View Full Version : Your favourite Asian films?

July 22nd, 2008, 10:29 PM
Trying to build my collection back up and looking for some I may have missed or should check out. Personally, I'd say oldboy and seven samurai are amongst my favourites.

July 22nd, 2008, 10:41 PM
Musa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musa_%28film%29)
Hero (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero_%282002_film%29)
House of Flying Daggers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Flying_Daggers)

July 22nd, 2008, 10:44 PM
I haven't really seen that many Asian films but my favorite is Hard Boiled (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_Boiled).

July 22nd, 2008, 10:50 PM
Yojimbo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yojimbo_(film))
Seven_Samurai (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Samurai)
Sanjuro (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsubaki_Sanj%C3%BBr%C3%B4)

July 22nd, 2008, 10:53 PM
Raise the Red Lantern
To Live
Yes, these movies are extremely serious and depressing, but they're gripping, too.

Hong Kong
A Better Tomorrow Part II
John Woo is the action master. These are my two favorite movies of his.

Old Boy
Even though this film is extremely bloody and emotionally disturbing, it is cinematically and narratively well-made. I had to cover my eyes through certain parts, especially toward the end.

Japan (or France, depending on how you look at it)
In the Realm of the Senses
This film is extremely sexually explicit but it's equally about the intensity of the protagonists' emotional relationship and about the physical relationship they have. Of course, some people might just call it glorified porn.

That's the Way I Like It
Just some good, old retro fun. Dancing. Music. Fake John Travolta.

July 22nd, 2008, 10:55 PM
Some of my favorite are...

2046 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2046
2LDK - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2LDK
Pokemon the movie 2000 :P

July 22nd, 2008, 11:18 PM
Any old ones with Jackie Chan :-)

July 22nd, 2008, 11:20 PM
Lagaan (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0169102/) is a favourite of mine.

July 22nd, 2008, 11:29 PM
I'm not really into asian movies. I generally dislike them.

However, I do like some.

Itchi the killer -> pure "so bad it's good" fun

Battle royale is my favorite hands down.

July 22nd, 2008, 11:38 PM
i don't think i'm allowed to post most of the title names here ;)

July 22nd, 2008, 11:56 PM
The Ring
The Eye
Dark Water

etc etc

July 22nd, 2008, 11:56 PM
Kagemusha http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080979/
Ran http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089881/
Seven Samurai http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047478/
Shinobi http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475723/
Azumi I and II http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0384819/ and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0431641/
Battle Royale http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266308/

And of course anything by Jackie Chan

July 23rd, 2008, 12:15 AM
maybe a bit too "arty" and old, but you might want to check out Rashomon (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042876/)

July 23rd, 2008, 12:39 AM
Definitely check out Chungking Express. Excellent movie!

July 23rd, 2008, 01:10 AM
Anything from Gibli Studios is a piece of art. I particularly enjoyed:

Only Yesterday
Grave of the Fireflies
Whisper of the Heart

I think I'm going to watch all three of them again this weekend. I pretty much think I will.

July 23rd, 2008, 01:16 AM
Don't forget Once Upon a Time in China, best kung-fu movie ever.

Grave of the Fireflies

I have never had such a hard time watching a movie as that one. It's a really good movie, just almost unbearably sad.

December 11th, 2008, 10:23 PM
"The Road Home" (Wo de fu qin mu qin), great romance by Zhang Yimou before he went crazy and made silly movies like "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers" ;)

Infernal Affairs 1-3, awesome thriller/crime series. The first part was remade in Hollywood as "The Departed", but the original is way better (and a lot more complex).

And of course almost all Kurosawa movies are great. I especially like Kagemusha with it's famous "ralley for battle"-scene (That's my personal name for it. It's a scene were the Kagemusha rides 20 times along the same ten riders, but it's cut like he's riding along a very long line of riders - much like Theoden before the Battle in Return of the King. It was sensational at the time). But then not everyone enjoys watching old movies.

You can find a lot more movies with generally quite accurate reviews and ratings at <BipBipBip>

December 11th, 2008, 10:32 PM
This thread was quiet for some time now. Closing, no need to revive just to spam :)