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Asian Cinema: A List From A Book

by Kevin Aditya
Asian Cinema: A List From A Book by Kevin Aditya
Asian Cinema is a book by Tom Vick, published in 2007, that chronicles the history of cinema in various regions in Asia throughout the years. This is an (arguably) complete list of the films mentioned in the book for easy identification purposes. If you have no idea on what to watch next, just pick a random number from 1-777. Part One: The Old Guard China: Tradition and Resistance (in the list: from The Big Road to Blind Shaft) Japan: Cinema of Extremes (I Was Born, But… – Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence) India: All That and then Some (King Harishchandra – Bend It Like Beckham) Part Two: Postwar Booms Hong Kong: The Fine Art of Popular… Read more

Asian Cinema is a book by Tom Vick, published in 2007, that chronicles the history of cinema in various regions in Asia throughout the years. This is an (arguably) complete list of the films mentioned in the book for easy identification purposes.

If you have no idea on what to watch next, just pick a random number from 1-777.

Part One: The Old Guard
China: Tradition and Resistance (in the list: from The Big Road to Blind Shaft)
Japan: Cinema of Extremes (I Was Born, But… – Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence)
India: All That and then Some (King Harishchandra – Bend It Like Beckham)

Part Two: Postwar Booms
Hong Kong: The Fine Art of Popular Cinema (The Love Eterne – The Postmodern Life of My Aunt)
Korea: Rising from the Ashes of History (Sweet Dream – Ardor)

Part Three: Recent Arrivals
Iran: A Continuing Conversation (The Lor Girl – Iron Island)
Taiwan: The Little Island that Could (In Our Time – Brokeback Mountain)

Part Four: New Players
South and Southeast Asia: Coming Into Focus
Bangladesh (The Clay Bird & A Tree Without Roots)
Bhutan (The Cup & Travellers and Magicians)
Cambodia (S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine)
Indonesia (…And the Moon Dances – Whispering Sands)
Malaysia and Singapore (Mee Pok Man – Love Conquers All)
Nepal (Himalaya)
Pakistan (Silent Waters)
The Philippines (Genghis Khan – Feng Shui)
Sri Lanka (Line of Destiny – Flying with One Wing)
Thailand (Country Hotel – The Overture)
Tibet (Kundun – Milarepa)
Vietnam (On the Same River – Buffalo Boy)
Central Asia and the Middle East: Global Intersections
The Former Soviet Republics, Afghanistan, and Mongolia (The Fall of Otrar – The Cave of the Yellow Dog)
The Middle East (Zaman: The Man from the Reeds – Paradise Now)
Turkey (Time to Love – Clouds of May)

Part Five: Where to Go from Here
(List of websites and books)
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Films not available on Mubi:

China:
The Battle of Dingjunshan – Ren Qingtai (1905)
Wild Torrents – Cheng Bugao (1933)
Yang Ban Xi: The Eight Model Works – Yan Ting Yuen (2005)
Butterfly Smile – He Jianjun (2001)
Seafood – Wen Zhu (2001)
Cell Phone – Feng Xiaogang (2004)

Japan:
No One’s Ark – Nobuhiro Yamashita (2002)
The Sakai’s Happiness – Mipo O (2006)
The Summer of the Stickleback – Mayu Nakamura (2006)

India:
The Making of the Mahatma – Shyam Benegal (1996)
Don – Chandra Barot (1978)

Hong Kong:
Zhuangzi Tests His Wife – Lai Man-wai (1913)
Rouge – Lai Man-wai (1925)
Games Gamblers Play – Michael Hui (1974)

Korea:
The Righteous Revenge – Kim Do-san (1919)
Arirang – Na Un-kyu (1926)
Chunhyangjeon – Lee Myeong-woo (1935)
Chayu Manse! – Choi Un-gyu (1946)
0400-1950 – Lee Man-he (1972)
Starting Point – Lee Man-he (1972)
Phantom Queen – Shin Sang-ok (1967)
The Women of the Yi Dynasty – Shin Sang-ok (1969)
Farewell to the Duman River – Im Kwon-taek (1962)
The Deserted Widow – Im Kwon-taek (1973)
Secret Tears – Park Ki-hyung (2000)
The Murmuring – Byun Young-joo (1995)
Habitual Sadness – Byun Young-joo (1997)
My Own Breathing – Byun Young-joo (1999)

Iran:
Abi and Rabi – Ovanes Ohanian (1930)
The Journey – Ali-Reza Raisian (1995)
How Samira Made the Blackboard – Maysam Makhmalbaf (2001)

Taiwan:
Watching the Spring Wind Blowing (1938)
Bloodstain on a Green Mountain – He Jiming (1957)
Heartbroken Night on May 13 – Lin Bochiou (1965)
Dangerous Youth – Xin Qi (1969)
Bride from Hell – Xin Qi (1965)
Goodbye Darling – Bai Jingrue (1970)
Cute Girl – Hou Hsiao-hsien (1980)
Cheerful Wind – Hou Hsiao-hsien (1981)

Bhutan:
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Cambodia:
The Snake King’s Child – Fay Sam Ang (2001)
The Land of Wandering Souls – Fay Sam Ang (2000)

Indonesia:
Letter to an Angel – Garin Nugroho (1994)

Malaysia and Singapore:
Laila Majnun – B.S. Rajhans (1933)
The Trishaw Puller – P. Ramlee (1955)
Year of Living Vicariously – Amir Muhammad (2005)
The Princess of Mount Ledang – Saw Teong Hin (2004)

Nepal:
Muda Madan – Gyanendra Bahadur Deuja (2003)

Pakistan:
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The Philippines:
Sanda Wong – Gerardo De Leon (1955)
Noli Me Tangere – Gerardo De Leon (1961)
A Shrimp’s Life – Eddie Romero (1952)
The Final Battle – Eddie Romero (1957)
Demon – Lino Brocka (2000)
Third World Hero – Mike De Leon (2000)
Spirit Warriors – Chito Rono (2000)

Sri Lanka:
Scent of the Lotus Pond – Satyajit Maitipe (2004)

Thailand:
Dr. Karn – Chatreechalerm Yukol (1973)
The Elephant Keeper – Chatreechalerm Yukol (1987)
Bangkok Loco – Pornchai Hongrattanaporn (2004)
M.A.I.D. – Youngyooth Thongkunthun (2004)
Hello Yasothorn – Petchthai Wongkamlao (2005)

Tibet:
We Are No Monks – Pema Dhondup (2006)

Vietnam:
The Deserted Valley – Pham Nhue Giang (2002)
Lost and Found – Vuong Duc (2003)
Bride of Silence – Doan Minh Phuong & Doan Thanh Nghia (2004)
Long Legged Girls – Vo Ngoc Dang (2004)
Bar Girls – Le Hoang (2003)

Soviet/Afghanistan/Mongolia:
The Ferocious One – Tolomush Okeyev (1973)
The Sky of Our Childhood – Tolomush Okeyev (1967)

The Middle East:
The Thirsty – Muhammad Shukri Jamil (1972)
They Were Ten – Baruch Dinar (1960)
Transit – Daniel Waxman (1979)
Beyond the Walls – Uri Barabash (1984)

Turkey:
Hunting Time – Erden Kiral (1988)
The Blue Exile – Erden Kiral (1993)

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