iCM Forum's Favourite Movies from South-East Asia Complete List

by vaal | created - 02 May 2018 | updated - 04 May 2018 | Public

The favorite movies from South-East Asia as chosen by user of the iCM Forum. Eligble countries were: Brunei Cambodia Indonesia Laos Malaysia Myanmar (Burma) Philippines Singapore Thailand Timor-Leste (East Timor) Vietnam

source:http://www.icmforum.com/topic/10496726

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1. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

Dying of kidney disease, a man spends his last, somber days with family, including the ghost of his wife and a forest spirit who used to be his son, on a rural northern Thailand farm.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Stars: Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Natthakarn Aphaiwonk

Votes: 14,888 | Gross: $0.18M

2. Last Life in the Universe (2003)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A suicidal, obsessively compulsive Japanese librarian is forced to lie low in Thailand with a pot-smoking woman coping with the recent loss of her sister.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, Takashi Miike, Laila Boonyasak

Votes: 11,047 | Gross: $0.03M

3. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

91 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 36,663 | Gross: $0.49M

4. Tropical Malady (2004)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

78 Metascore

A romance between a soldier and a country boy, wrapped around a Thai folk-tale involving a shaman with shape-shifting abilities.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Stars: Banlop Lomnoi, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Huai Dessom, Sirivech Jareonchon

Votes: 5,394

5. Manila in the Claws of Light (1975)

TV-14 | 125 min | Drama, Mystery

Júlio Madiaga, a 'provinciano', arrives in Manila to search for Ligaya, his loved one.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Hilda Koronel, Bembol Roco, Lou Salvador Jr., Joonee Gamboa

Votes: 1,659

6. Syndromes and a Century (2006)

105 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Story about director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's parents who were both doctors, and director's memories about growing up in the hospital environment.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Stars: Nantarat Sawaddikul, Jaruchai Iamaram, Sophon Pukanok, Jenjira Pongpas

Votes: 4,030 | Gross: $0.02M

7. When the Tenth Month Comes (1984)

95 min | Drama

Duyen faces a daily struggle to care for her young son and her weakened father-in-law, while keeping secret the fact that her husband died in a battle during the war.

Director: Dang Nhat Minh | Stars: Vân Lê, Luu Viet Bao Dang, Yen Hoang, Phu Cuong Lai

Votes: 375

8. The Raid: Redemption (2011)

R | 101 min | Action, Thriller

73 Metascore

A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy, Donny Alamsyah

Votes: 196,917 | Gross: $4.11M

9. Norte, the End of History (2013)

TV-MA | 250 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

An embittered law student commits a brutal double murder; a family man takes the fall and is forced into a harsh prison sentence; a mother and her two children wander the countryside looking for some kind of redemption.

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Archie Alemania, Soliman Cruz

Votes: 1,950

10. Insiang (1976)

TV-14 | 95 min | Drama

The life of a young girl living with her mother in the slums of Manila becomes unbearable when her mother's young boyfriend moves in with them.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Hilda Koronel, Mona Lisa, Rez Cortez, Marlon Ramirez

Votes: 1,265

11. The Raid 2 (2014)

R | 150 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

71 Metascore

Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara

Votes: 118,551 | Gross: $2.63M

12. Cyclo (1995)

123 min | Crime, Drama

When a poor bicycle-taxi driver has his cyclo stolen, he is forced into a life of crime. Meanwhile, his sister becomes a sex worker.

Director: Anh Hung Tran | Stars: Le Van Loc, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Nu Yên-Khê Tran, Nhu Quynh Nguyen

Votes: 4,946 | Gross: $0.08M

13. The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A Vietnamese servant girl, Mui, observes lives within two different Saigon families: the first, a woman textile seller with three boys and a frequently absent husband; the second, a handsome young pianist with his fiancée.

Director: Anh Hung Tran | Stars: Nu Yên-Khê Tran, Man San Lu, Thi Loc Truong, Anh Hoa Nguyen

Votes: 8,504 | Gross: $1.91M

14. Perfumed Nightmare (1977)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

A Filipino jeepney driver (Kidlat Tahimik) who idolizes America's space program comes to reject the rapid encroachment of technology.

