Hollywood is far from being the centre of the universe. While you were distracted by Civil War, the Ghosbusters reboot and DC’s continuing downward spiral, filmmakers in East Asia have been busy cooking up films more entertaining than any blockbuster.
The Three-Body Problem (China)
Based on a bestselling sci-fi novel series by Cixin Liu, The Three-Body Problem has the potential to be one of the best sci-fi films of recent years. Set for a 2017 release, it features a murder mystery, virtual reality, extraterrestrial signals, physics and the madness of China’s Cultural Revolution. And that’s before we get into the sequel…
Death Note: Light Up The New World (Japan)
10 years on from the original Death Note movie and anime series, the 2016 movie is set in a Japan rife with cyberterrorism and follows a new generation of 6 Death Note wielders as super detective L is called back into another battle of wits.
Train to Busan (South Korea)
Already out in South Korea, Train to Busan is Snowpiercer meets Dawn of the Dead. Already being hailed as the best zombie film in recent years and a legitimately scary horror film, Train to Busan can’t come over to our shores soon enough.
Sadako vs Kayako (Japan)
Japan’s own Freddy vs Jason, this film pits The Ring against The Grudge with a bunch of hapless Japanese victims caught in the middle. Sure, it sounds like both film franchises have jumped the shark at this point, but we still want to see plenty of creepy long-haired Japanese ghost vs other creepy long-haired Japanese ghost action.
Railroad Tigers (China)
Set in 1941, Railroad Tigers basically has Jackie Chan facing off against the Japanese occupation during World War II. Like many Chinese films about WWII, you can expect some propaganda (see: Ip-Man), but the film should be worth it just to see Chan jumping back to his action comedy roots in something half-decent again.
Godzilla: Resurgence (Japan)
When Hollywood released yet another Godzilla remake, Toho saw it as a challenge. It’s been out in Japanese cinemas since July, although a Western release still doesn’t have a solid date yet. The movie goes back to the basic formula of Japan vs Godzilla and features traditional kaiju monster action and committee meetings (you’ll need those subtitles).