The Wedding Banquet is a 1993 Taiwanese film directed by Ang Lee, a critically acclaimed, Academy Award winning Taiwanese American Director, whose works include “The Wedding Banquet,” as well as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Brokeback Mountain,” and many other highly regarded films. The film follows Wai-Tung Gao, a gay taiwanese immigrant who marries Wei-Wei, a poor Chinese girl who needs a green card, but everything goes wrong when Gao's parents arrive in the US to plan the wedding banquet.
In the US, “The Wedding Banquet” has grossed $6.9 Million.
“ The Wedding Banquet” was nominated in 20 categories, of which it won 12. The film won:
Best Film at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in 1992.
GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film (Independent) in 1994.
Best Director, Best Film, Best Screenplay Originally Written For The Screen, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Horse Film Festival in 1993.
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The film also won:
Golden Berlin Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1993.
Critics Award at the Deauville Film Festival in 1993.
Director's Choice Award at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival in 1999.
Golden Space Needle Award For Best Director and Best Film at the Seattle International Film Festival in 1993.
The film was nominated for:
Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1994.
Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1994.
Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, Best Feature, Best Female Lead, Best Male Lead, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Female at the Independent Spirit Awards in 1994.
"The Wedding Banquet" Trailer
9. Eat Drink Man Woman
“ Eat Drink Man Woman” is director Ang Lee's 1994 follow-up to the number 10 highest grossing Asian film in the US, “The Wedding Banquet.” Lee's works have faired very well both critically and financially and this is not the last time his films will make this list. The film follows master chef Chu and his three daughters Jia-Chen, Jia-Chien, and Jia-Ning. As each daughter gets involved in relationships, their relationship in the family changes.
In the US, “Eat Drink Man Woman” has grossed $7.3 Million.
“ Eat Drink Man Woman” was nominated in 14 categories, of which it won 4. The film won:
Best Editing and Best Film at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in 1994.
The KCFCC Award for Best Foreign Film at the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards in 1995.
The NBR Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the National Board of Review, USA in 1994.
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The film was nominated for:
Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1995.
BAFTA Award for Best Film Not In The English Language in 1995.
Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1995.
Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1994.
Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Feature, Best Female Lead, Best Male Lead, Best Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards in 1995.
"Eat Drink Man Woman" Trailer
8. Shall We Dance?
“ Shall We Dance?” Is a 1995 Japanese film directred by Masayuki Suo. It follows Shohei Sugiyama, a successful but depressed Salaryman who stumbles upon ballroom dance, and in secret begins lessons, thus realizing his passion in life.
In the US, “Shall We Dance?” has grossed $9.5 Million.
The film was nominated for 54 awards, of which it won 51. Some notable awards it has won:
Award of the Japanese Academy for Best Film at the Awards of the Japanese Academy in 1997.
Critics Choice Award for Best Foreign-Language Film at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards in 1998.
Best Film Award at the Cleveland International Film Festival in 1997.
ALFS Award for Foreign Language Film of the Year at the London Critics Circle Film Awards in 1999.
NBR Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the National Board of Review, USA in 1997.
Golden Satellite Award for Best Motion Picture In A Foreign Language at the Satellite Awards in 1998.
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The film also received nominations in the following categories:
Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor, Best Movie at the Chlotrudis Awards in 1998.
Award of the Japanese Academy for Best Supporting Actress at the Awards of the Japanese Academy in 1997.
"Shall We Dance?" Trailer
7. House Of Flying Daggers
“ House Of Flying Daggers” is a 2004 Chinese film set in the wuxia genre, which was directed by another internationally acclaimed director, Zhang Yimou. The film is set during the Tang Dynasty in China and follows police captains Leo and Jin, who plot a scheme against the secret rebel organization, The House Of Flying Daggers, which steals from the rich and gives to the poor and opposes the now weakening government. They plan to use Mei, a blind dancer girl with suspected ties to The House Of Flying Daggers, but not everything is as it seems.
In the US, “House Of Flying Daggers” grossed $11 Million.
The film was nominated in 53 categories, of which it won 16. Some notable wins include:
BSFC Award for Best Cinematography, Best Director, and Best Foreign-Language Film at the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards in 2004.
Golden Trailer for Best Foreign, and Best Foreign Independent at the Golden Trailer Awards in 2005.
LAFCA Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards in 2004.
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The film also received many other awards such as:
NSFC Award for Best Cinematography, and Best Director at the National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA in 2005.
NBR Award for Outstanding Production Design at the National Board of Review, USA in 2004.
Golden Satellite Award for Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects at the Satellite Awards in 2005.
“ House of Flying Daggers” was nominated for many different awards but most notably was its nomination for the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Cinematography in 2005.
"House Of Flying Daggers" Trailer
6. The Protector
“ The Protector” is a 2005 Thai film directed by Prachya Pinkaew. The film was endorsed in the US by renowned American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and actor, Quentin Tarantino. It was released as "Quentin Tarantino Presents: The Protector". The film follows Kham, who is the last surviving member of a family line of guards to the King of Thailand's War Elephants. After Por Yai, and Kohrn, elephants that Kham has grown up with, are kidnapped, Kham must travel to Sydney Australia where the elephants were taken, and fight through all sorts of obstacles to get them back.
