Your Favorite Chinese & Japanese films?

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  1. Tim RH

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    I'd like to know your Top 10 Chinese and Japanese movies. You can do it as two different lists if you want, or you can combine both.
    I like asian cinema a lot, but I'm sure a lot of you have seen many more than I have, so I'd appreciate any and all recommendations you may have. Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. Scott Leopold

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    For Chinese cinema, all I can can really list is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. As for Japanese Cinema, I'd go with the following:

    1. Anything by Kurosawa (I'd list my favorites, but that alone would take me over ten)
    2. Tales of the Unusual
    3. Battle Royale
    4. The Samurai Trilogy
    5. Chushingura
    6. Kwaidan
    7. Audition
    8. Zatoichi
     
  3. Brian Kaz

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    In no particular order:

    1. Seven Samurai
    2. Kagemusha
    3. Ran (see a pattern?)
    4. The Hidden Fortress
    5. The Emporer & the Asassin
    6. Crouching Tiger...

    Does Anime count?

    7. Graveyard of the Fireflies
    8. Ninja Scroll
    9. Princess Mononoke
    10. Ghost in the Shell
    10a. Castle of Cagliostro
    10b. Wings of Honnaemise

    etc.
     
  4. JohnAD

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    Anything by Kurosawa; yeah, I'd have to agree with Scott.
    Pretty much anything from HK by John Woo
    Too much anime to list
    Plus (in no particular order):
    1. Versus
    2. Bride With White Hair 1&2
    3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    4. A Taxing Woman 1&2 (Juzo Itami)
    5. Audition - freaky [​IMG]
    6. Black Angel
    7. In the Realm of the Senses
    8. Tampopo (Juzo Itami)
    9. Tokyo Decadence
    10. The Naked Killer
    John.
     
  5. Brook K

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    Kurosawa, Ikiru, Rashomon, Ran, Madadayo etc

    Ugetsu Monogatari
    Grave of the Fireflies
    Fireworks
    Cure
    My Neighbor Totoro
    In The Realm of the Senses
    Sonatine
    Good Morning
    Kiki's Delivery Service
    Violent Cop
    The Funeral

    China/HK/Taiwan
    Yi Yi
    To Live
    Happy Together
    A Better Tomorrow
    In The Mood For Love
    Raise The Red Lantern
    Hard Boiled
    Flowers of Shanghai
    The Killer
    Not One Less
    Ju-Dou
    Goodbye South, Goodbye
    The Emperor and the Assassin
     
  6. Peter Kim

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    Japan:
    The Kitchen
    Tampopo
    The Eel
    My Neighbor Totoro
    In the Realm of Senses
    Shall We Dance?
    Tokyo Decadence
    After Life
    Fireworks
    Maborosi
    Chinese language:
    Chungking Express
    To Live
    Comrades, Almost A Love Story
    Raise the Red Lantern
    Eat Drink Man Woman
    Autumn Moon
    The Wedding Banquet
    Farewell My Concubine
    Non-native, Japanese/Chinese language films:
    Cold Fever
    The Last Emperor
    Mystery Train
     
  7. JonZ

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    The Seven Samurai
    Ran
    Fists of Fury(Chinese Connection)
    Yojimbo
    Akira
    Avenging Eagle
    Godzilla (Original)
    Samurai Trilogy
    Final Yamato
    Roshomon
    5 Deadly Venoms
     
  8. Pascal A

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    The top two films on this list are actually my top two favorite films, so suffice it to say, I'm a great admirer of Japanese cinema. [​IMG]
    Limited to one film per director:
    1. Life of Oharu - Kenji Mizoguchi
    2. Tokyo Story - Yasujiro Ozu
    3. Late Chrysanthemums - Mikio Naruse
    4. Twenty-Four Eyes - Keisuke Kinoshita
    5. Ikiru - Akira Kurosawa
    6. The Burmese Harp - Kon Ichikawa
    7. Insect Woman - Shohei Imamura
    8. Gate of Hell - Teinosuke Kinugasa
    9. Human Condition - Masaki Kobayashi
    10. The Sun's Burial - Nagisa Oshima
    I'm more familiar with contemporary Chinese, Hong Kong, and Taiwanese cinema, so this list is badly skewed towards the past twenty years.
    Limited to one film per director:
    1. A City of Sadness - Hou Hsiao-Hsien
    2. What Time is it There? - Tsai Ming Liang
    3. Yi Yi - Edward Yang
    4. In the Mood for Love - Wong Kar-Wai
    5. The Blue Kite - Tian Zhuangzhuang
    6. Life on a String - Chen Kaige
    7. Made in Hong Kong - Fruit Chan
    8. Raise the Red Lantern - Zhang Yimou
    9. Red Cherry - Ye Ying
    10. Farewell China - Clara Law (or The Reincarnation of Golden Blossom if Farewell China doesn't count)
     
  9. Joseph Goodman

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    Vulgarian clueless newb list here...


