There are so many good movies out this year from the east; this list was hard to narrow down! In any case check out our top 7 Asian movies to look out for in 2014.
Please note: most of these films are yet to be classified and may be above a G or PG rating.
In the 2nd half of 2014...
Tazza: The High Rollers 2 (The War of Flowers 2)
Starring the one and only TOP from Bigbang, or as he goes by professionally Choi Seung-hyun, Tazza: The High Rollers 2 (sequel to the 2006 film) is the all about the risqué world of gambling and conmen. Kang Hyeong-cheol, who directed that classic movie Sunny is heading up the project also starring, Shin Se-kyung and Honey Lee. Let’s face it, the fact that TOP is in it is probably all you need to know.
Tazza: The High Rollers 2 is due for release in September of 2014.
Futureless Things has just been released in Korea (June 2014) so hopefully you can get hands on it soon. Directed by Kim Kyung-Mook, Futureless Things is a 24-hour style drama where opposite lives are forced to converge. He’s actually made a series of films with similar titles and themes Faceless Thing (2005) and Stateless Things (2011). It stars the ever-so-cute Gong Myung and Hello Venus’ Yooyoung and a number of other characters who get stuck in a convenience store together… until the lights go out.
Check out the trailer:
In the first half of 2014...
The Monkey King (Da nao tian gong)
The Monkey King is an upcoming Hong Kong film directed by Cheang Pou-soi and starring Donnie Yen as the titular protagonist. Yen also serves as the film's action director. The plot is based on an episode of the shenmo fantasy novel Journey to the West, a Chinese literary classic written in the Ming Dynasty by Wu Cheng'en (you might remember the TV series Monkey Magic based on the same text). It tells the story of how the Monkey King rebels against the Jade Emperor of Heaven.
The Monkey King is due out on 31 January 2014 (in cinemas in June in Australia)
Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji)
Just a stone’s throw from London lies the manor house of the illustrious Phantomhive earldom and its master, one Ciel Phantomhive. Earl Phantomhive is a giant in the world of commerce, Queen Victoria’s faithful servant…and a slip of a twelve-year-old boy. Fortunately, his loyal butler, Sebastian, is ever at his side, ready to carry out the young master’s wishes. And whether Sebastian is called to save a dinner party gone awry or probe the dark secrets of London’s underbelly, there apparently is nothing Sebastian cannot do. In fact, one might even say Sebastian is too good to be true…or at least, too good to be human…
See the full trailer for the live action adaptation of the dark fantasy manga "Kuroshitsuji" (Black Butler) starring Hiro Mizushima and Ayame Gouriki.
Black Butler was released in January 2014.
Wake Up, Girls! (Anime)
Wake Up, Girls! tells the story of Green Leaves Entertainment is a tiny production company on the verge of going out of business in Sendai, the biggest city in Japan's northeastern Tohoku region. The agency once managed the careers of magicians, photo idols, fortune-tellers, and other entertainers, but its last remaining client finally quit. In danger of having zero talent (literally), the president Tange hatches an idea of producing an idol group. On the brash president's orders, the dissatisfied manager Matsuda heads out to scout raw talent. Matsuda makes a fateful encounter with a certain girl...
Wake Up, Girls! features the vocal talents of Airi Nagano, Kaya Okuno, Mayu Yoshioka, Minami Tanaka, Miyu Takagi, Nanami Yamashita, and Yoshino Aoyama.
Hot Young Bloods
Directed by Lee Yeon-woo "Hot Young Bloods" is a South Korean comedy romance set within the early 1980's in Heongseong, depicting the love lives and friendships of high school students.
Set in the 80s, a countryside high school teen named, Joong-gil, is the biggest heartthrob in town. Young-sook, the girlfriend of the school’s toughest bully, has a crush on Joong-gil, but he shows her no interest. One day, So-hee, an innocent looking girl, moves into town. Young-sook thinks So-hee as her rival and picks a fight with her. Meanwhile, Young-sook’s boyfriend suspects ties between Young-sook and Joong-gil and harasses So-hee, whom Joong-gil has a crush on. Joong-gil tries to get revenge for So-hee’s sake, but gets beaten down every time. At last, Joong-gil decides to have his ultimate battle of revenge aboard a running commuter train.
Hot Young Bloods released in January of 2014.
The Snow White Murder Case
Miki Shirono is an office worker at a cosmetics company whom everyone suspects of having murdered her beautiful co-worker, Noriko Miki. Soon, a tabloid television program is broadcast featuring interviews with various people including co-workers, family members, former classmates, and people from Shirono’s hometown as rumors about her begin to multiply and spread at a staggering rate thanks to the intense media attention and the rapid sharing of information and gossip on the internet.
'The Snow White Murder Case' stars Mao Inoue, Go Ayano, Nanao, Nobuaki Kaneko, Erena Ono, and Mitsuki Tanimura. The film opens across Japan on the 29th March, 2014.
Unfortunately I can’t find one with English subtitles - I'll swith this video out when I do!
Let us know what movies you are excited to see this year in the comments!