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Shunji Iwai started his career directing short TV movies, barely 45 minutes, in the early 1990s. He is now the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s New York Asian Film Festival (which begins tonight; read Scout Tafoya's preview here). He's the first Japanese director to receive this honor, previously given out to Tsui Hark, Jackie Chan and Ringo Lam in recent years. Besides the award ceremony, the speeches and the fanfare...
    New York Asian Film Festival June 22-July 5 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center; July 6-9 at the SVA Theatre There's a sense of history creeping up on and infecting the present in the lineup of this year's New York Asian Film Festival, one of the city's most lively and genre-heavy cinema events of the year. Look no further than Mario Cornejo's Apocalypse Child—the film, a breezy indie about a group of people stuck...

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