Asian cinema recommendations....

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  1. Ted Lee

    Ted Lee Lead Actor

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    hi all -

    i was telling my brother-in-law about some of my favorite asian movies and i was wondering if you had any you could recommend. i'm not really looking for any specific genre...

    here's the ones i can think of off the top of my head:

    eat drink man woman

    the wedding banquet

    chungking express

    raise the red lantern

    tampopo

    that's the way i like it

    beijing bicycle

    shall we dance

    pushing hands

    shower

    the king of masks


    i know i'm missing some good ones, so please feel free to add any that you think would make a good addition.

    thx,

    ted
     
  2. Runar_R

    Runar_R Second Unit

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    Definitly "In the mood for love", one of the most beautiful films ever made......
     
  3. Angelo.M

    Angelo.M Producer

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    Among my faves:

    Raise the Red Lantern
    Ju Dou
    Eat Drink Man Woman
    In the Mood for Love
    Farewell My Concubine

    One I didn't like, but many others have; at the very least, it's a fascinating film: What Time is it There?
     
  4. Rob Lutter

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    IMHO, Kurosawa's Seven Samurai is the pinnacle of live-action asian cinema... it is also one of the most beautifully shot films from a technical point of view.
     
  5. Peter Kim

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    To Live.

    It's a weighty and overwrought film, even by Zhang Yimou standards, but it's a powerful epic. It's probably not even considered his best, but for me, it packed such emotional impact.

    Perhaps like me, you'll reluctantly start the film, but you'll find that once it starts, you cannot escape its pull using the Cultural Revolution as a backdrop and describing the evolution of a wealthy but listless and vacuous man into a simple but profoundly thoughtful husband and father.
     
  6. Peter Kim

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    Also forgot to add the following:

    Comrades, Almost a Love Story
    Kitchen (the Japanese production, which unfortunately has been a holy grail for me)

    And of course, all of your original suggestions...they're can't miss.

    Oh, and Beat Takashi's Fireworks (Hana Bi), if you can get over the quirky violence.

    Even more yet...Autumn Moon (Clara Law directed), a Hong Kong + Japan production. And Cold Fever, an Iceland + Japan production.
     
  7. Tom_Bechet

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    alright, completely different style but here we go:
    Shaolin soccer, The EYE, Ringu (the original Ring), and some nice anime like Princess mononoke and Jin Roh. and let's not forget AVALON (which is from a japanese director OSHII but filmed in Poland in polnish)


    and how could I forget BATTLE ROYALE
    HTH
     
  8. Ted Lee

    Ted Lee Lead Actor

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    very cool guys. thx and keep em comin'...

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    btw rob - i can't believe i forgot seven samurai. i'll chalk it up to the late hour i posted. [​IMG]
     
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    The Hidden Fortress

    Akira Kurasawa films.
     
  10. Tim Fleming

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    Ok, for what it's worth:

    Red Beard, Ran, Seven Samurai, Hidden Fortress, and High and Low - all by Kurosawa

    Tampopo, The Funeral, Minbo no Onna, Supa no Onna, and Marusa no Onna (A Taxing Woman) 1 & 2 - all by Itami, Juzoh

    Hana-bi, Sonatine, Kikujiro, A Scene at the Sea (?) - all be Kitano "beat" Takeshi

    Shark Skin Man, Peach Hip Girl
    The Road Home
    Not One Less
    JSA
    Friend
    Tears of the Black Tiger
    Down the Drain

    and if you include Indian etc films:

    Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay, and Mississippi Masala - all by Mira Nair
    Sholay
    Himalaya (although technically speaking this is probably French)
    Lagaan
    Bandit Queen
    Samasara

    There are many many more (obviously), but the above are just a few that immediately sprung to mind.
     

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