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Genres get blended and bloodied at 2015 New York Asian Film Festival

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New York City’s annual festival of the best in Asian cinema past and present has a wicked lineup of movies just announced for this year’s edition, including plenty of hardcore thrillers and action; a teaser trailer for the event has also been released.

The 2015 New York Asian Film Festival, presented by Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema, runs June 26-July 8 at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street) and July 9-11 at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street). The program includes the North American premiere of Dodo Dayao’s Filipino horror film VIOLATOR (pictured above), in which a typhoon traps five men in a Manila police station with a young man who claims to be the devil. Also part of the lineup are a few films that mix up the mystery/thriller/action genres with horrific trappings, including David Lee’s INSANITY (North American premiere), starring the great Lau Ching-Wan as a convicted murderer playing dark mind games with his psychiatrist; a revival screening of Kim Ki-duk’s squirm-inducing relationship shocker THE ISLE; and Hong Seok-Jae’s SOCIALPHOBIA (U.S. premiere), set in the world of social media, about a group of friends who become convinced that a cyberbully’s suicide was actually murder.

In addition, there’s plenty of bloody mayhem courtesy of a number of crime and action films, with Ringo Lam (one of many filmmakers appearing in person) receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award and attending a screening of his classic CITY ON FIRE (the film that inspired Quentin Tarantino’s RESERVOIR DOGS); his undercelebrated cops-and-criminals masterpiece FULL ALERT will also be shown. For the full schedule and more information, click here, and visit the fest’s Facebook page.

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