Feature: Anticipated Movies of 2016

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Now here is the List about big name titles coming in 2016. This post will be updated through the year so be sure to check it out more than once. Some of these might turn out being shit but you know, that’s life.

Title:
The Ferryman

Director:
Zhang Jiajia

Plot:
A young woman falls in love with married painter Ma Li, whose wife is unfaithful to him.

Release:
2016

A few words:
Not much is known about this yet. Release is set for 2016. Originally Kar-wai Wong himself wanted to direct it, now he is only producer. This will be Zhang Jiajia’s first movie.
Confirmed actors are Tony Leung, Ji-hyun Jun (know as Gianna Jun) and Takeshi Kaneshiro.

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Title:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

Director:
Yuen Woo-Ping

Plot:
The dialogue-less film follows the major life stages of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds.

Release:
2016-02-08

A few words:
I don’t expect much from this one. To be fair, Yuen Woo-Ping is no newcomer. He directed movies before I was even born (Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, Drunken Master and Tai-Chi Master for example). Also in the cast you can find people like Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen. Even the fact that this is a Netflix production isn’t that bad. In fact, Netflix has created some very good TV shows.
The problem I see is that it will be compared to the mast of all Wuxia movies ever. This one can never reach such a high position, not even with Ang Lee himself.

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Title:
Railroad Tigers

Director:
Ding Sheng

Plot:
A railroad worker in China in 1941 leads a team of freedom fighters against the Japanese in order to get food for the poor.

Release:
2016-10-03

A few words:
Well, another Jackie Chan movie. Seriously, this guy should retire for good. It is good that he returned from Hollywood to China but things haven’t gotten any better and they won’t get better by doing 2-3 movies per year. I still wanted to list it for his fans.

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Title:
The Bodyguard

Director:
Sammo Hung

Plot:
A retired bodyguard who has settled into a corner of the world where China, Russia and North Korea meet as he suffers from early dementia finds a new friend in a young girl. When her life is threatened by her father’s connection with a local crime lord, .the bodyguard must call upon his long forgotten skills to save her.

Release:
2016

A few words:
Jep, you have read it right. Sammo Hung is the director. His last directed movie was back in 1997, Once Upon a Time in China & America. He also belongs to the cast of this movie, together with Andy Lau.

Title:
The Handmaid

Director:
Chan-wook Park

Plot:
Set in the 1930’s in South Korea and Japan. Story revolves around 4 people: a noble lady (Kim Min-Hee) who has inherited a fortune, a swindler count (Ha Jung-Woo) who is after the noble lady’s fortune, a young female pickpocket (Kim Tae-Ri) hired by the swindler count and the noble lady’s uncle (Cho Jin-Woong) who is her guardian.

Release:
2016

A few words:
Now that’s a movie you should wait for. I’m pretty sure most of you will know Chan-wook Park but for the people who don’t know him. He is the guy behind Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance or J.S.A. Joint Security Area. Ha Jung-Woo belongs to the cast.

Title:
The Wailing

Director:
Na Hong-Jin

Plot:
The third film by writer/director Na Hong-jin of The Chaser and The Yellow Sea fame is a mystery thriller starring Kwak Do-won and Hwang Jeon-min.

Release:
2016-12-31

A few words:
Nothing is known about the plot but director is nobody less then Na Hong-Jin. Some didn’t like The Yellow Sea but The Chaser is without a doubt one of the best movies coming from South Korea. The cast list contains Hwang Jeong-Min, Chun Woo-Hee and Kwak Do-won. Takeshi Kitano is rumored.

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Title:
The Whispering Star

Director:
Sion Sono

Plot:
A humanoid robot deliverywoman muses on the mystery of human nature as she drops off parcels around the galaxy.

Release:
2016

A few words:
Every year again… we can see another Sion Sono movie coming out. Seriously, this is the guy who brough us movies like Love Exposure, Cold Fish, Strange Circus and The Suicide Circle. After that he managed to bring out 2-4 movies a year. Is anyone wondering why they aren’t as good as his older flicks? Megumi Kagurazaka is the only confirmed cast for now.

Title:
Secret Agent

Director:
Kim Jee-woon

Plot:
Movie follows the activities of the Heroic Corps, an anti-Japanese independence organization that existed under the Japanese colonial period in South Korea. The group used violent means to achieve Korean independence.

Release:
2016

A few words:
Kim Jee-woon is like Chan-wook Park a living legend of Korean Cinema. I’m sure you have heard of movies like The Quiet Family, A Tale of Two Sisters, A Bittersweet Life and I Saw the Devil. The cast looks like this (Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo, Shin Sung-rok, Han Ji-Min). Song Kang-ho might be one of the best actors worldwide. Keep your eyes peeled for this movie.

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Title:
Three

Director:
Johnnie To

Plot:
Realising that he will be defeated in no time during a police showdown, a thug shoots himself to force the cops to cease fire and take him to the hospital. In the hospital, he claims human rights to refuse immediate treatment in order to bide time for his underlings to rescue him. The detective in charge sees through his scheme but decides to play along so as to capture his whole gang once and for all.

Release:
2016

A few words:
I really like Johnnie To movies. Even if he brings out like 2 in a year, he manages to keep the quality of his movies. They are nowhere near the best movies ever but they are always enjoyable and a good watch. Some were even really, really great (Running out of Time for example).

I will update this post every now and then so make sure to visit it sometimes. If you think there is something missing, please let me know.

-Oni

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