Director: Kidlat Tahimik | Stars: Kidlat Tahimik, Mang Fely, Dolores Santamaria, Georgette Baudry

Votes: 587

15. The Look of Silence (2014)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

92 Metascore

A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer | Stars: Adi Rukun, M.Y. Basrun, Amir Hasan, Inong

Votes: 12,448 | Gross: $0.11M

16. The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama

72 Metascore

With the brilliant Vietnamese summer as a setting Vertical Ray of the Sun is beautiful from beginning to end. The plot centres around three sisters, two of whom are happily married (or so ... See full summary »

Director: Anh Hung Tran | Stars: Nu Yên-Khê Tran, Nhu Quynh Nguyen, Khanh Le, Quang Hai Ngo

Votes: 3,723 | Gross: $0.46M

17. The Missing Picture (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Randal Douc, Jean-Baptiste Phou

Votes: 3,234 | Gross: $0.05M

18. Evolution of a Filipino Family (2004)

Not Rated | 540 min | Drama

The collapse and the struggle of a poor farming clan in Philippines.

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Elryan de Vera, Angie Ferro, Pen Medina, Marife Necesito

Votes: 387

19. Blissfully Yours (2002)

125 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

The story of a love affair that begins during a picnic on the Thai-Burmese border.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Stars: Kanokporn Tongaram, Min Oo, Jenjira Pongpas, Sa-gnad Chaiyapan

Votes: 2,392

20. Citizen Dog (2004)

100 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Pod is a man without a dream. He's a country bumpkin who comes to work at a tinned sardine factory in Bangkok. One day, Pod chops off his finger and packs it in the can, prompting him to go... See full summary »

Director: Wisit Sasanatieng | Stars: Mahasamut Boonyaruk, Saengthong Gate-Uthong, Sawatwong Palakawong Na Autthaya, Nattha Wattanapaiboon

Votes: 1,837

21. From What Is Before (2014)

TV-MA | 338 min | Drama

88 Metascore

The Philippines, 1972. Mysterious things are happening in a remote barrio. Wails are heard from the forest, cows are hacked to death, a man is found bleeding to death at the crossroad and ... See full summary »

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Perry Dizon, Roeder Camanag, Hazel Orencio, Karenina Haniel

Votes: 661

22. Weighed But Found Wanting (1974)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama

This landmark film is considered by many to be one of the most important in Philippine cinema. The son of a wealthy man, Junior has everything he could possibly want. But the emptiness of ... See full summary »

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Lolita Rodriguez, Lilia Dizon, Eddie Garcia, Hilda Koronel

Votes: 306

23. First They Killed My Father (2017)

TV-MA | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata, Mun Kimhak

Votes: 17,202

24. Cemetery of Splendor (2015)

Unrated | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A group of soldiers in a small town on the Mekong River in northern Thailand are struck with a bizarre sleeping illness.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Stars: Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi, Jarinpattra Rueangram, Petcharat Chaiburi

Votes: 4,525 | Gross: $0.05M

25. The Woman Who Left (2016)

TV-MA | 226 min | Drama

83 Metascore

After 30 years of wrongful imprisonment, a woman plans to take revenge on her former lover.

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Charo Santos-Concio, John Lloyd Cruz, Michael De Mesa, Nonie Buencamino

Votes: 1,375 | Gross: $0.00M

26. 6ixtynin9 (1999)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

65 Metascore

A woman, fired from a financial coorporation during the Asia crisis, returns home with no money. However, she finds a box with a fortune in front of her door, and decides to keep it. ... See full summary »

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang | Stars: Tasanawalai Ongartittichai, Black Phomtong, Lalita Panyopas, Sirisin Siripornsmathikul

Votes: 2,040

27. Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

69 Metascore

When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Suchao Pongwilai

Votes: 72,867 | Gross: $4.56M

28. Ilo Ilo (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

85 Metascore

In 90s Singapore, the friendship between Filipino nursemaid Teresa and her young charge Jiale makes waves in a family, while the Asian recession hits the region.

Director: Anthony Chen | Stars: Yann Yann Yeo, Tian Wen Chen, Angeli Bayani, Jia Ler Koh

Votes: 4,577 | Gross: $0.05M

29. How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) (2015)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

After the loss of both parents, 11 years old Oat faces an uncertain future when his older brother must submit to Thailand's annual military draft lottery. Unable to convince his brother to ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Kim | Stars: Ingkarat Damrongsakkul, Toni Rakkaen, Thira Chutikul, Arthur Navarat

Votes: 852

30. The Rocket (2013)

96 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Laos. In a land ravaged by war and exploitation, a boy whose family believe he is cursed must redeem himself by taking part in a dangerous rocket competition.

Director: Kim Mordaunt | Stars: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Suthep Po-ngam, Boonsri Yindee

Votes: 3,031

31. Tears of the Black Tiger (2000)

Unrated | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

With its loud acting style, exuberant sets and stunning shots in pastel colours, this Thai cult film is as much a parody as an homage to the Western and the romantic tearjerker.

