Soi Cheang's Motorway has been on it's way for a long time, apparently put on hold while the director was making his big budget Monkey King movie, as good as that film could be I'm more interested in seeing Motorway. While the tagline "A Karate showdown on wheels" sounds vaguely naff, it also has me excited as to what it actually means.
Probably one of the most hotly anticipated of all the movies on this list, Gareth Evan's The Raid has been screened at various festivals and I've yet to read a bad word about it. Looking like a real shot in the arm for the action film genre, I can't wait to see this.
A Simple Life
Like The Raid, Ann Hui's A Simple Life has been screened at various festivals and generated quite a buzz without actually being on general release anywhere. The winner of various awards at the Venice festival last year, the feel of this reminds me of Hui's low key masterpiece The Way We Are. If it's anywhere near as good as that film, I'll be extremely happy.
I've already posted about Nameless Gangster twice with the posters, trailer and plenty of stills, I'm really excited for this and as it's out in Korea in February, it will probably be one of the first films on the list we will get a chance to see. It simply has to be the hair movie of the year!
Subtitled "A Crime Noir" Pen-Ek Ratanruang's Headshot looks to be an exciting action thriller with an unusual visual gimmick. The lead character sees everything upside down as a result of being shot in the head. How this will translate for the viewer will be the acid test for the film I suspect, as it if it's used too much it may turn out to be too disorientating. It's certainly an interesting idea and could give a lift to the overplayed hitman genre.
No trailer as yet for Alan Mak and Felix Chong's Windseeker, a 50's set spy thriller about a blind man played by Tony Leung Chiu Wai, who is recruited as a spy due to his exceptional hearing ability. No trailer or footage as yet, this makes the list at this early stage due to the presence of Tony Leung and an intriguing idea.
The Viral Factor
I've already posted about Dante Lam's The Viral Factor, this is another film due out early in the year so it hopefully won't be too long before we get to see it. A cracking, old fashioned looking action film from a talented director, I really hope this lives up to it's promise.
I'm still really looking forward to checking out Life Without Principle and Flying Swords of Dragon Gate of course, and should it ever materialise Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmasters. This list only scratches the surface, and I'm sure many more exciting Asian cinema finds that aren't on my radar at present, will cross my path at some point throughout 2012.
It's shaping up to be a potentially great year! What Asian movies are you looking froward to this year?