Preview: New York Asian Film Festival, Still Crazy After All These Years

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A mainstay in the NYC cinephile scene for thirteen yeas, the New York Asian Film Festival could be called an institution, but can something that is often so much fun as NYAFF be called as such? In short, yes. Despite the fact that we here at ScreenAnarchy get to review a lot of their films before they hit western shores, it's hard to argue that NYAFF is anything less than the premiere North American destination for contemporary Asian cinema and rare offerings from the past.

While some audiences crave the more boisterous genre offerings the festival is often celebrated for, there's always a little bit of everything, for all kinds of tastes. From the twisted horror of Rigor Mortis to the heartwarming drama of The Great Passage, this year is absolutely no exception. And then there's the stuff we don't get to preview in full like the Run Run Shaw tribute series, and all the awards. Yep, to use one of this year's film titles as a saying of sorts: NYAFF, you Aim High In Creation!  

It's been six years since my first NYAFF, which was in fact my first assignment for ScreenAnarchy. And though I haven't actually been to the festival in person for several years, it has been a pleasure spearheading coverage with our NYC writers here at ScreenAnarchy. So without further ado, Peter Gutierrez, Christopher Bourne and I present our preview of the NYAFF 2014, running June 27 - July 14.

Click to the right of this year's Rising Star winner Nikaido Fumi (seen here in Why Don't You Play In Hell?) for our preview. Click here for NYAFF's full lineup.

Peter Gutierrez and Christopher Bourne contributed to this story.

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