Oh, Reel-y: Japan Cuts

I’m burning out a little on movies this summer. I’ve been attending screenings at Japan Cuts, an annual festival in NYC showcasing contemporary Japanese cinema. Japan Cuts typically follows the NYAFF, overlapping for one weekend where they share billings.

Some people love the bizarro craziness of Japanese films, but sometimes the most they impress on me is an overwhelming sense of WTF-ness. Still, I’ve watched some rad, bewildering films at the festival, and here’s my take on what I’ve seen in the past few weeks. As with the NYAFF films, I’ll roll out my thoughts in installments.
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Oh, Reel-y: New York Asian Film Festival

One of the ways that I beat the heat–and set fire to my meager nonprofit paychecks–during the brutal New York City summers is seeing movies at the New York Asian Film Festival. This weekend, between finally reading the great The Great Gatsby and keeping close tabs on the absurd $1 million buy-in poker tournament at the WSOP out in Las Vegas, I made my way up to Lincoln Center to catch some of the latest crazed offerings from cinemas across the Pacific. Today and for the rest of the week, I’ll share some brief thoughts and reactions to what I see at this year’s festival.
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