NEW Yorkers will have a chance to watch Anne Curtis’ action flick first as it is set to premiere at the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF).
The festival will run from June 29 to July 15 and will close with Erik Matti’s “BuyBust,” the much-anticipated film of the 33-year-old actress. “BuyBust” promises to introduce a different Curtis, who is better known for her comedic and dramatic abilities.
Subway.com carried the lineup of the 17th NYAFF and wrote that the world premiere of “BuyBust” is happening at the festival.
“On the surface, it is structured like an action film in the vein of ‘The Raid,’ with superstar Curtis and MMA (mixed martial arts) world champion Brandon Vera as narcs taking down a drug kingpin against insurmountable odds over one unrelenting rainy night,” read the summary by Subway.com.
“The film employed 309 stuntmen and features a wildly ambitious three-minute, one-cut action scene. Being a Matti film, it also offers a searing perspective on the ongoing drug war and broader issues of political corruption. The director and stars will attend the screening.”
According to an ABS-CBN report, “BuyBust” is tagged as one of the most ambitious action films in local cinema.
It tells the story of a group of drug agents who organize a drug bust in a dangerous slum in Manila. But the neighbors protect their own and some of the agents are trapped.
The flick, which will premiere in the country on Aug. 1, also stars Nonie Buencamino and Victor Neri.
NYAFF opens with a film from Japan: Tominaga Masanori’s “Dynamite Graffiti.” It tells the story of Japanese porn mag king Suei Akira.
The festival is also the perfect venue for Curtis to display her range in acting. Her latest hit, “Sid & Aya: Not a Love Story” with Dingdong Dantes, will also be showcased in the festival.
According to ABS-CBN, other Filipino films in the NYAFF are Mikhail Red’s “Neomanila,” Treb Monteras’ “Respeto” and Richard Somes’ “We Will Not Die Tonight.”
“Respeto” was the most-nominated film in the recently concluded Film Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences. It was awarded second place in the Grand Jury Prize as well as best musical score. It tells the story of a Filipino hip-hop artist played by rapper Abra.