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The Official HDC Asian Horror/Exploitation 100

Hello fans of Asian Horror at HDC and around the world,

Finally we have zeroed in on the Final 100 selection from the finest of Asian Horror and Exploitation cinema. This deliberation took longer than expected because of unforseen circumstances but in the end, yours truly and Despare sat down and finalised the Top 100 and 25 Honorable Mentions which merit their esteemed spots in this compilation.

Big thanks go out to Despare for finalising the compilation with me, and to Roshiq, Papillon Noir and The Flayed One for their valuable inputs and advice during the initial phases of discussion of this Top 100.

So, sit back with your teas and enjoy this list. And yes, please don't post anything till I am done. Thank you.
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2LDK (2003)



"The scenes in this flick are like a series of coke cans, the first few opened delicately, the rest opened after having been shaken up more and more, until the cans in the finale come straight out of a paint mixing machine. This claustrophobic flick is about two actresses/roommates that are vying for the same role in a movie. That these two women could not be more different only adds to the tension, and hilarity, of this short little black comedy. Beginning in contrived magnanimity, their civility degenerates into an all out war, ending in pure poetry." - Psycho_d


13: Game Of Death aka 13 Game Sayawng (2006)




A Chinese Ghost Story aka Sien nui yau wan (1987)




A Page Of Madness aka Kurutta ippji (1926)



"Based on a treatment by the 1968 Nobel Prize winning novelist Yasunari Kawabata, Teinosuke Kinugasa's self-financed landmark production A Page of Madness (Kurutta ippji) is a legendary Japanese silent film made in 1926, and was re-released in 1973. Its reputation is widespread and it has been the subject of a number of academic essays, even an entire book. Kinugasa here sketches the story of a man who works as a janitor in a mental asylum in order to be near his wife whose madness he feels responsible for; although a synopsis like this can't begin to explain the power of the film, nor the depth of its vision.
The film's eerie, painted sets and stark lighting create an exterior manifestation of the patient's interior turmoil. The print of this first mature Japanese experiment film itself was believed lost, along with many other Japanese films from the silent and early era of sound, or destroyed during World War II...until the early 1970s, when the director himself miraculously found a print in his garden storeroom. A music soundtrack was added to it, which fits perfectly with the images.
What has made A Page of Madness such an acclaimed classic is its style. The film retains the power to knock the viewer over, using almost every technique known to the filmmakers of that time. Teinosuke Kinugasa was way ahead of his time. There are no inter-title cards explaining what is happening in the film, instead the film was made in the Japanese silent cinema tradition where the script was narrated live by Benshi or storytellers to furnish crucial information. Overall the film is not only a tour-de-force of visually striking and disturbing images, but also a film with narrative and subject matter which would later become one of the huge landmarks of the Jap-Horror sub-genre and is also celebrated as one of the masterpieces of silent cinema." - Roshiq


A Tale Of Two Sisters aka Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)

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Alone aka Faet (2007)



"Sisterhood always has a profound emotional appeal to the genre fans; Robert Aldrich's 60's classic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Brian DePalma's 70s Sisters and even the 2003 Korean art-horror A Tale Of Two Sisters are already stellar cinematic examples of this theme. In the same ground while the storyline doesn't sound really that original, Alone unfolds with the surviving Siamese twin having to encounter the supernatural return of her deceased other, then what mattered was how the subject again was being introduced and crafted, how tension and suspense were built, and how easy it is to spook audiences when all the ingredients turn out right.
The talented pair of Thai writers and directors, Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom once again succeeded in that area by taking some of the basic tropes of the Asian ghost story, and then undermining them into something slightly different, something new and fresh that's built upon universally recognizable emotional ground such as sibling rivalry, family guilt and romantic jealousy.
If anyone think Banjong and Parkpoom were one hit wonders with their widely acclaimed 2004 debut -Shutter then this will prove them wrong. With Alone they established themselves as the modern masters at manipulating tension, even if you know what's coming but still make you jump when they deliver. They beautifully packed the film with shock after shock and plenty of creepy atmospherics. But above all, the psychological bonding of conjoined twins is the heart of the story. Through well-paced flashbacks and visualized memories, we watch how the twins grow up and are exposed to the strongest and weakest moments of their relationship together and with others around them. These moments give Alone an added depth, and often times is more of a tragic character study than its spooky horror parts.
Whoever hasn't seen this insanely creepy Asian shocker yet, can expect a 90 spine-tingling minutes of solid A-grade terror, the kind that tends to linger within our jaded psyche long after the film has run its course." - Roshiq


Aragami (2003)




Arang (2006)




Art of the Devil II aka Long Khong (2005)




Audition aka dishon (1999)

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Battle Royale aka Batoru rowaiaru (2000)




Battlefield Baseball aka Jigoku kshien (2003)




Bio Zombie aka Sun faa sau si (1998)



"This wonderful little Asian zombie flick deserves better than played out comparisons to American zombie flicks. This is a dark comedy about two friends, jerks really, that are somehow wonderfully likeable. While the monsters take a while to make their appearance, the shenanigans that the two leads get into provide wonderful entertainment. The other characters turn out to be just as fun, and once the real fun gets going their interactions lead to some fun and playful scenes.
Gore-hounds might be a little disappointed with this fun, low-budget film, but in the end, even they will come away approvingly. That this film is character-driven and that we get to understand what true friendship and honor are really all about takes nothing away from its goofy horror. The ending itself takes on a completely unforseen tone, but with a dark and wonderful aplomb." - Psycho_d


