November 2016: Asia Challenge (iCM Board)

by Melvelet | created - 28 Oct 2016 | updated - 28 Oct 2016 | Public

Excluding the big countries: China/Hong Kong/Taiwan, Japan, Russia, India, South Korea (?)

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1. Be with Me (2005)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

"Be with me" consists of three stories of love vs. solitude : 1)An aging, lonesome shopkeeper doesn't believe in life any more since his wife died. But he is saved from desperation by ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Khoo | Stars: Theresa Poh Lin Chan, Chiew Sung Ching, Lawrence Yong, Leong Kooi Eng

Votes: 1,566

2. Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country (2008)

Unrated | 84 min | Documentary, History, News

82 Metascore

Using smuggled footage, this documentary tells the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks.

Director: Anders Østergaard | Stars: George W. Bush, Ko Muang, Aung San Suu Kyi

Votes: 2,257 | Gross: $0.05M

3. City After Dark (1980)

150 min | Drama

The hidden nightlife of ordinary people living in Manila unveils. Lovers and families' conflicts are radically pitted against each other as they live in the night streets rampant with drugs... See full summary »

Director: Ishmael Bernal | Stars: Charito Solis, Alma Moreno, Lorna Tolentino, Rio Locsin

Votes: 120

5. Nostalgia for Countryland (1995)

116 min | Drama, Romance

The dynamics of a Vietnamese rural village change when an urban woman returns to the village she originally belonged to and begins a love triangle.

Director: Dang Nhat Minh | Stars: Tat Binh, Van Le, Bich Ngoc, Ngoc Bao Ta

Votes: 94

6. The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A Vietnamese servant girl, Mui, observes lives within two different Saigon families: the first, a woman textile seller with three boys and a frequently absent husband; the second, a handsome young pianist with his fiancée.

Director: Anh Hung Tran | Stars: Nu Yên-Khê Tran, Man San Lu, Thi Loc Truong, Anh Hoa Nguyen

Votes: 7,165 | Gross: $1.91M

7. The Missing Picture (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Randal Douc, Jean-Baptiste Phou

Votes: 2,800 | Gross: $0.05M

8. Rice People (1994)

125 min | Drama

In Cambodian refugee camps, when children are asked where rice comes from, they answer, "from UN lorries". They have never seen a rice field. One day, these children will have to learn to ... See full summary »

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Peng Phan, Mom Soth, Chhim Naline, Va Simorn

Votes: 244 | Gross: $0.04M

9. Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Drama, Fantasy

69 Metascore

A film crew documents a folk story-exquisite corpse combination by random Thai people; the story is reenacted.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Stars: Djuangjai Hirunsri, Kongkiat Khomsiri, Saisiri Xoomsai

Votes: 1,008

10. Cemetery of Splendor (2015)

Unrated | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy

A group of soldiers in a small town on the Mekong River in northern Thailand are struck with a bizarre sleeping illness.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Stars: Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi, Jarinpattra Rueangram, Petcharat Chaiburi

Votes: 3,583 | Gross: $0.05M

11. Mekong Hotel (2012)

61 min | Drama

57 Metascore

Shifting between fact and fiction in a hotel situated along the Mekong River, a film-maker rehearses a movie expressing the bonds between a vampiric mother and daughter.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Votes: 534 | Gross: $0.00M

12. Sailing a Sinking Sea (2015)

65 min | Documentary, Adventure, Music

An experimental documentary exploring the culture of the Moken people of Burma and Thailand. The Moken are a seafaring community and one of the smallest ethnic minority groups in Asia, ... See full summary »

Director: Olivia Wyatt

Votes: 34

13. Manila in the Claws of Light (1975)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Mystery

Júlio Madiaga, a 'provinciano', arrives in Manila to search for Ligaya, his loved one.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Hilda Koronel, Bembol Roco, Lou Salvador Jr., Joonee Gamboa

