Wondering which Asian films to check out in 2015?
At this year’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2015 (BiFan), the film festival showcased over 250 films.
With a focus on Asian films, horror, and fantasy films, this year’s BiFan had some great movies to see. We got to check out the event a couple months ago in the summer.
Here are some movies from BiFan 2015 to check out:
1. Assassination Classroom
Genre: comedy, action
Based off the manga (and later anime), Assassination Classroom’s story is simple. An alien by the name of Koro lands on Earth and threatens to blow up Earth in a year. However, he gives humankind one hope. He will act as a high school teacher and if his class can kill him before a year, then Earth will be saved. Hilarity, cool action scenes, and learning about new characters will ensue.
2. Deadman Inferno / Z Island
Genre: comedy, action
Ex-yakuza member Takashi (Shingo Tsurumi) just served 10 years in prison. After his yakuza group and boss becomes gunned down 10 years earlier, he was the only survivor. The next day, he shoots his boss’ murder and goes to jail. Meanwhile, his daughter, Hyuga (Maika Yamamoto) grows up during his time in prison. Feeling neglected for missing her entire childhood, she doesn’t want to meet her dad and runs away to a nearby island called Zeni island.
However, as Takashi goes to the island to get her daughter, he and his team find something horrifying on the island. They ran into a zombie outbreak, as things would get crazy.
On a personal note, this was my favorite movie at BiFan, as it had a great mix of action, plot, laughter, and character development. Highly recommended to watch.
3. The Golden Cane Warrior
Genre: martial arts, action
Cempaka (Christine Hakim) is the renown Golden Cane Warrior, a martial arts master. She currently trains four disciples: Biru (Reza Rahadian), Gerhana (Tara Basro), Dara (Eva Celia), and Angin (Aria Kusumah). Wanting to pass down her powerful Golden Cane, as well her ultimate technique, she finally chooses Dara as her successor as Golden Cane Warrior. However, becoming the Golden Cane Warrior would not be easy, as enemies look to thwart her attempt.
4. Solomon’s Perjury 1 & 2
Genre: crime, thriller
Ace Attorney and Danganronpa, meet Solomon’s Perjury.
When a 14-year-old boy falls from the top of a school building on Christmas morning, the police is quickly summoned. The police conclude that the boy’s death is suicide and his parents agree. However, this all changes when the police receives an anonymous note. The note says that the sender was a witness to the boy’s death. The note also claims that the boy’s death was not a suicide, but rather, a brutal murder committed by three bullies at his school.
The police, fearing the worst, quickly hides the anonymous note. However, a reporter uncovers the said note. Soon after, another student dies in an accident. After that, the students decide to take matters into their own hands and hold a trial by themselves to find the truth.
5. Coin Locker Girl
Genre: crime, thriller
Directed by Han Jun-hee, the movie centers around a girl named Il-young. When Il-young is born, she is placed in a coin operated locker in the subway station. She becomes adopted by another lady and becomes her new mom. When she becomes a teenager, she starts carrying out missions for her new mom. Since the area they live in is a rough area in Chinatown, the two will fight to survive in their harsh, cruel surroundings.
6. The Chosen: Forbidden Cave
Chosen as the closing film of BiFan 2015, the horror film is only fitting to wrap up the film festival. After all, BiFan is all about the horror.
Jin-Myung (Kim Sung-Kyun) is an exorcist. With his apprentice, Ji-Kwang (Kim Hye-Seong), they attempt an exorcism on Geum-Joo (Yoo-Sun), who suffers from something inside her. However, when they do the exorcism, they encounter something scary and powerful within Geum-Joo. From there, Geum-Joo begins to strike fear around others around her.
7. Full Strike
Genre: sports, comedy
When a group of rag-tag former criminals and washed up athletes team up to form a badminton team, you can expect some hilarity and craziness. Full Strike is a sports comedy movie that has plenty of laughs. As with other Canto comedy-sports films, the movie pays homage to Shaolin soccer and Gallants, having many offbeat and zany moments along the way.
8. Port of Call
Starring famed actor Aaron Kwok, with Elaine Jin and Patrick Tam, Port of Call is based on a real murder case in Hong Kong in 2008. When a dismembered corpse of a murdered 16-year-old prostitute girl was found, Detective Chong’s (Aaron Kwok) investigation begins. But rather than looking at the case head on, Detective Chong talks to the deceased girl’s friends and family. While weaving an intriguing thriller, the film delves into the rough, darker side of Hong Kong.
9. 100 Yen Love
Genre: slice of life
Ichiko is a hikikomori (a person that doesn’t shuts themselves out) at her parents’ home. However, her sister gets a divorce and moves back home. Since Ichiko and her sister doesn’t get along, Ichiko decides to move out and live on her own. The only minor happiness in Ichiko’s dreary life is working at the 100-yen store. There she sees an aging boxer named Yuuji training at a nearby gym. Her life would soon change after meeting the boxer.
10. The Violator
A pair of Chinese lovers set off on a road-trip holiday in exotic and enthralling Malaysia to get away from the city. Their drive through the lush country reignites their relationship. However, they encounter and pick up a mysterious but gorgeous Korean girl. This girl, who is strangely backpacking alone, hitching rides from village to village. A holiday get-away for the Chinese pair slowly turns to a survival. The innocent the lone beautiful hitch-hiker reveals herself to be a psychopath that wants vengeance.