Gems of Asian Cinema

❝ What you see here are 207 carefully selected favourites of what I've seen so far. Since I don't have the time to watch as much as I used to, it will now grow at a slow, but steady pace.There is no specific order, just individual rating with a minimum of 7/10. My intention is to introduce and suggest the best for people loving the brilliant cinema of Asia.. Peace! ॐ


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[b]Title
: "The Face of Another"
Directed by / Year: Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1966.
From: Japan
Score: 9/10
Summary:

(Criterion) A staggering work of existential science fiction, The Face of Another dissects identity with the sure hand of a surgeon. Okuyama (Yojimbo‘s Tatsuya Nakadai), after being burned and disfigured in an industrial accident and estranged from his family and friends, agrees to his psychiatrist’s radical new experiment: a face transplant, created from the mold of a stranger. As Okuyama is thus further alienated from the strange world around him, he finds himself giving in to his darker temptations. With unforgettable imagery, Teshigahara’s film explores both the limits and freedom in acquiring a new persona, and questions the notion of individuality itself.



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1.
The Bird People in China (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A salaryman and yakuza are each sent by their bosses to a remote Chinese village but discover more then they expected. (118 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ Miike Takashi. I love almost everything about this movie. An ordinary salaryman and a yakuza are both forced together, venture far away from the concrete jungle and painful memories. A trip originally devoted to exploitation business and collection of illegal debt takes unexpected turns. Excellent story about salvation, dreams, compassion and redemption.

9/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
2.
2046 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The women who enter a science fiction author's life, over the course of a few years, after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love. (129 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Haunting and mesmerizing drama from Wong Kar Wai. This fine piece of work affected me on so many levels. Wong's romances are like no other, troubled men and women, escaping their past, memories, souls wandering about in the dark streets of Hong Kong. Hotels, rain, smoke and mirrors.

9/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
3.
Love Exposure (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist. (237 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
“ Sion Sono. Funny, sad, unique, intense. A master of intensity and psycho-dramas, Sion depicts the story of three teenagers, their growth and how their lives intertwine. There is really not much more to say than that Ai no Mukidashi's 237 minutes makes an unforgetable experience. You don't watch this, you live through it.

9/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
4.
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa. (119 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Kurosawa Akira. Need I say more? Surreal, stunning visuals, intriguing stories, brilliant message. Everything adds up to a truly enchanting, mesmerizing experience. A true masterpiece.

9/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
5.
Departures (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. (130 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
“ Yôjirô Takita. This beautiful, mellow drama touched me both for the fact that it's masterfully crafted and for personal reasons. Packed with wonderful scenes, dialogue and soundtrack. Unique story, obviously superb acting from Masahiro.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
6.
Seven Samurai (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Kurosawa Akira. I really enjoyed this classic. "Seven Samurai" tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. Excellent story, great acting, fantastic scenery, action like no other for so many years. Go watch it!

8,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
7.
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan. (208 mins.)
“ Masaki Kobayashi. No Greater Love is the first part of the epic trilogy Ningen No Jôken by the great Kobayashi. His humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. A raw indictment of its nation’s wartime mentality as well as a personal existential tragedy.

9/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
8.
The Bandit (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The epic adventures of the legendary Baran the Bandit following his release from prison. After serving 35 years... (128 mins.)
Director: Yavuz Turgul
“ Yavuz Turgul. A gripping drama from Turkey. Baran is released after 35 years in prison, seeking his true love and the man who stole her and his life from him. He meets Cumali, a young man with no family, involved in criminal activities. A mellow experience of love, jealousy, revenge and friendship.

