By davidwitten22 42 Comments
I already wrote a description for this Blogpost, but Giantbomb had a senior moment and I lost at all. So, these are some Asian movies that I think you should watch. If you want to know about even more Asian movies that are great, go to IMDB.com and look for a user named ebossert. He's not me. PM him your email and he'll send you an excel spreadsheet and 4 word documents containing practically every Asian movie that's ever happened. I did, and I'm super glad I did. I will probably add to this list, especially if I watch some good, non-Asian films.
OldboyOldboy is my personal favorite of Chan Wook-Park's "Vengeance Trilogy". This one stars Oh-Daesu, a lousy alcohol father who is kidnapped and imprisoned in a hotel room for 14 years(I can't remember if that's how long exactly). He is finally released one day, where he dedicates the rest of his life to finding out who it was who kidnapped him. With a surprisingly good romantic story, with some twists here and there and an ending you won't forget, Oldboy is a great movie that everyone will enjoy. I mean, if they're a little open minded.
Shutter[Thai, not the American Remake]Do not watch the shitty remake. It adds some random sex scenes that add nothing to the plot (and also aren't sexy), and does every scary scene worse. Shutter is a Thai movie in witch the man character starts seeing a ghostly figure after accidentally running down a women on the road one night. His photos keep coming back messed up when they're developed, and his friends start acting strange as well. Ending is great, jump scares are great, and the leads girlfriend is quite attractive. Good ass movie.
If they remake this movie I will not be a happy camper. Battle Royale has a plot that will hook you in immediately. Every year, one high school class that has been particularly rowdy is chosen to participate in the "Battle Royale". In this, the class full of students (plus a few "transfer students") are drugged and taken to a secret island to fight to the death. They get a random assortment of weapons, a map of the area, and the knowledge that they must kill all their friends and classmates in three days or there collars will go off and they will die. Good stuff in this movie, lot's of drama. It's not a gorefest, but there's some cool scenes. And the weapons some kids got stuck with are great.
Happiness of the Katakuris [And by default, the Quiet Family]
Happiness of the Katakuris is a ridiculous spoof of the Quiet Family. While it's not necessary to watch the Quiet Family first, it does heighten the enjoyment. In both movies, the family starts an inn that's kind of in the middle of nowhere. They're having no luck getting people to stay the night, but when they finally do, the first visitor dies. Mortified, the family decides to bury the body in the backyard, because otherwise their reputation would be ruined. Every following visitor at the hotel also dies. Leading to more bodies being buried. The Quiet Family does this pretty seriously. Happiness of the Katakuris, however, fills this with dance numbers, musical zombies, claymation, and more! As terrible as it may sound, it's a hilarious spoof of the fantastic original. Both are great watches!
Chow Yun Fat shoots people in this movie. A lot of people. For a long time. The final hospital shootout is over 40 minutes long. If that interests you in the slightest, check out this movie.
This movie features Donnie Yen. If you care about martial arts movies at all, you should know about Donnie Yen. He was in Iron Monkey, as well as many other films. This movie is more of a drama than a martial arts movie, but when the fighting does happen, it's explosive and brutal. Featuring a unique use of ground fighting and wrestling moves (lots of Judo throws and trips in this one), this movie's action really stands out. Doesn't hurt that the story is good either. Also, the ending is refreshing.
There you have it! Hopefully at least one person will be interested in this and check out some of these movies. I would have had pictures for all the movies, but I can never get the images to work right on here.