Originally from New York, one of the best things about the summers in terms of films is not just the blockbuster season, but in NYC, there is the New York Asian Film Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema. And just yesterday, they have announced their official lineup for this year’s 16th spectacular festival!

The festival is intended to bring some great films from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and other Asian countries. In addition, aside from these viewings, the festival has some major awards to give to some great superstars.

If you are in the New York City area from June 30 to July 16, then you must attend the New York Asian Film Festival. Tickets will be available on June 15 (June 13 if you are a member of the Film Society of Lincoln Center or Subway Cinema). Tickets are $14.00; $11 for students and seniors (62+); and $9 for Film Society members. Here are the films to check out and this year’s award recipients:

CHINA (6):
Co-presented with Confucius Institute Headquarters and China Institute
Battle of Memories (Leste Chen, 2017)
Blood of Youth (Yang Shupeng, 2016)
Duckweed (Han Han, 2017)
Extraordinary Mission (Alan Mak & Anthony Pun, 2017)
Someone to Talk to (Liu Yulin, 2016)
Soul on a String (Zhang Yang, 2016)

Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York
Cold War 2 (Longman Leung, Sunny Luk, 2016)
Dealer/Healer (Lawrence Lau, 2017)
Election (Johnnie To, 2005)
Mad World (Wong Chun, 2016)
Soul Mate (Derek Tsang, 2016)
The Taking of Tiger Mountain (Tsui Hark, 2014)
This Is Not What I Expected (Derek Hui, 2017)
Vampire Cleanup Department (Yan Pak-wing, Chiu Sin-hang, 2017)
With Prisoners (Andrew Wong, 2017)
Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight (Alan Lo, 2017)

JAPAN (15):
Aroused by Gymnopedies (Isao Yukisada, 2016)
Close-Knit (Naoko Ogigami, 2017)
Dawn of the Felines (Kazuya Shiraishi, 2016)
Destruction Babies (Tetsuya Mariko, 2016)
A Double Life (Yoshiyuki Kishi, 2016)
Happiness (Sabu, 2016)
Japanese Girls Never Die (Daigo Matsui, 2016)
The Long Excuse (Miwa Nishikawa, 2016)
Love and Other Cults (Eiji Uchida, 2017)
The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio (Takashi Miike, 2016)
Rage (Lee Sang-il, 2016)
Suffering of Ninko (Norihiro Niwatsukino, 2016)
Survival Family (Shinobu Yaguchi, 2017)
Traces of Sin (Kei Ishikawa, 2016)
Wet Woman in the Wind (Akihiro Shiota, 2016)

Presented with the support of Korean Cultural Center New York
Fabricated City (Park Kwang-hyun, 2017)
Fantasy of the Girls (Ahn Jung-min, 2016)
Jane (Cho Hyun-hoon, 2016)
Ordinary Person (Kim Bong-han, 2017)
A Quiet Dream (Zhang Lu, 2016)
A Single Rider (Lee Joo-young, 2017)
Split (Choi Kook-hee, 2016)
The Tooth and the Nail (Jung Sik, Kim Whee, 2017)
The Truth Beneath (Lee Kyoung-mi, 2016)
Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned (Uhm Tae-hwa, 2016)
The Villainess (Jung Byung-gil, 2017)

Bad Genius (Nattawut Poonpiriya, Thailand, 2017)
Birdshot (Mikhail Red, Philippines, 2016)
Kfc (Le Binh Giang, Vietnam, 2017)
Mrs. K (Ho Yuhang, Malaysia, 2016)
Saving Sally (Avid Liongoren, Philippines, 2016)
Town in a Lake (Jet Leyco, Philippines, 2015)

Presented with the support of the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York
Eternal Summer (Leste Chen, 2006)
The Gangster’s Daughter (Chen Mei-juin, 2017)
Godspeed (Chung Mong-hong, 2016)
Mon Mon Mon Monsters (Giddens, 2017)
The Road to Mandalay (Midi Z, 2016)
The Village of No Return (Chen Yu-hsun, 2017)

Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno (Jung Yoon-suk, 2017)
Mrs. B., A North Korean Woman (Jero Yun, 2016)

This year’s NYAFF Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award goes to the Hong Kong veteran Tony Leung Ka-Fai.

This year’s Star Asia Award goes to Korean actor Gang Dong-Won.

This year’s Screen International Rising Star Asia Award will be given to Thai model/actress Chutimon “Aokbab” Chuengcharoensukying.

H/T: Film Society of Lincoln Center