Asian dramas, horrors and action movies

by owenvanspall | created - 26 May 2018 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

New Chinese Wave, Hong Kong action and martial arts, Korean thrillers etc

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1. City on Fire (1987)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An undercover cop infiltrates a gang of thieves who plan to rob a jewelry store.

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Yueh Sun, Danny Lee, Carrie Ng

Votes: 5,408

2. A Better Tomorrow (1986)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Lung Ti, Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Emily Chu

Votes: 18,865

3. Hard Boiled (1992)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Teresa Mo, Philip Chan

Votes: 43,997

4. The Killer (1989)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Kong Chu

Votes: 43,424

5. The Man from Nowhere

Action, Crime, Thriller | Announced

A remake of the South Korean thriller about a shopkeeper who gets caught up in a drug-trafficking ring.

6. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

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.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee | Stars: Won Bin, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Hee-won Kim

Votes: 55,989 | Gross: $0.01M

7. A Bittersweet Life (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama

Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Min-a Shin, Yeong-cheol Kim, Jung-min Hwang

Votes: 32,214

8. Police Story (1985)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

78 Metascore

A virtuous Hong Kong Police Officer must clear his good name when the drug lord he is after frames him for the murder of a dirty cop.

Directors: Jackie Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Kwok-Hung Lam

Votes: 25,364 | Gross: $0.11M

9. Police Story 4: First Strike (1996)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

This installment of Chan's Police Story film franchise has our hero trying to locate a missing nuclear warhead.

Director: Stanley Tong | Stars: Jackie Chan, Jackson Lou, Annie Wu, Bill Tung

Votes: 17,737 | Gross: $15.32M

10. Police Story 3: Super Cop (1992)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A Hong Kong detective teams up with his female Red Chinese counterpart to stop a Chinese drug czar.

Director: Stanley Tong | Stars: Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung, Kenneth Tsang

Votes: 17,877 | Gross: $16.27M

11. Police Story 2 (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

68 Metascore

The Hong Kong supercop must stop a group of blackmailing bombers, while the villains of Police Story (1985) are out for revenge.

Director: Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Kwok-Hung Lam, Bill Tung

Votes: 15,238

12. Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Suchao Pongwilai

Votes: 68,035 | Gross: $4.56M

13. Ong Bak 2 (2008)

R | 98 min | Action

47 Metascore

A young Thai boxer learns the skills and inner meaning of martial arts.

Directors: Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai | Stars: Tony Jaa, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Sorapong Chatree, Primorata Dejudom

Votes: 27,977 | Gross: $0.10M

14. Ong-bak 3 (2010)

R | 99 min | Action

38 Metascore

Ong Bak 3 picks up where Ong Bak 2 had left off. Tien is captured and almost beaten to death before he is saved and brought back to the Kana Khone villagers. There he is taught meditation ... See full summary »

Directors: Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai | Stars: Tony Jaa, Dan Chupong, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Primorata Dejudom

Votes: 12,283 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Armour of God (1986)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) and his bumbling sidekick are sent on a quest through Europe to find a mysterious treasure held by a shadowy organization of monks.

Directors: Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang | Stars: Jackie Chan, Alan Tam, Rosamund Kwan, Lola Forner

Votes: 16,035

16. Ip Man (2008)

R | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan, Ka Tung Lam

Votes: 197,605

17. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

A young man with superhuman strength is incarcerated at a prison run by corrupt officials and seeks to use his martial arts to clean up the system.

Director: Ngai Choi Lam | Stars: Siu-Wong Fan, Mei Sheng Fan, Ka-Kui Ho, Yukari Ôshima

Votes: 11,640

18. A Better Tomorrow II (1987)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A restauranteur teams up with a police officer and his ex-con brother to avenge the death of a friend's daughter.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Lung Ti, Dean Shek

Votes: 8,544

19. A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon (1989)

R | 105 min | Action, War

A man travels from China to Vietnam, on the brink of war with America, to retrieve his uncle and cousin but find complications when he falls in love with a female gangster with a dangerous ex.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Anita Mui, Kien Shih

Votes: 2,767

20. Saat po long 2 (2015)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

While undercover officer Kit is taken prisoner by the syndicate, he befriends his keeper and discovers an organ trafficking ring.

Director: Soi Cheang | Stars: Tony Jaa, Jing Wu, Simon Yam, Jin Zhang

Votes: 5,473

21. Come Drink with Me (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime

A group of bandits kidnaps the governor's son and demands their imprisoned leader to be set free in exchange.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Hua Yueh, Chih-Ching Yang, Hung Lieh Chen

Votes: 3,317

22. Shao Lin men (1976)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama

A survivor of an attack on a rebel group opposing the Manchu invasion of China creates the Goose Fist fighting technique and tries for revenge on a traitor.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tao-Liang Tan, James Tien, Jackie Chan, Ching Chu

Votes: 1,181

23. Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Drama

A son tries to avenge his father, and gets two sword fighters to help him.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Pai Wei, Damian Lau, Kong Lau, Chiu-Hua Wei

Votes: 1,219

24. Hard Target (1993)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Yancy Butler, Chuck Pfarrer

Votes: 41,246 | Gross: $32.59M

25. Somewhere Beyond the Mist (2017)

86 min | Drama, Thriller

Angela is a cop in charge of the murder of a married couple. Her father, who suffers dementia, has always been a pain in her neck. Sensitive from pregnancy, Angela discovers strange aspects... See full summary »

Director: King-wai Cheung | Stars: Stephy Tang, Rachel Leung, Zeno Koo, Chit-Man Chan

Votes: 115

26. Stray Dogs (2013)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama

84 Metascore

An alcoholic man and his two young children barely survive in Taipei. They cross path with a lonely grocery clerk who might help them make a better life.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Kuei-Mei Yang, Yi-Ching Lu, Shiang-chyi Chen

Votes: 2,063

27. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003)

82 min | Drama, Comedy

82 Metascore

On a dark, wet night a historic and regal Chinese cinema sees its final film. Together with a small handful of souls they bid "Goodbye, Dragon Inn."

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Kiyonobu Mitamura, Tien Miao

Votes: 3,598 | Gross: $0.03M

28. Cure (1997)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

70 Metascore

A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they've done.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Kôji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa

Votes: 8,864 | Gross: $0.09M

29. Pulse (2001)

R | 119 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

Two groups of people discover evidence that suggests spirits may be trying to invade the human world through the Internet.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Haruhiko Katô, Kumiko Asô, Koyuki, Kurume Arisaka

Votes: 14,764 | Gross: $0.05M

30. Dark Water (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Asami Mizukawa

Votes: 28,068

31. Vive L'Amour (1994)

R | 118 min | Drama

Three lonely young denizens of Taipei unknowingly share an apartment used for sexual trysts.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Chao-jung Chen, Kang-sheng Lee, Kuei-Mei Yang, Yi-Ching Lu

Votes: 3,060

32. The Counterfeiter (2018)

130 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

The Hong Kong police are hunting a counterfeiting gang led by a mastermind code-named "Painter". In order to crack the true identity of him, the police recruits gang member Lee Man to unmask "Painter's" secret identity.

Director: Felix Chong | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Aaron Kwok, Jingchu Zhang, Catherine Chau

Votes: 2,640



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