My Best Asian Directors

I've watched at least 2 movies made by them and can say: they're really great filmmakers :)
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Yasujirô Ozu
Director, Tokyo Story
Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first film the next year...
“ (1903–1963)
Late Spring (1949)
Early Summer (1951)
Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952)
Tokyo Story (1953)
Late Autumn (1960)
An Autumn Afternoon (1962) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
“ (1909–1938)
Sazen Tange and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo (1935)
Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
Akira Kurosawa
Writer, Yojimbo
After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata. Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater creative freedom...
“ (1910–1998)
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945)
One Wonderful Sunday (1947)
Drunken Angel (1948)
Rashomon (1950)
The Idiot (1951)
Ikiru (1952)
Seven Samurai (1954)
High and Low (1963)
Red Beard (1965)
Dodes'ka-den (1970)
Ran (1985) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
“ (1912-2012)
The Naked Island (1960)
Onibaba (1964)
Kuroneko (1968)
Irezumi (1966) (writer)
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) (writer) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
Shôhei Imamura
Director, The Eel
Shohei Imamura's films dig beneath the surface of Japanese society to reveal a wellspring of sensual, often irrational, energy that lies beneath. Along with his colleagues Nagisa Ôshima and Masahiro Shinoda, Imamura began his serious directorial career as a member of the New Wave movement in Japan...
“ (1926–2006)
The Pornographers (1966)
The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
Black Rain (1989) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
Hiroshi Teshigahara
Hiroshi Teshigahara was born the son of Sofu Teshigahara who was the founder of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana (flower arrangement). In 1950, he graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in oil painting. In 1958, he became the director of Sogetsu Art Centre and took a leading role in avant-garde activities in many fields of art...
“ (1927–2001)
Pitfall (1962)
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
The Face of Another (1966) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
Osamu Tezuka
Writer, Astroboy
Remembered by many in Japan as the "god" of manga, no one has ever influenced the realm of anime and manga as has Osamu Tezuka, the man who pioneered the famous anime "puppy dog eyes". Born on November 3, 1928, in Toyonaka, Osaka, he initially set out to become a medical doctor. He received his M.D...
“ (1928–1989)
Ningyo (1964)
Jumping (1984)
Legend of the Forest (1987) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
Nagisa Ôshima
Nagisa Oshima's career extends from the initiation of the "Nuberu bagu" (New Wave) movement in Japanese cinema in the late 1950s and early 1960s, to the contemporary use of cinema and television to express paradoxes in modern society. After an early involvement with the student protest movement in Kyoto...
“ (1932-2013)
Pleasures of the Flesh (1965)
He Died After the War (1970)
In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
Empire of Passion (1978)
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Taboo (1999) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the films...
“ (1941)
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Castle in the Sky (1986)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
Spirited Away (2001)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Ponyo (2008) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
John Woo
Director, Face/Off
Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios. He directed his first feature in 1973 and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before A Better Tomorrow established...
“ (1946)
Hard Boiled (1992)
Hard Target (1993)
Broken Arrow (1996)
Face/Off (1997)
Red Cliff (2008)
Red Cliff II (2009) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
Takeshi Kitano
Takeshi Kitano was born in Tokyo in 1947 and entered show business in 1972 as "Beat" Takeshi, the stage name he continues to use today as a performer. As part of the comic duo Two Beats, Kitano was one of the leading figures in the manzai (stand-up comedy) boom in the late 1970s. With his distinctive art of speech and his idiosyncratic perspective...
“ (1947)
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) (actor)
Fireworks (1997)
Kikujiro (1999)
Taboo (1999) (actor)
Battle Royale (2000) (actor)
Dolls (2002)
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
“ (1951)
Red Sorghum (1987)
Hero (2002)
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
Curse of the Golden Flower (2006) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
Ang Lee
Director, Life of Pi
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University...
“ (1954)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Lust, Caution (2007) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
Chang-dong Lee
Writer, Shi
Lee Chang-Dong was born in 1954 in Daegu, which some consider the most right-wing city in South Korea. Lee is a former high-school teacher and an acclaimed novelist. He turned to cinema when he was over 40 years old. His debut film "Green Fish" (1997) brought immediate success and critical acclaim. "Peppermint Candy" (2000)...
“ (1954)
Green Fish (1997)
Peppermint Candy (1999)
Oasis (2002)
Secret Sunshine (2007)
Poetry (2010) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
Kar-Wai Wong
Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong cha sit (1997)...
“ (1956)
As Tears Go By (1988)
Days of Being Wild (1990)
Chungking Express (1994)
Ashes of Time (1994)
Fallen Angels (1995)
Happy Together (1997)
In the Mood for Love (2000)
2046 (2004)
Eros (2004)
My Blueberry Nights (2007) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
Takashi Miike
Takashi Miike was born in the small town of Yao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. His main interest growing up was motorbikes, and for a while he harbored ambitions to race professionally. At the age of 18 he went to study at the film school in Yokohama founded by renowned director Shôhei Imamura, primarily because there were no entrance exams...
“ (1960)
Visitor Q (2001)
Three... Extremes (2004)
Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006)
Crows Zero (2007)
Crows Zero II (2009) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
Ki-duk Kim
He studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Crocodile. Then he went on to direct Wild Animals...
“ (1960)
Crocodile (1996)
Wild Animals (1997)
Birdcage Inn (1998)
The Isle (2000)
Real Fiction (2000)
Address Unknown (2001)
Bad Guy (2001)
The Coast Guard (2002)
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
Samaritan Girl (2004)
3-Iron (2004)
The Bow (2005)
Time (2006)
Breath (2007)
Dream (2008)
Amen (2011)
Pieta (2012) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
“ (1960)
Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors (2000)
In Another Country (2012) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
Stephen Chow
Stephen Chow was the only boy of his family, and has grown up as a Bruce Lee fan and a martial arts addict. His career started on TV, where he presented a children show ( "430 Space Shuttle" (1983)) and started becoming popular. He got some supporting roles, after that, and won the Taiwanese Golden Horse award for best supporting actor...
“ (1962)
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
CJ7 (2008) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
Satoshi Kon
Satoshi Kon was born in 1963. He studied at the Musashino College of the Arts. He began his career as a Manga artist. He then moved to animation and worked as a background artist on many films (including Roujin Z by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). Then, in 1995, he wrote an episode of the anthology film Memories (this Episode was "Magnetic Rose")...
“ (1963–2010)
Perfect Blue (1997)
Millennium Actress (2001)
Paprika (2006) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
“ (1963)
J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
If You Were Me (2003)
Oldboy (2003)
Three... Extremes (2004)
Lady Vengeance (2005)
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)
Thirst (2009)
Night Fishing (2011) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
“ (1964)
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)
I Saw the Devil (2010) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
Ye Lou
Director, Suzhou he
Ye Lou was born (in 1965) and grew up in Shanghai, a city he would film beautifully in his Suzhou River (Suzhou River). After studying cinema at the Beijing Film Academy, the gifted young man debuted in the film career as an assistant director, a producer and a short subjects director. His second feature Zhou mo qing ren (Weekend Lover) was both a public and critical success...
“ (1965)
Summer Palace (2006)
Spring Fever (2009) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984
“ (1969)
Versus (2000)
Aragami (2003)
Azumi (2003)
Longinus (2004)
The Midnight Meat Train (2008) ” - kandelaki18-412-823984