2017 was a strange year for Asian cinema, after the impressive 2016, where “Godzilla
”, “Your Name
”, Nikkatsu’s new Roman films and the latest films by Park Chan-wook, Na Hong-jin and “Train to Busan
” turned the interest of the international audience towards Se Asia, once more.
2017 has been a much more low-key year for Asian films however, giving the opportunity for productions from other Asian countries to shine, in contrast to 2016, when S.Korean and Japanese films dominated this list. So, without further ado, here are the 20 Best Asian Films of 2017, always with a focus on diversity, in random order.
(Some of the films premiered in 2015, but I took the liberty to include them, since they circulated, mostly, in 2017).Small Talk
(Huang Hui-chen, Taiwan)
The documentary thrives on realism: no additional footage for the purpose of visual treatment, no dramatization, and in general, no elements that serve the purpose of beautifying the film.