The Book of Lists - Horror: Lisa Morton's Top Ten Asian Horror Movies

by MinaGrentham | created - 06 Sep 2014 | updated - 06 Sep 2014 | Public

Lisa Morton's fiction has appeared in many books and magazines, including the award-winning anthologies The Museum of Horrors and Dark Delicacies. She won the 2006 Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction for her story "Tested." She has also written several films, including Meet the Hollowheads, and two nonfiction books, The Cinema of Tsui Hark and The Halloween Encyclopedia.

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1. Song at Midnight (1937)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

China's first horror film, this is loosely based on The Phantom of the Opera. A disfigured musical genius roams a traditional Chinese opera house, punishing those who offend him.

Director: Weibang Ma-Xu | Stars: Menghe Gu, Ping Hu, Shan Jin, Chau-Shui Yee

Votes: 516

2. Ugetsu (1953)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

A tale of ambition, family, love, and war set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyô, Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito

Votes: 17,258 | Gross: $0.01M

3. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 12,291

4. Sien nui yau wan (1987)

Unrated | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

After a string of bad luck, a debt collector has no other choice than to spend the night in a haunted temple, where he encounters a ravishing female ghost and later battles to save her soul from the control of a wicked tree demon.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma, Wai Lam

Votes: 7,793

5. The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold Story (1993)

Unrated | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

Cops investigate a criminal running an unsuspecting restaurant, while trying to trace the steps back to how he ended up running it suddenly.

Directors: Danny Lee, Herman Yau | Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Danny Lee, Emily Kwan, Siu-Ming Lau

Votes: 2,847

6. Ringu (1998)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi, Hitomi Satô

Votes: 57,026

7. Battle Royale (2000)

Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 155,998

8. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon

Votes: 49,260

9. The Host (2006)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Horror

85 Metascore

A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Hee-Bong Byun, Hae-il Park, Doona Bae

Votes: 82,075 | Gross: $2.20M

10. Gau ngao gau (2006)

109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A Cambodian assassin finds himself on the run from Hong Kong police after completing his assignment.

Director: Soi Cheang | Stars: Edison Chen, Sam Lee, Weiying Pei, Siu-Fai Cheung

Votes: 2,243



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