It's that time of year again, when I share a few of my favourite Asian offerings from the back half of 2015. On the whole it has not been the best year for Asian Cinema, with Hong Kong in particular producing precious few genuinely great films. Celebrated filmmakers like Johnny To, Dante Lam, John Woo and Ringo Lam all had new films come out in the past six months, but none were particularly impressive.
Jia Zhangke's Mountains May Depart was a major disappointment, great for two thirds of its running time, before dropping the ball completely in its final act. Higuchi Shinji's two-part Attack On Titan was similarly all set-up with no pay off - and that's being kind.
It hasn't all been bad, however. While the list below is capped at 10, there have been plenty of other notable films to have emerged from the region in the past 6 months. S.S. Rajamouli's epic Baahubali: The Beginning, Wilson Yip's low-key yet enjoyable Ip Man 3, Kitano Takeshi's Ryuzo And His Seven Henchmen, Choi Dong-hoon's Assassination, Shin Su-won's Madonna and Raman Hui's record-breaking Monster Hunt are all worth checking out.
But enough with the pleasantries, here are my favourite Asian films I caught in the second half of 2015:
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