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September 16th, 2004, 05:03 PM
recently, i ve been watching alot of movies from asia, and i m liking them alot. i just saw ichi the killer and zatoichi the other day. ichi the killer is an ultraviolent yakuza movie from japan. it has to be one of the coolest movies i have ever seen. the only thing i dont understand is the ending. has anyone else seen this? can someone explain the ending to me?
zatoichi (with takeshi kitano) is really cool too. its about a blind samurai who kills a bunch of gangs that are terrorizing small villages. it also has a very weird ending, where the entire cast burst into dance out of nowhere.
i got a chance to see memories of murder(korean) over the summer, while i was in korea. that has to be one of the best crime dramas i've seen in a while.
anyone have any recommendations on movies to watch?
September 16th, 2004, 05:27 PM
Cool... I've been watching a lot of asian stuff lately to. The latest is a korean wuchu movie called Bichunmoo. It was really good. You should take a look at it. It's in the same style as Crouching tiger...
I saw Zatoichi recently to. It was good, but it felt like kitano tried to be a bit over poetic.
And you've got to see Battle Royale if you haven't seen it already
and take a look at the thai movie Bangrajan too...
N D Hill
September 16th, 2004, 05:45 PM
Can't go wrong with any of the Zatoitchi fims. There were 26 of them. They're on every Saturday morning on IFC.
Sok N. Wett
September 16th, 2004, 06:07 PM
If you think the ending of Zaitochi was weird, wait until you see India's movies....lol...non stop singing and dancing frenzy. I have Ichi the Killer, but haven't watched it yet....just like the other dozens of movies I have.
September 16th, 2004, 06:20 PM
I really like alot of Asian movies too -- one of my favorites is Dark Water (aka: "Honogurai mizu no soko kara") .. it's by the same director who did the original "Ringu" movie in Japan. I don't think the movie is available on DVD in the US yet.. I saw it during a film festival a few years ago and it really scared me.. I like horror movies alot, but most of them are not really scary.. this one is. :skull:
Also, if you want to see something really weird, rent "Happiness of the Katakuris" (aka: "Katakuri-ke no k˘fuku").. it's by the same director as Ichi the Killer, but it's WAY different.. it's a zombie musical basically.
Oh and one more I'd recomend: Uzumaki. Just rent and you'll see what I mean.. :wink:
September 16th, 2004, 07:25 PM
sweet recomendations, guys. thanks...
eliwolff - zombie musical, what a great combination. i saw the cover of the dvd, it looks like the sound of music. i'm looking for that one now.
Sok N. Wett - i m familiar with the dancing in Indian movies. bollywood is dope. they just remake american movies but with indian actors and dancing.
Exo - i saw that there are alot of zatoichi movies, got to check out the rest.
al-x - thanks man, i ll have to check out those movies. i saw battle royale 1 and 2 not too long ago. 1 is alot better than 2.