Moods of Love (1976), Hong Kong, in Mandarin with English Subtitles. 98 minutes.
This Shaw Bros. film tells two tales of love and lust. The first is about a monk tempted to break his celibacy by a prostitute hired to trick him. The second is about an unfortunate young woman who is forced to work in an immoral couple’s brothel.
Jeans Blues: No Future (1974), Japan, in Japanese with English Subtitles. 91 minutes.
Seiko and Jiro come together by accident after stealing money. Together they set off on a roadtrip of spending and stealing some more until the police and yakuza begin to catch up with them, and their crime spree forces them to deal with its violent consequences.
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Black Silk (1961), Thailand, in Thai with English Subtitles. 119 minutes.
This film is considered to be the first film noir from Thailand. In it, a nightclub owner tries to avoid paying a debt to a rival by any means. His scheme involves two of his workers, but things get complicated when one of them falls in love with a widow who might interrupt their plans.
Enter the Fat Dragon (1978), Hong Kong, in Cantonese and Mandarin with English Subtitles. 100 minutes.
This kung-fu comedy stars Sammo Hung as swine herder who is obsessed with Bruce Lee and tries his best to mimic his fighting style. He moves to Hong Kong to help his relatives run a restaurant and finds himself opponents to fight just like his hero. More of a tribute than a parody, this film combines fast-paced fighting and slapstick comedy.
Disco Bumpkins (1980), Hong Kong, in Cantonese with English Subtitles. 90 minutes.
This Shaw Brother’s film is a comedy about the crazy adventures of a group of friends trying to get girls and make easy money despite their relative lack of talent and responsibility.
Bangkok Dangerous (1999), Thailand, in Thai with English Subtitles. 105 minutes.
In this film (which has an American remake from 2008), a deaf hitman working in Bangkok begins to examine his life as he and his partner continue to pull routine jobs. As he thinks more deeply on himself and his work he tries to understand those around him and what exactly it means for him to be a hitman.
FUDOH The New Generation (1996), Japan, in Japanese with English Subtitles. 98 minutes.
This is one of Takashi Miike’s early yakuza films, about the son of a gangster who wants to take revenge for his brother who his father had killed to settle a dispute. Using his own gang and influence, he starts a war against his father and his associates. Lots of blood, violence, and nudity mark this film’s stylish and extreme action.
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