Five must-sees, and four essential Asian movies. (A friend recently asked for me to name these as he was trying to gather the best rentals through his mail-order Blockbuster account. )

Fulltime Killer (( 2001, Hong Kong, action/thriller ))
“Two very different hitmen find themselves to be in each other’s way. They use all their skill to solve the problem.”

House of Flying Daggers (( 2004, China/Hong Kong, action/thriller/action/romance ))
Breath-taking cinematography, costumes, and of course choreography. This film is packed with unforgetfull fighting scenes (two words: bamboo forest), but also has an amazing plot. Don’t read any info on this, just rent and enjoy.

Comrades: Almost a Love Story (( 1996, Hong Kong, drama/romance ))
My favorite Asian romance movie. ” Jun arrives in Hong Kong from mainland China, hoping to be able to earn enough money to marry his girlfriend back home…”

Returner (( 2002, Japan, action/thriller ))
Forget Matrix and other sci-fi hero worshiping Hollywood flicks, and rent this. It might not be a bit original, but it is without doubt entertainment.”A young woman from the future forces a local gunman to help her stop an impending alien invasion which will wipe out the human race.”

Phone (( 2002, South Korea, horror/thriller ))
This is nearly predictable, yet out of the ones I’ve seen this one is the best. “After writing a series of articles about pedophilia, the journalist Ji-won receives threatening calls on her cellular and she changes her number”

These four films are well liked, but for some reason I did not seem to enjoy : Happy End (highly controversial), Last Life in the Universe, 2046, and Fallen Angels.

PS. I must also include Turn Left Turn Right – which features a very interesting plot and the handsome Takeshi Kaneshiro.