Top30 Favorite Film Discoveries of 2015
Though I thought this was going to be my first post of the year… Bala’s trailer had to move past it. Damn it, news urgency!
Another year gone by~~~ I’m pretty please at how this list turned out. For a minute there I thought it was going to be a list of mostly Chinese/Hong Kong/Taiwanese films, like my past entries focusing mostly on Indian films I had been discovering. Turns out I diversified this past 2015!
Same rules~ No films of the last three years (’14, ’13, ’12).
30. Genius Party / Genius Party Beyond
My brain melted. Studio 4C made their catalog available, not only in Netflix US, but also across other territories . That means you can also sit through their animated short anthologies. Among them, of course, Masaaki Yuasa’s trippy Happy Machine (pictured) [Trailer], but Shoji Kawamori’s Shanghai Dragon also slays, alongside Shinichiro Watanabe’s Baby Blue [Trailer]. And don’t forget the larger than thou Gala by Mahiro Maeda.
29. 200 Pounds of Beauty (미녀는 괴로워)
200 Pounds of Beauty is one of those movies Kpop fans and K-film/drama aficionados are really into, so you know- always with a certain grain of salt. But I dug it~ Kim Ah-joong totally sells the role, and you know there’s some questionable plastic surgery outer-beauty-inner-beauty mumbo jumbo there, but- hey! I ate it up.
28. So Close (夕陽天使)
You had me at Zhao Wei and Shu Qi are sisters lady ninja hackers in early millennium attire. You had me at Karen Mok does her elevator attack. There’s cake, and Zhao Wei and Karen Mok had a total thing going on.
27. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Dame Maggie Smith gets it~