My 25 best Asian movies

Here is a list of my 25 best Asian movies. There are many gems to find and I think that the best contemporary cinema in the world happens in South Korea right now, so be sure to be a part of this and open up your mind for a different view.
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1.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant. (129 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ It was a quite hard choice but this movie is probably my favourite Asian movie of all times. It's dark, it's melancholic, it's dramatic, it's philosophical, it's emotional and a gripping tale of vengeance filled with action, drama, suspense, horror and a shot of dark humour. ” - kluseba
 
2.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. (115 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ Another amazing movie from South Korea. It is so diversified and profound that you have to watch it several times. You can watch it as a psychological thriller, as a family drama or as a horror movie. Every detail is important and well thought and the end offers one stunning surprise after the other. This movie is the most intelligent film I have ever seen. It's only on second place because it is hard to digest and not always easy to understand at first sight. ” - kluseba
 
3.
Save the Green Planet! (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Byeong-gu believes that the world is on the verge of an alien invasion, and sets out to save the world. (118 mins.)
Director: Joon-Hwan Jang
“ This is an absolutely unique cinematic experience: this movie mixes action, comedy, drama, horror, science-fiction and even surrealism into a furious potpourri you won't forget ” - kluseba
 
4.
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
“ The most brutal movie I have ever seen in my life. This South Korean tale of revenge is dark, bloody and pitiless but a great philosophical sense and questioning is hidden beneath the violence and makes this movie so unique. Min-sik Choi proves once again in here that he is maybe the best contemporary Asian actor. ” - kluseba
 
5.
Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206. (126 mins.)
Director: Sergey Bodrov
“ An epic and profound history movie coming from a rather unknown country. The movie is very thoughtful, intellectual and philosophical but convinces also with amazing epic battle scenes and an authentic and gripping acting by rather unknown actors. ” - kluseba
 
6.
Mao's Last Dancer (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese... (117 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
“ I know that there are some American and Australian actors in this movie but most of the actors are still Chinese and it tells the story of a Chinese dancer. This drama is inspired by true events and honestly made me cry. It's an epic masterpiece about freedom, family and friendship with an outstanding acting and amazing dancing scenes and costumes. ” - kluseba
 
7.
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War. (140 mins.)
Director: Je-gyu Kang
“ This is simply one of the best war movies ever: an outstanding acting, excellent locations and setting and last but not least a truly emotionally driven story for brain and heart. ” - kluseba
 
8.
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
“ Here comes what is to me one of the greatest crime and suspense movies of all times. It gives an interesting inside look at South Korean culture, is brilliantly acted and gripping from the dark beginning to the uneasy ending. ” - kluseba
 
9.
Marebito (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman (Shinya Tsukamoto) investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo. (92 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
“ A weird Japanese movie with a dark and haunting atmosphere, an amazing acting and many strange hints and details. This avant garde masterpiece will make you think and is a great gem to any fan of David Lynch. ” - kluseba
 
10.
Oldboy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ Another South Korean tale of revenge, this time a really mysterious one. It's a story about truth and lies, reason and passion, honour and disgrace with an unforgettable philosophical and shocking ending. ” - kluseba
 
11.
A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Ning Tsai-Shen, a humble tax collector, arrives in a small town to carry out his work. Unsurprisingly... (98 mins.)
Director: Siu-Tung Ching
“ This trilogy is an amazing mixture of the fantasy and the traditional Eastern genre with a great and unforgettable soundtrack and a very solid acting. This movie has a lot of magic and is unforgettable for me. ” - kluseba
 
12.
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
“ This weird Japanese Yakuza tale mixes reality with imagination and tells a story of crime and passion. Every character is weird at the highest possible degree but there is still a sense underneath the surface of humorous madness. ” - kluseba
 
13.
Quick (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Gi-soo, Myeong-sik and Ah-rom were members of the same notorious motorcycle gang. They enjoyed their... (115 mins.)
Director: Beom-gu Cho
“ This is one of the most hilarious action comedy movies ever done. ” - kluseba
 
14.
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
“ This Chinese drama is well acted, well filmed and filled with interesting short stories and a great story line that connects all the things together. It's a movie about passion, faith and loneliness and has many interesting influences that go from erotic to dystopian science-fiction scenes. ” - kluseba
 
15.
Lust, Caution (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee. (157 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ This drama intrigues with incredible acting performances, a tension filled historical context and a lot of unique sexual scenes that are far from being just provocative. ” - kluseba
 
16.
Godzilla (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. (96 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ The birth of a legend starts with a dark and very philosophical movie that has nothing in common with the very entertaining but superficial sceince-fiction action movies that would feature this legendary monster later. This movie is simply unforgettable and a rebirth for the Japanese culture after World War II. ” - kluseba
 
17.
Fury of the Shaolin Master (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Fu Di Lin
“ This Taiwanese pearl is my favourite traditional kung-fu movie. If you like the genre, don't miss this one! ” - kluseba
 
18.
The Flowers of War (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety. (146 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ This drama convinces with a great historical setting and a truly impressive acting by leading, supporting and even secondary actors. ” - kluseba
 
19.
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. (101 mins.)
“ This Indonesian blockbuster is probably the most intense action movie made since the new millennium. ” - kluseba
 
20.
The Wings of the Kirin (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A man is stabbed to death in Tokyo's Nihonbashi area. The victim staggers with the knife still in the... (129 mins.)
Director: Nobuhiro Doi
“ This Japanese crime movie convinces with intriguing cultural aspects and a film noir drama touch that makes it a unique cinematic experience. ” - kluseba
 
21.
Red Cliff (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.). (146 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ An epic tale of Chinese history with interesting characters, stunning images and words and amazing battle scenes. The extended version of almost five hours is a masterpiece of its genre. ” - kluseba
 
22.
Typhoon (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A modern-day pirate plans a massive attack on North and South Korea. (124 mins.)
Director: Kyung-taek Kwak
“ A great action and crime movie that portrays very well the conflict between North and South Korea and how close both people are despite their very different political systems in the end. ” - kluseba
 
23.
Bedevilled (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A woman subject to mental, physical, and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out. (115 mins.)
Director: Chul-soo Jang
“ Another South Korean tale of revenge and a dramatic soul striptease with gripping and shocking characters where nobody is innocent. Before the vengeance story kicks off, you get delivered an intense and unique drama with a running time far beyond one hour. ” - kluseba
 
24.
My Way (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In World War II-era Korea, rival runners, one Korean (Jang Dong-gun) and one Japanese (Joe Odagiri), go to war together against the Soviets. (137 mins.)
Director: Je-gyu Kang
“ This is another epic Korean war movie that takes places in North and South Korea, in the People's Republic of China, in Mongolia, in Russia and finally in France. Join the epic ride! ” - kluseba
 
25.
Zatoichi (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda. (116 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
“ Here comes a great modern samurai movie and in my opinion probably the best of many Zatôichi movies done and played by Takeshi Kitano. ” - kluseba