My favourite asian movies of alltime by tenzin choephak

by tenzin chophak | created - 07 Mar 2011 | updated - 13 Mar 2011 | Public
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1. To Live (1994)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, War

8.3
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After Fugui and Jiazhen lose their personal fortunes, they raise a family and survive difficult cultural changes during 1940s to 1970s China.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: You Ge, Li Gong, Ben Niu, Wu Jiang

Votes: 12,899 | Gross: $2.33M

My all time favourite. This movie inspire me a lot.

2. Keulraesik (2003)

127 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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A college student finds a diary detailing a long-ago love triangle involving her mother, her future father, and his best friend.

Director: Jae-young Kwak | Stars: Ye-jin Son, In-sung Jo, Seung-woo Cho, Ki-woo Lee

Votes: 6,343

3. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, War

8.1
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64 Metascore

A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Dong-gun Jang, Bin Won, Eun-ju Lee, Hyeong-jin Kong

Votes: 33,973 | Gross: $1.11M

my best war movie of alltime.

4. Yip Man (2008)

R | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama

8.1
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59 Metascore

During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan, Ka Tung Lam

Votes: 186,115

5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.9
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93 Metascore

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 229,516 | Gross: $128.08M

6. House of Flying Daggers (2004)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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89 Metascore

A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Dandan Song

Votes: 97,594 | Gross: $11.05M

7. Haebaragi (2006)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Released from prison, Taesik goes to live with an adopted mother. He takes a job and tries to live a quiet life with his new family. His efforts are threatened when a politician seeks to knock the family restaurant down to build a mall.

Director: Seok-beom Kang | Stars: Jeong-su Han, In-jae Heo, In-seong Hwang, Eun-pyo Jeong

Votes: 1,397

breathtaking korean love story

8. My Sassy Girl (2001)

Not Rated | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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Based on a series of true stories posted by Ho-sik Kim on the Internet describing his relationship with his girlfriend. These were later transformed into a best-selling book and the movie ... See full summary »

Director: Jae-young Kwak | Stars: Tae-hyun Cha, Ji-hyun Jun, In-mun Kim, Wok-suk Song

Votes: 39,856

9. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.8
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78 Metascore

In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen, Siu-Lung Leung

Votes: 107,954 | Gross: $17.11M

10. Shaolin Soccer (2001)

PG | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

7.3
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68 Metascore

A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao, Yat-Fei Wong, Man-Tat Ng

Votes: 62,800 | Gross: $0.49M

11. Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206.

Director: Sergei Bodrov | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Amadu Mamadakov, Khulan Chuluun, Honglei Sun

Votes: 39,967 | Gross: $5.70M

12. The Cup (1999)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Sport

6.9
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70 Metascore

While the soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery/boarding school in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is somewhat ... See full summary »

Director: Khyentse Norbu | Stars: Orgyen Tobgyal, Neten Chokling, Jamyang Lodro, Lama Chonjor

Votes: 2,697 | Gross: $1.07M

13. Milarepa (2006)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.1
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52 Metascore

Milarepa is a tale of greed and vengeance - demons, magic, murder and redemption. It is the story of the man who became Tibet's greatest mystic.

Director: Neten Chokling | Stars: Orgyen Tobgyal, Kelsang Chukie Tethtong, Jamyang Lodro, Jamyang Nyima

Votes: 784

14. Kundun (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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74 Metascore

From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin, Tenzin Yeshi Paichang

Votes: 23,034 | Gross: $5.53M

15. Little Buddha (1993)

PG | 123 min | Drama

6.0
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Lama Norbu comes to Seattle in search of the reincarnation of his dead teacher, Lama Dorje. His search leads him to young Jesse Conrad, Raju, a waif from Kathmandu, and an upper class ... See full summary »

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Bridget Fonda, Ruocheng Ying, Chris Isaak

Votes: 13,344 | Gross: $4.86M

16. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

PG-13 | 136 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.0
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55 Metascore

True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong, Mako

Votes: 104,911 | Gross: $37.96M

17. Tian mai zhuan qi (2002)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

4.6
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A sister and brother, the last heirs of a family of acrobats, are called upon by a Buddhist monk sect to retrieve an artifact that their ancestors have protected throughout the ages.

Director: Peter Pau | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Ben Chaplin, Richard Roxburgh, Sihung Lung

Votes: 1,524

18. Parang-juuibo (2005)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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Beautiful student Su-Eun prevents her fellow student Su-Ho to drown in the ocean. Su-Ho however, does not know who saved him, until Su-Eun tells him after a while. The love between them ... See full summary »

Director: Yun-su Jeon | Stars: Tae-hyun Cha, Hae-suk Kim, Yun-seok Kim, Jung-hee Moon

Votes: 2,137

19. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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85 Metascore

A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Ki-duk Kim, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim, Young-min Kim

Votes: 67,343 | Gross: $2.38M

20. Kurôzu zero (2007)

130 min | Action, Thriller

7.1
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A transfer student attempts to take over the most violent high school in the country, whose students form factions and battle each other for power.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shun Oguri, Kyôsuke Yabe, Meisa Kuroki, Takayuki Yamada

Votes: 6,173

21. Kurôzu zero II (2009)

133 min | Action

7.3
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Tension escalates and violence ensues when a young student unwittingly breaks a non-aggression pact between two rival high schools.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shun Oguri, Kyôsuke Yabe, Meisa Kuroki, Nobuaki Kaneko

Votes: 3,601

22. Ji jie hao (2007)

124 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.3
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A soldier fights to gain recognition for comrades who died during the Chinese Civil War.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Hanyu Zhang, Chao Deng, Wenkang Yuan, Yan Tang

Votes: 5,680

23. Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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69 Metascore

When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Suchao Pongwilai

Votes: 64,301 | Gross: $4.56M

24. Red Cliff (2008)

R | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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73 Metascore

The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.).

