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The Best Asian/Japanese/Korean Films Of All Time?

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  1. sh18

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    I got kind of bored so i decided to start this thread, probably been done before but why not? So what is everyones favourire Asian/Japanese/Korean films of all time? This includes anime films too as in my opinion most match or exceed live action films and are seriously under rated.

    Id go for:

    Hard Boiled
    The Killer
    Brother
    Ghost In The Shell
    Kite

    I loved the director/actor relationship in the John Woo/Chow Yun Fat in the HK films although sometimes flawed you can't help but like the imagery, gunplay and chow yun fat plays some of the coolest hitmen roles ever! well....maybe not so much in A Better Tomorrow (Scene in the disco type place where he is wearing a multicoloured sweater!).

    Ive only ever seen one Takeshi Kitano movie which is Brother which i also thought was great and have the 'Beat' Takeshi Trilogy DVD set on order so hopefully ill love those aswell.

    Kite was one of the first anime movies i ever saw and i was blown away after i watched it, i loved everything about it.

    Ghost In The Shell was also impressive if not a little short for me but i guess anime movies will always be that way.
     
  2. Gary D

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    BATTLE ROYALE!!! in my limited experiance - i film so cool the yanks could never remake it!!

    one of my top five movies ever!!



    Gary
     
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    Here are a few of my fav's and should be added to your collection (if you haven't already):-

    Twilight Samurai
    Fighter In The Wind
    Taegukgi
    Dark Water
    Hero
    Azumi
    Shaolin Soccer
    Drunken Master
    Zatoichi
    Musa The Warrior
    The Tale Of Two Sisters
    Bichunmoo
    Old Boy


    Some excellent titles are coming from Asia these days which is very refreshing imo. Better than a lot of the pap Hollywood is churning out :thumbsdow
     
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    New to movies from this neck of the woods. Watched Hero last night and thought it was a stunning film on every level. As beautiful a film as I have seen. Although I have seen comparision to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, I felt Hero was a superior film.

    On reflection, I enjoyed Battle Royale very much too. Not too much as I watched it (more than a little disturbing) but an excellent, very different and challenging bit of film-making.
     
  5. sh18

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    i thought Battle Royale was good but a little over hyped. i thought it was a good film and kitano was great but overall i thought it could have been done better.
    Havnt seen any of the films you listed Hawklord but have always wanted to see Dark Water and Hero.
    I hope this thread gets more responses, there was talk of starting a thread like this a while ago, hope this is a good start.
     
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    A few of my favourite Asian films include Hero, Iron monkey, Bichunmoo, hard-boiled, the killer, the returner, fists of legend, the legend of Fong sai yuk(1&2) (also known as the Legend 1 and 2) & finally Lady snowblood 1(A MAJOR influence on Kill Bil Vol1)

    I'm hoping that the House of Flying daggers goes on that list too
     
  7. Solomon Grundy

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    This could be my favourite thread...

    Azumi
    Versus
    Battle Royale
    Akira
    Ichi The Killer
    Hero
    Dark Water
    Returner
    Battle Angel Alita
    Guyver (cartoon series)
    Rumble in Hong Kong

    and the latest addition to the list...Zatoichi...AWESOME!!!!!!!

    Still waiting for more news on a decent price for Casshern and Zebraman...
     
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    Not sure how to respond - is this a "best films" or a "favourite films" thread? Also, alot of the films mentioned are pretty recent. I don't know much about non-Japanese films, but am sure there are many gems that we haven't even heard about.

    Yojimobo - not the best Kurosawa but I love this film
    Seven Samurai/Rashomon/Throne of Blood - need no introduction
    Onibaba - one of the most scary at atmospheric horror films I've ever seen
    Tokyo Story - not my favourite Ozu but allegedly one of the "best films" ever made.
    Red Sorghum - one of Zhang's earlier films from the 80s. You can see where he gets his penchant for big widescreen colour shots.
     
  9. sh18

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    This is a 'best' thread so i guess if a film is 'best' to you then you can post it here as everyone has there own opinion when it comes to things like this.
     
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    its a bit hard to ask the best films from 3 different countries, its a bit like saying the best films from Britain, France and Poland!
     
  11. Solomon Grundy

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    Yes but you get the gist of it...(what's with some people?...moan, moan, moan)

    BTW, has anyone managed to see Steamboy and if so...any good???
     
  12. sh18

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    If you cant pick a few of your best then put them all on! theres no limit!

