Tickets for the 2007 New York AsianFilm Festival are on sale now, and as always it’s a mind boggling array of films. There are quite a few manga/comics tie-ins, and Grady Hendrix was kind enough to give us the low-down:
DEATH NOTE and DEATH NOTE: THE LAST NAME – the big, fwapping manga turned into live action movies that are like Agatha Christie meets Edgar Allan Poe. And director Shusuke Kaneko will be here, too.
BIG BANG LOVE, JUVENILE A – the best gay men in prison movie ever made. And it’s based on a manga (ELEGY FOR BOY by Masaki Ato). Plus it has a rocket in it. Sort of LOVE AND ROCKETS for gay men.
DASEPO NAUGHTY GIRLS – based on a Korean webcomic. It’s a muscial about teenagers at Dasepo (Useless) High School who spend their days getting perverted. Totally fun, and sex-positive. The kind of movie where you leave wanting to lynch right wingers!
FREESIA: BULLETS OVER TEARS – yet another manga adaptation. This flick is pretty amazing but has a very low profile. The mange it’s based on is FREESIA by Jiro Matsumoto.
And then, not adapted from manga, there’s ZEBRAMAN which is all about superhero fandom:
And, of course, the terrifically racist, sexist, offensive, joyous AACHI & SSIPAK – one of the most amazing animated movies ever made.
Click on links for tix.