8,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
9.
The Music Room (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Depicts the end days of a decadent zamindar (landlord) in Bengal, and his efforts to uphold his family prestige even when faced with economic adversity. (100 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
“ Satyajit Ray. An incandescent depiction of the clash between tradition and modernity, and a showcase for some of India’s most popular musicians of the day, The Music Room is a defining work by the great Bengali filmmaker.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
10.
Castaway on the Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness. (116 mins.)
Director: Hae-jun Lee
“ Lee Hae-jun. A man's company goes bankrupt and in desperation he tries to commit suicide. He wakes up on the shore off Bam Island on Han River. Isolated from the hectic, degenerating enviroment of the city and free from the monetary system. Meanwhile, a young woman lives in her bedroom, also isolated from the system, desperately trying to fit in and gain attention over the internet, her hobby is to take pictures of the moon. "Kimssi Pyoryugi" takes on a lot of important aspects of life, how we live, what we take for granted and what makes us truly happy.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
11.
Strange Circus (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear. (108 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
“ Sion Sono. A very intense, surreal and brilliant psychological drama about sexual abuse and denial. Having that said, this is not an ideal watch for children. Shion, like Takashi Miike, is a master of the intense and controversy. I'm usually blown away by his unforgetable dramas, and "Kimyô na Sâkasu" certainly did not disappoint.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
12.
Tokyo! (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A cinematic triptych of three Tokyo-set stories. (112 mins.)
“ Bong Joon-ho, Leos Carax and Michel Gondry. Loved all three films. Espiecially Bong's Shaking Tokyo. Very unique and refreshing triptych.

7/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
13.
Oldboy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ Park Chan-wook. Whoa, this is one intense ride you don't want to miss. I've seen a lot of psychological thrillers, both from Asia and around the world and Oldboy - the second part of Park's Vengeance Trilogy - easily ranks as one of the best.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
14.
Last Life in the Universe (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A suicidal, obsessively compulsive Japanese librarian is forced to lie low in Thailand with a pot-smoking woman coping with the recent loss of her sister. (112 mins.)
“ Pen-Ek Ratanaruang. "Last Life In the Universe" is one of my favourite dramas. Tadanobu Asano does splendid acting as Kenji, an obsessive-compulsing and suicidal librarian. Haunting, lovely drama from Thailand.

8,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
15.
Protégé (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A special agent has for 8 years been deep undercover in Asia's lucrative organized crime trade as he plays protégé to one of the key players, Banker. Nick now has but he has started to feel loyalty to his new environment, and to the money. (106 mins.)
Director: Derek Yee
“ Derek Yee. A great crime/drama. Good character developments, great story and acting. This is a must-see from Hong Kong.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
16.
Rainy Dog (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Japanese assassin stranded in Taiwan must take work from a local crime boss to make ends meet when suddenly a woman from his past delivers a son to him. (95 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ Takashi Miike. In Miike's second part of his Black Society trilogy, "Rainy Dog" we meet Yuuji (Sho Aikawa) just fired from his Yakuza syndicate, living on his own and taking out hits from another boss. One day a woman comes by and drops off what she claims to be his son. The gritty, dirty enviroments and the almost constant rain adds up to a beautiful cinematography and a haunting atmosphere.

8,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
17.
Exiled (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A friendship is formed between an ex-gangster, and two groups of hitmen - those who want to protect him and those who were sent to kill him. (110 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
“ Johnnie To. This beautiful, gripping drama is by far one of my favorites in the crime genre. Me and my mate had some good laughs and really got caught up in the tension. But this picture is far more than your regular crime/thriller. Excellent character developments, beautiful scenery, great story and a grand finale. They say Johnnie To is Hong Kong's best kept secret, and I can't agree more.

8,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
18.
The Most Distant Course (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Tthree young souls, with different purposes, comes to the coast and search for the meaning of their life, a journey considerably longer than any of them has taken before. (110 mins.)
Director: Jing-Jie Lin
“ Lin Jing-Jie. "Zui Yao Yuan De Ju Li" or "The Most Distant Course" is just so very beautiful and harmonic, but at the same time sad and haunting. Great philosophical drama from Taiwan.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
19.
Rebels of the Neon God (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Within the urban gloom of Taipei, four youths face alienation, loneliness, and moments of existential crisis amidst a series of minor crimes. (106 mins.)
Director: Ming-liang Tsai
“ Tsai Ming-liang. A dark, gritty and real depiction of the lifes of teenagers in Taipei in the early 90's. Superb atmosphere.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
20.
Waltz with Bashir (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict. (90 mins.)
Director: Ari Folman
“ Ari Folman. One of my favourite movie experiences ever. The animations puts a surreal, enchanting shroud over the grim reality of a war. Genius. Excellent story, scenery, atmosphere, soundtrack.. well, in other words, excellent movie.

