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Greetings all,

Here in Columbia, SC I host a weekly film party called 'Asian Action & Beyond'. It's a simple format where 4-20 friends drop in & we enjoy a single Asian film (all Asian nationalities & all genres are open. ) For the first year I choose the films - then opened up the ‘presenter’ spot to anyone who had a hot lead, a fun oldie, or just wanted to share their fav.

Naturally, there are hundreds of worthy films to see, and I would love some input from the sagacious folks here in BGG. What Asian films are important to you? What would you present for a casual gathering of Asian savvy film goers - Fun to watch, exciting, surprising, just damn weird?

My only parameters for film choice are that we’ve not already seen the film, it be reasonable in length (under 3 hours) and not be too experimental. Oh, and I have to be able to find it, lol!

I ‘m looking to establish the line-up for the first few months of 2012 and think it would be grand to incorporate distant 'hosts'. Yep, YOU!

Here is the downstairs theater, so you can envision the scene.. I'll be happy to talk tech with folks about home cinema but would prefer to do that on a separate thread. Cheers!






Here is our line up for the past year +... not everything has been good -in fact, some real stinkers, but all fun with the right company!

2012
Jan 23rd : Zebraman 2

2011
Dec 16th : Helldriver!
Dec 5th : Blood the Last vampire
Nov 28th : Detective Dee
Nov 14th : The Nocturnal Demon
Nov 7th : Little Big Soldier
Oct 25th : Mongol
Oct 17th : Psycho Gothic Lolita
Oct 10th : Demon Hunter
Sept 26th : Naussica
Sept 19th : Flying Dagger
Sept 12th : Chocolate (1yr Anniversary!)
Sept 5th : Samurai Assassin : the Blind Wolf
Aug 29th : Musa The Warrior
Aug 22nd : Survive Style 5+
Aug 15th : Paprika
Aug 8th : Return to the 38th Chamber
Aug 1st : 2046
July 25th : I saw the Devil
July 11th : Dark Water
June 27th : King of Comedy
June 6th : Funky Forest & Eagle Shooting Heroes
May 30th: Summer Wars & Sukeban Boy
May 23rd : True Legend
May 16th : 13 Assassins
May 1st : The Shinjuku Incident
April 11th : Sanjuro
April 4th : Big Trouble in Little China
March 28th : Yojimbo
March 21st : The Twilight Samurai
March 14th : Taboo
March 7th : Shogun Assassin
February 28th : The New Tale Of Zatoichi
February 21st : The Hidden Fortress
February 7th : The Seven Samurai
January 24th : Natural City

2010
Dec 6th: Sword of Doom
Nov 22nd : Stormriders
Nov 1st : Royal Tramp I
October 25th : Story of RICKY!
October 11th : IP Man
October 4th : Dragon Tiger Gate

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Why do they have to be Asian movies? Do you guys watch those movies with all the tentacles and stuff?
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i did not see Versus on your list.

for shame.

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Zatoichi (2003)
Story of Ricky
One armed Boxer Vs Master of Flying Guillotine
Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain
Ong Bak
Shaolin Soccer
Big Man Japan
Kung Fu Hustle
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I vote for "Bride & prejudice", but I'm not sure if it counts as asian.
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Just from my collection those I like.
Read it as original title/year/director/imbd link
Sadly I don't have the US titles, just the German ones, so I opted for the originals.

