichi Hiroki, Japan
• Rampo Noir, Akio Jissoji, Atsushi Kaneko, Hisayasu Sato, Suguru Takeuchi, Japan