Best Asian Movies 1997

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Best Asian Movies 1997

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1. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

76 Metascore

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 316,449 | Gross: $2.38M

2. Xiao Wu (1998)

Unrated | 108 min | Drama

Little pocket thief Wu never got away from the streets like his friends did. He realises that he is alone, as his old buddy doesn't invite him for his wedding. When he falls in love with a ... See full summary »

Director: Zhangke Jia | Stars: Hongwei Wang, Hongjian Hao, Baitao Zuo, Ma Jinrei

Votes: 1,695

3. Eighteen Springs (1997)

126 min | Drama, Romance

In 1930s Shanghai, a young office girl falls in love with a factory worker in the same company.

Director: Ann Hui | Stars: Leon Lai, Chien-Lien Wu, Anita Mui, You Ge

Votes: 308

4. The Dream Factory (1997)

90 min | Comedy

Four friends come up with an unusual idea to make some money and have fun doing it. For a small fee, they will impersonate and act out any character role for their customers. In the course ... See full summary »

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: You Ge, Xiaogang Feng, Wei Chen, Biao Fu

Votes: 1,191

5. Warriors of Virtue (1997)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A young boy is whisked away to the mythical land of Tao where he becomes the center of a conflict between an evil lord and a group of animal warriors.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Angus Macfadyen, Mario Yedidia, Marley Shelton, Chao Li Chi

Votes: 2,730 | Gross: $6.45M

6. Colors of the Blind (1997)

Drama, Sport

Triangular story about a blind girl falling love in her sports teacher. Through a class mate who falls in love in her, she learns to accept her blindness. The film gives good inside for non-Chinese on the situation of the blind in China.

Director: Guoxing Chen | Stars: Hong Tao, Bing He, Kai Jiang

Votes: 21

7. The Soong Sisters (1997)

145 min | Drama, History, Romance

The Soong family was a political dynasty in China that reached the highest levels of power. This film follows the lives of the three Soong daughters, who were educated in America and ... See full summary »

Director: Mabel Cheung | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh, Vivian Wu, Winston Chao

Votes: 916

8. Full Alert (1997)

98 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Police Inspector Pao is trying to catch Mak Kwan, a gang member who is first arrested, but then escapes from the prison. By chance, Pao realizes that the target of Kwan's gang is the H.K. ... See full summary »

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Francis Ng, Amanda Lee, Jack Kao

Votes: 907

9. A Chinese Ghost Story (1997)

84 min | Animation

A young man falls in love with a ghost and must avoid a variety of ghostbusters out to eliminate her and each other.

Director: Andrew Chan | Stars: Don Brown, Jordan Chan, Sylvia Chang, Kelly Chen

Votes: 726

10. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)

Not Rated | 87 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Concurrent theatrical ending of the TV series Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995).

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yûko Miyamura, Kotono Mitsuishi

Votes: 33,693

11. Fireworks (1997)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 26,051 | Gross: $0.23M

12. Perfect Blue (1997)

R | 81 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.

Director: Satoshi Kon | Stars: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji, Masaaki Ôkura

Votes: 49,926 | Gross: $0.78M

13. Parasite Eve (1997)

120 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

Toshiaki Nagashima is a biologist who is doing major research on mitochondria. When his beautiful young wife is tragically involved in a car accident which leaves her brain dead, in ... See full summary »

Director: Masayuki Ochiai | Stars: Hiroshi Mikami, Riona Hazuki, Tomoko Nakajima, Ayako Omura

Votes: 968

14. Rainy Dog (1997)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama

A Japanese assassin stranded in Taiwan must take work from a local crime boss to make ends meet when suddenly a woman from his past delivers a son to him.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shô Aikawa, Li Wei Chang, Shih Chang, Xianmei Chen

Votes: 2,159

15. Cure (1997)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

70 Metascore

A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they've done.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Kôji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa

Votes: 9,650 | Gross: $0.09M

16. Suzaku (1997)

95 min | Drama

Depicts the dissolution of a small family in a remote Japanese timber village.