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 39,402 | Gross: $0.63M

25. Fearless (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.7
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70 Metascore

A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Jet Li, Li Sun, Yong Dong, Yun Qu

Votes: 66,053 | Gross: $24.62M

26. Mother (2009)

R | 129 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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79 Metascore

A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Goo Jin, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 32,469 | Gross: $0.55M

27. Ip Man 2 (2010)

R | 108 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.6
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67 Metascore

Centering on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Xiaoming Huang, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Lynn Hung

Votes: 79,839 | Gross: $0.21M

28. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

PG-13 | 145 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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54 Metascore

Nitta Sayuri reveals how she transcended her fishing-village roots and became one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Suzuka Ohgo

Votes: 125,625 | Gross: $57.49M

29. Wo de fu qin mu qin (1999)

G | 89 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.9
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71 Metascore

Prompted by the death of his father and the grief of his mother, a man recalls the story of how they met in flashback.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Honglei Sun, Hao Zheng, Yulian Zhao

Votes: 11,080 | Gross: $1.28M

30. Yi Yi (2000)

Not Rated | 173 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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93 Metascore

Each member of a middle class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Nien-Jen Wu, Elaine Jin, Issei Ogata, Kelly Lee

Votes: 14,896 | Gross: $1.14M

31. Chi bi: Jue zhan tian xia (2009)

142 min | Action, Drama, History

7.6
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In this sequel to Red Cliff, Chancellor Cao Cao convinces Emperor Xian of the Han to initiate a battle against the two Kingdoms of Shu and Wu, who have become allied forces, against all ... See full summary »

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 20,494 | Gross: $0.63M

32. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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65 Metascore

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon

Votes: 47,052

33. Nuguna bimileun itda (2004)

105 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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Revolves around Soo-hyun and the three sisters. While he is falling in love with the youngest sister Mi-young, he also tries to seduce her two sisters. Everything become complicated.

Director: Hyeon-su Jang | Stars: Byung-hun Lee, Sang-mi Choo, Hyo-jin Kim, Ji-Woo Choi

Votes: 514

34. Spring in a Small Town (1948)

98 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A lonely housewife finds her monotonous life altered when her childhood sweetheart returns to town.

Director: Mu Fei | Stars: Chaoming Cui, Wei Li, Yu Shi, Wei Wei

Votes: 1,877

35. Shiqi sui de dan che (2001)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama

7.3
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61 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age.

Director: Xiaoshuai Wang | Stars: Lin Cui, Xun Zhou, Bin Li, Yuanyuan Gao

Votes: 3,971 | Gross: $0.16M

36. Shi yue wei cheng (2009)

Not Rated | 139 min | Action, Drama, History

6.9
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In 1905, revolutionist Sun Yat-Sen visits Hong Kong to discuss plans with Tongmenghui members to overthrow the Qing dynasty. But when they find out that assassins have been sent to kill him, they assemble a group of protectors to prevent any attacks.

Director: Teddy Chan | Stars: Xueqi Wang, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Jun Hu, Edison Wang

Votes: 6,743

37. Farewell My Concubine (1993)

R | 171 min | Drama, Music, Romance

8.1
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The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Fengyi Zhang, Li Gong, Qi Lü

Votes: 19,840 | Gross: $5.22M

38. Oldeuboi (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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74 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 407,144 | Gross: $0.71M

39. Deiji (2006)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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About a tragic love triangle story involving young painter Hye-young, Interpol detective Jeong Woo, and professional hitman Park Yi.

Director: Wai-Keung Lau | Stars: Ji-hyun Jun, Woo-sung Jung, Sung-jae Lee, Sara Bernardo Aires

Votes: 5,023

40. Nae yeojachingureul sogae habnida (2004)

123 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.3
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The heart-warming romance story between Kyungjin and Myungwoo. Even though he has passed away, he will be always with Kyungwoo forever.

Director: Jae-young Kwak | Stars: Ji-hyun Jun, Hyuk Jang, Su-ro Kim, Ki-woo Lee

Votes: 5,873

41. The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedom (2010)

TV-G | 79 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.8
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57 Metascore

Fifty years after the fall of his country, can the Dalai Lama make a breakthrough in his efforts to find a solution to the Tibet question?

Directors: Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam | Star: The Dalai Lama

Votes: 139 | Gross: $0.07M

42. Prince of the Himalayas (2006)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

6.7
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An adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet set in ancient Tibet.

Director: Sherwood Hu | Stars: Purba Rgyal, Dobrgyal, Zomskyid, Sonamdolgar

Votes: 76 | Gross: $0.01M

43. Yeonae soseol (2002)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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Two girls confused between love and friendship leave their mutal friend Ji-Hwan unexpectedly. Years later, Ji-Hwan departs on a long journey to find his old friends as he confronts a ... See full summary »

Director: Han Lee | Stars: Tae-hyun Cha, Ye-jin Son, Eun-ju Lee, Yong-woo Park

Votes: 1,556