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26 Aug 2007 - 20:16281
Asian Cinema Thread
Hey, I think something a lot of anime fans and cosplayers should look at more is Asian cinema as a whole, be it from Japan, China or anywhere else.
Films such as The Tale of Two Sisters, Audition, The Warrior King and Curse of the Golden Flower all are films that I feel many people could be missing out on.

So this thread I hope will redress the balance by being a place to rant about good or bad Asian films and the like and generally chat on things of this kind.


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26 Aug 2007 - 22:30282
Warrior King was disappointing after watching ongbak as it just didnt live up to the promise from tony jaa


27 Aug 2007 - 04:44283
Quote Evilmech:
Warrior King was disappointing after watching ongbak as it just didnt live up to the promise from tony jaa


I don't know about that. I thought it stood up really well as a film. While not as awesome as Ong Bak it could hardly be considered a dissapointment looking at the Asian action film market as a whole.


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28 Aug 2007 - 00:32289
I love Asian cinema I've cosplayed from Asian horror a few times and plan to do more in the future~! You hardly ever get recognised, but it's still really good fun XD


28 Aug 2007 - 04:15292
I been watching Japanese films ever since I first got into anime^_^ I love all of Takeshi Kitanos films such as Battle Royale and Zatoichi and Kikujiro and also love Ichi the Killer and Survive style 5^_^


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28 Aug 2007 - 22:45297
Quote Anime_Angel:
I been watching Japanese films ever since I first got into anime^_^ I love all of Takeshi Kitanos films such as Battle Royale and Zatoichi and Kikujiro and also love Ichi the Killer and Survive style 5^_^


Somebody else who has seen Survival Style 5! *HUGS INTO COMA*

My housemate Simon got me into that andI absolutely loved it. So weird, and yet so funny.

*Dances to the gay moment song..... Come baby, come come baby....*


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28 Aug 2007 - 22:56298
Quote Danov:
Quote Anime_Angel:
I been watching Japanese films ever since I first got into anime^_^ I love all of Takeshi Kitanos films such as Battle Royale and Zatoichi and Kikujiro and also love Ichi the Killer and Survive style 5^_^


Somebody else who has seen Survival Style 5! *HUGS INTO COMA*

My housemate Simon got me into that andI absolutely loved it. So weird, and yet so funny.

*Dances to the gay moment song..... Come baby, come come baby....*


Lol, I like Vinnie Jones in it, WHATS YOUR FUNCTION IN LOIFE. lol. Very funny that a man has been hypnotised to be a birdy and that girl won't die lol.

Great film, better than pulp fiction^_^


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03 Sep 2007 - 14:32331
I'm a BIG Takashi Miike fan.


03 Sep 2007 - 20:51333
Quote Zonaphobe:
I'm a BIG Takashi Miike fan.


Cool, have you seen Ichi the Killer? that is incredible^_^


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04 Sep 2007 - 03:59335
Quote Anime_Angel:
Quote Zonaphobe:
I'm a BIG Takashi Miike fan.


Cool, have you seen Ichi the Killer? that is incredible^_^


Love the film, a little in the extreme, but good none the less...then again, when compared to Visitor Q it's pretty tame.


04 Sep 2007 - 16:57338
seen far to many south koren films to count as my missus did her final uni year work based on them, some of the best flims ive ever seen, if you think japanese flims are getting abit old try these, ever fresh and new, its like a new wave of the older japanese films that set of the world cinema boom, watch these; JSA, quite family (The Happiness of the Katakuris is a piss take of it), phone, nowhere to hide, A Bittersweet Life, A Tale of Two Sisters, The Foul King, just to count a few, best place to get them is ebay as koren films all have english sub which it nice of them.


04 Sep 2007 - 20:22339
I saw Old Boy the other week on film 4, which I believe was South Korean, absolutly brilliant film.


05 Sep 2007 - 15:44344
oldboy is by a guy called park-chan wook, he has also maked JSA, Lady Vengeance and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance all top films.


10 Oct 2007 - 20:56505
yeah those films are good but u forgot brotherhood the south korean version of saving privert ryan and dumplings where a women goes to see this wise women when she finds out that her husband is cheating on her with a younger women and so this women teaches her the secret to eternal life to try and win him back


11 Oct 2007 - 01:31507
true i did forget thoese sorry well its hard to remember them all as i dont think ive seen a south koren film ive not loved to bits.