9/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
21.
Fallen Angels (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A disillusioned killer embarks on his last hit but first he has to overcome his affections for his cool... (96 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Wong Kar Wai. Wonderful atmosphere.

7/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
22.
Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In mediaeval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him... (124 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
“ Kenji Mizoguchi. When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually wrenched apart by vicious slave traders. A flawless depiction of oppression, greed, sorrow and retribution. Sansho the Bailiff is one of the strongest and riveting films I've experienced.

10/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
23.
All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The problematic lives of teenager students for whom the singer Lily Chou-Chou's dreamy music is the only way to escape an alienating, violent and insensitive society. (146 mins.)
Director: Shunji Iwai
“ Shunji Iwai. Brilliant psychological drama.

8,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
24.
A City of Sadness (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A beautiful, historical film based upon the complex lives of four brothers. (157 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
“ Hou Hsiao-hsien. Beautiful slow-paced drama. City of Sadness focuses on the lives of families in Taiwan after the war in 1945.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
25.
Hazard (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Faced by a society of criminals, these three youths avenge their rights. (103 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
“ Sion Sono. In Hazard, we follow Shin (as Joe Odagiri) as he escapes his dull and sleepy life in Japan seeking excitement and new perspectives in New York. He meets Lee and Takeda and they form a close friendship, sharing their frustrations and rebel against society. "I sit and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon all oppression and shame..." - Walt Whitman.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
26.
Eureka (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The traumatized survivors of a murderous bus hijacking come together and take a road trip to attempt to overcome their damaged selves. Meanwhile a serial killer is on the loose. (217 mins.)
Director: Shinji Aoyama
“ Shinji Aoyama. Masterfully crafted drama. Excellent story, acting and scenery. Don't need to tell you much more than to go watch this film!

9/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
27.
Drunken Angel (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond. (98 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Kurosawa Akira. In this powerful early noir from the great Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune bursts onto the screen as a volatile, tubercular criminal who strikes up an unlikely relationship with Takashi Shimura’s jaded physician.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
28.
Peppermint Candy (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Consists of five phases of a man's life about why he committed suicide in the end. (129 mins.)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
“ Lee Chang-dong. In this mellow, powerful drama we follow the life of Kim Yong-ho in reverse after he commits suicide on the railtracks. Excellent story and acting with a great ending.

8,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
29.
The Face of Another (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality. (124 mins.)
“ Hiroshi Teshigahara. A staggering work of existential science fiction, The Face of Another dissects identity with the sure hand of a surgeon. Okuyama (Yojimbo‘s Tatsuya Nakadai), after being burned and disfigured in an industrial accident and estranged from his family and friends, agrees to his psychiatrist’s radical new experiment: a face transplant, created from the mold of a stranger. As Okuyama is thus further alienated from the strange world around him, he finds himself giving in to his darker temptations. With unforgettable imagery, Teshigahara’s film explores both the limits and freedom in acquiring a new persona, and questions the notion of individuality itself.

9/10 ” - KemeticScience
 
30.
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them. (123 mins.)
“ Hiroshi Teshigahara. Woman in the Dunes is one of cinema’s most bristling, unnerving, and palpably erotic battles of the sexes, as well as a nightmarish depiction of everyday Sisyphean struggle, for which Teshigahara received an Academy Award nomination for best director.

9/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
31.
Ugetsu (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A fantastic tale of war, love, family and ambition set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
“ Kenji Mizoguchi. A truly haunting and memorable story about two men abandoning their women in the chaos of war, pursuing their dreams and fall victim of greed. Derived from stories by Akinari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant, this haunting tale of love and loss—with its exquisite blending of the otherworldly and the real—is one of the most beautiful films ever made. A classic masterpiece.

10/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
32.
After Life (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity. (118 mins.)
“ There's no doubt that Hirokazu Koreeda is one of the finest living directors in Japan. With brilliant dramas like "Maboroshi No Hikari" and "Dare Mo Shiranai", he uses life, death, philosophy and memories as main ingredients, resulting in enchanting story, acting and scenery. "Wandâfuru Raifu" is no exception. I said psychological brilliance is ever-present in asian cinema and this is a perfect example. Unique, thought-provoking, refreshing drama.

