When Films Become Notable: [Asian] Movies Which are Worth Your Time (Part 2)

Do you love watching movies? As for me, I do. Watching movies serves as my firewall between monotony and boredom. It breaks the mundane atmosphere which envelopes me as I fulfill my academic duties and organizational tasks. My favorites are those which belong to the horror genre though I also watch love stories, adventures and melodramas.

For this part, I will be identifying five Asian movies which I really liked.

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1. 3 Idiots (India, 2009)

Directed by the prominent Indian film director Rajkumar Hirani, ‘3 Idiots’ is an Indian movie which does not only provide superb entertainment but also teach various life lessons. The characters of Farhan Qureshi (R. Madhavan), Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi), and Ranchhoddas “Rancho” Shamaldas Chanchad/Phunsukh Wangdu (Aamir Khan) made the story more interesting and hilarious. The movie has become the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time, surpassing “Ghajini” which also stars Aamir Khan. Providing a sociological critique to the present credential- and credit-oriented educational system and underscoring numerous thoughts to ponder as regards excellence, success, friendship, love and life, 3 Idiots is surely a movie which one should not miss.

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2. Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Thailand, 2010)

If you are into teenage romance, the Thai movie ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ is definitely a must-watch. Unlike Western teenage romantic comedy films, the movie brings to fore the innocence of a teenage girl as she develops admiration to a handsome, young man. It later explores how this admiration begets to a deeper feeling of love and how it affects their lives and inspiration. The movie stars the lovely Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul as Nam and the striking heartthrob Mario Maurer as Shone. They are indeed a perfect match.

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3. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Japan, 2006)

Winning the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year on 2007, the Japanese animated film “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” tells the story of Makoto Konno, a young girl who gains the power of time-travelling and subsequently uses this power to fix problems. Aside from the notion of time travel, the movie presents a different perspective on teenage innocence, frivolity and love. During her time-leaps, Makoto finds out that her bestfriend and confidant Chiaki Mamiya has fallen in love with her. The movie is lauded for its cinematography, artistry and plot.

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4. Shutter (Thailand, 2004)

“Shutter” remains to be one of my favorite horror movies. This Thai horror film narrates the story of Tun (played by Ananda Everingham), a photographer who is haunted by Natre (Achita Sikamana), his deceased lover through appearing in his photoshoots. Mysterious images are later seen by Tun in his developed pictures. As the movie leads to its conclusion, flashbacks make the cause of Natre’s haunting and vengeance-seeking much clearer. With scenes which will really give you creeps, Sikamana’s exceptional performance as a ghost filled with vendetta, and unique ways to fill the entire movie spine-tinkling and heart-stopping terror, Shutter is a film which I personally recommend.

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5. A Moment to Remember (South Korea, 2004)

Tear-jerking and heart-wrenching, the South Korean film “A Moment to Remember” follows the story of a couple who was encumbered by loss because of a much-dreaded disease. The film stars Son Ye-jin and Jung Woo-sung who have portrayed their characters with much success.  The film has become the 5th highest-grossing film in South Korea on 2004. If you will be watching this film, be sure to have your handkerchief beside you as it will really make you cry your lungs out.

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