Asian horror reccommendations.

Discussion in 'Asian Horror and Other Pleasures' started by Grim, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. Grim

    Grim Well-Known Member

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    Well actually just Asian films in general. Basically I've seen:

    A Tale of Two Sisters
    Battle Royal 1 & 2
    Uzumaki
    The Eye
    Old Boy
    Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
    Lady Snowblood
    Shogun Assassin (I know that it's really an edit of two films.)
    Ichi the Killer
    Audition
    3 Extremes
    Versus
    A good bit of Kurosawa

    I think that's about it.

    Hehe. I need to broaden my horizons.
     
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  2. booper71

    booper71 Lord of the Thighs.

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    I really enjoyed this one that had a boy who got adopted by this doctor and his wife, then they have a kid on their own, the kid then grows strange and hangs around a creepy tree in his yard.
     
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    Well, since Dark Water is my favorite asian film, I'd add that one in.

    But anything by Ki-duk Kim is simply essential. Not horror, but just astonishing.
     
  4. Paff

    Paff Super Moderator

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    I could go on this topic for quite a long time.

    Since you say "Asian films in general", let's throw out a few genres to see if they're acceptable: Giant monster films from Japan? Anime? Martial Arts? Gangster films? Comedies? Dramas? Japanese "pinky violence"? Romantic comedies? Wire-fu? Softcore porn? (don't laugh...most HK "adult" films, aka Category III, actually have decent stories and/or action to go along with the...um....action).

    Most recent Asian horror film I saw was Marebito, which was really bizarre but quite watchable. Last year, I rented Ab-normal Beauty and enjoyed the hell out of it. Bought it a few weeks ago and watched it again. Not as good the second time. Another recent viewing was Noroi The Curse, a Blair Witch-style thing that is interesting, but a lot better if you're familiar with Japanese television as most of the movie is really (fake) clips from various television shows the events in question.

    One Missed Call is an underrated effort from Takashi Miike. People rip on it as another Ring clone, and in a lot of ways it is, but it has Miike's unquestionable style. The second Ju-On movie is creepy as hell and better than the first (aka The Grudge).

    Of course, Hong Kong action films are great. John Woo's 80s stuff is the best. I also dig Corey Yuen's 80s movies (two favorites: Eastern Condors and She Shoots Straight).

    I'm just gonna throw out titles now, various genres and countries:

    Josee, The Tiger, and The Fish
    Shutter
    I'm A Cyborg But That's OK
    My Wife is a Gangster
    Legend of the Evil Lake
    My Tutor Friend
    Dolls
    Suicide Me
    Tears of the Black Tiger
    Samurai Commandos
    Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion
    3-Iron
    Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall, and Spring
    The Isle
    Kamikaze Girls
    Linda Linda Linda
    Bloodrain
    City on Fire
    A Better Tomorrow
    The Untold Story
    Kwaidan
    Invisible Target
    SPL
    Perfect Blue
    A Chinese Torture Chamber Story
    Hero

    and I'm not even looking at my DVDs right now
     
  5. Grim

    Grim Well-Known Member

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    Ha, thanks for the list, Paff. That'll keep me occupied for a bit. And I'll have to check out the original Dark Water and that director you suggested, Dwatts.
     
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    Paff listed 3-Iron, Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall, and Spring, and The Isle - all by Ki-duk Kim. ;)

    Sorry to hear about Ab-Normal Beauty, Paff. Loved it first time around, maybe a revisit for me. I'm still struggling with Marebito.

    If you like your classic films, Grim - you need Onibaba and Kuroneko. Black and white wonders.
     
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    I really like most of the Tomie movies (excluding the two latest which are Tomie the Beginning and Tomies Revenge which were awful) Some people like them some hate them- I guess my favorite would be Tomie:Replay ...I think....

    JU-ON

    Samaritan Girl (Not horror though really-more drama with some revenge flick elements)

    The Host (didnt like it as much as i thought I would when I finally saw it- but it really is an excellent film for different reasons)

    A Snake of June (not really horror-but cool film)

    Shutter (was a solid Thai horror flick- although not really one of my all time faves)

    Those are just a few- I had to edit this since I didnt read your list and listed a bunch of those then realized I should pick stuff that you HAVENT seen<:
     
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    I have not seen "Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall, and Spring" but seeing you guys list it and reading a review on it im curious now.....
     
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    Samaritan Girl - another Ki-duk Kim!!! Woo hoo! So great to him being appreciated on here.

    A Snake of June - a seriously great film, I watch it every now and again. Just wonderful.
     
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    Paff Super Moderator

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    My favorite Kim Ki-Duk film, although that could be 'cause I saw it on the big screen.