8,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
33.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young and truth seeking boy travels to an isolated lake, where an old Buddhist master lives on a small floating temple. (103 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
“ Kim Ki-duk. A truly unique movie with magnificent scenery. The messages in this are many, but one that stands out must be "Lust awakens the desire to possess." A very important aspect of man's sexual desires and the destructive nature surrounding it.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
34.
Ran (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Set in Japan in the 16th century (or so), an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them, or cause them to turn on each other...and him... (162 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Kurosawa Akira. Ran is Kurosawa’s late-life masterpiece, a profound examination of the folly of war and the crumbling of one family under the weight of betrayal, greed, and the insatiable thirst for power.

9/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
35.
Hanging Garden (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(114 mins.)
Director: Toshiaki Toyoda
“ Toshiaki Toyoda. Masterful depiction of the fragile psyche. How he managed to bring forth such intriguing intensity from what seemed to be a perfect family living their every-day lives, (and the ending!) left me convinced that he is a true master. I can't wait to get my hands on his other works. "Welcome to Babylon!"

8,5/10 ” - KemeticScience
 
36.
Memories of Murder (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead... (131 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
“ Bong Joon-ho. Excellent crime/drama. Simliar to "Zodiac" but just so much better.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
37.
Election (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong's Triad society. (100 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
“ Johnnie To.

Great drama/thriller that could be labeled as the asian version of the Godfather.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
38.
Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A coming of age story involving young love and a mysterious music, coming from a crystal radio left as a memento by an absent father, that leads a young heroine deep into a hidden world. (116 mins.)
Director: Makoto Shinkai
“ Makato Shinkai. Makato Shinkai has never ceased to impress us with the visual detail and animated scenery, a wonderful blend of colour and light that breathes life into the dreamlike landscapes. Shinkai’s new work is a touching and compelling tale of friendship, love and hatred, truth, deciet, but foremost about letting go.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
39.
Triad Election (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As election time nears, current Triad chairman Lok (Yam) faces competition from his godsons. At the same time, Jimmy (Koo) looks to increase his business relations with mainland China. (92 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
“ Johnnie To.

The prequel.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
40.
3-Iron (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days. (88 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
“ Kim Ki-duk. Masterfully crafted drama, truly uniqe and enchanting.

8,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
41.
The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
With the brilliant Vietnamese summer as a setting Vertical Ray of the Sun is beautiful from beginning to end... (112 mins.)
Director: Tran Anh Hung
“ Beautiful, refreshing drama. Tran Anh Hung made me want to live in Vietnam after I watched this film. The cool colours and tropical enviroments combined with excellent scenery adds up to an unforgetable experience. The morning scene when it rained with Lou Reed's "Coney Island Baby" as soundtrack remains as one of my favorite scenes ever.

9/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
42.
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife. (129 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
“ Yôji Yamada. This is not the typical samurai movie. Focusing more on the life of our hero, dialouge and character development, made the few fight scenes full of tension.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
43.
The Burmese Harp (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk. (116 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
“ Kon Ichikawa. It's the year 1945 and the end of the war. Japan has surrendered and suffered tremendous damage. Captain Inouye's (Rentarô Mikuni) unit are moving towards the border of Thailand when they encounter the british in a village in Burma. Such a beautiful and strong film that will always be remembered.

10/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
44.
9 Souls (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Nine convicts escape from prison; most are convicted murders. They commandeer a van from a strip club... (120 mins.)
Director: Toshiaki Toyoda
“ Toshiaki Toyoda. One of the best dramas I'll ever see. Outcasts of society, nine convicts escapes a life in prison and venture out on a roadtrip in a red van. I was instantly intrigued in every persons history, thoughts and dreams. The trip was humurous, hectic, surreal, beautiful yet sad.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
45.
Harakiri (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn. (133 mins.)
“ Masaki Kobayashi. Following the collapse of his clan, an unemployed samurai (Tatsuya Nakadai) arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to be allowed to commit ritual suicide on the property. Iyi’s clansmen, believing the desperate ronin is merely angling for a new position, try to force his hand and get him to eviscerate himself—but they have underestimated his beliefs and his personal brand of honor.

