Summer is finally here! And if you’re allergic to Vitamin D like myself, you’re looking forward to one thing: movies! Movie theaters are full to the brim with sequels and remakes. However, the New York Asian Film Festival is back with more great, original movies. Presented by Subway Cinema, a nonprofit organization focused on bringing Asian films to new audiences, the NYAFF is one of the best-kept secrets in the film world.

This year’s festival has an awesome line-up featuring Takeshi Miike’s latest film THE MOLE SONG: HONG KONG CAPRICCIO. Also noteworthy is JOURNEY TO THE WEST: THE DEMONS STRIKE BACK, the sequel to Stephen Chow’s JOURNEY TO THE WEST. If thrillers are more your speed, there’s THE TRUTH BENEATH, co-written by master filmmaker Park Chan-Wook.

Check out the trailer below to get a glimpse at what awaits anyone who goes to the fest:

From the press release:

“The festival this year launches its competition for first- and second-time directors whose films are receiving their North American premiere at the festival. The seven films competing are Bad Genius (Thailand), Birdshot (Philippines), A Double Life (Japan), Jane (South Korea), Kfc (Vietnam), and With Prisoners (Hong Kong).”

So if you’re reaching big budget exhaustion, check out some great films from the other end of the spectrum. Some will kick your ass, some will break your heart, but they can all stand against any Hollywood blockbuster. The festival officially kicks off on June 30 with the Thai drama BAD GENIUS and closes on July 16 with the absolutely kick-ass THE VILLAINESS. Tickets are available now through the Subway Cinema website

We covered the film last year at ComicsVerse and we’re thrilled to be heading back. We’ll be doing interviews and reviewing great films that you should put on your radar. Check out our reviews and interviews from last year, and be sure to check our coverage from this year’s New York Asian Film Festival in the coming weeks!

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