Votes: 1,034

14. Insiang (1976)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

The life of a young girl living with her mother in the slums of Manila becomes unbearable when her mother's young boyfriend moves in with them.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Hilda Koronel, Mona Lisa, Rez Cortez, Marlon Ramirez

Votes: 732

15. Woman of Breakwater (2003)

124 min | Drama

In a poor village by the Manila Bay breakwater, two brothers, Buboy and Basilio, come to the city to escape from the violence at home. They meet a prostitute named Pakita and become close ... See full summary »

Director: Mario O'Hara | Stars: Gardo Versoza, Yoyoy Villame, Lou Veloso, Lucita Soriano

Votes: 85

16. Himala (1982)

TV-14 | 124 min | Drama

Elsa saw the blessed Virgin Mary who had changed her life and caused a hysteria in a poor isolated village.

Director: Ishmael Bernal | Stars: Nora Aunor, Veronica Palileo, Spanky Manikan, Gigi Dueñas

Votes: 348

17. Grandmother (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Two elderly women bear the consequences of a crime involving their respective grandsons. One is the victim, the other is the suspect. Both weak and poor, they laboriously solicit money in ... See full summary »

Director: Brillante Mendoza | Stars: Anita Linda, Rustica Carpio, Tanya Gomez, Jhong Hilario

Votes: 777

18. Manakamana (2013)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

A documentary about a group of pilgrims who travel to Nepal to worship at the legendary Manakamana temple.

Directors: Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez | Stars: Chabbi Lal Gandharba, Anish Gandharba, Bindu Gayek, Narayan Gayek

Votes: 648

19. Dead Time (2007)

102 min | Crime, Fantasy, Thriller

A jaded cop. A narcoleptic journalist. A nation divided. A Fantasy you'd wish never come true.

Director: Joko Anwar | Stars: Donny Alamsyah, Fachry Albar, Ario Bayu, Fahrani

Votes: 747

20. The Look of Silence (2014)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

92 Metascore

A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer | Stars: Adi Rukun, M.Y. Basrun, Amir Hasan, Inong

Votes: 10,094 | Gross: $0.11M

21. Happiness (II) (2013)

80 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

In 1999, King Jigme Wangchuck approved the use of television and Internet throughout the largely undeveloped nation of Bhutan, assuring the masses that rapid development was synonymous with... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Balmès | Stars: Peyangki, Kinley Om, Ap Kinley Dorji, Aum Thinley Dolma

Votes: 269

22. Milarepa (2006)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

52 Metascore

Milarepa is a tale of greed and vengeance - demons, magic, murder and redemption. It is the story of the man who became Tibet's greatest mystic.

Director: Neten Chokling | Stars: Orgyen Tobgyal, Kelsang Chukie Tethtong, Jamyang Lodro, Jamyang Nyima

Votes: 862

23. Kairat (1992)

72 min | Drama

Living in Almaty, Kazakhstan, a young man is preparing to become a bus conductor. One day, in between wandering the city streets, and going to the movies, he makes the acquaintance of a female student.

Director: Darezhan Omirbayev | Stars: Samat Beysenbin, Baljan Bisembekova, Indira Jeksembaeva, Kairat Mahmetov

Votes: 231

24. The Adopted Son (1998)

81 min | Drama

In a Kyrgyz village, five older women adopt an infant foundling. Jump ahead about 12 years: the boy, Beshkempir, is entering puberty, the age, his granny says, when life goes berserk. He ... See full summary »

Director: Aktan Arym Kubat | Stars: Mirlan Abdykalykov, Adir Abilkassimov, Mirlan Cinkozoev, Bakit Dzhylkychiev

Votes: 504

25. The Man Who Loves the Birds (1976)

87 min | Drama

"Man Follows Birds" is a coming-of-age story of a young Uzbek poet surrounded by violence. Farouk is fascinated by trees and Khamraev films him with a lot of melancholy and tenderness. Cast... See full summary »

Director: Ali Khamraev | Stars: Dzhanik Fayziev, Dilorom Kambarova, Abdugani Saidov, Nargis Avazova

Votes: 75



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