Ying xiong 2002 Zhang Yimou http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0299977/
Jing ke ci qin wang 1999 Chen Kaige http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0162866/
Kong Zi 2009 Hu Mei http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1397498/
Huozhe 1994 Zhang Yimou http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110081/
Hua Mulan 2009 Jingle Ma Chor-Sing http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1308138/
Chi bi 2008 John Woo http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425637/
Chat gim 2005 Tsui Hark http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0429078/
o hu cang long 2000 Ang Lee http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0190332/
Promise , The 2005 Chen Kaige http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0417976/
Shao Lin san shi liu fang 1978 Liu Chia-Liang http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078243/
Muk gong 2006 Jacob Cheung Chi-Leung http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0485863/
Die xue jie tou 1990 John Woo http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099426/
Chung Hing sam lam 1994 Wong Kar-Wai http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109424/
Jui Kuen 1978 Yuen Woo-Ping http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080179/
Huo Yuan Jia 2006 Ronny Yu http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446059/
Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia 2006 Zhang Yimou http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0473444/
Lat sau san taam 1992 John Woo http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104684/
Yi dan qun ying 1989 John Woo http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094351/
Fa yeung nin wa 2000 Wong Kar-wai http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118694/
Wu jian dao 2002 Andrew Lau http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338564/
Wu jian dao 2 2003 Alan Mak http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369060/
Wu jian dao 3 2003 Wai-Keung Lau http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374339/
Yip Man 2 2010 Wilson Yip http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386932/
Dip huet seung hung 1989 John Woo http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097202/
Wudang 1983 Sun Sha http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1102364/
Wong Fei-hung ji yi: Naam yi dong ji keung 1991 Tsui Hark http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105839/
Chung Lit Tiu 1974 King Hu http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071324/
Xin Jing Cha Gu 2004 Benny Chang http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386005/
Ging chat goo si 1985 Jackie Chan http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089374/
Ging chaat goo si juk jaap 1988 Jackie Chan http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095403/
Hung Saan Leng Yue 1979 King Hu http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0192213/
Da zui xia 1966 King Hu http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059079/
Siu ngo gong woo 1990 King Hu http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100973/
Tai ji: Zhang San Feng 1993 Yuen Woo-Ping http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108281/
Bao biao 1969 Chang Cheh http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064067/
Akira 1988 Katsuhiro Otomo http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094625/
Kasshân 2004 Kazuaki Kiriya http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405821/
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi 2001 Hayao Miyazaki http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245429/
Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha 1999 Takashi Miike http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0221111/
Dororo 2007 Akihiko Shiota http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780503/
Kôkaku kidôtai 1995 Mamoru Oshii http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113568/
Inosensu: Kôkaku kidôtai 2004 Mamoru Oshii http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0347246/
Hitokiri Ginji 2003 Takeshi Miyasaka http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0757988/
Hana Bi 1997 Takeshi Kitano http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119250/
Kagemusha 1980 Akira Kurosawa http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080979/
Majo no takkyûbin 1989 Hayao Miyazaki http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097814/
Kozure Okami 1973 div http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0227912/
Mononoke-hime 1997 Hayao Miyazako http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119698/
Ran 1985 Akira Kurosawa http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089881/
Rashomon 1950 Akira Kurosawa http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042876/
Ringu 1998 Hideo Nakata http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0178868/
Tsubaki Sanjûrô 1962 Akira Kurosawa http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056443/
Kumonosu-jô 1957 Akira Kurosawa http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050613/
Sukai hai: gekijô-ban 2003 Ryuhei Kitamaura http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0398563/
Uzumaki 2000 Higuchinsky http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0244870/
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust 2002 Yoshiaki Kawajiri http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0216651/
Kakushi-toride no san-akunin 1958 Akira Kurosawa http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051808/
Hauru no ugoku shiro 2004 Hayao Miyazaki http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0347149/
Chinjeolhan geumjassi 2005 Chan-Wook Park http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0451094/
Chew law dak gung 2002 Siu-Tung Ching http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0341495/
Old Boy 2003 Chan-Wook Park http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364569/
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Kung Fu Hustle
Hero - just visually stunning!
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I see no Bollywood.

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And Dr. No has put up an amazing list. Anything he has up there I would recommend.
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As mentioned before...

Kung Fu Hustle and Hero

As well as The Killer, Hard Boiled, The Man from Nowhere (Korean).

Most off all, though, I'll leave you with this nowhere-nearly-as-popular-but-still-Asian movie from an Iranian Kurd filmmaker about the Iraqi Kurds: Turtles Can Fly.

If you haven't seen it, I won't spoil it except to say that it is the best (maybe the only good one) movie to come out of the 2003 Iraq War.

I lived in Iraqi Kurdistan for a year and will vouch for its authentic treatment of the Kurds, their struggle with Saddam's government, their hope for for the US invasion, and the tragedy that is War.

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Marvelous folks, and thanks for the recommendations!

It's a tough thing...Like many of you I have seen a bunch of movies.. and so has my darned audience! Many of these great films (like Old Boy, Hard Boiled, Akira, Versus) we have watched many times @ another film event... so they have not made the list of Asian Action & beyond. lol.

Yet there are certainly some here I have not seen! Thanks to Mister Lunch, Dr. No, Diis, and everyone else who has chimed in!

Oh, and Okay Player, lol... no we are not a hentai crowd. This particular project is focused on Asian cinema, as I have two other 'events' that deal with cult, horror, & fringe work... + a 'crowd pleaser' schedule. Those two projects have been running for some six years now and cover over 1200 films... aiiiii. I can post a list if anyone is interested.

More, please arrrh

~Robin
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Shiri!

Good Korean action/spy movie.
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If you like the tearjerker-type of Asian movie, I seem to remember liking Last Present (선물) pretty well.
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I don't have any recommendations that you probably don't already have. I just wanted to comment on how awesome your layout is...I so wish we had basements in Austin.
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Ya know, I have not seen Shiri... thanks Heron Abroad! I will also check out Last Present, sometimes a tear-jerker helps to clean the palate for the latest Japanese splatter gore. *grin*

Thanks Chapel, Austin is a great city! Bummer y'all don't have basements... you'll just have to build an addon.devil Post pics!

~Robin
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MWChapel wrote:
I don't have any recommendations that you probably don't already have. I just wanted to comment on how awesome your layout is...I so wish we had basements in Austin.


I just feel bad for those that have to sit in the chairs. Probably for the latecomers.
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The chairs are not really that bad... a nice, high-gravity beer and yer good to go.
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