My top Asian Movies of 2012

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Fu sing (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In 1940s Hong Kong, an orphaned boy (Aaron Kwok) rises above oppressive circumstances to become an esteemed engineer for the British colonies, but still struggles to learn where he came from. (104 mins.)
Director: Ho Yim
“ This is my favourite HK Movie, not because of the story, and anything else, but because of Aaron Kwok Si-Fung only. He was brilliant in this film. My rating 9*:all of them because of Aaron Kwok's performance. ” - katka50
Cold War (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The police department has long been untouchable until tonight when hijackers kidnap 5 highly trained officers. Cryptic messages from the hijackers expose a mole within the task force. (102 mins.)
“ The story around of two rival policemen's war for the power. But, who cares about the story, when Tony Leung Ka-fai was fight with Aaron Kwok Fu-shing, or Andy Lau to smile welcome us. Perfect acting lot of excellent actors, and actresses, and beautiful pictures of the pulsatile Hong-Kong. I recommend for everyone, who liked the Infernal Affairs Trilogy. My rating 10* (2 for the story, and 2 to Cinematographer, and 6 to actors, especially Aaron Kwook, and Tony Leung Ka-fai) ” - katka50
Chakravyuh (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
On the request of his friend Kabir, SP Adil Sends him to the Naxal group as an informer. When Kabir finds the truth he becomes one of their gang leader. (152 mins.)
Director: Prakash Jha
“ Prakaksh Jha's Chakravyuh is aimed to be a social commentary on the issues of Naxalites, and story of two best friends: Adil and Kabir. Kabir infiltrated Rajan's group and informed his friend. When Kabir realized the truth about the Naxals, he became the Leader one of them.
My Indian friend said that, Prakash Jha showed us the real problems of India: the poverty, the misery and political repression. But lot of Indians said that: this is not real problems, this is one of the Movies from Bollywood, only.
I agree with them, but I think that, it was authentic. My rating 10*(3 for the story, and 7 to actors. Especially Arjun Rampal, and Anjali Patil. Last, but not least Sameera Reddy, for the song, title Khunda Khol) ” - katka50
Russian Coffee (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
About a man who must betray his country to protect the woman he loves. Revolve around the first introduction of Coffee in Korea. (115 mins.)
Director: Youn-hyun Chang
“ The film is around the King Gojong, who hires the beautiful Tanya as his personal barista. But Tanya and her lover, Ilych (they are both Koreans) eventually become ensnared in a plot to assassinate King Gojong that is orchestrated by Sadako, a Korean-Japanese collaborator. Ilych becomes a spy to protect Tanya, who has begun to fall for Gojong while she makes his coffee every day.
My rating 9* (6 to actors, and 3 to Jang Yoon-hyun, for directing Kim Tak-hwan's historical fiction novel, Noseoa Gabi /Russian Coffee) ” - katka50
Teri Meri Kahaani (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
The true love between a couple in 1910, 1960 and 2012. Their love is so strong that even destiny wants to bring them together. (117 mins.)
Director: Kunal Kohli
“ This is "thrice upon a love story", as the premise is set between 1910, 1960, and 2012. Shahid Kapoor, and Priyanka Chopra played a different character in each time period, but each character is linked to one another.
My favourite part of this film is the third love story, between Javed (Shahid) and Aradhana (Priyanka). This part rewinds to 1910 in Lahore during the times of the British Empire.
The film was moderately successful, but I liked it, because the film presented the life of the Indian people, during of the English Opression. And I think that, this Movie represents lot of Indian values.
My rating 6*. (3 to actors, and 3 to composers of the Song: Humse Pyaar Karle Tu). ” - katka50
English Vinglish (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A quiet, sweet tempered housewife endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter everyday because of her inability to speak and understand English. (134 mins.)
Director: Gauri Shinde
“ Shashi as a "typical conservative Indian woman". Once her older sister, who lives in New York, invites Shashi's family for her daughter's wedding. Shashi's husband decided, that she has to go alone to New York. There she realized that, her lack of English causes chaos, and she secretly enrolls herself into a conversational English class that promises to teach the language in four weeks.
Lot of art critics say that, English Vinglish was one of the biggest Indian premieres of 2012. And Barfi was selected for Oscar. Why? My rating 10*. ” - katka50
Ishaqzaade (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
While fighting for the political supremacy of their respective families, a Hindu man and a Muslim woman share a forbidden romance. (120 mins.)
Director: Habib Faisal
“ Ishaqzaade is a beautiful love story between Parma, who is Hindu, and Zoya, who is Muslim. They are lovers, despite their families are different. So, this is the modern Indian Romeo and Juliet. But this film shocked me. Two nice, educated, smart, and so young people. Did they have to die, because their religions are not a same? In the 21th Century? Incredible.
My rating 10* (6 to actors, and 4 to filmmakers) ” - katka50
Vettai (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Thiru join hands with his brother Guru to face the mobsters of a city. (150 mins.)
