Feature: Anticipated Movies of 2015

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I wanted this to be a “best movie of 2015” post but after realizing that I haven’t even one Asian movie from 2015 in my list (which really surprised me), I changed it so now this post is listing all movies which deserves to be watched.

The AssassinAssassinationThe Beauty InsideThe Boy and the BeastThe Emperor in AugustGangnam BluesGhost in the Shell (2015)Journey to the ShoreLittle Forest: Winter/SpringThe Murder Case of Hana & AliceOur Little SisterShinjuku SwanSPL 2: A Time for ConsequencesThe Tiger: An Old Hunter's TaleTwentyVeteran
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Title:
The Assassin

Director:
Hou Hsiao-hsien

Plot:
A female assassin during the Tang Dynasty who begins to question her loyalties when she falls in love with one of her targets.

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Title:
Assassination

Director:
Dong-hun Choi

Plot:
Assassination is set in Korea and Shanghai in the 1930’s during the Japanese occupation. The government resistance assigns a secret commando group with killing collaborators.

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Title:
The Beauty Inside

Director:
Baek Jong-yeol

Plot:
Woo-Jin changes into a different person when he wakes up. He falls in love with Yi-Soo.

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Title:
The Boy and the Beast

Director:
Mamoru Hosoda

Plot:
Kyuta, a boy living in Shibuya, and Kumatetsu, a lonesome beast from Jutengai, an imaginary world. One day, Kyuta forays into the imaginary world and, as he’s looking for his way back, meets Kumatetsu who becomes his spirit guide. That encounter leads them to many adventures.

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Title:
The Emperor in August

Director:
Masato Harada

Plot:
In July 1945, during the end of World War II, Japan is forced to accept the Potsdam Declaration. A cabinet meeting has continued through days and nights, but a decision cannot be made. The U.S. drops atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. General Korechika Anami is torn over making the proper decision and the Emperor of Japan worries about his people. Prime Minister Kantaro Suzuki leads the cabinet meeting, while Chief Secretary Hisatsune Sakomizu can’t do anything, but watch the meeting. At this time, Major Kenji Hatanaka and other young commissioned officers, who are against Japan surrendering, move to occupy the palace and a radio broadcasting station. The radio station is set to broadcast Emperor Hirohito reading out the Imperial Rescript on the Termination of the War.

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Title:
Gangnam Blues

Director:
Yoo Ha

Plot:
A “gangster noir” set in the 1970s, when Gangnam, Seoul goes under development. Political powers and darker organizations collide as they seek to grab control of the influential and exclusive area.

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Title:
Ghost in the Shell (2015)

Director:
Nomura Kazuya

Plot:
Set in a futuristic Japan after the end of a brutal world war, science has advanced by leaps and bounds giving humanity the choice to prolong life and reduce suffering with the use of sophisticated cybernetics. With all of humanity linked into one system of minds and personalities known as ghosts, the biggest threat to civilization is the cyber terrorists capable of hijacking people’s bodies and memories. When a ghost-infecting virus known as Fire-Starter begins spreading through the system resulting in the assassination of the Japanese Prime Minister, Major Motoko Kusanagi and her elite team of special operatives are called in to track down its source. As they delve deeper and deeper into their investigation, they uncover traces of government corruption and a shadowy broker that bears an all-too-familiar face. The film is a continuation to the plot of the Pyrophoric Cult episode of Arise, and ties up loose ends from that arc.

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Title:
Journey to the Shore

Director:
Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Plot:
Mizuki’s husband Yusuke went missing for 3 years. He suddenly comes back home one day and asks Mizuki to go on a trip with him. Their trip consists of visiting the people that helped Yusuke on his previous travel. While travelling together, Misuki sees, touches and feels what Yusuke did for those 3 years.

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Title:
Little Forest: Winter/Spring

Director:
Junichi Mori

Plot:
Ichiko (Ai Hashimoto) lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among nature and eating foods she makes from seasonal ingredients.

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Title:
The Murder Case of Hana & Alice

Director:
Shunji Iwai

Plot:
Prequel to 2004 coming-of-age live-action film Hana & Alice.

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Title:
Our Little Sister

Director:
Hirokazu Koreeda

Plot:
A story that revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother’s home and the arrival of their 13-year-old half sister.

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Title:
Shinjuku Swan

Director:
Sion Sono

Plot:
Shiratori Tatsuhiko works as a scout for Burst, a talent agency in Kabukichō, Shinjuku’s red light district. In a business where money means everything Tatsuhiko finds himself in a constant struggle between rival talent scouts and the yakuza.

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Title:
SPL 2: A Time for Consequences

Director:
Soi Cheang

Plot:
A Hong Kong cop named Kit busts a major gangster only to find his cover blown and his main witness gone. The gangster, in retaliation, has him kidnapped and put in a Thai jail with a false criminal identity. A lowly prison guard Chai with extraordinary fighting skills guards kit and prevents his escape from prison. The prison guard’s daughter suffers from a rare form of leukemia and Kit is the only donor who can save her. The prison guard discovers Kit’s real identity and helps him to escape in return for his agreeing to save his daughter. Together, Kit and Chai must face the gangster and his minions and take them down.

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Title:
The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale

Director:
Park Hoon-Jung

Plot:While the Kingdom of Korea is under occupation by the Japanese, an old and experience hunter is challenged by the hunt of the last tiger.

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Title:
Twenty

Director:
Lee Byeong-Heon

Plot:
A story about three friends who just turned twenty; an age where you can do whatever you want, love whoever you want with opportunities abroad.

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Title:
Veteran

Director:
Ryoo Seung-Wan

Plot:
A detective pursues a man born from a wealthy family who runs a large corporation.

I hope this was everything. There were some other movies which normally would have been on that list. Movies from directors like Takeshi Kitano, Shinya Tsukamoto and some other big names. Unfortunately they turned out being pretty bad. I’ll also make a List of big titles of 2016 and this time before the year ends so there will be titles listed which might turn out being crap.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading through it and maybe you watched some of these movies.

-Oni

Comments

  1. fedrace

    Unfortunately I have not seen any asian movies from last year yet. I want to catch up and this list will be useful for me. Thanks mate.

    1. Onizuka

      Yeah, me neither but I do have some of them. It’s just that there are to many movies 🙂

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