In this summer blockbuster season, you can still take in genre thrills without settling for more infantilizing spoon-feedings of the latest superhero regurgitation. Get down with the freaks of the East, as this year’s New York Asian Film Festival promises more than 60 outrageous, gnarly, and too-cool features, kicked off by the world premiere of the Hong Kong horror anthology Tales From the Dark: Part 1. Beloved HK auteur Johnnie To’s visceral mainland policier Drug War and Taiwanese singer-actor Jay Chou’s FX-heavy, martial-arts musical The Rooftop will screen in a sidebar spotlight on Texas-based Asian distributor Well Go USA, with further tributes to the New Filipino Cinema, Taiwanese pulp, and Korean actor Ryoo Seung-beom (Bloody Tie). Bruce Lee’s seminal Enter the Dragon, which turns 40 this year, will be honored with a panel discussion between MC Yan (of Cantonese hip-hop group LMF) and rap pioneer Fab 5 Freddy.
Mondays-Sundays, noon. Starts: June 28. Continues through July 15, 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 26, 2013