Film: A Bittersweet Life, Language: South Korean, Year: 2005, Director: Kim Ji-woon, Genre: Action, Directed by Kim Ji-woon and starring Lee Byung-hun, this is a South Korean masterpiece. Nominated for and winner of multiple National, International & Asian awards, this is one of those movies which you wish never ended, when the credits start rolling. A classic revenge drama, with intense action and fight scenes, this movie portrays ethical codes in the Korean mob and how they clash with…

Film: A Bittersweet Life, Language: South Korean, Year: 2005, Director: Kim Ji-woon, Genre: Action, Directed by Kim Ji-woon and starring Lee Byung-hun, this is a South Korean masterpiece. Nominated for and winner of multiple National, International & Asian awards, this is one of those movies which you wish never ended, when the credits start rolling. A classic revenge drama, with intense action and fight scenes, this movie portrays ethical codes in the Korean mob and how they clash with…

Film: Children of Heaven, Language: Persian, Year: 1997, Director: Majid Majidi, Genre: Adventure-comedy-drama, Jafar Panahi & Majid Majidi are the 2 most famous and iconic film directors from Iran, ever. Extremely talented, this is Majidi’s masterpiece. Winner of multiple International Awards, this movie has been remade into numerous languages.

Children of Heaven (1997)

Film: Children of Heaven, Language: Persian, Year: 1997, Director: Majid Majidi, Genre: Adventure-comedy-drama, Jafar Panahi & Majid Majidi are the 2 most famous and iconic film directors from Iran, ever. Extremely talented, this is Majidi’s masterpiece. Winner of multiple International Awards, this movie has been remade into numerous languages.

Sympathy for the Underdog, Language: Japanese, Year: 1971, Director: Kinji Fukasaku, Genre: Action, a film from legendary Japanese director, Kinji Fukasaku – this is definitely Fukasaku’s masterpiece. This movie is the inspiration for Takeshi Kitano’s epic movie – Sonatine (1993). Thus, it had to be included in this list here. One of the best action movies ever, this is a classic Yakuza culture movie. A masterpiece that will bring tears to your eyes when the credits start rolling.

Sympathy for the Underdog, Language: Japanese, Year: 1971, Director: Kinji Fukasaku, Genre: Action, a film from legendary Japanese director, Kinji Fukasaku – this is definitely Fukasaku’s masterpiece. This movie is the inspiration for Takeshi Kitano’s epic movie – Sonatine (1993). Thus, it had to be included in this list here. One of the best action movies ever, this is a classic Yakuza culture movie. A masterpiece that will bring tears to your eyes when the credits start rolling.

Film: Oldboy
Language: South Korean
Year: 2003
Director: Park Chan-wook
Genre: Action
Note: One of the greatest South Korean movies ever, Oldboy has been remade into all major languages. Winner of multiple awards, this is a classic. Now considered into ‘Top 10 Asian Movie ever made’ list by CNN.

Oldeuboi (2003)

Film: Oldboy Language: South Korean Year: 2003 Director: Park Chan-wook Genre: Action Note: One of the greatest South Korean movies ever, Oldboy has been remade into all major languages. Winner of multiple awards, this is a classic. Now considered into ‘Top 10 Asian Movie ever made’ list by CNN.

Meghe Dhaka Tara (aka The Cloud-Capped Star), Language: Bengali, Year: 1960, Director: Ritwik Ghatak, Genre: German Expressionism. In 2002, Meghe Dhaka Tara was ranked at #231 on the Sight & Sound critics’ and directors’ poll for all-time greatest films.The movie is also listed in the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. One of the finest portrayals of Expressionism in movie-making, this is Ritwik Ghatak’s life’s masterpiece – which made him immortal. A movie that is so great, even…

