02.a Asian Love / Drama

These are some my best East Asian movies, with a lot of focus of intelligent stories and remarkable auteurs & filmmakers.
I love them all very much, some in other ways than others.
I am always on the lookout for new ones so if anyone post any propositions on the comments I will probably look it up and add it if fits on my short list
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1.
Shall We Dance? (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons. (136 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Suo
“ As I haven't seen the remake starring Richard Gere I have probably no right to say this: Don't ever see the remake, but I will anyway on account of how much I like the original. ” - kakatara
 
2.
The Eel (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A businessman kills his adulterous wife and is sent to prison. After the release, he opens a barbershop and meets new people, talking almost to no one except an eel he befriended while in prison. (117 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
“ About jealousy, remorse and forgiveness. And shame. And romance. ” - kakatara
 
3.
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
“ A lot of dramas that I see from Japan are about shame in correlation to pride or valor. This movie about an undertaker/ corpse-dresser is one of those. ” - kakatara
 
4.
Cyclo (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young man who struggles through life by earning some money with his bicycle-taxi in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) gets contact to a group of criminals... (123 mins.)
Director: Tran Anh Hung
“ All Anh Hung Tran's movies are beautifully made and profound, to me. ” - kakatara
 
5.
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A Japanese father travels to China's Yunnan province in the place of his ailing son to film a famous folk-opera star. (107 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
6.
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
“ There is a young boy photographing the back of the head of people he know to let them se what they can't. I really like him for that. ” - kakatara
 
7.
In the Mood for Love (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. (98 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ I will never forget Maggie Chung having a new divine dress in every scene. ” - kakatara
 
8.
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
“ I see 2046 as a kind of twin film to In the Mood for Love. As such I think they should merge in to one experience rather than compete. ” - kakatara
 
9.
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
 
10.
Owl and the Sparrow (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In modern-day Saigon, three lonely strangers form a unique family as a ten-year old orphan plays matchmaker to a zookeeper and a beautiful flight attendant. (97 mins.)
Director: Stephane Gauger
 
11.
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
“ It feels like this coming of old age or wisdom is a recurring theme in asian movies and i like that.
Ki-Duk Kim from South Korea is one of my absolute favourite directors, almost all of his films is clearly worth seeing. ” - kakatara
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
My Little Bride (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A teenage girl tries to continue her normal social and school life, after her grandfather forces her into an arranged marriage with a man in his twenties. (115 mins.)
Director: Ho-joon Kim
“ My Little Bride ” - kakatara
 
14.
Kamikaze Girls (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Momoko, a strange and seemingly emotionless girl obsessed with 18th century France, befriends a Yanki biker and the two experience the ups and downs of their unusual lives in a rural Japanese town. (102 mins.)
 
15.
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
 
16.
301/302 (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two obsessive-compulsives, a chef and an anorexic writer, are neighbors in an apartment building. The... (100 mins.)
Director: Chul-soo Park
 
17.
A Good Lawyer's Wife (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Bored, horny, and frustrated, a woman begins an affair with a teenage boy. (105 mins.)
Director: Sang-soo Im
“ A good lawyer's wife ” - kakatara
 
18.
Breathless (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A bitter loan shark strikes a friendship with a troubled schoolgirl as he faces his own troubled past with his abusive father. (130 mins.)
Director: Ik-joon Yang
“ Breathless ” - kakatara
 
19.
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and the boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses. (111 mins.)
 
20.
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years. (171 mins.)
Director: Kaige Chen
 
21.
Unknown Pleasures (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two unemployed Chinese teenagers have trouble resisting the temptations of the Western world. (112 mins.)
Director: ZhangKe Jia
 
22.
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
 
23.
Pisces (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Ae-Ryun runs a video store called "Sad Movie" on her own. She is a typical Pisces who likes French films... (98 mins.)
Director: Hyung-tae Kim
 
24.
Breath (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A love story involving a convicted prisoner who "slowly falls for a woman who decorates his prison cell". (84 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
25.
Pieta (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother. (104 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
26.
Moebius (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A father driven into desire, a son coveting that of his father's, and the sorrowful maternity that hovers them into tragedy. (89 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
27.
A Girl at My Door (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Young-nam was a promising graduate of the police academy before she was transferred to the small seaside village... (119 mins.)
Director: July Jung