    China... I ain't seen nearly enough mainland Chinese films to give any sort of opinion. I'd really like to check out any Chinese historical epic films if I can find them.

    Hong Kong... limited to a narrow selection of martial arts films at the moment. I will go with Jackie Chan's "Wheels On Meals", a superb action comedy with plenty of slapstick while not skimping on wit. The Bruce Lee film "Fist Of Fury" (AKA Chinese Connection) is a crudley made-film (it comes off like a watered-down Anthony Mann melodrama with martial arts in it), but with a very compelling story... no wonder it's been remade twice! One can only imagine what we would've had if Bruce had worked with a more talented director than Lo Wei...

    Japanese films... I could be all respectable and list Ozu, Ichikawa, that kind of stuff... but screw that, "Mosura Tai Gojira" is tops for me!
     
  10. Gerry East

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    A lot of great movies have already been mentioned, and I agree with a couple of posters who said anything by Kurosawa. I would like to mention what I think is one of Kurosawa's best, but which doesn't get much attention: Dersu Uzala. It's my second favorite Kurosawa film, behind only Seven Samurai.
     
  11. Steve Christou

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    Seven Samurai
    Yojimbo
    Sanjuro
    Throne of Blood
    Hidden Fortress

    The Killer
    Hard Boiled
    A Better Tomorrow I-II
    A Bullet in the Head
    Full Contact

    Big Boss AKA Fists of Fury
    Fist of Fury AKA Chinese Connection
    Way of the Dragon AKA Return of the Dragon

    Snake in the Eagle's Shadow
    Drunken Master I-II
    Fearless Hyena
    Project A
    Armour of God
    Police Story

    Fist of Legend
    Once Upon a Time in China
    Black Mask

    The Prodigal Son
    Iron Monkey
    A Chinese Ghost Story
    Zu Warriors (1983)
    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

    Akira
    Ghost in the Shell
    Wings of Honneamise
    Macross Plus
    Ninja Scroll
    Venus Wars
    Vampire Hunter D
    Wicked City
    Porco Rosso
    Castle of Cagliostro
    Princess Mononoke

    -many more
     
  12. Rob Tomlin

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    The Seven Samurai
    Ran
    Yep, extensive knowlege of Japanese films have I!
    [​IMG]
     
  13. JohnAD

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    Rob:
    Speak like Yoda you do, also [​IMG]
    John.
     
  14. Richard WWW

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    1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    2. Ran
    3. Eat Drink Man Woman
    4. Shall We Dance?
    5. The Seven Samurai
    6. Return of the Dragon
    7. The Big Boss (AKA Fists of Fury)
    8. Once Upon a Time In China

    I've not seen a lot of Asian movies, but these are the ones that I'd gladly recommend to anyone else.
     
  15. Tim RH

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    Where's Jeff Kleist when you need him? [​IMG]
     
  16. John Sturge

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    1.Sonatine
    2.Fists Of Fury
    3.Hard Boiled
    4.Yojimbo
    5.Ran
    6.Boling Point
    7.Violent Cop
    8.The Killer
    9. Seven Samurai
    10.Brother
     
  17. DonaldB

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    I'll try to limit myself to things that haven't been mentioned.
    Japanese language
    I Was Born, But... - Yasujiro Ozu
    Osaka Elegy - Kenji Mizoguchi
    Death by Hanging - Nagisa Oshima
    Double Suicide - Masahiro Shinoda
    An Actor's Revenge - Kon Ichikawa
    The Ballad of Narayama - Shohei Imamura
    When a Woman Ascends the Stairs - Mikio Naruse
    No Regrets for Our Youth - Akira Kurosawa
    Woman in the Dunes - Hiroshi Teshigahara
    Red Angel - Yasuzo Masumura
    Chinese language
    The Puppetmaster - Hou Hsiao-Hsien
    A Brighter Summer Day - Edward Yang
    The River - Tsai Ming-liang
    The Longest Summer - Fruit Chan
    Happy Together - Wong Kar-wai
    The Story of Qiu Ju - Zhang Yimou
    The Actress (aka Center Stage) - Stanley Kwan
    The Horse Thief - Tian Zhuangzhuang
    A Borrowed Life - Wu Nien-jen
    Yellow Earth - Chen Kaige
     

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