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5 movies to watch this month

Every month, Moderneast offers you a selection of five movies to watch without waiting.

1. The Good, The Bad and The Weird – South Korea (2008)

Directed by Kim Jee-Won, this movie is a tribute to Sergio Leone’s « The Good, the Bad and the Ugly». The story features three protagonists, the Good (Jong Woo-Seong), the Bad (Lee Byung-hun) and the Weird (Song Kang-Ho), who leave everything in order to find a hidden treasure.
The movie was released in the “Out of Competition” selection during the 61e edition of Cannes Film Festival in 2008.

2. Battle Royale – Japan (2008)

Battle Royale was adapted from the novel of the same name written by Koshun Takami. Directed by Kinji Fukasaku, known for his yakuza movies released in the 1970s, the scenario takes place in Japan in a near future where the “Battle Royale” law is established. The main goal of this law is to fight violence and disobedience from the teenagers. Every year, an high school class is chosen and its students are sent on an empty island where they have to kill each other so the best remains.

3. Cyclo – Vietnam (1995)

Cyclo is a Franco-Vietnamese movie directed by Tran Anh Hung that belongs to a trilogy taking place in Vietnam. It was awarded with the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion in 1995.
The story takes place in Ho Chi Minh in 1995 and talks about a young cyclo who can hardly live. His life dramatically changes the day his cyclo is stolen. To provide for his family needs, he starts doing illegal business slowly leading him to hell.

4. Old Boy – South Korea (2003)

Based on Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya manga, Old Boy is a south-korean movie directed by Park Chan-Wook. Oh Dae-Soo, magnificently interpreted by Choi Min-Sik, is a father and husband with no history. Without any apparent reason, one day, he is kidnaped and hold prisoner. Set free fifteen years later with no information, he decides to take revenge for those wasted years.
Old Boy was awarded with the Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Prix in 2004.

5. Bullet in the Head – Hong Kong (1995)

Considered as John Woo’s masterpiece, Bullet in the Head is a movie that needs a strong attention from the viewer. After having killed a Hong Kong gang leader, three friends must leave their country in order to save their lives. They land in 1967 Vietnam during the war and struggle to live, leading them to become the worst enemies.

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