Best Asian Action Movies
Posted 2017-10-05 20:01:00
Ip Man 2
"Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grand Master" is distinguished by a string of stylishly choreographed martial-arts combat scenes, though barely serviceable in its storytelling. The film's fight choreography is again handled by the legendary Sammo Hung - he also now has a supporting role and incredibly shot his own fight scenes while recuperating from heart surgery - and that alone makes the film worth checking out.
The Man from Nowhere
The Man From Nowhere is relatively solid throughout and despite its general lack of originality it is an entertaining and gripping film with assured direction and excellent central performances. South Korea may just be the most exciting place on the planet these days when it comes to stylish and violent thrillers. The man might be from nowhere but this film could only come from Korea, the land of a million stories of revenge.
Departing from two decades' worth of domestic and personal dramas and returning to his roots as Japan's maestro of mayhem, Kinji Fukasaku has delivered a brutal punch to the collective solar plexus with one of his most outrageous and timely films. Before The Hunger Games there was Battle Royale. The bloody spectacle of Japanese schoolchildren being forced into a sadistic game of "last man standing" packs an emotional wallop.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The smartest and smartest-looking action movie of the year. It's rare to find a film that satisfies our craving for pop while giving us the transcendence of poetry. A film that works on many levels, be it action, drama, or romance, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is recommended viewing for anyone who likes their martial arts with some heart and soul.
House of Flying Daggers
One of the most visually astonishing martial-arts fantasies ever made. As stunning as it is, it also serves notice that House of Flying Daggers will have none of the complexities of Hero. The studied, artistic affectations may prevent this Mandarin-language art house effort from being as kinetically potent as the films it emulates, but it more than compensates by offering up deeply felt emotions played out on a grand scale more than adequa.