Originally Posted by LadyFaile
I'm your huckleberry!
Turn Left, Turn Right
nice little romantic comedy with gigi leung and takeshi kaneshiro.
many korean films are a bunch of nationalist crap, the inferiority complex is incredible. jsa, swiri, tae guk gi, 2009 lost memories. there's always these scenes of someone dying for the motherland while shooting a machinegun and screaming something jingoistic. those movies are good, just that they go over a certain feeling that is deeply held but also kind of crude to outsiders. The North Korean Godzilla type monster movie with didactic communist subtext Pulgasari also deserves honorable mention.
I really love the crap that Kinji Fukasaku has made over the years, he is not a respected director but everything he does is entertaining. Legend of the Eight Samurai, that swordfight toward the end in the gustave klimt room, awesome. also Black Lizzard, Virus, Violent Cop, Battle Royale esp.
Wong Kar Wai
the common thing to say it's like French New Wave again. Faye Wong in Chungking Express is Jean Seberg in Breathless. then there's the whole trilogy of Days of Being Wild, In the Mood for Love and 2046. gorgeous, heartbreaking, real.
just watch The Killer and maybe if you really liked that a lot Hardboiled, which is nothing new but it's bigger, a last harrah for his hong kong career. The Killer is the best, specifically that scene where Chow Yun Fat has the Dragunov Rifle and mustache like out of spike jonze "sabotage" music video. that is the best it gets man, I could make that image my avatar.
Akira Kurosawa doesn't just do samurai stuff, some of his best work is contemporary. High & Low
are must see.
for really crazy action, classics like Come Drink With Me by the Shaw Bros. or Branded to Kill from Seijun Suzuki.
nobody really has that much fun with action until maybe Andy Lau years later in Fulltime Killer.