Everyone loves Hollywood movies because they are full of great special effects, wonderful stories, and pretty awesome scripts with the best directing and acting we could hope for. Yet, Hollywood movies are not the only ones that hold the same level of quality in every aspect. Asian filmmaking, for example, also offers pretty good movies, some of them even better than most Hollywood movies we see in cinemas today.
Take a look at the following 10 Asian Film Gems and see for yourself how great movies from other parts of the world can be…
1. Oldboy (2003) from South Korea
It is not a secret that Park Chan-Wook is one of the most talented filmmakers alive today. And when it comes to his best film, we can simply put our finger into his 2003 masterpiece Oldboy. This movie is simply perfect, with a revenge theme, lots of blood, sublime directing, undoubtedly perfect acting and a wonderful story that will make anyone fall from their seat. Watch Oldboy and everything else from Park Chan-Wook, you won’t regret it.
2. Yi Yi (2000) from Taiwan
Yi-Yi is a movie that is not as well-known as the rest of this list. Yet, it is one of the best and most interesting without a doubt. Directed by Edward Yang and portrayed by some of the best characters in Asian movies of all times, this seemingly perfect movie has almost no faults. From the writing to the acting, directing and even beautiful photography, this movie is a must for all film lovers.
3. The Raid: Redemption (2011) from Indonesia
Even though this movie was directed by Gareth Evans, a Welsh director – it was filmed and portrayed by pure Indonesia material. When it comes to action, The Raid: Redemption is simply one of the best movies ever made, a masterpiece in form, story, photography, and characterization. Simply, a must-see for all action fans.
4. 13 Assassins (2010) from Japan
Released in 2010, 13 Assassins by Takashi Miike was a masterpiece that didn’t get enough praise from the West. Still, it made a big impact which was felt all over the world. This movie, as a remake of the old 1963 movie that didn’t really go out of Asia, was superbly brought back in order to delight all samurai enthusiasts.
5. A Separation (2011) from Iran
The Oscar-winning drama A Separation is an amazing film which Hollywood must envy. This amazing drama was directed by Asghar Faradi, a talented director who portrayed the most interesting story of social correctitude, justice, honor, religious beliefs, and obedience of Iran by telling us about a couple which is currently divorcing in the most simplistic but successful way. This movie should be on the watch list of everyone who hasn’t watched it yet.
6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) from Taiwan
If you are a movie fan, you for sure known Ang Lee for movies like Brokeback Mountain (2008) and Pi (2012) that are two of his most successful movies. Still, there’s a movie in his portfolio that is even more celebrated than these two and it is also better in some ways. This ninja movie, full of fight scenes at the best ninja style, a pretty good story, and wonderful acting is simply one of the best Asian movies ever made.
7. Infernal Affairs (2002) from Hong Kong
Chinese movies don’t get the praise they deserve, especially for those movies that are actually the original from some Western one. Infernal Affairs by Wai Keung Lau is a perfect movie, both artistically and technically, with an interesting story, good action scene, pretty awesome thriller feel and with a script that was even remade in Hollywood. Infernal Affairs is the original script from The Departed (2006) by Martin Scorsese, and simply that makes it just as important as any other.
8. In The Mood for Love (2000) from Hong Kong
Another Chinese movie that doesn’t get the appraisal it deserves is In the Mood for Love. This movie directed by Wong KarWai is a perfect mix between drama, romance, loneliness, and love. This movie was exquisitely made, both for its script and cinematography, with a perfect story and an even better message that needs to be read between lines. Still, a movie any film lover would praise.
9. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) from India
Most movies from Bollywood are known for their musicals, Indian stereotypes, religious themes,and romance. However, Anurag Kashyap did a tremendous job with this 5-hour-long drama which is simply one of the best Asian gems ever made. Portraying the most overlooked part of the Indian society and mafia, this movie is pure gold in almost every way. It is filled with drama, comedy, action, thriller, suspense and much more. A must-see.
10. Battle Royale (2000) from Japan
Directed by the utterly talented Kinji Fukasaku, Battle Royale made a big impact when it first came out. An action film filled with teenagers blood, mysteries to solve, good action and the best directing – this movie delivers the best survival mode to the screen and the Hunger Games feeling with an even better story that is just a must-watch for anyone who wants to know more about Asian filmmaking.
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