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What is the last non martial arts Asian movie you've watched?


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Darth Kermit

Just watched Hard Boiled and on the Run back to back. My 4th time with Hard Boiled, which has claimed it's spot as my second favorite film ever, and first time with On the Run. 10/10 for On the Run. Brutal, depressing, neonoir that holds nothing back. Gonna be thinking about that one for awhile. Definitely Yuen Biao's best that I've seen so far. Up there with Righting Wrongs and Eastern Condors.

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Station - Dir. Yasuo Furuhata [1981] (Japan)

I re-watch this film every couple years as it's my favorite Ken Takakura performance. Not sure where this movie ranks on Kinema Junpo's all time best films list but it ranks right up there on my mine. In addition to the aforementioned performance by Takakura Ken, the visuals are also top notch. The snowy backdrop of Hokkaido is captured perfectly by the cinematography and the melancholic enka soundtrack fits the move so well too.

Decision to Leave - Dir. Park Chan-wook [2022] (Korea)

I enjoyed this latest neo-noir romantic drama & it gave me many vibes from another neo-noir thriller, Diao Yi'nan's Black Coal, Thin Ice which is definite plus considering I felt that film was one of the best of the year. The success of Decision to Leave really hinges on beguiling performance by Tang Wei as the mysterious femme fatale  & possible black widow, she dominated the screen & the plot kept you guessing until the end. Speaking of which, the finale does tie up loose ends but it still is quite haunting for its implications.

 

 

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Watched in the last couple of days:

Bamboo House Of Dolls (1973) 6/10
Sex And Zen (1991) 6,5/10
Sex and Zen 2 (1996) 7/10
Intimate Confessions Of A Chinese Courtesan (1972) 5/10
Black Magic (1975) 4/10
Black Magic 2 (1976) 6/10
Centipede Horror (1982) 8/10
Lover Of The Last Empress (1995) 6,5/10
Erotic Ghost Story Trilogy (1990-1992), 7/10,4/10 and 3/10
A Chinese Torture Chamber Story (1994) 7/10
A Chinese Torture Chamber Story 2 (1998) 5/10

Posted reviews for each of these (Plus Robotrix!) on the review Thread/Topic

I am currently sick so I am watching lots of movies :)
 

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legendarycurry

Just watched Ancient Chinese Whorehouse from 1994. It was complete and utter garbage in my opinion.

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Breaking News (2004) - I've only really dipped my toes into Johnnie To's filmography so thought I'd pick up the recent slew of his films that hit Blu Ray. Breaking News blew me away. This is FANTASTIC. Tense, interesting, paced perfectly... It delivers a perfect crime thriller. The fact that it includes a "media war" only adds to the intrigue. Big fan of this one.

Exiled (2006) - A slower, more artistic film from To. Exiled might not be everyone's cuppa tea since it doesn't really explain itself that well. It leaves the audiences to dissect things themselves. But beyond that, this film is incredible. A contemporary western that's all about brotherhood and loyalty. It's deep and interesting. Throw in some absolutely ballistic action sequences and you have yourself  a real gem. I love the "blood clouds" effect in this one. All in all, a wonderful film. Different but wonderful. 

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legendarycurry

Just finished Bride With The White Hair and I reviewed it elsewhere on this forum too. 6/10 from me.

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On 10/3/2022 at 5:03 AM, Darth Kermit said:

Rewatched School on Fire the other day with friends. I first watched it with the HK blu, and didn't know it was censored. But this time I watched an uncut reconstruction, which added back in all the cut moments of violence, which I think improved the picture, especially the last shot of the climax. The way Ringo handles violence in his films is extremely impressive. They are ultraviolent, but they have a sense of disgust at the violence. Even when it leads to some sense of justice it's still repulsive. It is now my favorite Ringo Lam film and firmly establishes him as my 2nd favorite director behind John Woo. My friends also loved it, and one of them said he loved it more than any of the films I'd shown them before, being City on Fire, Hard Boiled, The Killer, and Police Story.

Up there with Full Contact. Definitely one of his best movies!

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Full Contact (1992)

Ringo Lam directs Chow Yun Fat.  Goodness, its been 30 years.  Ann Bridgewater looks hot, Simon Yam was....convincing in his role.

 

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Crossing the Border - Zhaoguan - Dir. Huo Meng [2019] (China}

A charming simple road trip movie about a grandfather taking his grandson on an adventure to visit his old friend who is in ill health. Yes, there is some poignant moments dealing with the grandfather's difficult time during the Cultural Revolution but it's all told in a matter of fact slice of life way. There's a generation gap with the grandkid but it's not played for laughs, rather just a reflection of reality of a 77 yr old man trying to bond with a 7 yr old boy. A film that by the time the credits roll, you unwittingly have a broad smile on your face and wish their story would continue as you want to see how their lives play out. I enjoyed it so much that I bought the blu ray which is as most Diskino releases is not cheap! But worth it for me to have this film in my permanent library.

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DarthKato

"Ju-On: The Grudge(2002)": Far superior to the already great American-remake. I really enjoyed finally seeing this movie recently. 

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Hansan: Rising Dragon - Dir. Kim Han-min [2022] (Korea)

The second film in a planned trilogy honoring the legacy of famed Korean naval commander, Admiral Yi Sun-shin. If you enjoyed the first film, The Admiral: Roaring Currents, then you'll pretty much like this one as well. This is a prequel which starts approximately 5 years before Roaring Currents and as the title suggests, it's based on the historical battle of Hansan Island.

The first half is filled with numerous character introductions, a side plot involving espionage and stolen plans and some land battle scenes but that's just the calm before the storm until the explosive and dynamic sea battle action. The CGI was impressive and the magnificent scale of the battle sequences was breathtaking at times. Hats off to the action director and special effects crew. Yes, I did miss Choi Min-sik playing Admiral Yi this time around as actor, Park Hae-il pretty much just stares stoically out to sea in most every scene but I watch these type of films not for its character development or historical accuracy but for the action. I can confidently say this film delivers on that premise. I am eagerly anticipating the final film in the trilogy.

 

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Hanzo the Razor - Dir. Akira Inoue [1994] (Japan)

This is a made for TV (Fuji TV) drama starring Ken Watanabe in the eponymous role as a rogue government constable returning after a 5 year exile on a mission of vengeance. Of course being a TV production means none of the graphic & violent exploitative elements present in the early 70s Kenji Misumi trilogy with Shintaro Katsu but the dramatic acting is far superior. Ken Watanabe is a master thespian and it shows in everything he does but having said that, I didn't enjoy this as much as the Baian the Assassin TV series he did a few years earlier for Fuji TV.

 

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