With the first half of 2016 now in the can, it’s time to take my customary glance back over the Asian cinematic offerings from the past six months. There have been an encouraging number of successes in 2016, as well as some royal stinkers, whose stench I’m still trying to scrub off.
Yuen Wo-ping’s Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny proved a honking dud, both over-stuffed and wholly generic, before then being panic-edited down to a lean, incomprehensible 90 minutes. Similarly, Wong Jing’s From Vegas To Macau III further derailed his previously lucrative Chinese New Year comedy franchise, while Sammo Hung’s The Bodyguard was egregiously mis-sold as a veteran martial arts reunion, only to reveal itself as a dull, uneventful drama.
Further afield, Takashi Miike’s Terra Formars proved little more than an expensive waste of space, though his output is so prolific we won’t have to wait long for his next film. And after a 35-year wait, the Sailor Suit and Machine Gun reboot also proved woefully disappointing.
However, rather than kick bad movies around town all day, here are my favourite Asian films of 2016 so far:
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