Here we are again with our guides dedicated to cinema and TV series: today we offer you the 10 best oriental weird films
The term “weird“ it has now become part of our lexicon, especially in reference to cinematographic products. Seeing a weird movie means dealing with a ‘bizarre and unconventional work, difficult to classify in other terms. By now we know it well: the oriental cinema of “strange” movies is chock full. Not only because their culture is so different from ours, but above all because of their peculiar sense of humor and the courage to stage anything, even the most unimaginable situations.
Here’s why with our guide today, here on techgameworld.com, we have decided to dedicate this ranking to ten of the best oriental weird movies. We don’t feel like defining it totally as a ranking, since they are so different films – from each other and from everything else – that it is up to the personal taste of each of us to make a decision about it. So take the following list as a set of suggestions if you want to spice up your evening.
Best oriental weird movies: 10 to see
Are you ready to unleash your weirdest side? In this ranking you will really find something for all tastes, and the fun will certainly not be lacking. We already anticipate that Japan will be the predominant country… will it be a coincidence? Here is our list of 10 best oriental weird movies. Enjoy the reading!
10 – Uzumaki, Higuchinsky | Best oriental weird movies
Taken from the namesake manga in Junji Itō, Uzumaki (2000, also known as Spiral) is the directorial debut of Akihiro Higuchi, alias Higuchinsky. If you expect to stumble upon the classic j-horror full of spirits and jump scares you will be disappointed, because Uzumaki differs greatly from the characteristic horror of that decade. In a small Japanese town, people start to engage in strange behaviors, and everyone seems obsessed with the same thing: spirals. The curse has now spread among all the inhabitants, and becomes more and more dangerous. Her originality has consecrated it in its own way as a little cult among weird movies. Maybe it will make you more fun than scare, but if you are a lover of the original manga, don’t miss it.
9 – Sick nurses, Piraphan Laoyont e Thospol Sirivivat | Migliori film weird orientali
The two Thai directors they are inspired by the avant-garde of other well-known authors to propose this to us Sick nurses (2007). Not particularly appreciated by the public and critics, this avant-pop horror makes experimentation its strong point, and it surprises more than you might expect. We are in a hospital, and a group of nurses are fighting for the love of Dr. Tar (Wichan Jarujinda), actually in a relationship with a man. However, the doctor seduces the nurses one by one, until one of them becomes pregnant and is killed by the others. But we are in the East, and dark spirits and legends get in the way… In its own way a feast for the eyes, Sick nurses will be able to entertain you a lot.
8 – Naked blood, Hisayasu Satō | Best oriental weird movies
With Naked blood (1996), directed by the Japanese Hisayasu Satō, we are in the horror zone more than ever. Three girls decide to participate in an experiment that consists, without their knowledge, in trying the effects of a new drug, capable of transforming pain into pleasure. Their bodies begin to be obsessed with the desire to experience this pleasure, in the most terrible ways you can imagine. Between references to the “weirdissima” Guinea Pig saga (special mention in this ranking) and a bizarre love story, Naked blood will offer you gruesome scenes and certainly unconventional developments.
7 – 2LDK, Yukihiko Tsutsumi | Migliori film weird orientali
One day the directors Yukihiko Tsutsumi and Ryūhei Kitamura meet and make a bet: one movie, one setting, two characters, one week to shoot. The proposal of the first is 2LDK (2003), the story of Nozomi (Eiko Koike) and Lana (Maho Nonami), two aspiring actresses vying for the lead role in a major film. The two go to live together in an apartment, but a strong rivalry is immediately created between them, which will result in a merciless fight with the most unthinkable weapons aimed at eliminating the opponent. Here is pure fun in search of the most splatter scene possible: it deserves a place in our ranking.
6 – Cat soup, Tatsuo Satō | Best oriental weird movies
We have already talked about this bizarre animated short film here on TechGameWorld.com. Cat soup (2001), directed by Tatsuo Satō, he combines a child’s animation with a surreal journey that turns almost into a nightmare with open eyes. This short, lasting just thirty minutes, tells the story of two anthropomorphic kittens, brother and sister. One day a spirit kidnaps her soul, and the two go on an incredible journey to be able to recover it. Put like that, it might seem like any coming-of-age tale. Nothing to do: this surreal journey into a hallucinated and delusional world has the power to disturb us and transport us to a dark dimension halfway between dream and nightmare.
5 – Symbol, Hitoshi Matsumoto | Best oriental weird movies
Speaking of weird cinema, it’s really impossible not to mention the Japanese actor, comedian and director Hitoshi Matsumoto. In his short film career, with only four feature films to his credit, he enters our ranking by right. You will only find out why by watching his quirky films, in particular Symbol (2009). In this a comedy split between nonsense and a certain existentialist philosophy, we have on the one hand a wrestling wrestler who prepares for his match against an opponent much stronger than him. On the other hand, a man dressed in funny and colorful pajamas (Matsumoto himself) wakes up in a white-walled room. Here small faults appear, which when crushed allow the man to receive the most random objects to try to leave the room apparently with no escape route. Need to add more?
4 – The taste of watermelon, Tsai Ming-liang | Best oriental weird movies
If most of our proposals are of Japanese production, here we find our second film that goes outside the Japanese border. Directly from Taiwan, Tsai Ming-liang he has always stood out for his eccentric and at the same time deeply pessimistic style. There loneliness of the human being has always been the protagonist of his cinema: the contact between bodies will not be able to save those souls now lost in the abyss of contemporary despair. Born The taste of watermelon (2005) we are in Tapei in a period of terrible drought, during which the government suggests to the inhabitants to quench their thirst with watermelon juice. Hsiao-kang (Lee Kang-sheng(Chen Shiang-chyi), his former client. You will not struggle to find sequence totally out of the ordinary: have fun!
3 – Visitor Q, Takashi Miike | Best oriental weird movies
The filmography of strange films Takashii Miike it is full of them, also considering the prolificacy of the Japanese director. Visitor Q (2001) is undoubtedly one of them: the story of a rotten and perverse family, upset by the arrival of a “visitor”. Will this character only cause havoc, or will it serve as a saving element for the elements of the family? If you are already familiar with his films, there is no need to explain why he is on this list. But it’s not just appearance: Miike is the free artist par excellence, where violence and the grotesque come together not to shock the viewer, but to realize the essence of cinema.
2 – Funeral parade of roses, Toshio Matsumoto | Migliori film weird orientali
It was the late sixties, and Toshio Matsumoto island Funeral parade of roses, a very personal reinterpretation of the Oedipus Re tragedy whose protagonist is unlike a transsexual. With his filmography, Matsumoto managed to fit into the current of most avant-garde authors of the time, completely breaking all ties with what had come before. His representation of the homosexual condition in Japan becomes a pretext to talk about the identity of each of us. And if this seems a little bizarre to you, fear not: you will be amazed in front of an absolutely unique style.
1 – Tetsuo: The iron man, Shin’ya Tsukamoto | Migliori film weird orientali
At the top of our ranking there could only be the cyberpunk manifesto par excellence, conceived by that strange mind of Shin’ya Tsukamoto. Tetsuo: The iron man (1989) fuses circuits, metal and flesh to talk aboutalienation of the human being in the face of a technology that has now profoundly changed us. Tetsuo is the delusional story of a man who has a bizarre passion: to graft metal components into his body. An accident will forever change him and the other man driving, turning them into creepy man-machines ready for collision. There is nothing more weird than this metropolitan nightmare which shocked everyone at the time, and still continues to do so. Don’t miss it for any reason!
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