There seemed like there may be a little interest in an Asian Cinema thread... So I thought I'd kick one off. Not entirely sure what direction this may take so I'll do a first post that's a bit of an info dump and we'll see where it takes us. My general Asian Cinema Collection; (I may have been a little liberal in my definition of "Asian Cinema) My top 10 / "Stand Out" films in this "Genre" These "Top 10" are in no particular order. Red Cliff - 2008 Great battle scenes. Great sea (think it was a v.wide river) battles. Lady Snowblood - 1973 Tarantino was heavily influenced by this - and it shows! If you are a Tarantino fan this is a must watch. Oldboy - 2003 Great story that will have you on the edge of your seat. One of the greatest (possibly single shot/take?) fight sequences ever filmed. Shogun Assassin - 1980 Cult classic. Also influenced Tarantino. Zatoichi - 2003 "The blind swordsman"... Great film... The scene near the end gives me goose pimples each time. House of flying daggers - 2004 Brilliant story. Amazing choreography. The dance scene is truly a wonder to behold. Hero - 2002 A similar feel to this as House of flying daggers. If you wanted me to choose my favourite of the two... I simply couldn't. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - 2000 In a similar style to the preceeding two entries this film came out before both and IMHO in many ways was revolutionary. Battle Royale - 2000 A dystopian future where Japanese kids are forced onto an island and have to murder one another. Bloody. Violent. And lots of fun! Seven Samarai - 1954 I like a fair few old films. I like a fair few long films. (And Akira Kurosawa's legendary epic certainly falls into those two categories). But there are relatively few B+W films that I can say I genuinely thoroughly enjoyed. (At least so far - I'm working on it...). This is one of a few. A masterpiece. A film that would inspire film-makers for generations to come. So... What does your Asian Cinema collection look like? Do you have a top 10? Or a few that really stood out to you? What would you consider absolutely essential viewing?