Once again, Otakon 2012 is proud to bring you the finest in new, classic and cult live action cinema from across Asia, featuring everything from the biggest blockbusters to arthouse hits to the most bizarre obscurities we could find under a local rock.
Keep an eye out for the schedule of events on our website, and be sure to check your programming guide!
This year we're especially pleased to present the following very special titles as part of our live action line-up. In addition, we'll be screening our usual roundup of hits from across Asia, including samurai and kung fu classics as well as new titles from Donnie Yen, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Yudai Yamaguchi and many more.
DELHI BELLY brings a rare indie sensibility to Bollywood, in a rude, crude and far from subdued black comedy that pits three slackers against gangsters in a wild action adventure. Think Harold and Kumar meet Slumdog Millionaire.
HEADSHOT is the newest offering from Pen-ek Ratanaruang, one of Thailand's finest filmmakers. Alongside the action explosion that put Thai cinema on the map, a parallel wave of iconoclastic Thai filmmakers has taken the film festival circuit by storm. Pen-ek literally turns the crime story on its head with this tale of a hitman who takes a bullet to the brain, only to recover with his vision upside down. Following the screening at Otakon, the film will open theatrically in the US later this autumn.
HINDSIGHT and NO MERCY, a pair of South Korean thrillers from opposite ends of the revenge spectrum – the former an action-packed gangland melodrama, the latter a race against time following the murder and dismemberment of a young woman – are both previewing at Otakon prior to their late summer US release.
KURONEKO ("Black Cat") is among the finest and most influential Japanese horror films of all time. We're screening the recent Criterion restoration in memory of writer-director Kaneto Shindo, who passed away earlier this year at age 100!
LET THE BULLETS FLY is China's highest grossing domestic film of all time (second in total box office earnings only to AVATAR). Directed by Jiang Wen, it stars Jiang alongside mainland superstar Ge You and Hong Kong's favorite son, Chow Yun-fat, in an intricate, action-packed and politically savvy parable of corruption in China's wild frontier.
SUSHI: THE GLOBAL CATCH opens in theaters later this summer, exploring all aspects of the industry from the artistry of the chefs to the environmental impact of sushi's ever-expanding popularity. As part of Otakon 2012's focus on food, we're pleased to be premiering the film, courtesy of distributors Alive Mind Cinema.