focky’s choice: asian cinemaby amadeus-fockedey | created - 26 Apr 2018 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
My fav titles from asian cinema - mainly Korea and Japan. Random order.
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1. Oldboy (2003)
R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.
Votes: 469,917 | Gross: $0.71M
A story of a cruel vengeance, told very poetic.
2. Lady Vengeance (2005)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years and having her child taken away from her, a woman seeks revenge through increasingly brutal means.
Votes: 65,707 | Gross: $0.21M
3. Battle Royale (2000)
Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.
Before there was "The Hunger Games", there was this.
4. Love Exposure (2008)
Unrated | 237 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist.
4 hours of non-wasted lifetime.
5. Confessions (2010)
Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller
A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.
Twisted, evil and every character is a sad individual.
6. Audition (1999)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.
Love makes you blind. And deaf. And paralysed...
7. Ichi the Killer (2001)
R | 129 min | Action, Crime, Drama
As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of achieving.
Votes: 49,333 | Gross: $0.02M
8. Blade of the Immortal (2017)
R | 140 min | Action, Drama
Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine - ... See full summary »
Votes: 12,769 | Gross: $0.15M
9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.
Votes: 242,591 | Gross: $128.08M
One of the most beautiful chinese martial arts tales with aesthetic, powerful fights
11. My Sassy Girl (2001)
Not Rated | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young man sees a drunk, cute woman standing too close to the tracks at a metro station in Seoul and pulls her back. She ends up getting him into trouble repeatedly after that, starting on the train.
12. Ace Attorney (2012)
135 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
This movie is based on the second and fourth cases in the popular video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. The plot follows Phoenix Wright, a novice lawyer, who faces off against expert ... See full summary »
13. All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)
146 min | Crime, Drama, Music
The problematic lives of teenager students for whom the singer Lily Chou-Chou's dreamy music is the only way to escape an alienating, violent and insensitive society.
Votes: 7,382 | Gross: $0.02M
14. Mother (2009)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.
Votes: 39,359 | Gross: $0.55M
A mother's love is one of the most powerful things in the universe. Miss Marple is watching.
15. Kikujiro (1999)
PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, Comedy
A young, naive boy sets out alone on the road to find his wayward mother. Soon he finds an unlikely protector in a crotchety man and the two have a series of unexpected adventures along the way.
Votes: 17,229 | Gross: $0.20M
Just the story of a summer from Kikujiros life. But a remarkable one.
16. The Machine Girl (2008)
Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
Maimed while seeking revenge, a girl becomes stronger than ever.
Bloody, funny, still waiting for a sequel.
17. The World of Kanako (2014)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
As former detective Akikazu searches for his missing daughter, Kanako, he soon learns she has a mysterious secret life.
Votes: 3,824 | Gross: $0.02M
Evil, seducing, drugged, grouchy, brutal. About a cruel daughter and a cruel father.
18. Kamikaze Girls (2004)
102 min | Comedy
Momoko, a strange and seemingly emotionless girl obsessed with 18th century France, befriends a Yanki biker and the two experience the ups and downs of their unusual lives in a rural Japanese town.
Ten years before "The World Of Kanako" Nakashima-san put Kyoko Fukada in a big, crazy commercial for "Baby, The Stars Shine Bright".
19. Swallowtail Butterfly (1996)
148 min | Crime, Drama
The struggles of a group of immigrant outcasts living in an alternative-future, xenophobic Japanese metropolis.
The dark beginning of a girls life.
20. Memories of Matsuko (2006)
130 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
When Matsuko dies of murder, her nephew Sho gets to progressively unveil many details of her mysterious past, discovering she wasn't only a forgotten outcast but led a very interesting yet bizarre life.
21. As Tears Go By (1988)
Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Mid-level gangster Wah falls in love with his beautiful cousin, but must also continue to protect his volatile partner-in-crime and friend, Fly.
Votes: 7,473 | Gross: $0.01M
23. Like Father, Like Son (2013)
Not Rated | 121 min | Drama
Ryota is a successful workaholic businessman. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another boy after birth, he faces the difficult decision to choose his true son or the boy he and his wife have raised as their own.
Votes: 18,811 | Gross: $0.28M
In place of the warm, gentle movies of Hirokazu Koreeda. My fav of his filmography.
24. Haru's Journey (2010)
134 min | Drama
Haru's Journey provides an insider's look at Japanese culture through its themes of acceptance, endurance and familial commitment. It tells the story of elderly fisherman Tadao and his ... See full summary »
A Journey an old lost man and his granddaughter. He looks for a way to rest, she for a way to start her life.
26. Sweet Bean (2015)
Not Rated | 113 min | Drama
Burdened with a heavy and ever-increasing debt, a dorayaki baker hires a kind ageing woman, after tasting her delicious surprise. Little by little, she unravels her beautiful inner world. Could she be holding the secret to his success?
Votes: 7,456 | Gross: $0.12M