Underdog Cinema: 15 Asian Dramas… AND THEIR TRAILERS

For this month’s edition of my recommendation column “Underdog Cinema” (Link)

…here are trailers for (most of) the 23 featured fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious Asian (Non-Japanese) Movies / Dramas from the last 20 years… that might deserve more attention:


01: JOON-HO BONG, “Memories of Murder”, South Korea, 2003.

02: JOHN H. LEE, “A Moment to Remember”, South Korea, 2004.

03: CHANG-DONG LEE, “Oasis”, South Korea, 2002.

04: CHANG-DONG LEE, “Secret Sunshine”, South Korea, 2007.

05: CHANG-DONG LEE, “Poetry”, South Korea, 2010.

06: EDWARD YANG, “Yi Yi”, Taiwan/Japan, 2000.

07: CHIH-YEN YEE, “Blue Gate Crosing”, Taiwan/France, 2002.

08: ALICE WU, “Saving Face”, US, 2004.

09: YIMOU ZHANG, “The Road Home”, China, 2000.

10: APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL, “Syndromes and a Century”, Thailand/France/Austria, 2006.

11: XIAOGANG FENG, “Aftershock”, China, 2010.

12: PEN-EK RATANARUANG, “6tynin9” / “Leben nach dem Tod in Bangkok”, Thailand/Japan, 2004.

13: JEK-KYU KANG, “Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War”, South Korea, 2004.

14: KI-DUK KIM, “3-Iron”, South Korea/Japan, 2004.

15: HAE-SUNG SONG, “Failan”, South Korea, 2001.


Here are seven contemporary classics that I still haven’t seen:

01: KI-DUK KIM, “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring”, South Korea, 2003.

02: KAR WAI-WONG, “Chungking Express”, Hong Kong, 1993.

03: ANG LEE, “Eat Drink Man Woman”, Taiwan/US, 1994.

04: ANG LEE, “Lust & Caution”, Taiwan/US/China/Hong Kong, 2007.

05: ZHANG KE JIA, “Still Life”, China/Hong Kong, 2006.

06: JOON-HO BONG, “Mother”, South Korea, 2009.

07: PETER CHANG, “Hongkong Love Affair” / “Comrades: Almost a Love Story”, Hong Kong, 1996.


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