As we hit the halfway stage in 2013, I'd like to pause for a moment and take stock of the Asian films I have seen so far this year and throw a little light on my favourites. Of course this isn't an exhaustive list of everything I have seen - or even everything I have liked - after all, I've seen 44 new Asian films already this year. These are just the 10 I liked best...or in this case, the 11 I liked best.
2013 has seen plenty of other, bigger films hit our screens, particularly in China. Xu Zheng's Lost in Thailand, Stephen Chow's Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, Tang Wei's comeback Finding Mr. Right, Peter Chan's American Dreams in China and Zhao Wei's So Young have all done incredible business at the local box office. Elsewhere in Asia, Thailand saw a massive domestic hit with Pee Mak Phrakanong, as did Vietnam with The Lady Assassin, but none proved good enough to make the final cut in this particular, personal list.
One final disclaimer: While at least one of the films mentioned below may have had its world premiere in 2012, and more than a few may not have had a theatrical release yet in your region, if I see a film at a festival or first-run release this year, it counts. I don't make hard and fast rules for these lists, I just like writing about films I have enjoyed. And I hope you enjoy reading about them...
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