They either end up in heaven or hell, both of which defy expectations. With the irreverent action-comedy stylings of the gonzo manga adaptation The Fable and the singularly Singaporean zom-com Zombiepura as just two examples, NYAFF boasts both high-concept thrills and lowbrow gags. From the deadly serious to the gleefully absurd, from the disquieting to the freaky, NYAFF continues to celebrate the most vibrant and provocative cinema out of Asia today. Packed full of intrigue, thrills, and comic relief, and including both ninjas and royal rebels, the film is a marvelous amalgam of transnational aesthetics and distinctly Japanese genre traditions. The film captures the spirit that has sustained NYAFF over the years: a sprightly combination of action and pop comedy that never takes itself seriously but never completely leaves its brain at the door. Vietnamese singing and dancing sensation turned movie star Veronica Ngo burst into action with her starring role in the breakthrough martial-arts megahit The Rebel NYAFF
Hollywood has done it again. My rage immediately melted into embarrassment, then appreciation. Is this the turning point that Asian-Americans have been waiting for? So there was no question that the Chinese characters should be voiced by people of Asian heritage, Culton added.
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