Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies of 2016 Part 1

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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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YojimboJuly 2, 2016 4:50 PM

Thanks Marshy, didn't know about the Inside Men or Trivisa.

One-EyeJuly 2, 2016 5:14 PM

THE INERASABLE (clunky title aside) sounds just like the kind of movie I've been wanting to see. A good old fashioned creeper.

marshy00July 2, 2016 10:55 PM

TRIVISA just came out on bluray in HK last week - well worth a blind buy.

D_userJuly 3, 2016 8:31 AM

The Dragon Arrives looks very very surreal. Reading your brief checked out a few clips online and there were strange, very strange. Although this Thai film is from 2015, it made a presence in NYAFF '16 this year and would definitely recommend it - Freelance (Heart Attack) directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit. A hilarious film, yet bringing home some biting truths about the obsession with work, work that you 'love'. The director is visually very unusual in his choices but is a fantastic talent.

Thanks for the list, get to know some films that I didn't know of yet.

BtoFuJuly 4, 2016 5:49 PM

Like Sukeban deka et al, not surprised at all to hear yet another 80's remake (Sailor Suit and Machine Gun) is ass. I'm hoping however that it'll encourage someone out there to get on the job of subbing more (or all?!) of Somai's films. Really wanted to pick up the remastered Japanese Blu of the original and the lack of subs killed it for me.

Would also recommend anyone interested in checking out the Korean release of Inside Men to perhaps fight their instincts to go for the near 3 hour director's cut disc in favour of theatrical - it's just so overwrought!

Loren WillJuly 4, 2016 8:06 PM

Im sorry I don't agree with you on Terraformars haven't seen it yet and just finished series 2 of the anime.With the complaints about the roaches/bugs I believe Miike has done a proper job.The series is all about 3 things battle against the bugs and plenty of genitc transformations so humans can fight them, with a search for a cure with countries battling to get the advance over another while trying to outsmart the bugs
I suggest you see both series then revisit the film it may change you mind.

marshy00July 4, 2016 10:32 PM

Watch the film. It's garbage.