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East Asian Cinema

13 Assassins (Japan / UK, 2010)

Director, Takashi Miike. Cast: Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya, Ikki Sawamura, Arata Furuta, Sousuke Takaoka, Seiji Rokkaku, Kazuki Namoka, Koen Kondo, Yuma Ishigaki, Masataka Kubota. Thirteen brave samurai must face overwhelming odds in an epic battle against a sadistic lord and his army of 200 to prevent him from plunging Japan into war. 126 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

1911 (Xinhai geming) (China/Hong Kong, 2011)

Directed by Jackie Chan, Li Zhang. Cast: Cheng Long, Zhao Wenxuan, Li Bingbing, Sun Chun, Chen Chong, Jiang Wu, Fang Zuming, Hu Ge, Ning Jing, Yu Shaoqun, Du Yuhang. A historical action war drama based on the founding of the Republic of China, when nationalist forces led by Sun Yat-sen overthrew the last ruling Qing Dynasty, which held unquestioned power and rule for 250 years. 99 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

2046 (China/Hong Kong, 2004)

Directed by Wong Kar Wai. Cast: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung, Faye Wong, Takuya Kimura, Chang Chen, Dong Jie, Carina Lau. A young man, who has tried to forget his lost love by meeting different young women, starts to write a novel about a young man falling in love with a machine-made woman on the 2046 train. The number 2046 is the room number where he met his lost love. 128 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

2LDK (2003)

Director, Yukihiko Tsutsumi. Cast: Maho Nonami, Eiko Koike, Daisuke Kizaki. Two actresses who share an apartment in Tokyo are in fierce competition with each other. As they vie for the same film role and the same boyfriend, their petty squabbles escalate to all-out war as they resort to violence to settle their dispute. 70 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

301/302 (South Korea, 1995)

Directed by Chul-Soo Park. Cast: Eun-jin Bang and Sin-Hye Hwang. "Two women are neighbors in an apartment building: one is an obsessive professional cook (in room 301), the other an anorexic writer (room 302). A young policeman is investigating the disappearance of the woman from room 302. Through flashbacks, we learn the nature of the two women's relationship: the cook tries to cure her neighbor by preparing fabulous meals for her every night - only to have them left untouched." (from Screen Cuisine) 100 min.

9 Souls (Nain souruzu) (2003)

Directed by Toshiaki Toyoda. Cast: Satsuei, Fujisawa Jun'ichi ; henshu, Kusakabe Mototaka ; ongaku, DIP. A bomber, a patricide, a mad biker and a pornographer break free from jail together with various other forms of social detritus. 120 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Better Tomorrow (Ying huang boon sik) (Hong Kong, 1986)

Directed by John Woo. The first in a trilogy of Chinese "Godfather" films, it portrays countless difficulties and setbacks experienced by a couple of counterfeit money smugglers who have decided to wash their hands of their past and choose a better life. In the first part, Sung Tzu-hao, one of the main protagonists is on his last "business" trip. 90 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Bullet in the Head (Diexie jietou) (Hong Kong, 1990)

Director, John Woo. Cast: Tony Leung, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee, Simon Yam, Fennie Yeun, Yolinda Yan. This sprawling story centers around three childhood friends who, in their journey through wartorn Vietnam, encounter grueling emotional territory. Traveling through many levels of living hell, the three men must find their way through betrayal and greed in the midst of the war. 126 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Chinese Ghost Story (Sinnui Yauman) (Hong Kong, 1987)

Directed by Siu-Tung Ching. Featuring Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma. The story of Ning Tsai-chen, a Chinese scholar who befriends and falls in love with Nieh Hsiao-chien, a she-ghost captured and tyrannized by the Tree Ogre. 97 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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A Chinese Ghost Story II (Qian nu you hun II; Tao tao tao; Sinnui yauwan II; Qian nu you hun II) (Hong Kong, 1990)

Director, Siu-Tung Ching (Ching Siu-Tung); Hark Tsui. Cast: Zhang Guorong, Wang Zuxian, Zhang Xueyou, Li Jiaxin. Lin meets a young and witty Taoist, Chi Chau, and they become good friends. They run into some people who pretend to be ghosts. These people are actually trying to save the innocent Fu from imprisonment. Fu has two daughters Ching Fung and Yet Chi who both fall in love with Lin. Fu tries to ask the emperor's right-hand man, Liu Suen, for help but Liu turns out to be a goblin. Lin, Chi Chau and the two sisters all team up to fight against the evil force in order to help Fu.

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