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post #16 of 39

Oldboy. Not even a question. I was gonna use a shot from that as my avatar here but I think it'd get me in trouble.

post #17 of 39
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Any recent one you guys recommend?  I've seen this one today, and it kept me interested the whole time(not many movies do).  Haven't seen a movie by a Korean director in a long time.  Maybe Host is the last one by the same director.

 

Snowpiercer

 


Where the hell are you that you managed to actually get a copy of Snowpiercer?

post #18 of 39

Some things that came up during movie night yesterday.

 

The Recipe (2010)

It was much better than I had expected. Visually delicious (excuse the pun).

 

Barbie (2012)

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I didn't expect Lee Chun-Hee to do the character the way he did. The kids were great. Overall painful to watch at the end - but in a good way.

post #19 of 39
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Love old school Hong Kong action!! I know about To, seen a few, his movies didn't keep me interested as much as Woo or Andrew Lau(Infernal Affairs).  Or was it Alan Mak that influenced the movie?

 

Loved the plot and the dram.  This is what I love about HongKong films, lots of emotions, character bonding, and etc..  That's what I love about East Asian films in general.

 

Infernal Affairs(I like the second one in the series the best)

 

 

When it comes to emotioinal films, it's hard to compare to Failan.  To me it's not a good Korean film unless it has lots of emotions in it.

 

I've seen the first Infernal Affairs and imo it can't hold a candle to To's films in terms of direction.  The only Woo I really love is Hard Boiled which played to Woo's strengths (action choreography) and minimized his weaknesses (dramatization).

 

Falian was pretty good.  Speaking of good Korean dramas I would recommend the films of Hur Jin-Ho such as A Good Rain Knows and Christmas in August.


Edited by Za Warudo - 3/29/14 at 8:50pm
post #20 of 39
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Oldboy. Not even a question. I was gonna use a shot from that as my avatar here but I think it'd get me in trouble.

 

I pretty much assumed "Oldboy" would be a given.  You can see the original Oldboy (the actor) in action in this 2013 "New World," which is as good as gangster movies come.  I really liked "Internal Affairs," but there's something extra spicy in a good Korean flick.  

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2625030/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

 


Edited by Jon L - 3/30/14 at 2:43pm
post #21 of 39
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I've seen the first Infernal Affairs and imo it can't hold a candle to To's films in terms of direction.  The only Woo I really love is Hard Boiled which played to Woo's strengths (action choreography) and minimized his weaknesses (dramatization).

 

I dunno, his HK films are classics that are well respected.  He had lots of bombs in Hollywood, but his HK films were as good as action films can get.  I agree his movie's action sequences are choreographed really well.  You don't think Hard Boiled has dramatization?  It's one of the best dramatization I've ever seen, Tony Leung and Chow are bad ass in it.  What about the Killer?  It has so much drama.  What about "a better tomorrow" series? Even more.

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I'm gonna watch this tonight :D 

post #23 of 39
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I dunno, his HK films are classics that are well respected.  He had lots of bombs in Hollywood, but his HK films were as good as action films can get.  I agree his movie's action sequences are choreographed really well.  You don't think Hard Boiled has dramatization?  It's one of the best dramatization I've ever seen, Tony Leung and Chow are bad ass in it.  What about the Killer?  It has so much drama.  What about "a better tomorrow" series? Even more.

 



I've seen most of his "HK Classics". IMO Johnnie To's best works easily trumps them in pretty much every aspect. I was not talking about the quantity of dramatization but the quality, and Woo's films are way too melodramatic.
post #24 of 39
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I've seen most of his "HK Classics". IMO Johnnie To's best works easily trumps them in pretty much every aspect. I was not talking about the quantity of dramatization but the quality, and Woo's films are way too melodramatic.

 

Which would you consider To's best works for us to try?

post #25 of 39

Top few favorites off the top of my head:

 

1) Swallowtail Butterfly - (1996, Shunji Iwai and starring the singer Chara)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhSa3aiN_DE

 

2) Samsara (not the documentary, amazing Buddhist film from 2001. Starring Shawn Ku and Christ Chung. The director Pan Nalin is a genius!

This latest movie "Valley of Flowers" was way over my head though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B76ulnQf2bk

 

3) The Human Condition

9-10 hour movie from Masaki Kobayashi. Watch this and you might not be the same after it.

 

4) Nabbie's Love - from Okinawa. I love Yuji Nakae movies! If there was a live action version of My Neighbor Totoro, he could do it!

 

5) To Live - from Zhang yimou. One of the first foreign films I've ever seen.

 

6) Peppermint Candy - from South Korea and directed by Lee Chang-Dong

 

7) The Scent of Green Papaya - filmed on a sound stage in France but it's really a movie about a family in Vietnam.

 

8) Twilight Samurai - Extremely good samurai film from Yoji Yamada. His movie "Love and Honor" is just as good.

 

9) Nobody Knows / I Wish / Like Father Like Son - Hirokazu Kore-eda is one of my favorite directors!

 

BTW I used to be obsessed with asian films. I once rented DVDs online from a site called Webjade and probably averaged 8 asian films a week!

 

If you want a good HK movie, try "Lost and Found" or "Full Throttle". The Comrades movie is also good..

post #26 of 39

Any members here used to frequent KungFuCultCinema forums when it existed?  I used to find so many great movies that site when it existed. It was a great community until some a-hole hacked it, and the founders moved on.  :(

 

Peppermint Candy was great.  

 

I've recently watched a Anime movie titled called Paprika, and has similar theme to Inception, you'll recognized when you check it out.  :k701smile:

 

post #27 of 39
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Which would you consider To's best works for us to try?

I'd recommend seeing The Mission, Exiled, Sparrow.  Then go for the more "experimental" films like Throw Down and PTU.

post #28 of 39
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Any members here used to frequent KungFuCultCinema forums when it existed?  I used to find so many great movies that site when it existed. It was a great community until some a-hole hacked it, and the founders moved on.  :(

Here is the new site they recently created, but not as great as the old one.  http://www.filmsmash.com/

 

Do you guys know of a good Asian Cinema review site?

post #29 of 39

My favorite: Friend

post #30 of 39

I didn't like Friend that much :o .. but here's a brilliant Korean action flick that deserves some appreciation

 

and this one is one of the greatest movie I've seen and my favourite Indian movie - Kireedam :

 

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