Blind Beast aka Mj (1969)




Blood: The Last Vampire (2000)

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Calamity of Snakes aka Ren she da zhan (1983)




Cello aka Chello hongmijoo ilga salinsagan (2005)



"This above average Korean flick is splendidly rich and twisted. The story centers on a music teacher that is tortured by some dark secret. Getting her life back together after a horrible car accident, her inner torment starts to be augmented by something else. With lots of stuff going on, including many creepy women in her life, the source of her new torment is anybody's guess.
With solid acting and a suitably beautiful score, Cello threatens to be a favorite modern Asian horror film. The camerawork is splendid, with great shots and wonderful imagery. Though not as intensely scary as other flicks of this genre, the scare factor comes together in a holistic fashion. And the ending, which threatens to be cheesy, comes full circle and turns out to be truly terrifying. A must-watch." - Psycho_d


Cure aka Kyua (1997)



"This somewhat abstruse crime drama from Kiyoshi Kurosawa is rather slowly paced and difficult to follow. That this is so, is no reason to stay away from this flick, but rather watch it for all its subtle, profound, and underlying intention. Kurosawa tends use intellect as opposed to CGI to move the viewer, and this film demonstrates this talent beautifully. The absolute randomness of the murders is chilling, but that the murders might be related to the murderous capacities that we all harbor might be the most chiiling aspect of this dark, cerebral flick. The ending might also leave the viewer confused, but contemplative long after it is over." - Psycho_d


Dark Water aka Honogurai mizu no soko kara (2002)




Death Note aka Desu nto (2006)

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Death Note II: The Last Name aka Desu nto: The last name (2006)




Demon City Shinjuku aka Makaitoshi Shinjuku (1988)




Ebola Syndrome aka Yi boh lai beng duk (1996)




Eko Eko Azarak: Wizard of Darkness aka Eko eko azaraku (1995)




Entrails of a Virgin aka Shojo no harawata (1986)

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Evil Dead Trap aka Shiryo no wana (1988)




Frankenstein Conquers The World aka Furankenshutain tai chitei kaij Baragon (1965)




Gantz (2004)




Ghost Actress aka Joy-rei (1996)




Godzilla aka Gojira (1954)

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Goke, The Bodysnatcher from Hell aka Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro (1968)




Gozu aka Gokud kyfu dai-gekij: Gozu (2003)




Guinea Pig: Flowers of Flesh and Blood aka Gin piggu 2: Chiniku no hana (1985)




Ichi the Killer aka Koroshiya 1 (2001)




Imprint (2006)

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Infection aka Kansen (2004)



"This flick is all atmosphere, all the time. The actors all emote an unnerving, underlying tension throughout. The way it builds up the feeling that there is something horribly wrong with the hospital could nary have been better. Then things start to get creepy. Seemingly random scenes become less random, and finally you just wish that something would scare you for a cathartic release.
Downcast and nihilistic enough to nearly capture the essence of Kairo, but unique in its own way, this bizarre flick was great, though it may have overextended itself in its abstruse, existential ending. Even so, this is a must for Asian horror fans." - Psycho_d


Into The Mirror aka Geoul sokeuro (2003)




Izo (2004)



"This frenetic flick from director extraordinaire Takashi Miike is a seemingly pointless bloodfest from start to finish. Of course it is not pointless, but instead takes the viewer on a philosophic journey which transcends both time and space. That this story is written in blood should not take away from the profundity of this wonderful movie. Izo is definitely not for everybody, but might be the perfect flick for those that are not easily offended and that would love a stab at trying the unravel Miike's message as told through violence and impressive cinematography." - Psycho_d


Jigoku (1960)




Junk aka Junk: Shiry-gari (2000)

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Ju-On: The Curse (2000)



"A curse is unleashed upon a house when a person is murdered in a state of rage, which is then expanded upon in a peculiar, non-linear way; the curse is contagious and follows home anyone who comes in contact with the house. There is no real protagonist. The films are divided into sections, each led by the next victim's name on a black screen, the stories are told out-of-sequence, and there's no single continuous story.
But that’s the simplicity and utter originality of the concept what makes Takashi Shimizu's V-cinema Ju-On (The Curse), as a unit, so brilliant along with, of course, the photography, atmosphere, and one of the creepiest sound effects ever committed to screen. Takashi Shimizu has taken the haunted house concept and completely turned it on its head, and through a shockingly simple story and execution, has rejuvenated seemingly this dead sub genre of Horror. By making the curse communicable, much like the Ring virus, Shimizu infuses the story with a deep sense of hopelessness and incapability, which is driven even deeper by his use of mounting terror.
Very scary, sometimes downright shocking, and absolutely unique in their execution, the film is very much like a puzzle box-especially when taken as a whole. At no point in the film does anyone get the upper hand on the ghosts. It's not even introduced as an option. There are no fights, no confrontations, no shocks, and no final girl. But that's what makes it all so intriguing & different from others. Ju-On is a cruel & creepy urban ghost story that starts mysteriously, ends mysteriously, and features some things in the middle that are as terrifying as you're ever likely to see on the screen in your entire life." - Roshiq


Ju-On: The Grudge (2002)




Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek (2005)




Kibakichi aka Kibakichi: Bakko-yokaiden (2004)




Koma aka Jiu Ming (2004)

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