Over the years Australia has had its fair share of film festivals, but it's safe to say we've never had one as crazy as this!
Tired of Hollywood's endless predictability and lack of inspiration, rising genre label Monster Pictures has broken new ground with the launch of the Fantastic Asia Film Festival - Australia's first ever film festival devoted entirely to exotic, erotic, and just plain psychotic Asian genre films.
Running from November 10 – 13 at Melbourne's Cinema Nova complex, over 4 days FAFF will serve up an innovative and imaginative mix of bizarre, hilarious, gory, sex-filled Asian oddities beginning with the apocalyptic zombie-splatter-comedy Helldriver. After an alien mist blankets northern Japan, turning its residents into flesh-hungy zombies, a heavily-fortified wall is erected to separate the living from the dead. Kika, a beautiful and heavily armed high school student, leads a small group into the lawless, zombie-infected wasteland on a secret mission to exterminate zombie queen Rikka and end the living dead plague once and for all. Director Yoshihiro Nishimura and Sushi Typhoon's Marc Walkow will also be in attendance to introduce the film and host a Q&A after the screening.
Also included in the program, which features 20 titles from across the Asian continent, is Takashi Miike's family friendly Ninja Kids, Korea's genre bending crime epic The Yellow Sea (From Na Hong-Jin, director of The Chaser), the sports themed kamikaze baseball comedy Deadball, and no less than 3 new films from prolific director Noboru Iguchi: Karate Robo Zaborgar (followed by a Q&A with Iguchi), Tomie: Unlimited, and the awe-inspiringly titled Zombie Ass!
If that's not enough you can indulge in the robo-erotic love story Erotibot, pinku revenge throwback Yakuza Hunters, Chow Yun-Fat's Oriental western Let the Bullets Fly, Invasion Of Alien Bikini (!!!), Milocrorze: A Love Story, Yakuza Weapon, Sion Sono's Guilty Of Romance, martial arts period piece Wu Xia, the world's first 3D erotica 3D Sex & Zen: Extreme Ecstacy, and the cracking Korean revenge thriller I Saw the Devil, while Andrew Leavold will present "Aswang! Filipino New Blood" featuring Altar and Yanggaw.
The festival will close with the one-of-a-kind 'pink musical', Underwater Love, about a fish factory worker who begins to question her recent engagement after she is visited by a formerly deceased lover in the form of a half-man, half-turtle entity.
No, these aren't the sort of movies you'd see at your local Hoyts or Greater Union multiplex!
According to festival director Neil Foley FAFF is about "innovation and imagination, it's about sex, aliens, murders, car crashes, robots, turtles, kicks, thumps, blood, semen, sex, guns, sweat, girls, bullets, devils, shit, sweat, guts, sex and more sex". A casual glance at the line-up suggests Australia's maiden festival of fantastic Asian films will deliver that, and a whole lot more over 4 action packed days.
For more about the festival, trailers, and ticketing info, head over to the Fantastic Asia Film Festival website at www.faff.com.au.
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