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Instead of programming yet another slate of quiet art-house dramas, the New York Asian Film Festival has become one of the city’s most exciting film events by celebrating excess: innovative, sometimes baffling, often whiplash-stylish Asian pop that expands your sense of what’s possible on a movie screen. This year’s downright-crazy-ass lineup (June 22 to July 8 at the IFC Center and Japan Society) fêtes some prestige films (like The Banquet), for sure, but you can skip those: Instead, gross out at Aachi & Ssipak, a postapocalyptic Korean ’toon version of Urinetown; goth up with Japan’s manga-based Death Note blockbusters; laugh yourself scared with Pakistan’s first slasher flick, Hell’s Ground. And don’t miss I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK (pictured), a mesmerizing romance from Oldboy’s vengeance-obsessed director Park Chan-wook.


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