2009-03-16

TOP 10 Movies In Asia (Reading)

Top 10 Movies in Asia
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDEN DRAGON (CHINA/HONGKONG/TAIWAN/US)
Released in 2000, it set a trend for wuxia (martial arts) films and featured a powerhouse cast including Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen. Made on a mere USD 15 million budget, with dialogue in Mandarin, ''Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'' became a surprise international succes, grossing USD 128 million in the US alone. The film won the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film.

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (HONG KONG)
ThIs Wong Kar Wei-directed film released in 2000 starred two of Hong Kong's top stars Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung. The movie forms the second part of an informal trilogy, together with Days of Being Wild (1991) and 2046 (2004). The film has made the rounds of international festivals like Cannes, where Leung won as best actor.

DEATH NOTE (JAPAN)
Based on a mang, and anime series, the two live action films were released in 2006. A spin-off film titled L Change The world, was released in February 2008. The two movies topped Japanese and other Asian box office and has been optioned for a remake in Hollywood.
JHODA AKBAR (INDIA)
The Indian epic film centres on the romance between the Muslim Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great , played by Hrithik Roshan, and his Hindu wife Jodhabai, played by Aishwarya Rai. The music is composed by aclaimed music composer A.R. Rahman.
INTERNAL AFFAIRS (HONG KONG)
One of the most recent iconic films, it pits Hong Kong Superstars Andi Lau and Tony Leung in a cat-and-mouse chase of a police officer who infiltrates a crime gang , and a police mole secretly working for the same gang. Due to its commercial and critical success. ''Internal Affairs'' was followed by a prequel, Internal Affairs II; and a sequel, Internal Affairs III, both released in 2003. The series was remade by Martin Scorse in 2006 as ''The Departed''
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