Meghe Dhaka Tara (aka The Cloud-Capped Star), Language: Bengali, Year: 1960, Director: Ritwik Ghatak, Genre: German Expressionism. In 2002, Meghe Dhaka Tara was ranked at #231 on the Sight & Sound critics’ and directors’ poll for all-time greatest films.The movie is also listed in the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. One of the finest portrayals of Expressionism in movie-making, this is Ritwik Ghatak’s life’s masterpiece – which made him immortal. A movie that is so great, even…

Pather Panchali (aka Song of the Little Road) is an Indian movie. Language: Bengali, Year: 1955, Director: Satyajit Ray, Genre: Italian Neo-realistic Drama. A movie that portrayed Indian heritage and movie-making at its finest on to the world stage. Winner of multiple awards & commendations, this is Ray’s life’s finest work – his life’s masterpiece. A movie which is now member of the ‘Hall of Fame’ for the greatest movies ever made. 1 of only 2 movies from India which are considered to be…

Pather Panchali (aka Song of the Little Road) is an Indian movie. Language: Bengali, Year: 1955, Director: Satyajit Ray, Genre: Italian Neo-realistic Drama. A movie that portrayed Indian heritage and movie-making at its finest on to the world stage. Winner of multiple awards & commendations, this is Ray’s life’s finest work – his life’s masterpiece. A movie which is now member of the ‘Hall of Fame’ for the greatest movies ever made. 1 of only 2 movies from India which are considered to be…

Hana-bi (1997) aka Fireworks, a masterpiece from Takeshi Kitano, this is considered to be Kitano’s life’s most famous work. Winner of numerous awards worldwide, a movie that will keep you riveted to the seat, when its over. A movie that every director on earth should see and learn from – how to make a neo-realistic masterpiece without dialogues. First 40 minutes into the movie – the character(s) hardly ever utter a word. A minimalist nihilistic masterpiece to blow your mind away.

Hana-bi (1997) aka Fireworks, a masterpiece from Takeshi Kitano, this is considered to be Kitano’s life’s most famous work. Winner of numerous awards worldwide, a movie that will keep you riveted to the seat, when its over. A movie that every director on earth should see and learn from – how to make a neo-realistic masterpiece without dialogues. First 40 minutes into the movie – the character(s) hardly ever utter a word. A minimalist nihilistic masterpiece to blow your mind away.

Sonatine (1993) by Takeshi 'Beat' Kitano; Written, Directed, Edited & Starring Kitano, this is definitely rated as one of the best Asian movies ever; one of the finest neo-realistic action genre movies of all time. Winner of multiple awards, coupled with unbelievable sound tracks from Joe Hisaishi, this is Takeshi Kitano’s 2nd best movie ever (the best being Hana-bi).

Sonatine (1993) by Takeshi 'Beat' Kitano; Written, Directed, Edited & Starring Kitano, this is definitely rated as one of the best Asian movies ever; one of the finest neo-realistic action genre movies of all time. Winner of multiple awards, coupled with unbelievable sound tracks from Joe Hisaishi, this is Takeshi Kitano’s 2nd best movie ever (the best being Hana-bi).

Seven Samurai (1954), Director: Akira Kurosawa, probably the best Asian movie ever made, also voted in ‘Best 10 Movies Ever Made‘, and always in top10 movie lists of every director on earth. A movie which remains iconic and became an inspiration for Hollywood spaghetti westerns later - The Magnificent Seven, The Guns of Navarone, The Dirty Dozen, Sholay (one of India’s most famous and epic multi-starrer) and numerous others. This definitely is Kurosawa’s life’s masterpiece.

Seven Samurai (1954), Director: Akira Kurosawa, probably the best Asian movie ever made, also voted in ‘Best 10 Movies Ever Made‘, and always in top10 movie lists of every director on earth. A movie which remains iconic and became an inspiration for Hollywood spaghetti westerns later - The Magnificent Seven, The Guns of Navarone, The Dirty Dozen, Sholay (one of India’s most famous and epic multi-starrer) and numerous others. This definitely is Kurosawa’s life’s masterpiece.

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