26 Nov 2007 - 21:411192
100 Days with MR. Arrogant^-^ ita a gloriously cheesy and funny South Korean chicflick ^----^


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02 Feb 2008 - 21:081522
A Tale Of Two Sisters is amazing! Probably my favourite Tartan Asia film.
Korean horrors have far better plots and more in-depth story lines than western movies. Most western films are total no brainers...


03 Feb 2008 - 03:051534
Lady Vengence is great <3

tho one of my favs is Sky High! ^-^ I like how twisted it is and wedding scene with the ripped out heart.

oh and Preminition (think thats how its spelt) i heard they re-made it in hollywood but i refuse to see it.

and of course Host <3


21 Feb 2008 - 01:011684
My job means I usually get at least one Asian film to watch every month. Here's what I've watched recently:

Shutter - Thai film about haunted photographs, and the most effective Asian horror I've seen since Ju-On. Fantastically well-done. Can't recommend it highly enough.

One Missed Call - Actually, I didn't like this very much. The story was all over the place and the ending was just weird.

I'm a Cyborg - From the director of Oldboy. A really sweet and touching romance with some incredible visual FX. Reminded me a lot of The Science of Sleep and Amelie. I heard it flopped in Korea, which is a shame because it's a genuinely beautiful film. I'd definitely recommend this.

Ghost Game - Thai film about some reality TV show contestants who stay in a disused military prison, which also happens to be the site of a massacre. Three guesses what happens, first two don't count. Isn't actually all that bad, but it's not without its problems, mainly to do with pacing and having an overly large cast.

Mushishi - The anime is one of my all-time favourite series so I was champing at the bit to see the live-action version, especially since it was directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. It's not bad, a lot of elements of the anime have been adapted perfectly, but I can't help but feel that it's missing some of the magic of the anime.

The Eye - The US version, which I'm only mentioning because I figure it'd be of interest to people in this thread. I absolutely loved the original, which I suspect makes the rubbishness of the US version all the more disappointing. No spoilers, but they've changed a few details of the original which may seem minor but which were, in fact, extremely important to the overall tone, and it sucks as a result

I've been given two for this month, Yesterday and The Wig (which is about, you guessed it, a haunted wig. It sounds hysterically bad). Will post about them when I've seen them, if anyone's interested ^_^


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21 Feb 2008 - 12:231688
Old Boy is an amazing film! I love it so much! Haha, though I still need to get round to watching some of the director's other stuff too.

If you like slightly weird and slightly arty films that are good I recommend a bunch of Wong Kar Wai's films (he's a Hong Kong director), films like:

Chunking Express - Two stories about two police cops, 223 and 662 (I think) who live in a part of Hong Kong, and they meet a woman each, one who is a drugs smuggler and the has a mad obsession with going to America. Its an interesting film to watch, and it leaves you quite thoughtful afterwards - I definately recommend the pineapple and the talking to soap (don't ask) scenes!

2046 - A writer who writes about a train in the future that takes you to a place where you can recapture your old memories, only thing is no one has ever come back from there. Then again you don't know if the man is writing about the future and the past. Its all very mysterious, but very very well-done. Highly recommended!

RECOMMENDED WATCHING:

There's another film that I watched recently which I LOVED called Wild Zero I seriously recommend this to anyone who loves weird and wacky films!!! Its soooo funny!

Wild Zero - Aliens invading the planet, while zombies are taking over, the main character is a guy called Ace who looks like an extra from Grease who falls in love with Tobio while Ace's heros, a band made up of Guitar Wold, Drum Wolf and Bass Wolf help him defeat the zombie and alien threat with their guitars of doooom!


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26 May 2008 - 20:173050
Tale of Two Sisters is amazing. I watched it and I was a little confused, but it all made sense really =] its just me and my small mind not paying enough attention, or paying enough attention to the things that don't matter =]

but the original shutter is really good... no plot holes (or that i can find)


03 Jun 2008 - 20:103288
does anything with jackie chan count as asian cinema? XD cuz i've only seen him in the 3 rush hour movies and around the world in 80 days XD

although i did watch crouching tiger, hidden dragon about halfway once XD didn't really like it at all


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19 Sep 2008 - 22:436335
AUDITION!

so scary... so weird... so wonderful...

Zatoichi; great. Battle Royale; great (esp. the ending). the Ring; spine-chilling. R-Point; much potential but crap. Versus; appalingly bad. Big Boss; alright but not great (prefer Lee's later work). Ichi the Killer; freaky and awesome. the Grudge; one word... Toshhhhhhiiiii-oooooo. Kagemusha; good potential but poor in practice.

i've seen a good few asian films, mainly through uni. there's never a bad time to expand your horizons though!


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