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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 January 21, 2020

        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

        Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

        your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

          Why You Need a Vision

          Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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          How to Create Your Life Vision

          Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

          What Do You Want?

          The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

          It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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          Some tips to guide you:

          • Remember to ask why you want certain things
          • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
          • Give yourself permission to dream.
          • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
          • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

          Some questions to start your exploration:

          • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
          • What would you like to have more of in your life?
          • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
          • What are your secret passions and dreams?
          • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
          • What do you want your relationships to be like?
          • What qualities would you like to develop?
          • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
          • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
          • What would you most like to accomplish?
          • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

          It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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          What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

          Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

          A few prompts to get you started:

          • What will you have accomplished already?
          • How will you feel about yourself?
          • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
          • What does your ideal day look like?
          • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
          • What would you be doing?
          • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
          • How are you dressed?
          • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
          • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
          • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

          It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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          Plan Backwards

          It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

          • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
          • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
          • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
          • What important actions would you have had to take?
          • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
          • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
          • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
          • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
          • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

          Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

          It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

          Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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