These are ten films i have come across in my lifetime, all ten of them have radically changed my ideals and hold a place in my heart. I particularly recommend number one, obviously. Enjoy!
10. Five Minutes Of Heaven (2009)
Five minutes of heaven is the story of a former UVF member (Liam Neeson) and the younger brother of the man he killed (James Nesbitt) during the troubles. The film is a gritty and realistic insight into Ireland’s troubles, what’s interesting is that it explores the consequences after the troubles, something i haven’t seen in a film before. I highly recommend this movie to anyone interested in Ireland’s history.
9. Possession (1981)
A very unique cult film that was released at the wrong time, starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neil. The film is similar to modern films like inception, the viewer must figure out what’s going on for themselves.
Adjani’s character Anna is going insane, from the title i’m sure you can guess the cause. A series of strange events take place that lead to a very rewarding ending. Be warned though, the film is very gory.
8. Battle Royale (2000)
A highly controversial film set in Japan where the students have stopped attending school, to teach them a lesson the government puts the BR (Battle Royale) act in place. The students are kidnapped and placed on an abandoned island where they must kill each other off, the last survivor earns the right to live. Fun fact Tatsuya Fujiwara, the protagonist of the film voiced Light Yagami in Death Note.
The film has been called the better version of the hunger games, and frankly i’d agree. If you like the hunger games, i think you’d enjoy this more.
7. The Yellow Sea (2010)
This film revolves around Gu-Nam, A Korean cab driver who’s life has fallen apart. He owes a Hit man a serious amount of money and cuts a deal to do a job, he must kill a target within a time limit. Gu-Nam’s wife went missing in the city where the proposed job is.
This is another typically gritty and realistic Korean action thriller, with some amazing acting from Jung-woo ha. Definitely worth a watch.
6. 2046 (2004)
2046 is a film by the renowned director Kar Wai Wong, one of Tarantino’s favorite directors. The film stars Tony Leung (Infernal Affairs) and revolves around a writer who is down on his luck, Chow (Tony Leung) becomes fascinated by the number 2046 and it inspires him to write a novel, in his novel a train would arrive and depart for 2046 every once in a while, so people could recapture lost memories. No one has ever returned, except for Chow.
5. I Saw The Devil (2010)
I Saw The Devil revolves around a psychopathic serial killer called Kyung-Chul (Oldboy’s Min Sik Choi). Kyung-Chul kills a woman who happens to be a secret agents pregnant fiance, the secret agent (Byung-Hun Lee) abandons his ‘good’ life to seek revenge becoming a monster himself.
4. Oldboy (2003)
This is a fairly popular film and i’m sure you have heard of it, it’s even getting a Hollywood remake (yay…).
The films stars veteran Korean actor Min Sik Choi, who is kidnapped for no apparent reason and kept prisoner for 15 years. One day he is released and his captor gives him clues to why he was imprisoned.
“Be it a grain of sand or a rock, in water they sink the same”
Dae-Suh Oh at first wants to kill his captor but along his journey he discovers the real reason he was imprisoned and repents.
3. No Mercy (2010)
No mercy is a really interesting film, American cinema has yet to make a similar film. The film revolves around Dr. Kang, Korea’s top medical examiner.
An environmental activist kills a woman and immediately confesses, he has also kidnapped Dr. Kangs daughter whom he hasn’t seen in 13 years. The killer demands Dr. Kang frees him in three days or his daughter will die.
This film is simply amazing, full of twists and surprises, worth a watch.
2. The Brotherhood of War
Two brothers are drafted into the S.Korean Army to fight the communist North, Jin-tae Lee rises through the ranks, he believes that if he excels his younger brother, Jin-seok Lee, will be allowed to go home.
Jin-Tae believes his brother is killed by the South and defects to the North, not knowing his brother is alive. I feel justified in saying this is the best war film ever made, don’t believe me?, watch it. The full film is available on YouTube. (Link Below)
1. Breathless (2008)
Breathless revolves around Sang-Hoon, a low level gangster who is angry at the world. He beats people to a pulp on a daily basis, even though his job doesn’t require it. As a child his father domestically abused his mother and sister, eventually killing them both.
He meets a young high school girl, who despite his foul mouth and manner, enjoys Sang-Hoon’s company. The high school girl’s brother is fast becoming a man like Sang-Hoon, she seeks insight from Sang-Hoon.
Sang-Hoon’s father is released from prison and moves in with Sang-Hoon as he has nowhere else to go, he is a frail old man who truly regrets what he has done. For Sang-Hoon prison wasn’t enough of a punishment, he becomes his father and routinely beats him to a pulp. One night his father cuts his wrists unable to take it anymore, Sang-Hoon repents and his life drastically changes.
Please check this film out, IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY.
If you can’t find a link or torrent to any of these movies, contact me at NemoNobody2092@gmail.com and i’ll send you a link.
Thanks for reading, please check out these movies!