We have included films by Japan’s Akira Kurosawa, China’s Wong Kar-Wai and India’s Mehboob Khan in our provisional list of the best of Asian cinema but we want to hear from Web site users. What are your favorites? Have we missed one? Perhaps you don’t agree with our choices. Let us know in the Sound Off box below.
‘In the Mood for Love’ (‘Fa yeung nin wa’) Hong Kong/China(Wong Kar-Wai, 2000) Wong was heavily influenced by Hitchcock’s psychological thriller “Vertigo” during the making of this poetic, exquisitely shot meditation on love and loss starring Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung. It was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.
‘Mother India’ (‘Bharat Mata’) India(Mehboob Khan, 1957)One of the sub-continent’s first ever blockbusters, it is also known as India’s “Gone with the Wind.” Acting legend Nargis plays a woman who must raise her children single-handedly after her husband is xem bong da maimed in an accident, and becomes the catalyst for her fellow villagers to fight for their land. It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 1957 Academy Awards — India’s first ever Oscar nomination.
‘The Host’ (‘Gwoemul’) South Korea(Bong Joon-ho, 2006)Arguably one of the greatest monster films ever made; a staggering 20 percent of the population of South Korea have watched this film. It is based on the true story of a U.S. military employee ordered to dump formaldehyde into the sewer system that leads to Seoul’s Han River.