asian films are go!!!!!!!!

Samurai Princess, Dir. Kengo Kaji

That genre-defying showcase of comedy, fantasy and unrelenting gore the New York Asian Film Festival is well under way. Started by NY film collective Subway Cinema in 2002, it quickly gained a reputation as the most exciting festival in the city, introducing audiences to mutant penis guns and paksploitation slasher films. The first NYAFF was responsible for breaking Hong Kong directors Johnnie To and Tsui Hark to the American public and sparking a western interest in eastern film powerhouses, but today’s distributors see Asian Cinema as a gamble and events like NYAFF are the only places you can see the latest crop of new, talented pan-Asian directors’ experimentations. This year is the biggest NYAFF yet, screening 56 of Asia’s strangest, cleverest and most entertaining films at the IFC Center at 323 Sixth Avenue and the Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, with 16 guest appearances.



June 19 - July 5

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