Top (East) Asian Films of the Decade (So Far)

Piggybacking off the poll put together by Kevin B. Lee at Fandor earlier this year, The Dissolve released a big list of their Top 50 Films of the Decade so far. Unsurprisingly, but nonetheless disappointingly, (East) Asian cinema went wholly unrepresented (there were a pair of Iranian films included, which keep the list from being entirely American and European (as pointed out below, the Dissolve list did include Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, so there is one East Asian film on their list); East Asian film fared slightly better in the Fandor poll). So, as I've done before, here's a corrective list with a bunch of movies I like from East Asia. Ranked in roughly chronological order.

  • Oki's Movie

    1

  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    2

  • 607

    3

  • Let the Bullets Fly

    4

  • Love in a Puff

    5

  • Thomas Mao

    6

  • Hahaha

    7

  • Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

    8

  • I Wish I Knew

    9

  • The Legend Is Born: Ip Man

    10

  • Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

    11

  • 13 Assassins

    12

  • Poetry

    13

  • Gallants

    14

  • The Day He Arrives

    15

  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart

    16

  • Romance Joe

    17

  • Dragon

    18

  • Ex

    19

  • Life Without Principle

    20

  • The Raid

    21

  • A Fish

    22

  • Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

    23

  • East Meets West

    24

  • Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

    25

  • Headshot

    26

  • Romancing in Thin Air

    27

  • Like Someone in Love

    28

  • Wolf Children

    29

  • Drug War

    30

  • In Another Country

    31

  • Mekong Hotel

    32

  • When Night Falls

    33

  • Walker

    34

  • Memories Look at Me

    35

  • Three Sisters

    36

  • Four Ways to Die in My Hometown

    37

  • Tai Chi Zero

    38

  • People's Park

    39

  • Love in the Buff

    40

  • Motorway

    41

  • Emperor Visits the Hell

    42

  • The Missing Picture

    43

  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

    44

  • Blind Detective

    45

  • A Touch of Sin

    46

  • Our Sunhi

    47

  • Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

    48

  • Stray Dogs

    49

  • The Grandmaster

    50

  • The Wind Rises

    51

  • Nobody's Daughter Haewon

    52

  • Ip Man: The Final Fight

    53

  • Yumen

    54

  • Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon

    55

  • The Great Passage

    56

  • The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

    57

  • Trap Street

    58

  • Unbeatable

    59

  • So Young

    60

  • Hill of Freedom

    61

  • The Midnight After

    62

  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2

    63

  • The Taking of Tiger Mountain

    64

  • Uncertain Relationships Society

    65

  • Journey to the West

    66

  • Highway

    67

  • Black Coal, Thin Ice

    68

  • The Golden Era

    69

  • Aberdeen

    70

  • The Raid 2

    71

  • Golden Chickensss

    72