The 25 Most Influential Asian Movies Of All Time

By Panos Kotzathanasis

The impact of Asian cinema in the international scene is a fact that cannot be doubted; either we are referring to filmmakers basing/copying/adapting/remaking films from the region, or adopting various elements of the style and aesthetics of the Asian masters of the medium. Evidently, the first that come to mind are the Japanese of the 50s and 60s, like Ozu and Kurosawa, but who could deny the influence of the likes of Satyajit Ray (Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, James Ivory, François Truffaut have stated his influence in their style) or John Woo or Park Chan-wook, and so many others.

This list, once more with a focus on diversity, will make an effort to present, by date, 25 of the most influential works of filmmakers like the aforementioned, acknowledging the fact that it could have a plethora of more entries. Nevertheless, one may add as many films as he or she likes, but the fact remains that the particular titles are as influential as any, either/or in their country of origin or internationally.

The reasons these films are so influential vary, and include, apart from the aforementioned, the introduction of styles and artists, the creation of trends, and even the impact at the box office.

25. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (Kim Ki-duk, 2003, South Korea)

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

This film is the most widely known feature from the South Korean auteur and is currently one of seven Asian movies to be listed on the 250 top ranking movies on the Internet Movie Database.

An old monk lives with his little apprentice in a small and secluded floating temple. The unwavering teacher guides, perturbs, and punishes the young student when his immaturity and childlike naivety lead him toward violent → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

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