In the US, “The Protector” grossed $11.9 Million.
"The Protector" Trailer
5. Iron Monkey
“ Iron Monkey” is a 1993 Hong Kong film directed by renowned action choreographer Yuen Woo-ping. “The film is a fictionalized account of an episode in the childhood of the Chinese folk hero, Wong Fei Hung and his father, Wong Kei Ying.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Monkey_%281993_film%29). The film follows Iron Monkey, a masked Robin Hood type martial artist that steals from the rich and gives to the poor at night, and whose alter ego is a doctor named Yang Tianchun, who overcharges the rich while treating the poor without repayment during the day. After stealing form the governor's residence, Chief Fox is sent to apprehend him. However soon another doctor arrives in town, named Wong Kei-Ying and after fending off an attempted robbery, is suspected of being the masked vigilante, the Iron Monkey. The governor then holds Wong Fei Hung, the son of Wong Kei-Ying captive until he is able to apprehend the Iron Monkey. Wong Kei-Ying then sets out to capture the Iron Monkey but the two end up working together to stop the corrupt governor.
In the US, “Iron Monkey” grossed $14.7 Million.
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“ Iron Monkey” was nominated for 2 awards:
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Action Choreography at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 1994.
Taurus Award for Best Fight at the World Stunt Awards in 2002.
"Iron Monkey" Trailer
4. Kung Fu Hustle
“ Kung Fu Hustle” is a 2004 Hong Kong film directed by Stephen Chow, who also produced, wrote and stars in the film. The film is a martial arts action comedy that mainly follows Sing, a wannabe gangster aspiring to join the notorious Axe Gang. However, his quest to be a “bad guy” leads him to become the opposite of what he originally seeks.
In the US, “Kung Fu Hustle” grossed $17.1 Million.
“ Kung Fu Hustle” was nominated for 47 categories, of which it won 18. Some notable wins include:
Silver Scream Award at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival in 2005.
Golden Horse Award for Best Director, Best Film, Best Make Up & Costume Design, Best Supporting Actress, Best Visual Effects at the Golden Horse Awards in 2005.
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Picture, Best Action Choreography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Effects, Best Supporting Actor, Best Visual Effects at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2005.
4. Kung Fu Hustle (cont.)
“ Kung Fu Hustle” was also nominated for many awards but the most notable of which was the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes, USA in 2006.
"Kung Fu Hustle" Trailer
“ Fearless” is a 2006 Chinese film Directed by Ronny Yu that stars famed martial artist and actor Jet Li. In the US, it is also know as “Jet Li's Fearless” and was widely known and advertised as Jet Li's last wushu martial arts film. The film was loosley based on the life of Huo Yuanjia, a chinese martial artist who fought foreign challengers in highly publicized events during the time of Western imperialism and Japanese manipulation to restore pride and nationalism to the country of China during a time that these values weren't so commonly felt by the Chinese people. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fearless_%282006_film%29) The film follows Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who fights foreign fighters to restore Chinese national pride and establishes the Jin Wu Sports Foundation.
In the US, “Fearless” grossed $24.6 Million.
“ Fearless” was nominated for 10 categories, of which it won 3. The film won:
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Action Choreography in 2007.
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The film also won:
HKFCS Award for Best Actor at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards in 2007.
Hundred Flowers Award for Best Newcomer at the Hundred Flowers Awards in 2006.
The film was nominated for many awards but a few notable nominations are:
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Film Editing in 2007.
Saturn Award for Best International Film at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA in 2007.
“ Hero” is a 2002 Chinese film that was directed by Zhang Yimou. The film was presented by Quentin Tarantino in the US. The film tells the story of a nameless prefect who originally plans to assassinate the King of Qin but after talking with the King, comes to believe that revenge is less important than the peace and unification of China, which only the King could provide.
In the US, “Hero” grossed $53.7 Million.
The film was nominated for 46 categories, of which it won 26. The most notable awards it won are:
Alfred Bauer Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2003.
Hundred Flowers Award for Best Film in 2003.
Sierra Award for Best Foreign Film at the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards in 2005.
The most notable nominations the film received was the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2003 and the Golden Globe for Golden Globe Best Foreign Language Film in 2003.
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1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
“ Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is a 2000 Chinese film directed by Ang lee. The film was met with critical international success and is the highest grossing foreign language film in US history. The film follows Li Mu-Bai, a great warrior who has given up the warrior lifestyle and is transporting The Green Destiny, an ancient and powerful sword, to his friend for safe keeping. However, the sword is stolen and Li Mu-Bai and his love, female warrior Yu Shu-lien must fight to get The Green Destiny back.
In the US, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” grossed $ 128 Million , the highest for any foreign language film ever.
The film was awarded many prestigious awards and was nominated for many others, however the most notable of these was the 4 Academy Awards it won and the 6 others it was nominated for. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0190332/awards) To see all the Awards the film won and was nominated for.