Korea – Action . Drama – 2011
Directed by Huh Jung-Ho
♠ ♠ ♠ -  I had a chance to watch this movie at the Toronto International Film Festival during its World Premier screening on Sept 13th.  Although this is Huh Jung-Ho’s directorial debut film, you can tell that he had worked very hard and looked at every aspect of the movie in detail before the actual filming began.  Due to the interesting storyline, he was able to cast two very famous Korean actors, Jung Jae-Young and the beautiful Jeon Do-Yeon, who carried out their characters quite well throughout the movie.  If you like Korean action/thriller movies, I think you will be pleased with this film.  It’s not an “Oscar Winner” but it certainly was enjoyable and was able to keep me interested throughout the movie with its little twists and  some comical moments… [ imdb ]

Countdown – Movie trailer

Zatoichi – The Blind Swordsman

Japan – Action . Drama – 2003
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
♠ ♠ ♠ ♠ -  This is a bit artsy yet an intense film in both storyline and the sword fight choreography.  With great unexpected twists and brutal yet realistic sword play, characters are developed and story is unfolded while pulling the audience in closer for more.  As many Asian films tend to have, there’s a comical character which might or might not work for some viewers but that’s a small part of the movie and I felt it still worked very well… [ imdb ]

Zatoichi – Movie Trailer

Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan

Russia . Biography-History-Action . 2007
Directed by Sergey Bodrov
♠ ♠ ♠ ♠ – The life story of Temudjin before he became the great Genghis Khan.  This movie follows the earlier life of Temudjin.  And through his life, we get to witness the Mongolian culture, his love for his wife and of course the massive medieval war battles!… [ imdb ]

Mongol – Movie trailer

13 Assassins

Japanese Samurai-Action . 2010
Directed by Takashi Miike
♠ ♠ ♠ – Story of gathering 13 assassins amongst Samurais in the 1800s Japan, in order to assassinate a corrupt (actually, “fucked up” is a better way to describe him) political figure.  Takashi Miike is well known in the Indie scene to be directing very intense and edgy films that only certain group of people would like, or could even digest at times.  This isn’t as crazy as some of his other movies, but I do like watching a serious Samurai movie… especially if it’s done by a director like Takashi Miike… [ imdb ]

13 Assasins – Movie trailer