    More titles:
    Freeze Me
    2LDK
    Art of the Devil 2 (skip the first)
    Evil Dead Trap
    Twins Effect
    The Victim
    A Bittersweet Life
    Memories of Matsuko
    Kairo
    Chaos
    Infernal Affairs
    One Night in Mongkok
    A World Without Thieves
    Spider Forest
    Rampo Noir
    Bloody Beach
    The Neighbor #13
    6ixtynin9
    The Bride with White Hair
    Wing Chun
    So Close
    The Heroic Trio
    Executioners

    favorite Jackie Chan movies:
    Project A (1 and 2)
    Police Story (1-3)
    Armour of God (1 and 2)
    Miracles
    Dragons Forever
    Wheels on Meals
    The Young Master
    Drunken Master 2

    favorite Kurosawa movies (other than the usual Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo):
    High and Low
    Red Beard
    Stray Dog
    One Wonderful Sunday
    The Hidden Fortress

    Favorite John Woo movies:
    Hard Boiled
    The Killer
    Once a Thief
    Heroes Shed No Tears
    Bullet in the Head

    And then there's anime........
     
  11. Cujo108

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    Memories of Murder - a masterpiece. Really, this is probably the best serial killer film I've seen, and it has one of the most poignant final scenes of any film.

    Woman of the Dunes - another brilliant piece of work. Just see it. The same director's Pitfall is pretty good too. I still need to get around to The Face of Another.

    Last year I plowed through all of Yasuzo Masumura's films that are available on DVD, and I loved every one of them. Definitely give them a look. Here they are in order of preference:

    Manji
    Red Angel
    Giants & Toys
    Blind Beast
    Black Test Car
    Afraid to Die


    You can't go wrong with these Kiyoshi Kurosawa films:

    Kaïro
    Charisma
    Bright Future
    Cure

    Of course, there are the two John Woo classics, The Killer and Bullet in the Head. Personally, I'd skip Hard-Boiled. It's overrated and has nowhere near the level of emotional impact as these two.

    Other random Asian greats:

    Suicide Circle
    Onibaba
    Jigoku
    The Isle
    A Snake of June
    Dark Water
    Dead or Alive
    The Booth - really enjoyed this one, but it'd probably be considered a lesser title by most.
     
  12. Grim

    Grim Well-Known Member

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    Yowzas! I gots plenty now. Thanks a lot guys. Now I just have to wait on my next check to get some of these! Ha.
     
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    A few more from Hong Kong that are favorites of mine:
    Bio-zombie
    Mr. Vampire
    Naked Killer
    Naked Poison
    The Untold Story

    also recommended (at least to see once)
    Eternal Evil of Asia
    The Imp
    Daughter of Darkness
     
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    cure and memories of murder i second. both are 2 of the best serial killer movies ive seen, they are awesome. i just got the Yakuza Papers box set, and its a great series.

    and then theres Riki Oh.....
     
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    You're talking about Acacia. Excellent movie.

    Here's some others you should look into (various genres):

    Memories Of Murder
    Shutter
    The Host
    Tears Of The Black Tiger
    Into The Mirror
    Doppelganger
    Memento Mori
    The Uninvited
    Evil Dead Trap
    Horror Game Movie
    Dark Water
    Shutter
    The Victim
    Twilight Samurai
    When The Last Sword Is Drawn
    Goke: Body Snatcher From Hell
    Suriyothai
    Welcome Back Mr. McDonald
     
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    Entrails of a Virgin\Entrails of a Beautiful Woman-if you a depraved like me
    Wild Zero-RocknRoll!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I got to say, there are a lot of titles here that I found average at best, bt of course we all have different likes and dislikes.

    Into The Mirror, The Host, Entrails of a Virgin\Entrails of a Beautiful Woman, Naked Killer, Kaïro, One Night in Mongkok - are all films I think hit the "average" rating....... interested to see how you get on though, Grim.

    The Entrails movies might have been better received if the DVD's were better quality....
     
  18. satans-sadists

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    Phone is a 2002 Korean horror film very much worth seeing.

    As for Asian cinema in general, I cannot get enough of the Shaw Brothers kung fu films. Just about anything directed by Chang Cheh is worthy of recommending. Five Deadly Venoms is a great starting point.
     
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    most of the titles you need are already mentioned here.

    but i want to say that i highly recommend

    SHUTTER
    STRANGE CIRCUS
    DORM

    these 3 films were all excellent.
     
  20. LJMurder

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    I`d also recommend most of Shinya Tsukamoto`s films. Especially Tetsuo and Nightmare Detective.

    The above mentioned Kiyoshi Kurosawa films are all great too.

    For non horror I`d recommend Ping Pong and Kamikaze Girls. If you like movies that are fun, include zombies and are bizarre beyond reason then I`d also suggest Wild Zero.
     

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