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Most Beautiful/Emotional Films

Any suggestions for the most heart-wrenching/tear jerking emotional foreign films, particularly Asian?

Also - what about most beautiful cinematography/editing?
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In The Mood For Love
Suzhou River
What time is it there?


Although i wouldn't use the words 'heat wrenching/tear jerking,' but these films are very emotional and they all are beautifully shot, actually watching all films from Wong Kar Wai, Tsai Ming Liang and Lou Ye is a pleasure.
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Not sure everyone will agree with me, but Ikiru is a masterpiece...
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Most Tear Jerking:
Wings of Desire
Betty Blue
Fallen Angels
Chungking express
Breaking the Waves
Amelie
(only two are from Hong Kong, but the others are SO good.

Have to get back to you on cinematography but I like Ran and Dreams by Kurosawa and Baraka alot.
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Originally posted by DrGerbil
Not sure everyone will agree with me, but Ikiru is a masterpiece...
most definately, I really got emotional at the end there - I was weeping.
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Just get all of Zhang Yimou's films and call it a day.
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these ones....(in terms of beautiful.....emotional....later...)











emotional-







That's only in terms of recent films....if we go all-time then we're in for a LONG THREAD.....etc,

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I find an affinity towards films whose main themes are loneliness and longing amidst a big, bustling city. Japanese and some HK films seem to excel in such.

Examples of these are:

Chungking Express (Wong Kar Wai - HK)
Fallen Angels (Wong Kar Wai - HK)
Maborosi (Hirokazu Koreeda - Japan)
Last Life in the Universe (Ratanaruang - Japan/Thailand)

Try to seek out the last one mentioned. It stars Tadanobu Asano and it takes place in Bangkok. Photographed by Christopher Doyle (who the hell doesn't know this guy???) and Takashi Miike and Riki Takeuchi does surprising cameos.

I loved Fallen Angels....seing Takeshi Kaneshiro's character watching a video of his dad wells up my eyes and breaks my heart everytime I see it.
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Originally posted by Cardiac161

Last Life in the Universe (Ratanaruang - Japan/Thailand)

Try to seek out the last one mentioned. It stars Tadanobu Asano and it takes place in Bangkok. Photographed by Christopher Doyle (who the hell doesn't know this guy???) and Takashi Miike and Riki Takeuchi does surprising cameos.

is this on DVD?
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Last Life in the Universe is on dvd, but only available in R3 PAL.

Quite hard to get so I gave in and got in from Ebay.

Video quality itself leaves a lot to be desired and I'm hoping a better reproduction comes out soon.
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Originally posted by khai
Just get all of Zhang Yimou's films and call it a day.
Couldn't agree more.

The Road Home is one of the most exquisite pieces of cinematography I have ever seen.
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The Grand Illusion is deeply moving and emotional.

For most beautiful cinematography, 8 1/2 (or anything shot by Gianni Di Venanzo), The Conformist, The Leopard.....
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Doesn't South Korea own the market on tear-jerkers?

Failan
Il Mare
Happy End
Christmas in August
One Fine Spring Day

Often featuring lovers pulled apart by uncontrollable forces (time, death), Korean films are pretty jacked up on the emotional overload. Even a simplistically crowd-pleasing film like The Way Home will bring an involuntary lump to a cynic's throat.

It's as if the pain of being a country divided bleeds over into their films.
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Last Life in the Universe is on dvd, but only available in R3 PAL
Artificial Eye will release this on dvd in the UK around oct/nov, so buy the R3 if you can't wait that long. The film will also hit U.S. theatres this summner.
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Zhang Yimou's TO LIVE and Chen Kaige's FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE have been my favorite dramas
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Besides the ones that been mentioned...

Children of Heaven (those shoes made me cry for hours)
Bicycle Thief
Thief
Umberto D.
Life as a House
Ma Vie En Rose
Malli
Trois Culeurs: Bleu
Under the Sun

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One of best tear jerking asian movie, aside from some mentioned above, is the Anime "Graves of the Fireflies"

I do not know one person who can sit through this one with dry eyes and unmoved.
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I agree with the above poster.

Other movies that haven't been mentioned

The CLassic
Lover's Concerto
Love Letter
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Originally posted by DVD Smurf

Under the Sun
....and what an excellent film this is..

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Originally posted by Cardiac161
I loved Fallen Angels....seing Takeshi Kaneshiro's character watching a video of his dad wells up my eyes and breaks my heart everytime I see it.
Could not agree more.

Originally posted by Cardiac161
Last Life in the Universe is on dvd, but only available in R3 PAL.

Quite hard to get so I gave in and got in from Ebay.

Video quality itself leaves a lot to be desired and I'm hoping a better reproduction comes out soon.
Shoulda gone to www.ethaicd.com and got it for like $12 shipped!They even hooked me up with a free folded poster of it


Some emotional films-

Joint Security Area-Probably one of the first movies that I just let it flow buckets for when the credits rolled

Swallowtail Butterfly-2 1/2 hours too short.If you allow yourself to get in to it and become attached to the characters you will wish this movie would never end.

The Bride With White Hair-Leslie Cheung and Brigitte Lin create something special here for me.In the sequel they are only onscreen together for 5 minutes and that one scene is really powerful and the only reason to even see it.

Peppermint Candy-Memento style backwards flick but with a much deeper story that spans over 20 years.


Plenty more but thats all I can think of for now cause i'm getting weepy

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