Director: N. Linguswamy
“ The film revolves around two brothers, the elder being sensitive to violence and the younger being a jobless rogue, settled in Thoothukudi. After the death of their father, a police officer, the elder brother takes on the same job by request of the younger. The older brother rises to fame in his job by having his younger brother secretly punish suspects and save victims for him. This angers two of the village's biggest mob bosses, who begin to seek revenge on the elder brother. After getting severely beaten by them, the elder brother loses his fear and becomes physically stronger through training from his younger brother. How the brothers get back at two gangs and protect their families form the rest of the story.
This is one of the best South Indian Movies, what I saw in my life. Madhavan was brilliant choice for this role, and Sameera Reddy also was good. My rating 9*only, because of unnecessary bloody scenes ” - katka50
London Paris New York (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Nikhil and Lalitha are two completely different individuals who are drawn to each other in spite of their differences -- or perhaps because of it. Follow their journey as they meet in London, Paris and New York for a night in each city. (100 mins.)
Director: Anu Menon
“ London Paris New York is a film that captures the angst of the twenties, the most dramatic period of one’s life – when you have to find a career; you have your first significant relationship and most importantly form your identity in this world.
This is story about Lalitha, a middle class south Indian girl, who is on her way to New York to study, and Nikhil, a punjabi, rich kid, who is going to study Film Making in London on 100% dad’s money. They decide to hangout together one evening in London and find that they are completely drawn to each other even as their future lies on separate continents. Nikhil promises to meet Lalitha in New York but he is unable to keep his word...
I liked it for a different Indian movie experience. My rating 10*. ” - katka50
Back to 1942 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A deadly drought in 1942 takes its toll on central China's Henan province during the war against Japan. (145 mins.)
Director: Xiaogang Feng
“ It was the Winter of 1942. The film opens with Master Fan (Zhang Guoli) as a wealthy landlord in wartime Henan. When the rest of the village suffered from famine, Fan still had plenty of food to feed his family and the village. A group of bandits came and robbed the village, eventually burning it down to the ground.
Fan fled his hometown with his daughter, wife and daughter-in-law. They were also accompanied by a servant, Shuan Zhu (Zhang Mo). Along their way west, they met the family of fellow village-man, Xialu. They decided to flee together, but the food and money of Master Fan was robbed by Kuomingtang soldiers amid the chaos caused by Japanese bombing....
Altough, this film have too many dislikable characters, and it was to long, my rating 8*. For the excellent cinematography, and for very good performances. Especially Fan Xu, and Hanyu Zhang, and Adrien Brody. ” - katka50
Ombak rindu (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The story starts with Izzah, an orphan girl who lost both parents due to road accident. Thereafter, her uncle... (125 mins.)
Director: Osman Ali
“ Izzah and John from two different and world they have to face many hurdles before finding happiness. Izzah is a village girl who was sold by his uncle to an entertainment club in Kuala Lumpur to become prostitute. Izzah bought from the club owner to be his mistress, but Izzah and John from two different and world they have to face many hurdles before finding happiness. Izzah is a village girl who was sold by his uncle to an entertainment club in Kuala Lumpur to become prostitute. Izzah bought from the club owner to be his mistress, but John appealed to marry to legalize their relationship. John not claim any rights as a wife, but after the marriage, he falled in love with her. But John's mother not liked this marriage. John then forced to marry Mila, a friend of school days.
Release date of this film was 1 December 2011, but I saw it in January 2012. My rating 10* (6 to actors, and 4 to the Cinematographer) ” - katka50
Barfi! (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal. (151 mins.)
Director: Anurag Basu
“ His parents named him Murphy, but everyone calls him Barfi!
Always ready with a prank up his sleeve, he’s quite the charmer, especially with the ladies. In Darjeeling, Barfi (Ranbir Kapoor) is the talk of the town. Even though he can neither speak nor listen. His bitter-sweet relationship with two beautiful young ladies, Shruti and Jhilmil sets in motion a chain of events that will turn his life upside down! Everyone said that: "You have to watch it, because Barfi! is a strong performances, and a heartwarming story." But the movie disappointed me. I don't know why, but I not liked Ranbir Kapoor's Chaplin-esque. My rating 5* ” - katka50
Masquerade (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Amid national chaos and fear for his life, tyrannical King Gwanghae orders his trusted councilor Heo Kyun to find a royal body double... (131 mins.)
Director: Chang-min Choo
“ The confusing and conspiratorial 15th ruler of Korea's Joseon Dynasty King Gwang-hae (Lee Byung-hun) orders his councilor, Heo Gyun (Ryoo Seung-ryong), to find him a double in order to avoid the constant threat of assassination. Heo Gyun finds Ha-sun, a lowly acrobat and bawdy joker who looks remarkably like the king, and just as feared, Gwang-hae is poisoned. Heo Gyun proposes Ha-sun fill the role as the king until Gwang-hae recovers fully and grooms Ha-sun to look and act every bit the king.