    Just saw trailers for Cassern and Steamboy. Cassern looks great, cant wait to see it.
    Steamboy looks ok too, might be worth a look into. Also saw a trailer for Appleseed which looked great too.

    Steamboy actually reminded me of one of my other favourite animes, Metropolis, how could I have left this out of my favourites!? great anime film, loved the jazz/soul esque music at the end accompanying the final scenes, excellent.
     
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    Having only recently discovered Asian cinema (and a breath of fresh air it is compared to the usual Hollywood tripe), my favoutrites so far are:

    Hero
    Spirited Away
    Casshern
    Oldboy
    Hard Bolied
    The Killer
     
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    Sh18

    Check out Sonatine and Hana-Bi.

    These are two of the finest films to come out of Japan in recent times.
    Before he died Kurosawa said that he felt the future of Japanese cinema was in the hands of Takeshi Kitano. High praise indeed.
     
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    musa the warrior.

    top film recomended to me by the great sage captaineyecatch.
     
  16. sh18

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    Dellboy

    ive ordered the 'Beat' Kitano dvd set which includes: Violnet Cop, Sonatine & Boiling Point, cant wait till i get it, ive read a lot about Hana Bi it sounds excellent, im sure i will be purchasing all of Takeshi's work soon enough...well maybe except for Dolls!

    Has anyone seen Dolls?
     
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    Sh18

    I've seen Dolls.

    Its very different from all his Yakuza film. Its about undying love. Its a thought provoking film and not to everybodies taste.

    I found it Very touching and heartbreaking.
     
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    Hi,

    Don't think anyone mentioned House of flying daggers, well cool.
     
  19. Solomon Grundy

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    HOFD will be my Christmas Eve morning treat at my local mulitplex!!! Can't wait...
     
  20. sh18

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    HOFD doesnt get released in my area until Boxing Day, not sure if i will go and see it, might just buy the R3 DVD.

    Just watched Mezzo Forte (Follow up to Kite), decent anime but still not as good as Kite in my opinion, i wish they wouldnt insist on the uneccessary use of hentai just because they can get away with it.
     
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    Casshern jumped straight into my top 20 ever, a wonderful, gorgeous film... Oldboy is blinding, as is (of course) The Seven Samurai...
    Other random ones I greatly enjoy:
    Bullet in the Head
    The Killer
    Hard Boiled
    Returner
    Battle Royale
    The Better Tomorrow series
    The Police Story series
    The Eye
    Kairo
    Audition
    A Tale of Two Sisters
    Azumi
    Versus

    And that's just for starters ;)
     
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    Was a huge fan for a while when the HK gun ballet films came out an d I think that I overloaded on them as I was watching nothing but HK/Japanese stuff.

    As has been listed before The Killer (all time favourite film), Hard Boiled, Full Contact, A Better Tomorrow 1+2, Tetsuo, Yojimbo, Seven Samurai, Rock N' Roll Cop, Akira and Dominion Tank Police really amused.
     
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    Hi, just wondering, can anyone recommend the best yeakuza films?

    :)
     
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    OLD BOY WITHOUT A DOUBT.

    Never been soo shicked in my life when it came together at the end, plus it was masterful throughout. Everyone else in the room of our student flat back then thought so as well, even the film critic :D

    Dark water scared the bejesus out of me, so top marks as well.

    EDIT: TOOOOOOOOT 1000 posts :D
     
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    If you can locate a copy 'The Yakuza' made in 1974 and directed by the late Sydney Pollack.

    This is a much under rated film with fine perfomances from Robert Mitchum and Ken Tanaka.
     
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    Some titles that spring to mind...

    Zatoichi (the Beat Takeshi version)
    Oldboy
    Seven Samurai
    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
    Spirited Away
    Kung-Fu Hustle
    Ong-Bak
     
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    Hmmm this sounds familiar to another thread I am sure..

    Seven Samurai and most Akira Kurosawa films
    Zaitochi
    Old Boy
    Infernal Affairs
    Bruce Lee Flicks
    Drunken Master 1 & 2 (of course)
    Prodigal Son
    Seven GrandMasters
    The Shaolin Temple
    Once upon a Time in China.....
    Oh I think this list will go on and on specially with Kung Fu Flicks :D
     
  29. Gary D

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    what a thread older than this one?
     
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    OldBoy is head and shoulders above all the other films mentioned here, other than Kurosawa's.

    It is not just a slickly presented thriller with a twist, it is a cinematic tour de force who's critical stock started very high, and has only risen over the past few years.

    Steve W
     

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