Essential Asian

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1.
Ip Man (2008)
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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. (106 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
 
2.
Ip Man 2 (2010)
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Centering on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts. (108 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
 
3.
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (108 mins.)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
 
4.
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
 
5.
Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
On the verge of being fired, a corrupt customs official finds a haul of drugs and teams up with a vicious gangster to become the most powerful crime partnership in Busan. (134 mins.)
Director: Jong-bin Yun
 
6.
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
 
7.
One Nite in Mongkok (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Hong Kong nihilism. December 22, a street quarrel leads to the death of a gang leader's son. Next day... (110 mins.)
Director: Derek Yee
 
8.
Vengeance (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A French chef swears revenge after a violent attack on his daughter's family in Hong Kong, during which her husband and her two children are murdered. To help him find the killers, he hires three local hit-men working for the mafia. (108 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
 
9.
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
 
10.
Confessions (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death. (106 mins.)
 
11.
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.)
 
12.
Fire of Conscience (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Centers on Captain Manfred who is caught in the line of fire between high levels of corruption and malice... (106 mins.)
Director: Dante Lam
 
13.
Beast Stalker (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A traffic accident changed their lives forever. In capturing wanted criminal Zhang Yidong, Sergeant... (109 mins.)
Director: Dante Lam
 
14.
The Stool Pigeon (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Policeman Don Lee often works with informants but numerous too-close calls and failed missions cause him to see the world as one betrayal after another - then he meets Guy, and is given a new chance to change his views. (113 mins.)
Director: Dante Lam
 
15.
Battle Royale (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act. (114 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
16.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu. (81 mins.)
Director: David Gelb
 
17.
The Yellow Sea (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story of a cab driver in Yanji City, a region between North Korea, China and Russia. His wife goes to Korea to earn money... (157 mins.)
Director: Hong-jin Na
 
18.
The Man from Nowhere (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend. (119 mins.)
Director: Jeong-beom Lee
 
19.
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
 
20.
Dragon (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A papermaker gets involved with a murder case concerning two criminals leading to a determined detective suspecting him and the former's vicious father searching for him (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Chan
 
21.
Hero (2002)
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A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. (99 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
22.
Smuggler (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
This live-action film adaptation of Shohei Manabe's Smuggler manga is not to be missed! Ryosuke Kinuta is a failed actor with big time debts... (114 mins.)
Director: Katsuhito Ishii
 
23.
Ichi the Killer (2001)
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As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
24.
Audition (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all. (115 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
25.
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
 
26.
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' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant. (129 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
27.
Lady Vengeance (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After a thirteen-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a six-year-old boy, Guem-Ja Lee seeks... (115 mins.)
Director: Park Chan Wook
 
28.
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
 
29.
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
 
30.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
31.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (119 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
32.
Rurouni Kenshin: Origins (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A former assassin who has resolved to never kill again has his vow sorely tested. (134 mins.)
Director: Keishi Ohtomo
 
33.
The Thieves (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job... (135 mins.)
Director: Choi Dong Hoon
 
34.
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
 
35.
Beyond Outrage (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle... (112 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
36.
Outrage (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate. (109 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
37.
Snowpiercer (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges. (126 mins.)
Director: Bong Joon Ho
 
38.
The Raid 2 (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force. (150 mins.)
Director: Gareth Evans
 
39.
Rise of the Legend (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An orphan, whose father has been killed by dark power, attempts to bring justice back to the town. (131 mins.)
 
40.
Ip Man 3 (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer make a play to take over a local school, Master Ip is forced to take a stand. (105 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
 
41.
The Wailing (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A stranger arrives in a little village and soon after a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman is drawn into the incident and is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter. (156 mins.)
Director: Hong-jin Na