Director: Naomi Kawase | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Machiko Ono, Sachiko Izumi, Kôtarô Shibata

Votes: 1,009

17. Full Metal gokudô (1997 Video)

102 min | Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi

An inexperienced gangster is killed alongside his strong, respected boss and awakens to find a mad scientist has given him a new body made partly of his boss and partly of indestructible bionics.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Tomorô Taguchi, Takeshi Caesar, Kazuki Kitamura

Votes: 1,691

18. Twilight of the Dark Master (1997)

Unrated | 50 min | Animation, Fantasy

In the near future, the demons prepare for a new assault on earth, which is protected by the guardians, a struggle that has gone on for eons. The dark masters have found ways to release the... See full summary »

Director: Akiyuki Shinbo | Stars: Andrew Philpot, Toshihiko Seki, Masuo Amada, Steve Bulen

Votes: 432

19. Rurouni Kenshin: The Movie (1997)

Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Action, Drama

The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Takimi Shigure watched his friends and family get cut down in the name of ... See full summary »

Director: Tsuji Hajiki | Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, J. Shanon Weaver, Miki Fujitani, Judson Jones

Votes: 2,365

20. Amber's Adventure (1997 Video)

60 min | Adventure

Victimized by a burglar, Amber struggles to free herself from the ropes that bind her and the cloth that silences her.

Director: Aaron James | Star: Amber Allen

21. Hermes: Winds of Love (1997)

117 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Thousands of years in the past, a young boy named Hermes is named as a future great hero in a prophecy. Hermes grows up to save a beautiful princess and face the evil king Minos of Crete.

Director: Tetsuo Imazawa | Stars: Shin Aomori, Katsunosuke Hori, Kikuko Inoue, Miki Itô

Votes: 28

22. Green Fish (1997)

111 min | Drama

Returning home and finding his town drastically changed, a former soldier falls in with gangsters.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Hye-jin Shim, Seong-kun Mun, Yu-Kyeong Cha

Votes: 1,383

23. The Contact (1997)

105 min | Romance

The male radio presenter Donghyun and the female TV home shopping phone operator Soohyun are both lonely. While Donghyun is focused on getting back to his ex-girl-friend Younghae who has ... See full summary »

Director: Yun-hyeon Jang | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Do-yeon Jeon, Sang-mi Choo, Yong-soo Park

Votes: 378

25. Paano ang puso ko? (1997)

Drama, Romance

Ruben and Cecile are childhood friends who have feelings for each other that they do not yet understand. When Ruben's cousin, Jason, returns to the Philippines from the States, he meets ... See full summary »

Director: Rory B. Quintos | Stars: Judy Ann Santos, Wowie De Guzman, Rico Yan, Dante Rivero

Votes: 19

26. Magic Kingdom: Ang alamat ng Damortis (1997)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The Kingdom of Damortis was once ruled by the kind-hearted Empress Sofia (Maricel Laxa) who was ordered to be killed by Basilicus (Mark Gil), her brother who has a great desire for the ... See full summary »

Directors: Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes | Stars: Jason Salcedo, Janus del Prado, Junell Hernando, Jun Urbano

Votes: 29

28. Ang probinsyano (1997)

118 min | Action, Drama

Ador (Fernando Poe Jr.) is killed in a drug bust operation after he was betrayed by his fellow cop. His superior devices a plan for his twin brother, Kardo, a provincial cop, to assume his ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Poe Jr. | Stars: Fernando Poe Jr., Dindi Gallardo, Amanda Page, Melisse Santiago

Votes: 45

29. Island of Greed (1997)

126 min | Action, Crime

Island of Greed is a 1997 Hong Kong action crime thriller film directed by Michael Mak and starring Andy Lau and Tony Leung Ka-fai. The film is set and filmed in Taiwan and deals with corruption in the Government of the Republic of China.

Director: Michael Mak | Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Paulyn Sun, Annie Wu

Votes: 606

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