Popular Asian Movies
No. 1. Tai Chi Zero (aka Tai Chi 0)
Pinyin: Tai Ji Ling
Chinese: 太极, 太极之从零开始
Director: Stephen Fung
Writer: Chen Kuo-Fu
Starring: Yuan Xiaochao, Angelababy, Shu Qi, Daniel Wu
Release: 2012-10-4 (Hong Kong)
Cinematographer: Lai Yiu Fai, Peter Ngor, Du Jie
Plot: Yang Luchan was born with a horn that protrudes from his forehead. The horn gives the young boy great powers, but also the ridicule from other children. Yang’s mother pushes him to learn martial arts which he does. Yang Luchan travels to a legendary village to learn Tai Chi from Master Chen. Upon arrival at the village Yang Luchan is challenged to many fights and defeated by everyone, including a girl named Yuniang. Yuniang is also Master Chen’s daughter. Yang Luchan devotes himself to Tai Chai after his humiliating defeat. Meanwhile, a railroad construction project threatens the village’s existence.
No. 2. Spy (aka Ganchub)
Section chief Kim (Kim Myung-min) was dispatched to South Korea 22 years ago to spy for the North Korean government. But spying is not his job anymore, or at least, it’s not what he does in daily life. Now, Kim makes a living by selling fake Viagra pills smuggled from China and returns home every night to his wife and two loving children. When Kim unexpectedly receives an assassination order from his boss (Yoo Hae-jin), he gathers his teammates which consist of assistant manager Kang (Yeom Jeong-ah), a single mother and real estate agent, adviser Yoon (Byeon Hee-bong), a retired senior citizen who specializes in making forged IDs, and assistant manager Woo (Jung Gyu-woon), a farmer whose expertise lies on hacking computers.
No. 3. Key Of Life (aka Kagi Dorobo no Mesotdo)
Sakurai (Masato Sakai) is an aspiring actor who becomes frustrated with his life. Sakurai decides to commit suicide, but before killing himself Sakurai heads off to a public bathhouse. At the bathhouse, Sakurai witnesses a man named Kondo (Teruyuki Kagawa) collapse and lose his memory in front of him. On a sudden whim, Sakurai switches locker keys with Kondo and pretends to be Kondo. Sakurai soon finds himself in trouble with the yakuza (members of traditional organized crime syndicates in Japan).