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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 July 10, 2020

        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

        We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

        We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

        So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

        Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

        What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

        Boundaries are limits

        —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

        Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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        Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

        Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

        Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

        How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

        Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

        1. Self-Awareness Comes First

        Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

        You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

        To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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        You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

        • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
        • When do you feel disrespected?
        • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
        • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
        • When do you want to be alone?
        • How much space do you need?

        You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

        2. Clear Communication Is Essential

        Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

        Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

        3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

        Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

        That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

        Sample language:

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        • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
        • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
        • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
        • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
        • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
        • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
        • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

        Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

        4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

        Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

        Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

        Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

        We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

        It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

        It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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        Final Thoughts

        Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

        Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

        Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

        The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

        Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

        Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

        They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

        Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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