Friday, May 22, 2009

Fresh batch of films announced for NYAFF 2009! Sion Sono, Yoshihiro Nishimura, and more!

by Chris MaGee

I curse myself every time I look at my depleted bank account after buying my tickets to Frankfurt in April. Why? Because the this year's New York Asian Film Festival is coming up in June, June 19th to July 5th to be precise. Nippon Connection was an amazing experience, don't get me wrong, but I want to do NYAFF too! Damn VISA bill!

We've already told you about the first batch of NYAFF '09 films that were announced in April, and just a week ago word came down about some of the special evenings and events that the organizers have planned, but now the second batch of films have been announced and their are some real pleasant surprises here.

Fans of gore will not only get a chance to be in the audience while Yoshihiro Nishimura records a live commentary track for his 2008 splatterfest "Tokyo Gore Police" for the film's special edition DVD, but now you'll also be amongst the first to see Nishimura' latest film "Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl".

But wait, there's more! We all knew that Sion Sono's critically-praised 4-hour epic "Love Exposure" was being screened at NYAFF, but now it's been announced that Sono's brand new drama" Be Sure to Share" will be the festival's closing night film. We've already told you about "Be Sure to Share" here, but I never thought it was this close to completion. New Yorkers are indeed in for a real treat next month... And all interested parties wishing to donate to the Send Chris to NYAFF Fund can email in to the Pow-Wow. Check out more on this year's NYAFF at its official site here.

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