7 Must Watch Asian Flicks

LARASATI OETOMO on ART & CULTURE

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With all the glams and lights of Hollywood and European film pieces, we often miss out the chances for Eastern masterpieces of the silver screen. Still in the mood of Film and Music issue, we presented to you 7 Asian flicks to watch, all epitomized in each genre: comedy, crime, family, colossal, mystery, martial arts, and drama.


COMEDY

PK (2014) - India
DIRECTOR: Rajkumar Hirani; CAST: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt
Supposedly arriving on earth for a research, an alien is looking for his stolen remote through finding “God”, who is claimed to know where his remote is.
OVERALL RATING: 4/5

 

CRIME/THRILLER

Infernal Affairs (2002) - Hong Kong
DIRECTOR: Andrew Lau & Alan Mak; CAST: Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Anthony Wong Chau Sang
Two man working as police officer and a criminal gang’s member are in a cat-and-mouse game to discover each other as both parties’ infiltrators.
OVERALL RATING: 4.3/5

 

FAMILY

Miracle in Cell no. 7 (2013) - South Korea
DIRECTOR: Lee Hwan-Kyung; CAST: Park Shin-Hye, Ryu Seung-Ryong, Gal Sowon
A group of prisoners who become close friends try to help their fellow prisoner Lee Yong Go, who was falsely accused of murder, to sneak in his lovely six-year-old daughter Ye Seung.
OVERALL RATING: 4/5

 

WAR/HISTORY

Red Cliff (2008) - China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan
DIRECTOR: John Woo; CAST: Tony Leung, Lin Chi-ling, Takeshi Kaneshiro
Emperor of Han Dynasty reclaim war to rebellions to unify the entire country.
OVERALL RATING: 3.6/5

 

MYSTERY

Rashomon (1950) - Japan
DIRECTOR: Akira Kurosawa; CAST: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Masayuki Mori
After encountering an unfortunate event with a samurai and his wife, a woodcutter and a priest are asked to testify in a court.
OVERALL RATING: 4.5/5

 

MARTIAL ARTS

Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (2003) - Thailand
DIRECTOR: Prachya Pinkaew; CAST: Tony Jaa, Mum Jokmok, Panna Rittikrai
Following the disappearance of the head of a statue named Ong-Bak, a muay-thai artist Ting went to a journey to reclaim the village’s sacred symbol.
OVERALL RATING: 3.5/5

 

DRAMA

In the Mood for Love (2000) - Hong Kong
DIRECTOR: Wong Kar-Wai; CAST: Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung
Mostly left alone by their busy spouse, journalist Chow Mo-Wan and his neighbor Su Li-Zhen spend their fleeting age of youth and love devastatingly lonely.
OVERALL RATING: 4.8/5