9/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
46.
Nobody Knows (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning. (141 mins.)
“ Hirokazu Koreeda. Great, strong drama about children abandoned to live on their own by an irresponsible mother.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
47.
A Moment to Remember (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A Korean love story about a young couple's enduring love, which is tested when 27 year old Sun-jin is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease. (117 mins.)
Director: John H. Lee
“ Lee John H. Brilliant drama. Funny at times, but for the most part a tragic story.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
48.
Yojimbo (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Akira Kurosawa. Yojimbo is a visually stunning and darkly comic classic. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, a masterless samurai turns the two evil clans against each other to his own advantage. Remade twice, by Sergio Leone and Walter Hill, this exhilarating genre-twister remains one of the most influential and entertaining films of all time.

8,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
49.
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A young woman becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy lord, and must learn to live with the strict rules and tensions within the household. (125 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ Yimou Zhang. Haunting, psychological, calm, beautiful drama. Unforgetable scenery.

7,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
50.
Blue Spring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A group of a run-down Tokyo high school students face the struggles of growing up, growing apart from their friends and worrying about their future, while living in a highly violent environment. (83 mins.)
Director: Toshiaki Toyoda
“ Toshiaki Toyoda. Intriguing, raw and memorable drama about friendship and violence in high-school.

7/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
51.
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general. (139 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Kurosawa Akira. A general and a princess must dodge enemy clans while smuggling the royal treasure out of hostile territory with two bumbling, conniving peasants at their sides; it’s a spirited adventure that only Akira Kurosawa could create. Acknowledged as a primary influence on George Lucas’s Star Wars, The Hidden Fortress delivers Kurosawa’s inimitably deft blend of wry humor, breathtaking action and humanist compassion on an epic scale.

8,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
52.
Pairan (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Kangjae, a small time gangster receive a news that his wife Failan is dead. Failan, his wife who he never met. (115 mins.)
Director: Hye-sung Song
“ Song Hae-sung. Mellow, gripping drama from South Korea.

7,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
53.
Ikiru (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Kurosawa Akira. A wonderful, enchanting yet sad story about an old man diagnosed with stomach cancer, with months left to live. While facing death, he regrets his dull, meaningless past in bureaucracy and instead of depression and sorrow, he embraces life, love, compassion and unselfishness.

9/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
54.
Angel's Egg (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg. (71 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
“ Mamoru Oshii. A very dark, mesmerizing, thought-provoking and surreal work of art. Astonishing design by Yoshitaka Amano and a haunting soundtrack by Yoshihiro Kanno. The atmosphere was breath-taking and it had me on the edge of my seat till the end, and at the same time a feeling of unease and wonder shrouded me. Masterpiece.

9/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
55.
Spirited Away (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Hayao Miyazaki. Animated masterpiece. The story, message, artwork, voice-casting, soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi, it all blends into pure bliss.

9/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
56.
Millennium Mambo (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Taipei. A voice off-camera looks back ten years to 2000, when Vicky was in an on-again off-again relationship with Hao-Hao... (119 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
“ Hou Hsiao-hsien. In Millennium Mambo, we follow the life of Vicky (Shu Qi), and she is narrating past events at the same time. Her relationship with her boyfriend is a depressing one, filled with drugs and tristesse. The film is beautifully shot, and the almost constant night life with the minimal club music adds up to a great atmosphere.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
57.
The Classic (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Shy Ji-hae's friend is having problems expressing her feelings to the boy she loves, so she asks Ji-hae to write e-mails to him in her name... (127 mins.)
Director: Jae-young Kwak
“ Kwak Jae-young. "Keulraesik" or the Classic, is a great drama depicting two parallel lifetimes, the mother and her daughter and their romances.

8,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
58.
Ley Lines (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A group of Chinese youths living in Japan struggle to make their way in life and eventually find trouble with the local crime syndicate. (105 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ Takashi Miike. (Black Society Trilogy - Ley Lines). This story about young friends trying to get out of Japan is a dark, raw and sad ride that you won't forget. Excellent scenery and atmosphere.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
59.
What Time Is It There? (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When a young street vendor with a grim home life meets a woman on her way to Paris, they forge an instant connection... (116 mins.)
Director: Ming-liang Tsai
“ Tsai Ming-liang. A calm, beautiful and poetic piece from Tsai. It seems simliar to his eariler work "He Liu" regarding Lee Kang-sheng's family and home.

