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10 Asian Movies Which Became Cult Classics Over The Years

10 Asian Movies Which Became Cult Classics Over The Years

America isn’t the only country that makes great films. Asia has produced films that have gained great popularity not only in Asia, but around the world as well. China, Korea and Japan have spawned actors and directors that have developed loyal audiences over the years and created movies that fans have watched over and over. From martial arts to horror movies, these classic films are loved by audiences everywhere. Here are ten Asian films that are unforgettable.

Martial Arts

Martial Art

    Martial arts movies are associated with several outstanding fighting men, including Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. Though they gained popularity in the United States once they were widely distributed in mainstream movie houses, they got their start in Asia, became Asian cult classics, and are some of the most widely watched movies in the world.

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    The Way of the Dragon – this movie was made in 1972 and in the United States was released as “Return of the Dragon.” It was originally released in Hong Kong and was entitled “Meng long GuoJiang”. The movie is filmed in Italy and stars Lee as Tang Lung who goes to Rome to help his brothers run their restaurant. When the syndicate tries to force them to sell their property, they find out that they pressured the wrong family. When the syndicate finds they can’t defeat him, they hire the American martial artist Colt, played by Chuck Norris who faces Lee in their final showdown in the historic Coliseum.

    Enter the Dragon – This is one of Lee’s most popular movies in the west. Released in Hong Kong and the United States, the movie centers around a martial arts tournament held on an island and run by a man Lee is hired to investigate for suspicion of running an opium trade. Lee is told that the man abducted his sister and she committed suicide rather than submit to her abductor.

    The Chinese Connection – Also known as Fists of Fury, this Hong Kong film stars Bruce Lee plating Chen Zhen, who arrives in Chine and learns that his beloved teacher is dead. While investigating his teacher’s murder, he uses his martial arts skills to fight back against the racial harassment he suffers at the hands of the resident Japanese population.

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    The Fearless Hyena – This is a Jackie Chan movie released in 1979 in Hong Kong. An early film it was originally entitled ‘Meng long GuoJiang”. As is Chan’s style, the movie is a comedic martial arts film that has Jackie instructed by his grandfather not to reveal his Kung Fu skills to protect their safety. But Jackie doesn’t listen and word spreads about his talent. An old enemy of his grandfather locates them due to his skill and beats up his grandfather. Jackie then increases his skills to get revenge.

    Shaolin Martial Arts – This movie originated in Hong Kong and is a favored classic due its concentration of the various different styles of martial arts that are learned in order to defeat the style of the enemy. It was directed by Cheng Cheh, who directed numerous martial arts films and set the style of martial arts films made in the next few years.

    Horror

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    Horror

      Godzilla – hands down Godzilla began the trend of monsters tormenting humans. This classic Japanese film is loved by all and preys on the superstitions in all of us. When boats begin disappearing in the ocean under conditions that only can be described as a surface that is boiling, villagers fear that Godzilla, a legend, has risen in the aftermath of an H-bomb test.

      100 Monsters – This Japanese film involves a demon spinner hired to tell his stories at the grand opening of a brothel. Unbeknownst to the owners, he is really there to curse the brothel for opening in an old shrines. As he spins his tales, the monsters come alive and begin to kill the celebration’s attendees.

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        Kikujiro – In this Japanese film, Kikujiro travels with Masao to see the mother he has never met. The comedic film chronicles their entertaining adventures and the people they meet along the way.

        The King and the Clown – with a new twist on an old theme, this South Korean film features two clowns who are arrested for performing a satiric play that ridicules the current king. Angered, the king rings the clowns before him and tells them they can live if they can make him laugh.

        Samaritan Girl – this Korean classic tells the story of two girls, one a prostitute and the other her best friend and “manager”. The manager’s job is to get dates, handle the money and look out for the police. One day the prostitute falls in love with a customer, but suppresses her feelings in deference to her best friend, but when her friend fails in her lookout job, the prostitute jumps out of a window to avoid arrest and nearly dies. On her deathbed, she wishes to again see the man she fell in love with. Though her friend complies, it is only after she agrees to sleep with the man herself. By the time they get to the hospital her friend is dead and the “manager” sleeps with every man her friend did to try to understand her. When her father finds out, he seeks revenge.

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        Last Updated on March 13, 2019

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

        1. Work on the small tasks.

        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

        2. Take a break from your work desk.

        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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        3. Upgrade yourself

        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

        4. Talk to a friend.

        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

        7. Read a book (or blog).

        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

        8. Have a quick nap.

        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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        9. Remember why you are doing this.

        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

        10. Find some competition.

        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

        11. Go exercise.

        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

        12. Take a good break.

        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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