Director: Wisit Sasanatieng | Stars: Chartchai Ngamsan, Stella Malucchi, Supakorn Kitsuwon, Suwinit Panjamawat

Votes: 2,747 | Gross: $0.07M

32. The Little Girl of Hanoi (1974)

72 min | Drama, War

A young Vietnamse girl must find her lost family after her city was destroyed by US's bombing campaign in 1972.

Director: Hai Ninh | Stars: Xuan Kim, Lan Huong Nguyen, Tu Thanh, Anh The

Votes: 161

33. Metro Manila (2013)

Not Rated | 115 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

This riveting crime thriller follows Oscar, a recent emigrant to Manila who gets pulled into a harrowing world of corruption and violence when he takes a job as an armored car driver to support his family (in Tagalog w/ English subtitles).

Director: Sean Ellis | Stars: Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla, Althea Vega, Erin Panlilio

Votes: 8,282

34. Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Drama, Fantasy

69 Metascore

A film crew documents a folk story-exquisite corpse combination by random Thai people; the story is reenacted.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Stars: Djuangjai Hirunsri, Kongkiat Khomsiri, Saisiri Xoomsai

Votes: 1,355

35. Chocolate (2008)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama

An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: JeeJa Yanin, Hiroshi Abe, Pongpat Wachirabunjong, Taphon Phopwandee

Votes: 17,817 | Gross: $0.01M

36. Bad Genius (2017)

TV-MA | 130 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Lynn, a genius high school student who makes money by cheating tests, receives a new task that leads her to set foot on Sydney, Australia. In order to complete the millions-Baht task, Lynn and her classmates have to finish the international STIC(SAT) exam and deliver the answers back to her friends in Thailand before the exam takes place once again in her home country.

Director: Baz Poonpiriya | Stars: Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Eisaya Hosuwan, Teeradon Supapunpinyo, Chanon Santinatornkul

Votes: 19,340

37. Con chim vành khuyên (1962)

43 min | Short, Drama

Little Nga and her father earn their living by fishing on a riverbank. He father also carries a secret duty of transporting revolutionary cadres across the river to do their mission. Little... See full summary »

Directors: Van Thong Nguyen, Vu Tran | Stars: Lan Ngoc, Vinh Thúy, Uyen To, Buu Tu

Votes: 42

38. Mystics in Bali (1981)

86 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

A woman researches a book that takes her to the black magic cult of Leák in Bali. She meets an evil witch who promises to train her dark arts. But she is tricked and turned into a flying vampire with internal organs hanging from her neck.

Director: H. Tjut Djalil | Stars: Ilona Agathe Bastian, Yos Santo, Sofia W.D., W.D. Mochtar

Votes: 1,189

39. By the Time It Gets Dark (2016)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

73 Metascore

In 1970, She was student activist, a waitress who keeps changing her job, now a film director. All lives loosely connected to each others.

Director: Anocha Suwichakornpong | Stars: Visra Vichit-Vadakan, Arak Amornsupasiri, Achtara Suwan, Inthira Charoenpura

Votes: 485

40. Travelling Circus (1988)

76 min | Drama

Tells the bittersweet story of a small traveling circus stopping in an impoverished ethnic minority village in Vietnam's central highlands. Through the eyes of a village youngster, we ... See full summary »

Director: Linh Viet | Stars: Son Bac, Khuong Be, Ngan Thai, Anh The

Votes: 75

41. Ruined Heart: Another Lovestory Between a Criminal & a Whore (2014)

Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, Musical

When violence is the only life you know, will love save you or just unravel everything?

Director: Khavn | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nathalia Acevedo, Brenda Mage, Elena Kazan

Votes: 408

42. I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2006)

115 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A day laborer is badly beaten, and a young man nurses him back to health.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Norman Atun, Pearlly Chua

Votes: 2,190 | Gross: $0.02M

43. Nostalgia for Countryland (1995)

116 min | Drama, Romance

The dynamics of a Vietnamese rural village change when an urban woman returns to the village she originally belonged to and begins a love triangle.

Director: Dang Nhat Minh | Stars: Tat Binh Dang, Yen Hoang, Vân Lê, Bich Ngoc

Votes: 129

44. Turumba (1981)

95 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Kadu, a boy from Pakil, Laguna, experiences the dissolution of tradition as it gives way to capitalism in the form of Madame, a foreigner who initially came to their village as a customer during the Festival of Turumba.

Director: Kidlat Tahimik | Stars: Homer Abiad, Iñigo Vito, Maria Pehipol, Patricio Abari

Votes: 88