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1. Made in Hong Kong (1997)

109 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Autumn Moon (Sam Lee), a low-rent triad living in Hong Kong, struggles to find meaning in his hopelessly violent existence.

Director: Fruit Chan | Stars: Sam Lee, Neiky Hui-Chi Yim, Wenders Li, Ka-Chuen Tam

Votes: 1,832

2. Chungking Express (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Faye Wong

Votes: 54,631 | Gross: $0.60M

3. 2046 (2004)

R | 129 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

Several women enter a science fiction author's life over the course of a few years, after the author has lost the woman he considers his one true love.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Faye Wong, Li Gong

Votes: 47,614 | Gross: $0.26M

4. Fallen Angels (1995)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

This Hong Kong-set crime drama follows the lives of a hitman, hoping to get out of the business, and his elusive female partner.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leon Lai, Michelle Reis, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Charlie Yeung

Votes: 22,043

5. Days of Being Wild (1990)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

96 Metascore

A man tries to find out who his real mother is after the woman who raised him tells him the truth.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau

Votes: 16,049 | Gross: $0.14M

6. As Tears Go By (1988)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Mid-level gangster Wah falls in love with his beautiful cousin, but must also continue to protect his volatile partner-in-crime and friend, Fly.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung, Alex Man

Votes: 7,473 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Happy Together (1997)

96 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

A couple take a trip to Argentina but both men find their lives drifting apart in opposite directions.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Chen Chang, Gregory Dayton

Votes: 19,850 | Gross: $0.19M

8. In the Mood for Love (2000)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu, Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung

Votes: 109,036 | Gross: $2.73M

9. Last Life in the Universe (2003)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A suicidal, obsessively compulsive Japanese librarian is forced to lie low in Thailand with a pot-smoking woman coping with the recent loss of her sister.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, Takashi Miike, Laila Boonyasak

Votes: 10,567 | Gross: $0.03M

10. Lost in Translation (2003)

R | 102 min | Drama

89 Metascore

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris

Votes: 380,404 | Gross: $44.59M

11. My Sassy Girl (2001)

Not Rated | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young man sees a drunk, cute woman standing too close to the tracks at a metro station in Seoul and pulls her back. She ends up getting him into trouble repeatedly after that, starting on the train.

Director: Jae-young Kwak | Stars: Tae-Hyun Cha, Ji-hyun Jun, In-mun Kim, Wok-suk Song

Votes: 42,929

12. Castaway on the Moon (2009)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Romance

A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness.

Director: Hae-jun Lee | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Ryeowon Jung, Yeong-seo Park, Mi-kyeong Yang

Votes: 14,706 | Gross: $3.73M

Lee Hae-jun. A man's company goes bankrupt and in desperation he tries to commit suicide. He wakes up on the shore off Bam Island on Han River. Isolated from the hectic, degenerating enviroment of the city and free from the monetary system. Meanwhile, a young woman lives in her bedroom, also isolated from the system, desperately trying to fit in and gain attention over the internet, her hobby is to take pictures of the moon. "Kimssi Pyoryugi" takes on a lot of important aspects of life, how we live, what we take for granted and what makes us truly happy.

8/10.

13. Love Exposure (2008)

Unrated | 237 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

78 Metascore

A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Takahiro Nishijima, Hikari Mitsushima, Sakura Andô, Yutaka Shimizu

Votes: 10,325

Sion Sono. Funny, sad, unique, intense. A master of intensity and psycho-dramas, Sion depicts the story of three teenagers, their growth and how their lives intertwine. There is really not much more to say than that Ai no Mukidashi's 237 minutes makes an unforgetable experience. You don't watch this, you live through it.

9/10.

14. The Bird People in China (1998)

118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A salaryman and yakuza are each sent by their bosses to a remote Chinese village but discover more then they expected.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Renji Ishibashi, Mako, Michiko Kichise

Votes: 4,271

Miike Takashi. I love almost everything about this movie. An ordinary salaryman and a yakuza are both forced together, venture far away from the concrete jungle and painful memories. A trip originally devoted to exploitation business and collection of illegal debt takes unexpected turns. Excellent story about salvation, dreams, compassion and redemption.

9/10.

15. I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people's souls.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Soo-jung Lim, Rain, Seong-hun Cheon, Hee-jin Choi

Votes: 21,574

16. Departures (2008)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music

68 Metascore

A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

Director: Yôjirô Takita | Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 45,558 | Gross: $1.50M

Yôjirô Takita. This beautiful, mellow drama touched me both for the fact that it's masterfully crafted and for personal reasons. Packed with wonderful scenes, dialogue and soundtrack. Unique story, obviously superb acting from Masahiro.

8/10.

17. All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)

146 min | Crime, Drama, Music

73 Metascore

The problematic lives of teenager students for whom the singer Lily Chou-Chou's dreamy music is the only way to escape an alienating, violent and insensitive society.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Hayato Ichihara, Shûgo Oshinari, Ayumi Itô, Takao Ohsawa

Votes: 7,382 | Gross: $0.02M

Shunji Iwai. Brilliant psychological drama.

8,5/10.

18. Tokyo! (2008)

Unrated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

63 Metascore

A cinematic triptych of three Tokyo-set stories.

Directors: Leos Carax, Michel Gondry, Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Ayako Fujitani, Ryo Kase, Ayumi Itô, Nao Ohmori

Votes: 8,770 | Gross: $0.35M

Bong Joon-ho, Leos Carax and Michel Gondry. Loved all three films. Espiecially Bong's Shaking Tokyo. Very unique and refreshing triptych.

8/10.

19. Eureka (2000)

217 min | Drama

78 Metascore

The traumatized survivors of a murderous bus hijacking come together and take a road trip to attempt to overcome their damaged selves. Meanwhile a serial killer is on the loose.

Director: Shinji Aoyama | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Masaru Miyazaki, Yôichirô Saitô

Votes: 3,147 | Gross: $0.05M

Shinji Aoyama. Masterfully crafted drama. Excellent story, acting and scenery. Don't need to tell you much more than to go watch this film!

9/10.

20. Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)

R | 121 min | Action, Western

55 Metascore

A nameless gunfighter arrives in a town ripped apart by rival gangs and, though courted by both to join, chooses his own path.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Hideaki Itô, Kôichi Satô, Quentin Tarantino, Masanobu Andô

Votes: 14,131 | Gross: $0.05M

21. Air Doll (2009)

Unrated | 125 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

64 Metascore

A life-size blow-up doll develops a soul and falls in love with a video store clerk.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Doona Bae, Arata Iura, Itsuji Itao, Joe Odagiri

Votes: 5,562

22. Kamikaze Girls (2004)

102 min | Comedy

56 Metascore

Momoko, a strange and seemingly emotionless girl obsessed with 18th century France, befriends a Yanki biker and the two experience the ups and downs of their unusual lives in a rural Japanese town.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Kyoko Fukada, Anna Tsuchiya, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Sadao Abe

Votes: 6,539

23. Hana and Alice (2004)

135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

When two best friends develop a crush on the same boy, they develop a plan to trick him into dating them.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Anne Suzuki, Yû Aoi, Tomohiro Kaku, Shôko Aida

Votes: 3,507



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