The annual New York Asian Film Festival hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center has released its pickings for its 2014 screenings. Four Taiwanese productions were selected by the film society and Taiwanese actor Jimmy Wang Yu will be honored with the lifetime achievement award.
Leading the four films is director Umin Boya's baseball epic "KANO,” which will be featured as the Centerpiece Screening at the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival on June 29. The baseball odyssey is based on a true story of a group of countryside students growing up during the Japanese occupation era of Taiwan.
"Soul,” a supernatural drama examining the difference between possession and insanity, will be shown on both July 5 and July 9. The chilling film is Taiwanese writer Chung Mong-hong's directorial debut.
"Apolitical Romance,” a fresh take on young love by director Hsieh Chun-yi, and "Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast,” director Chen Yu-hsun's piece on traditional Taiwanese catering, will also have their New York premieres.
Yu, a Shanghai-born Taiwanese actor, first rose to prominence through martial arts roles. He later on expanded his career by serving as a film director, producer, and screenwriter. Apart from receiving the lifetime achievement award, Yu will also screen his directorial debut, the classic "The Chinese Boxer” from 1970.
More information can be found at the NYAFF's official site here.