7,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
60.
In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end. (109 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
“ Nagisa Oshima. A graphic portrayal of insatiable sexual desire, Oshima’s film, set in 1936 and based on a true incident, depicts a man and a woman (Tatsuya Fuji and Eiko Matsuda) consumed by a transcendent, destructive love while living in an era of ever escalating imperialism and governmental control.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
61.
Kwaidan (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes. (183 mins.)
“ Masaki Kobayashi. A classic. Surreal, haunting and intriguing. Adapted from traditional Japanese ghost stories, this lavish production drew extensively on Kobayashi’s own training as a student of painting and fine arts.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
62.
13 Assassins (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. (141 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ This is one brilliant homage to Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai". Takashi Miike has become one of my favourite directors and this recent work of his is packed with good old samurai action and story, Miike style, with inspiration from the master. I don't know about you but this is one killer combination that will stand and remain a classic homage to one of the finest classics in history.

8,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
63.
House (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways. (88 mins.)
“ Nobuhiko Ôbayashi. A hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home. Equally absurd and nightmarish, Hausu might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet.

7/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
64.
Cold Fish (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation... (146 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
“ Sono Sion. (18+). Tsumetai Nettaigyo, is based on a true story. I'm not sure how much of it is true, but this was one brilliant, intense ride from the master of psychodramas, which I kind of knew already when I saw the cover. Lots of gore and sex, I wouldn't recommend this to young people.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
65.
I Saw the Devil (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases. (141 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ Kim Jee-woon. South Korevenge strikes again. Akmareul Boatda had me in the midst of the heat after just a couple of minutes. Excellent acting, great tension and just the right ammount of gore. One of the best in it's genre.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
66.
To Live (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After Fugui and Jiazhen lose their personal fortunes, they raise a family and survive difficult cultural changes during 1940s to 1970s China. (133 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ Yimou Zhang.

Great drama about life.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
67.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (89 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
“ Isao Takahata. A masterpiece in animation. Depicts and provokes true sorrow. One of the best anti-war pictures ever made.

9/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
68.
Gozu (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ Takashi Miike. Gozu: Yakuza Horror Theater is a great mix of mystery and drama, combined with the bizarreness of Visitor Q. An unforgetable watch, much like every other movie by Miike.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
69.
Air Doll (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A life-size blow-up doll develops a soul and falls in love with a video store clerk. (125 mins.)
“ Hirokazu Koreeda. Well, first of all I'd like to say this is not a feel good film nor is it a fantasy. Koreeda depicts the sad truth which is, most of us are lonely and empty inside, even though we live in cities filled with millions of people. He does this brilliantly as we follow the experiences of an air doll (Doona Bae) brought to life. This is a truly unique and beautiful film, with really important messages and should leave anyone filled with grief over the current state of how we live and how rare true happiness really is.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
70.
Guilty of Romance (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A grisly murder occurs in Maruyama-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo - a love hotel district - a woman was found dead in a derelict apartment... (144 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
“ Sion Sono. (18+). In his latest work, "Guilty of Romance", Sono drags me down yet another dark and twisted spiral, descending down into the depths of the human psyche. His films are poetry in motion, depicting in a raw way the absurd state of humankind.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
71.
The Sinners of Hell (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A group of sinners involved in interconnected tales of murder, revenge, deceit and adultery all meet at the Gates of Hell. (101 mins.)
Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
“ Nobuo Nakagawa. Shocking, outrageous, and poetic, Jigoku is the most innovative creation from Nobuo Nakagawa, the father of the Japanese horror film. After a young theology student flees a hit-and-run accident, he is plagued by both his own guilt-ridden conscience and a mysterious, diabolical doppelgänger. But all possible escape routes lead straight to hell—literally.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
72.
The Housemaid (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A composer and his wife are thrown into turmoil when a housemaid becomes more than they bargained for. (111 mins.)
Director: Ki-young Kim
“ Kim Ki-young. Classic drama from South Korea.

