Watchlist: Asian dramas

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1.
Jasmine Flower (2004)
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Generational family saga set in Shanghai in the thirties, sixties and eighties. (130 mins.)
Director: Yong Hou
 
2.
Summer Palace (2006)
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Yu Hong leaves her home village and starts university in Beijing, where she develops a consuming and compulsive relationship with another student. The student riots from 1989 then ensue and take a toll on their lives. (158 mins.)
Director: Ye Lou
 
3.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
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A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons. (103 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
4.
Dr. Akagi (1998)
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At the end of WWII, Japanese doctor Akagi searches for the cure for hepatitis in the prisoner-of-war camp. (129 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
5.
The Warrior (2001)
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1375. Nine Koryo warriors, envoys exiled by Imperial China, battle to protect a Chinese Ming Princess from Mongolian troops. (158 mins.)
Director: Sung-su Kim
 
6.
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
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A discovery made by a kung fu obsessed American teen sends him on an adventure to China, where he joins up with a band of martial arts warriors in order to free the imprisoned Monkey King. (104 mins.)
Director: Rob Minkoff
 
7.
Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)
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Star-crossed lovers must fight on opposing sides in a battle that will determine the next Shogun. (107 mins.)
Director: Ten Shimoyama
 
8.
Fearless (2006)
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A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation. (104 mins.)
Director: Ronny Yu
 
9.
The Rebel (2007)
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In French ruled Vietnam in 1922, the French and Vietnamese officers plot to sniff out arch-rebel De Canh... (103 mins.)
Director: Charlie Nguyen
 
10.
The Hidden Blade (2004)
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During the time of change of the mid-19th Century, Yaichiro is bid farewell by his fellow samurai friends... (132 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
11.
Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)
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A revolver-wielding stranger crosses paths with two warring clans who are both on the hunt for a hidden treasure in a remote western town... (121 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
12.
The Banquet (2006)
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A loose adaptation of Hamlet, "The Night Banquet" is set in an empire in chaos. The Emperor, the Empress, the Crown Prince, the Minister and the General all have their own enemies they would like to finish off at a night banquet. (131 mins.)
Director: Xiaogang Feng
 
13.
Hong fen (1995)
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The film charts the fortunes of two women who loved each other as sisters, but whose paths diverge when... (115 mins.)
Director: Shaohong Li