Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies Of 2015 Part 2

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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:

My favourites from the first half of the year are here

Ard Vijn, , Pierce Conran, Ben Croll and Hugo Ozman contributed to this story.

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ManateeAdvocateJanuary 2, 2016 11:52 AM

100 Yen Love looks wonderful. I can't wait to see The Assassin. I should have it by the end of this month. I think, though, I want to see Our Little Sister most of all.

Todd BrownJanuary 2, 2016 12:00 PM

No Assassination Classroom on either list? Not a fan, or not seen it?

Ard VijnJanuary 2, 2016 2:48 PM

Yeah, what's up with that Marshy? I had it in my top 10, and that was worldwide, not just Asia!

marshy00January 2, 2016 11:03 PM

Really enjoyed the first 20 minutes, and then it just kept going on and on and on. Wore me out to be honest. My patience for these kinds of gonzo Japanese films is waning in recent years.

SpatJanuary 3, 2016 12:29 AM

Mr Six was good.

marshy00January 3, 2016 4:05 AM

It sure is!

l3reezerJanuary 3, 2016 8:58 AM

Was hoping to see Assassination on this list!

marshy00January 3, 2016 10:34 AM

As you will have noticed, it gets an honourable mention in the introduction of this post.

Ard VijnJanuary 3, 2016 10:59 AM

Once again we disagree (baleful gaze cast eastward...)

owenJanuary 5, 2016 6:48 AM

You know for some reason i thought Assassination Classroom was the international title for As the gods will and was waiting 2 hours for the Octopus to show up i just figured ya know Miike just sorta cut him out.

Ard VijnJanuary 5, 2016 8:27 AM

They are easy to mix up due to their insane (high school based) plots, and I like both, but ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM is the sweeter and better of the two.

marshy00January 5, 2016 11:27 AM

AS THE GODS WILL was flat out terrible!

One-EyeJanuary 9, 2016 4:33 AM

A couple of standouts for me this year were Shion Sono's TAG and the lush Korean horror THE SILENCED.