What are the best Asian/Oriental films ?

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  1. mug

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    Hi

    I am looking to buy a couple of films from the the far east. I have heard Battle Royale and Shaolin Soccer are good ones. Do you guys have anynore recommendations ?

    Thanks
     
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    ...erm... just as is the case with occidental movies, there are all sorts of oriental ones (all titles listed below available on DVD, all with English subtitles)...

    ° a heavy melodrama from Thailand: Jan Dara

    ° from Taiwan, a (slow, but beautiful-to-look-at) drama: Flowers Of Shanghai

    ° gay goings on in a Japanese Samurai school: Gohatto

    ° a spectacular and very successful actioner from Korea: Shiri

    ° a touching story from Mainland China: The King Of Masks

    ° from India, an entertaining love story with lots and lots and lots of music:
    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

    ...and... and... and...

    . . . :eek: . . .
     
  3. Reiner

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    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

    AAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ..................
     
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    If you like cricket with a difference try Lagaan from India.
     
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    Try chunking express, a very classy film - currently available on the cheap from HMV for £8.99 i think. A storyline description doesnt really do it justice - just 2 separate stories of coppers trying to find romance and meeting very different girls. Highly watchable.

    Battle Royale felt very hyped when i watched it - i found the supposedly disturbing imagery very sedentary and was expecting a lot more from it, it is however enjoyable simply for having beat takeshi in it - he's also in Violent Cop which is a must see movie if you've not seen it yet.
     
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    How about Brother??? I thought this film was great!!

    Dave
     
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    Of course you can't go wrong with John Woo's best movie by far - Hard Boiled.

    Probably one of the most action-packed films you will ever see.
     
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    some of the new hindi film are real stunners...
    kuch kuch hota hai
    kabhi kushi kabhi ghum
    lagaan

    recommended viewing
     
  9. mug

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    Hi

    Thanks for the replys, but when i said asian I mean't japanese, chinese etc not indian. I thought some yanks might surf this forum and thats what they call people from the far east.

    Thanks agains
     
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    Hey Mug - pick up a copy of Shaolin Socer - top film and with a killer DTS track,you can pick up copies from HIVZONE,and many other far east specialists for about $10,hell I hate football,but love this film :D
     
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    What is the web link for HIVZONE ?
     
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    Mug,

    I'd recommend movies by or starring any of the following:

    "Beat" Takeshi Kitano - director and star ("Sonatine", "Boiling Point", "Violent Cop")

    Akira Kurosawa - director of classics like "The Seven Samurai", "Yojimbo", "The Hidden Fortress", "Kagemusha" and "Ran")

    John Woo - director of "Hard-Boiled", "The Killer", "Bullet In The Head". (The last two are out uncut on video, but not out at all on UK DVD.)

    Takashi Miike - director of "Audition" (which is okay, but not spectacular, in my opinion), and some of his older works which are out on Region 2 DVD.

    Also worth checking out are:
    "Chungking Express" by Wong Kar Wai, and also "In The Mood For Love" by the same director.

    Almost anything by director Tsui Hark

    Films starring Tony Leung, or Chow Yun-Fat are also (usually) excellent.

    "Akira" - seminal Japanese anime film

    "Perfect Blue" - startling and complex psychological anime thriller by Satoshi Kon

    "Ghost In The Shell" - superb cyberpunk drama by Mamoru Oshii


    If you want more info, you could try getting hold of any number of books on Japanese and Far Eastern cinema, by the likes of Bey Logan and/or Donald Ritchie. Most decent bookstores and libraries should have some in stock.

    A decent and interesting site, you may like to visit, is CD Japan's site.

    Alternatively, you could do director and/or cast name searches on any of the names I've already mentioned, at the Internet Movie Database.

    Hope this helps you.

    Pooch
     
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    If you love action films / thrillers then my recommendation would be the Korean film Shiri. This is one of the best action films I have seen in recent years and is the most successful Korean film ever.

    The Korean version is 2 disks with subtitles in English and both DD and DTS Korean. There are also loads of extras but these have no subtitles.
    The US version is a slightly different cut one scene is cut from the Korean (the director made this change to help flow) so US is technically the longer theatrical cut but Korean is the shorter director's cut (cut scene is an extra) but has subtitled Korean or dubbed English and has the long 1 hour making of documenatry which is excellent subtitled but none of the other extras
    I am not aware of these being released in the UK.
     
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    Check the titles under the Hong Kong Legends name. Most are classics and we are talking about the best in Hong Kong action and drama.

    Try to get those that DD5.1 for that little bit extra as most are DD1.0 or less. But when it comes to classics it sometimes doesn't really matter.
     
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    I'm surprised no ones mentioned East is East. Geat film with some great acting
     
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    I rekon Purple Storm and Tokyo Raiders, the latter a bit James Bond like (fancy gadgets etc.).
     
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    Are the DVDs from HIVIzone NTSC or PAL (excepting the US R1's) ... how do you tell? Anyone with experience here please help, I would like to buy a bunch of the stuff recommended here.

    Also recommend any other store to get DVDs like Shaolin Soccer, Shiri etc (preferrably PAL)
     
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    Takeshi "Beat" Kitano's films have been recommended several times here. However, nobody mentioned the film Hana-Bi which many (including me) consider the best..
     
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    have a look at
    man called hero
    the storm riders

    i thought both are pretty good movies
     
  21. Reiner

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    @typeRat, most Asian films are released as NTSC only (if they are mastered in Asia you can be sure of that).
     
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    Very easy to answer. Once Upon a Time In China 1 & 2, Drunken Master 1 & 2, Mononoke, Totoro, Fong Sai Yuk 1 & 2´, Akira, Seven Samurais.

    marqueedehome
     
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    Avalon (Jap live-action flick from famed anime director Mamoru Oshii)
    The Story Of Ricky (Wait for the Hong Kong Legends disc later this year)
    The Seventh Curse (Indy Jones meets Hard Boiled - violent fun madness)
    Wait for the upcoming HKL discs of The Killer and Bullet in The Head
     
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    FAO Harold Corbet,

    Erm, I don't mean to sound rude, but "East Is East" is neither an Asian film, nor an Oriental film. It's a British-made movie about an Asian family living in Salford, Manchester.

    I don't think that really qualifies, when the rest of us are talking about stuff like the Hong Kong Legends releases, or Tartan's Asia Extreme titles.

    Rauer - "Hana-Bi" is a superb film, and one I have on DVD, but I'd completely forgot about it! Nice recommendation! :cool:

    Pooch
     

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