Brilliant directing, and acting, wonderful visuals. My rating 9* (5 to actors, and 4 to filmmakers. Especially to the costume designer). ” - katka50
Dangerous Liaisons (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
In Shanghai, an aging socialite's infatuation with her ex-boyfriend manifests itself as a risky game, where her former lover agrees to seduce, then abandon a naive young woman. (110 mins.)
Director: Jin-ho Hur
“ In Shanghai, an aging socialite's infatuation with her ex-boyfriend manifests itself as a risky game, where her former lover agrees to seduce, then abandon a naive young woman.
This movie is not a blockbuster, but I liked it, because of Ziyi Zhang, who played a sophisticated, and mysterious woman. She was a good choice. I liked Shawn Dou, who played ambitious, and talented young painter, and he was excellent in this role. My rating 8* (5 to actors, and 3 to the director) ” - katka50
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland. (130 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
“ A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland.
I liked Riz Ahmed, and Liev Schreiber too. They were excellent in the lead roles, and I think that, Imaaduddin Shah also was very good. My rating 10*(5 to actors, and 5 to the director, Mira Nair) ” - katka50
The Last Tycoon (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Action superstar Chow Yun-Fat portrays real-life gangster Chen Daqi as he rises to the upper echelons of power, finding himself torn between the love of two women, the murderous plots of the secret service, and the looming threat of war. (107 mins.)
Director: Jing Wong
“ The movie is set in Shanghai in the early Republican era. Cheng Daqi, a young man working at a fruit stall, travels to Shanghai in search of a new life and he meets Hong Shouting, a police chief who is also a triad boss. Hong's wife, Ling Husheng, recognises Cheng's talent and successfully persuades her husband to let Cheng join them. Cheng gradually rises through the ranks in the criminal underworld of Shanghai and becomes an influential triad boss. He meets Bao, who falls in love with him, but Cheng's true love is actually his childhood friend Ye Zhiqiu, who has gone missing.
Many years later, a middle-aged Cheng has become one of the most notorious and powerful triad bosses in Shanghai, even surpassing his old boss Hong Shouting. However, he finds himself caught up in the struggle between the aggressive Empire of Japan, which is planning to invade China, and the local secret service led by the crafty Mao Zai, who saved his life many years ago. He also encounters his old flame Ye Zhiqiu again, but she is now married to another man.
My rating 9*. I gave all to Chow Yun-Fat, who's one of the best actor in these days. ” - katka50
The Tower (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A Christmas Eve party at a luxury residential building takes a horrific turn when a fire breaks out. (121 mins.)
Director: Ji-hoon Kim
“ Lee Dae-ho (Kim Sang-kyung) is a single father and manager of the 120 story luxurious landmark building complex, Tower Sky in Yeouido, Seoul. He is an earnest employee liked by his colleagues and is secretly in love and secretly even wanted to marry with Seo Yoon-hee (Son Ye-jin), a restaurant manager. The owner of the complex, Mr. Jo decides to hold a "White Christmas" party for tenants and VIPs on Christmas Eve, with helicopters circling above, sprinkling snow onto the party. Dae-ho has promised to spend the day at an amusement park with his daughter Ha-na, but had to cancel when he is needed at the party.

While the party is in full swing one of the helicopters crashes into the building and the building catches fire. Dae-ho moves quickly to save Ha-na, Yoon-hee and his colleagues. At the same time, firefighter Kang Young-ki (Sol Kyung-gu) fight to bring the blaze under control, helping Dae-ho in the process. Together they fight to save the lives of everyone, despite a feud between the two men.
My rating 7* (4 to the actors, especially Ye-jin Son, and little Mina Cho, who was Young-ki's daughter, Hana. 3 to the technical teams, for the visual effects) ” - katka50
Heroine (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A female superstar struggles through the trials and tribulations of being a Bollywood actress. (149 mins.)
“ After his incredible run of women-centric films from Chandni Bar, Page 3, Satta and Corporate to the blockbuster Fashion, Madhur Bhandarkar now turns his lens inwards and presents his most ambitious work yet - Heroine. The film is based on the life and times of a superstar heroine from the dream factory we call 'Bollywood'. The film is a daring, shocking, glamorous, scandalous behind the scenes account of the reality behind the world of glitz and glamour that our film stars inhabit. For a country obsessed with films and film stars, Heroine will take audiences on a voyeuristic journey to see what really goes on behind the closed doors of make up rooms and vanity vans. It will give them a chance to go beyond the gorgeous smiles and politically correct quotes, to see what really happens in the lives of India's sweethearts. The bitching and the politics, the secrets and the lies, the incredible highs of fame and the lonely depths of failure.
I love a biographical films very much. Altough this is not the best, but it was very impressive story. So, my rating 5 *. (2* for Kareena's, 1* for Arjun Rampal's, and 1* Randeep Hoda's acting. And I gave 1* to the legendary Indian actress, Helen, who was Mahi's friend, and her mentor. ” - katka50