A Bittersweet Life – Kim Jee Won (2005)
Kim Sun-Woo (Lee Byung Hun) is the right-hand man of a leader of a gang. Tough murderer, he is very respected in the korean mafia. One day, his boss asks him to look after his mistress for he suspects her of cheating on him. But Sun-Woo’s life dramatically changes the day he decides not to tell anything to his boss.
City of Sadness – Hou Hsiao-Hsien (1989)
The movie takes place during the “white terror”, during which China tries to take her rights back on the island of Taiwan, colonized by Japanese back then – from 1895 until the end of World War II. It talks about a family living in the heart of massacres and tortures committed by the Kuomintang.
Oncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives – Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2010)
Oncle Boonmee is a sixty-year old thai who learns that he is going to die because of renal deficiency. He decides to meet his relatives who live in the mountains. The beginning of a particular return journey.
Hana-Bi – Takeshi Kinato (1997)
Yoshitaka Nishi (Takeshi Kitano) is a violent detective who leaves police after the death of his partner. He decides to commit a hold-up to repay yakuzas he has borrowed from and leave with his wife Miyuku who has an incurable leukemia. Hana-Bi has been awarded with the Mostra de Venise’s Gold Lion in 1997.
Shaolin Soccer – Stephen Chow (2001)
Shaolin Soccer might be one the lamest Asian movies. But still, it is a classic comedy. Sing (Stepehn Chow), a Shoalin monk fond of martial arts, would like to transform Shaolin Kung Fu into something attractive. Helped with Fung, a former soccer player, and his monk friends, they set a soccer team up to win the Chinese championship.