In a new three-part series Jonathan Ross travels to Japan, Hong Kong and Korea to explore the world's most innovative cinema.
In each episode Jonathan meets Asia's most talked about actors and directors and shares his passion for all aspects of Asian filmmaking with a multitude of clips.
[Internet Movie DataBase]
1 - JAPAN
Jonathan goes to Tokyo to see if Japanese cinema has gone off the boil, as some critics suggest. He meets directors Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus) and Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) and surveys the current crop of Japanese films, including the strange tale of a giant squid turned championship wrestler.
Ryuhei Kitamura - Versus (2000), Azumi (2003), Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
Takashi Miike - Audition (1999), Happiness of the Katakuris (2001), Gozu (2003)
Mamoru Oshii - Ghost in the Shell (1995), Avalon (2001), Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
Hayao Miyazaki - Spirited Away (2001), Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Shunji Iwai - All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)
'Beat' Takeshi Kitano - Violent Cop (1989), Boiling Point (1990), Sonatine (1993), Blood and Bones (2005)
Katsuhiro Otomo - Akira (1988), Steamboy (2004)
Other's - Wild Zero (2000), Ping Pong (2002), Casshern (2004), The Calamari Wrestler (2004)
2 - HONG KONG
In Hong Kong Jonathan meets Stephen Chow, star of King Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, celebrates Michelle Yeoh, the world's first female Asian superstar and looks back at his all-time Hong Kong heroes, including Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
Stephen Chow - Shaolin Soccer (2001), Kung Fu Hustle (2004), The King of Comedy (1999), The God of Cookery (1996)
Derek Yee - One Nite in Mongkok (2004), Lost in Time (2003), 2 Young (2005), Death Duel (1977)
Andrew Lau (Director) - Infernal Affairs (2002), Infernal Affairs 2 (2003), A Man Called Hero (1999)
Andy Lau (Actor) - God of Gamblers (1989), Running Out Of Time 1 (1999), Fulltime Killer (2001)
Wong Kar Wai - In the Mood for Love (2000), 2046 (2004)
Michelle Yeoh - Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars (1985), Police Assassins (1985), Magnificent Warriors (1987), Silver Hawk (2004)
Johnnie To - Breaking News (2004)
John Woo - The Killer (1989)
Jackie Chan - Police Story (1985), Armour of God (1987), Police Story 2 (1988)
Bruce Lee - The Big Boss (1971), Way of the Dragon (1972)
Tsui Hark - A Chinese Ghost Story (1997)
Yuen Woo Ping - Iron Monkey (1993)
3 - KOREA
Many critics consider Korean cinema to be the most exciting in the world today. Among the directors Jonathan meets are Park Chan-wook, whose film Oldboy won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2004. He also looks at an extremely odd little monster movie produced by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il who kidnapped the film's director from South Korea to make his dream project.
Park Chan-wook - Oldboy (2003), Sympathy for Mr Vengeance (2002), Joint Security Area (2000), Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005)
Kim Ki-duk - The Bow (Tartan), Samaritan Girl (2004), 3-Iron (2004), Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003), Bad Guy (2001), The Isle (2000)
Kang Je-gyu - Shiri (1999), Brotherhood (2004)
Kong Su-chang - R-Point (2004)
Others - My Sassy Girl (2001), Attack the Gas Station! (1999), Nowhere to Hide, Pulgasari (1985)
example of the specs
AVI File Details
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Runtime......: 00:58:53 (88,336 fr)
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Frame Size...: 528x304 (1.74:1) [=33:19]
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