The Most Anticipated Asian Movies of 2012

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What asian movies to expect in 2012? Any interesting upcoming films from Japan, South Korea, China…? Check it out, the year 2012 looks more than promising!

• THE RAID: REDEMPTION

Most Anticipated Asian Movies of 2012
.Bottom lineDie Hard + Assault on Precinct 13 = Indonesian explosive action-film?
.Details – The new film from the Merantau director, Gareth Evans, has already been seen in the festival circuit, and so far so good, the word of mouth is quite positive about this bad-ass action film. Where an elite swat team is raiding one of the most impenetrable safe house in the slums of Jakarta to take down a notorious ruthless drug lord. Sounds exciting! It must be said, the US remake is currently in the works, Evans declined the offer to direct it, hopefully?
.Release date – March 23, 2012 (US) / Read the review
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• Gakuryu Ishii’s ISN’T ANYONE ALIVE?

Most Anticipated Asian Movies of 2012
.Bottom line – The long awaited comeback of an inspiring Japanese director!
.Details – Sogo Ishii, now called Gakuryu Ishii is a punk director whose films, Shuffle, Panic in High School, influenced people like Shinya Tsukamoto – and not the other way. But since 2003, almost no news from Ishii. Hopefully, he’s finally managed to fund this project, an adaptation of an absurdist play. The title translates as “Are any of you alive” or “Are there any survivors?“, and it’s “an anarchic & darkly comic look at the links between life & death, set at a university where an urban legend is spoken of in hushed tones. Seemingly normal people engage in comically surreal conversations & ‘punk’ goings on as everyday life distorts toward a mysterious finale.” The film stars young actor Shota Sometani (also the lead in Sono’s Himizu).
.Release date – February 18, 2012 (Japan), October 22nd, 2012 (UK DVD, Blu-ray) / Read the review!
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• Hiroyuki Okiura’s A LETTER TO MOMO

Most Anticipated Asian Movies of 2012
.Bottom line – Traditional hand-drawn animation, mixing different genres.
.Details – From the director of Jin-roh, who spent the last years working discreetly on this new anime film. It’s about a young girl moving to the country with her mother, and discovering an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father. As well as some kind of magical book. The story seems to be somewhere between slice-of-life drama, fantasy and mystery. Offering some gorgeous visuals with special care to details.
.Release date – April 22, 2012 (Japan) / Read the review!
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• Feng Xiaogang’s 1942

Most Anticipated Asian Movies of 2012
.Bottom line – New melodrama from one of China’s most successful commercial director
.DetailsAssembly, Aftershock… Director Feng Xiaogang is making hits after hits, proving Chinese films can compete, at least quality-wise, with Hollywood ones. 1942 is about the deathly famine that happened in central China during the war against Japan. It killed 3 million lives. Must be said that Xiaogang isn’t known for his subtlety, and this project seems to emotions with patriotic/anti-Japanese feelings to create another high-level tearjerker.
.Release date – November 2012 (China)
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• Jackie Chan’s CHINESE ZODIAC

Most Anticipated Asian Movies of 2012
.Bottom line – Armour of God 3.
.Details – Another long-awaited project finally coming true! Introduced as an “Indiana Jones style action adventure”, this third installment in the Armour of God series stars Jackie Chan, playing an explorer who must travel around the world to find 12 special Chinese Zodiac statues. Of course, you can expect some explosive & enthusiastic action scenes with/by/from Jackie Chan. Fuck yea?
.Release date – December 12, 2012 (China)
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• Mamoru Hosoda’s THE WOLF CHILDREN

Most Anticipated Asian Movies of 2012
.Bottom line – Fantasy family drama from Summer Wars director
.Details – One of the most promising Japanese directors, Mamoru Hosoda, on the story of a young woman giving birth to the children of her beloved wolf man. But when he dies, the woman takes the children far from the city, to raise them in a small rural town. Hosoda seems to really focus on the relation & love between parents and children. It was one of the main themes in his previous film. It sounds like the director is trying to make something simpler here, without too many characters or high-concept. Just nature, fantasy, parents & children.
.Release date – July 21, 2012 (Japan)
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• RUROUNI KENSHIN

Most Anticipated Asian Movies of 2012
.Bottom line – The live-action film of Kenshin, the legendary assassin
.Details – Another film adaptation of a popular manga from Warner Bros Jp, after Paradise Kiss in 2011. Except this time, it’s Kenshin, a wandering swordsman former-assassin who helps people while being haunted by his violent past. As any adaptation, it will retell the story from the manga from the beginning — not the best/exciting story arc, basically, it looks like a light rom-com set in 1870s Japan.
.Release date – August 25, 2012 (Japan)
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• NAMELESS GANGSTER

Most Anticipated Asian Movies of 2012
.Bottom line – South Korean thriller with Choi Min-Sik
.Details – The film is set during the 1990s when the new Government declared war on organized crime. Choi Min-Sik is playing a corrupt customs officer, who’s working closely with the local mob, but wants to find his way out without losing his job. The plot seems promising, involving police corruption, the Korean mafia and characters ready to do anything to save their asses!The film also stars actor Ha Jung-woo, the bad guy from The Chaser.
.Release date – February 2, 2012 (South Korea) / Read the review!
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• Sion Sono’s HIMIZU

Most Anticipated Asian Movies of 2012
.Bottom line – Nihilist look at post-March 11 Japan, with provocative tone.
.Details – Cult Japanese indie director Sion Sono’s live-action adaptation of the dark & depressing manga of the same name. Where a young boy living on his own, abandoned by his parents, sees his plan for normality falling to pieces. Despite his efforts, he can’t escape his profound rage & hate for everything surrounding him, including his family & his family.
.Release date – January 14, 2012 (Japan), April 27, 2012 (UK) / Read the review!
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