7,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
73.
The Chaser (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A cash-strapped pimp and former police detective draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of prostitutes. (125 mins.)
Director: Hong-jin Na
“ Na Hong-jin. The Chaser is surely one of the best amongst pure thrillers. A high-paced ride as we follow an corrupted pimp ex-cop's race against time when some of his girls are missing without a trace.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
74.
Yi Yi (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Each member of a middle class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives. (173 mins.)
Director: Edward Yang
“ Edward Yang. A great piece of drama from Taiwan. Harmonious scenery, a mellow beautiful score combined with great acting and compelling stories. Yi Yi is a poetic and artistic movie that moved me on many levels.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
75.
Happy Together (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong and their relationship goes adrift... (96 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Wong Kar Wai. Tony Leung Chiu Wai with the late Leslie Cheung in this mellow romance set in Argentina. Great scenery and play with colours, excellent soundtrack by Astor Piazzolla. Yet another brilliant romance from Wong.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
76.
The River (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In Taiwan, Xiao-kang, a young man in his early 20s, lives with his parents in near silence. He is plagued by severe neck pain... (115 mins.)
Director: Ming-liang Tsai
“ Tsai Ming-liang. In this beautiful drama we follow Kang-sheng (as himself) and his life with his two parents. He gets severe neck pain and his life becomes more and more isolated. He Liu is full of tension despite of the near silence. I was even left with some, hopefully, imagineable neck pain myself. Yet another art-house masterpiece by Tsai.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
77.
Onibaba (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask. (103 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
“ A horror you will remember. Onibaba kicked it all off. Driven by primal emotions, dark eroticism, a frenzied score by Hikaru Hayashi, and stunning images both lyrical and macabre, Kaneto Shindo’s chilling folktale Onibaba is a singular cinematic experience.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
78.
Tokyo Story (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them. (136 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
“ Yasujiro Ozu. Tokyo Story (Tokyo Monogatari) follows an aging couple, Tomi and Sukichi, on their journey from their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling, postwar Tokyo.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
79.
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders. (120 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ That which moves is neither the branches or the wind...It's your heart and mind.

7,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
80.
Midnight FM (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Popular TV anchorwoman and late night radio host Sun-Young (Soo-Ae) prepares to work her final radio program... (106 mins.)
Director: Sang Man Kim
“ Kim Sang-man. This is one of the best stalker-thriller's out there.

7,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
81.
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot--one created solely for sexual pleasure--who slaughtered her owner. (100 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
“ Excellent sequel to Ghost in the Shell. Profound message, astonishing artwork, brilliant atmosphere. Batô: "God is everlasting geometry".

9/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
82.
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Tsuioku Hen (1999 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
In the era of Japan's Meiji Restoration, an assassin regains his humanity. (120 mins.)
“ Kazuhiro Furuhashi. A truly gripping, well-crafted OVA to Rurôni Kenshin. Excellent character developments, compelling story and great messages. "Corruption causes justice to appear as insanity", how far should one go in the name of justice, should blood be spillt for the greater good? Moral issues, painful memories, emotions, trust and betrayal is in focus in this masterpiece.

9/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
83.
Serpent's Path (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man enlists a friend to help him identify and exact revenge upon his daughter's murderer. (85 mins.)
“ Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

7,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
84.
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. (119 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Hayao Miyazaki. Lovely animation.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
85.
As Tears Go By (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Mid-level gangster Wah falls in love with his beautiful cousin, but must also continue to protect his volatile partner-in-crime and friend, Fly. (102 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Wong Kar Wai's triumphant debut. With not as much romance as you might think, the story focuses mainly on two brothers and their struggle in the mob.

7,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
86.
Made in Hong Kong (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Autumn Moon (Sam Lee), a low-rent triad living in Hong Kong, struggles to find meaning in his hopelessly violent existence. (108 mins.)
Director: Fruit Chan
“ Chan Fruit. This unusual and genius crime from Hong Kong blew me away. At first I wasn't expecting much, but as the film evolved so did my feelings and experience, to a surprising level. It shares some similarites with Wong Kar Wai's Fallen Angels at some points, which can only be a good thing. The soundtrack is minimal and effective. Poverty begets evil, that's the rule of the game.

