The 2013 New York Asian Film Festival Offers Up An Extreme Smattering Of Cinema From The Far East

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Always a highlight of summer in New York, the 12th edition of the New York Asian Film Festival kicks off this Friday, June 28 and runs till July 15. In an effort to guide you through the cinematic chaos (albeit delightful chaos) that is NYAFF, Peter Gutierrez, Christopher Bourne and I now share with you eight films playing this year's fest that you may want to check out... or may want to avoid -- read on, and don't forget to keep your eyes peeled to ScreenAnarchy over the coming weeks for even more coverage of NYAFF 2013. For the fest's full lineup and schedule click here

WHEN A WOLF FALLS IN LOVE WITH A SHEEP (Hou Chi-jan)

Hou’s charming and beautifully made second feature joins other recent films out of Taiwan that prove there’s still life yet in the romantic comedy genre. Set in Taipei’s cram-school district of Nanyang Street, we follow Tung (Kai Ko) and Yang (Chien Man-shu), two lovelorn souls pining for their lost loves, adrift and searching for a sense of purpose among the learning institutions promising bright, “Sure Win” futures.

Hou employs a virtual arsenal of visual tricks – stop-motion and hand-drawn animation, time-lapse, CGI – to wonderfully expressive effect. What at first threatens to be unbearably cute, cloying, and whimsical proves to be anything but, thanks to Hou’s confident mastery of tone. -- Christopher Bourne

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