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Wide variety of new horror at New York Asian Film Festival

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The full schedule for this year’s New York Asian Film Festival has been announced, and horror of all kinds can be find throughout the lineup, including an anthology featuring a couple of genre veterans and new movies by Takashi Miike and RINGU’s Hideo Nakata. Read the details past the jump, with trailers.

Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema in association with Japan Society, and running June 28-July 15, the fest will showcase 59 features and four shorts, including a number of world, international and North American premieres. The Opening Night Presentation is the world premiere of TALES FROM THE DARK PART 1, a three-part omnibus movie based on Lilian Lee’s best-selling novel series with segments helmed by DUMPLINGS’ Fruit Chan, Lee Chi Ngai and actor Simon Yam, making his directorial debut. The synopsis: “One chilly night, veteran villain hitter Chu [Siu Yam Yam] meets an uncommon client, a pretty 20-ish girl [Dada Chan] who pays her to curse four villains without knowing their names. Mysteriously, the performance of each cursing ceremony delivers a gruesome death. The final victim, or villain, reveals a chilling, unbearable secret.”

Also part of NYAFF are:

• Nakata’s THE COMPLEX (pictured above), in which a shy teenager (played by J-Pop superstar Atsuko Maeda) moves into a housing complex that turns out to be haunted, and is plagued by frightening visions tied to her tragic past (North American premiere)

• COUNTDOWN, from Thailand’s Nattawat Poonpiriya and set in Manhattan, where three Thai hipsters try to score some drugs from a dealer named Jesus, who embroils them on a deadly game on New Year’s Eve (North American premiere)

• THE FRIDGE, a Filipino frightfest directed by Rico Maria Ilarde that’s about just what the title says: an evil refrigerator thirst for human blood (North American premiere)

• HELTER SKELTER, Mika Ninagawa’s saga of a body-obsessed pop singer (Erika Sawajiri) whose obsession with plastic surgery has horrifying consequences (New York premiere)

• LESSON OF THE EVIL, Miike’s story (based on a best-selling novel) of a young, very popular teacher at an elite high school who has murderous secrets in his past—and present (New York premiere)

The program also includes a selection of grisly rape-revenge shockers from the ’80s, a 40th-anniversary screening of the Bruce Lee classic ENTER THE DRAGON with accompanying panel discussion and plenty of crime, comedy and frankly indefinable features from all over Asia. Tickets go on sale for Film Society members tomorrow, June 4 and to the general public Thursday, June 13. For further info, keep your eye on the fest’s official website and Facebook page.

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