New York Chinese Film Festival 2011 Film Screenings

(Photo by Linn Yen)

By Linn Yen

Though only in its second year, the New York Chinese Film Festival has already achieved a strong following. Having kicked off on November 8, fans have flocked to the Lincoln Center and AMC Village VII this past week to watch movie screenings and catch glimpses of their favorite actors and directors. Guests have included popular names in Chinese cinema such as Leon Lai, Hailu Qin, and Baoqiang Wang.

The festival’s opening film, The Sorcerer and The White Snake, stars Jet Li and was directed by Tony Ching, who was in attendance at the screening. Standing by his side during the film’s Q&A session was the lovely Vivian Hsu, who made a memorable cameo in the martial arts fantasy.

Actor and pop music idol, Geng Han received a particularly enthusiastic reception from moviegoers at the screening of his Chinese opera inspired film, My Kingdom. During the Q&A portion, fans clamored to snap photos of the young star and cheered wildly when he expressed his affection for New York.

With genres ranging from historical dramas to modern comedies, the festival has offered a wide variety of films for audiences to enjoy. This contributor’s top picks from the festival include Jackie Chan’s Little Big Soldier and Donnie Yen’s Bodyguards and Assassins. For more information please visit visit

(Photo by Alice Chin)

(Photo by Alice Chin)

(Photo by Alice Chin)

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