FUSE: MEMOIRS OF THE HUNTER GIRL
In Edo-period Japan, a girl moves from the countryside to the big city to help her brother hunt fusé-human-dog hybrids rumored to kill people and feed on their souls-for a huge bounty. But what happens when she befriends one of her targets? (Japan, 2012, 110 minutes)
THE PRINCESS AND THE PILOT
A pilot, despite being advised not to, bonds with a princess when he is tasked with escorting the royal subject overseas and across enemy territory to reunite her with her future husband. (Japan, 2011, 99 minutes)
OOLONG COURTYARD KUNG FU SCHOOL
A prestigious kung fu academy finds itself upended by two strange new students in this action-filled comedy starring Man-Tat Ng, Fok Siu-Man and Xiobao Song. (China, 2018, 102 minutes)
JUNGLE EMPEROR LEO (IN CONJUNCTION W/THE LION KING)
As families swarm to multiplexes this weekend to partake of Disney’s eagerly-anticipated The Lion King, AsianCrush premieres a 90’s-era anime classic based on Osamu Tezuka’s popular manga “Jungle Taitei”.
At the foot of the mysterious Moon Mountain lives a white lion named Leo, ruler of the jungle. He and his family live peacefully among the other animals in a lush habitat, but, unfortunately, humans have entered Leo’s domain, shattering the peace in their relentless search for moonlight stones, a source of exquisite wealth. Overwhelmed by greed, the humans have little regard for the inhabitants of the jungle, and they soon rise up against the intruders in this anime perfect for the whole family! (Japan, 1997, 100 minutes)
SEVEN SWORDS: THE EYE OF SHURA & SEVEN SWORDS: BONE OF THE GODMAKER
When King Asura of the Shendia Sect starts a bloodbath, the eight other sects suffer heavy damage. It’s up to a warrior and his apprentice from the Tainshin Mountains to keep the King from acquiring the holy sword and become an all-powerful ruler in these two wuxia fantasies – a battle of good versus evil – both packed with wall-to-wall martial arts action!(China, 2019, 90 minutes)
THE LOST TOMB: SEASON ONE (SUBTITLED)
Decades ago, Wu Xie’s grandfather helped dig up a tomb containing a prized treasure. Now, the treasure has resurfaced, and Wu Xie (Li Yifeng), along with his skillful team of tomb raiders, begins a mission to find it once and for all – as well as the hidden answers to the tragedies of his family’s past — in this 10-episode supernatural action-adventure series. (China, 2015)
IN THE NAME OF
In this moving tale of compassion, sexual longing, childhood trauma, and religious commitment from director Malgorzata Szumowska, Father Adam (Polish star Andrzej Chyra), an attractive, energetic priest, seems more comfortable in a T-shirt, kicking a soccer ball around with his young charges than preaching a sermon. Living in a halfway house type situation, away from the temptations that helped get them there in the first place, the residents of this societal limbo-land are put off-balance when a new punk enters the picture and starts spreading rumors about the priest’s sexuality. The boys’ casual, yet pervasive homophobia and anti-Semitism add to a complicated picture of modern Poland very much in the thrall of historical prejudice. (Poland, 2013, 103 minutes)
THE CHAMBERMAID LYNN
Lynn (Vicky Krieps, Phantom Thread, Hanna) is the most meticulous chambermaid in her hotel, leaving no shelf undusted, no sheet untucked. Crippled by shyness, she rummages through guests’ belongings and even hides under their beds, vicariously experiencing their conversations, meals and discreet interludes. After clandestinely observing an S&M session, Lynn discovers the phone number of the call girl, Chiara. Bold and unrestrained, Chiara soon draws Lynn out of her shell, opening her up to a new kind of passion she had only dreamed about as a voyeur. (Germany, 2014, 90 minutes)
VIRTUA FIGHTER: SEASON ONE (DUBBED)
Based on the popular Virtua Fighter video game franchise, this 35-episode series follows the adventures of Akira, a lone martial artist who has lost his ability to see the mystical constellations that reveal a truly strong man’s destiny. Now, his path of wandering has forced him into the fighting ring with several martial arts champions and into an insidious international conspiracy that he must not only break out of, but find a way to destroy. With the help of Jacky, Sara, Pai, and other characters from the Virtua Fighter games, Akira must find the strength to take on greater powers than himself and regain his lost sense of destiny.
TWILIGHT OF THE COCKROACHES
In this anime classic, a colony of cockroaches, living in a lonely bachelor’s apartment, face off with his new girlfriend. When depressed Saito brings a new beau home, she’s intent on destroying the colony, one pesticide at a time. (Japan, 1987, 105 minutes)
In career that has encompassed such controversial classics as Ms. 45, Bad Lieutenant and Welcome to New York, none of Abel Ferrara’s films have quite managed to match the shock, extremity and downright notorious nature of The Driller Killer.
Ferrara plays struggling artist Reno, a man pushed to the edge by the economic realities of New York living in the late seventies and the No Wave band practicing in the apartment below. His grip on reality soon begins to slip and he takes to stalking the streets with his power tool in search of prey. (USA, 1979, 96 minutes)
Conducting clandestine experiments within the morgue at Miskatonic University, scientist Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) reveals to fellow graduate student Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) his ground-breaking work concerning the re-animation of fresh corpses. West’s secret reagent is a powerful injection with the capacity to give life where there is none –destined to capture the imagination of the entire scientific community. However between life and death is a thin thread of understanding and when obsession gets the better of West there is no stopping his wicked ways–dead or alive! Based on a story by genre writer H.P. Lovecraft, this beloved ’80s classic was called “one of the greatest horror films ever made” by Entertainment Weekly. (USA, 1985, 105 minutes)
WATCH AREA 88: SEASON ONE
An elite mercenary struggles to find peace in a world of warfare in this fan favorite anime. Recruited to shoot down enemy flyers, Shin makes his money as a daredevil. But beneath the warrior lies a heart that dreams of something more in this three-episode limited series. (Japan, 1986)
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