8,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
87.
A Dirty Carnival (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Byung-du is a 29-year-old career criminal, working for the middle-rank enforcer Sang-chul. Burdened... (141 mins.)
Director: Yoo Ha
“ Yu Ha. "A Dirty Carnival" is a great piece of crime/thriller from South Korea.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
88.
Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
On a dark, wet night a historic and regal Chinese cinema sees its final film. Together with a small handful of souls they bid "Goodbye, Dragon Inn." (82 mins.)
Director: Ming-liang Tsai
“ Tsai Ming-liang. "Bu San" is a film about Dragon Inn's last movie. Loved the concept and atmosphere.

7,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
89.
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A traumatized member of an elite para-military police force falls for the sister of a female terrorist courier who died in front of him on duty. (102 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Okiura
“ Hiroyuki Okiura, Mamoru Oshii.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
90.
Maborosi (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. (110 mins.)
“ Hirokazu Koreeda.

A Mellow, calm and truly beautiful drama... An artful composition by one of the greatest in the drama genre.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
91.
The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In an alternate postwar timeline, Japan is divided into the Union-controlled North and the US-controlled South. (91 mins.)
Director: Makoto Shinkai
“ Makoto Shinkai. A superb and beautiful animation. Great soundtrack and scenes that stick with you.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
92.
Visitor Q (2001 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures. (84 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ Takashi Miike. (18+). Miike usually depicts the negative sides of society and the consequences of how it affects the human psyche. With that said, Bijitâ Q is a smack in the face. If you don't get Miike than this will just be one bizarre movie.

7/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
93.
Days of Being Wild (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Set in 1960, the film centres on the young, boyishly handsome Yuddy, who learns from the drunken ex-prostitute... (94 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Wong's world of troubled men and women, escaping their past, memories, souls wandering about in the dark streets of Hong Kong... Rain, smoke, hotels. I never want it to end.

8,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
94.
The World of Silence (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Jung-Ho a famous photographer who has a special ability to read people's minds, has just returned to Korea from abroad... (110 mins.)
Director: Ui-seok Jo
“ Jo Ui-seok. I was expecting a casual thriller/horror mix but instead I found myself observing excellent acting, suspense coming from the feelings for characters and atmosphere in the scenery.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
95.
Shutter (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past. (97 mins.)
“ Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom. This is one great horror from Thailand that you won't forget. Great story.

7,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
96.
Memories (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
"Memories" is made up of three separate science-fiction stories. In the first, "Magnetic Rose," four... (113 mins.)
“ Kôji Morimot (segment 1 "Magnetic Rose"), Katsuhiro Ohtomo (segment 3 "Cannon Fodder"), Tensai Okamura (segment 2 "Stink Bomb"). Great animated triptych with great stories. Magnetic Rose is my favorite, excellent piece of work.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
97.
The Isle (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Carer becomes the mother to a secluded isle. (90 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
“ Kim Ki-duk. Haunting drama.

7,5/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
98.
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love. (63 mins.)
Director: Makoto Shinkai
“ Makoto Shinkai. Lovely young romance in this beautiful animation from Makato.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
99.
The Sky Crawlers (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A group of eternally young fighter pilots known as Kildren experience the sudden loss of innocence as they battle the enemy in astonishing dogfights above the clouds. (122 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
“ Mamoru Oshii is one of my favorite anime directors after I layed my eyes upon Ghost in the Shell 1-2, with a profound and deep storyline and astonishing artwork. Sukai Kurora is no exception and I'm looking forward to discover all of Mamoru's gems.

8/10. ” - KemeticScience
 
100.
Vive L'Amour (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The film focuses on three city folks who unknowingly share the same apartment: Mei, a real estate agent who uses it for her sexual affairs; Ah-jung... (118 mins.)
Director: Ming-liang Tsai
“ Tsai Ming-liang. Hsiao-Kang (Lee Kang-sheng) works as a salesman but leads a miserable life. He steals a key to an apartment that's for sale, but soon finds out he's not alone.

7,5/10









Hang on, there is more on the next page! ➘ ” - KemeticScience