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Asian Challenge (excluding the big countries); Official; February 2014
Topic Started: Feb 1 2014, 05:21:44 AM (2,466 Views)
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Asian challenge

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Challenge runs until the end of March 2.

Excluded countries:
China / Hong Kong / Taiwan
Japan
Russia
South Korea
Hindi-language films (except for parallel)

Note:
Indian films in other languages are allowed. All parallel films are allowed (even the Hindi ones).
Asian former-Soviet countries other than Russia are allowed (including films made in those regions during the Soviet era).
Middle Eastern countries are allowed.

List of eligible countries


Rules:
- No rewatches.
- A feature film (at least 40 min) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For mini-series, the usual 40/60 rules apply.

Asian lists:
UNESCO (Official) - India (327-341) (not all are eligible), Indonesia (342-356), Israel (375-389), Kazakhstan (405-435), Laos (436-450), Lebanon (451-475), Pakistan (524-536)
Asian Cinema: A Field Guide (you can use this spreadsheet to filter by country)
Cinemaya's Greatest Asian Films (see this spreadsheet for countries)
DIFF's The 100 Greatest Arab Films (see this spreadsheet for countries) - Eligible: Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Saudi Arabia
BFI's 50 Essential South Asian Films (Diaspora and some of the Indian films are ineligible)

Country lists


CFB country polls

See this spreadsheet for personal country lists.

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3eyes - 20
allisoncm
ArthurYanthar - 10
brokenface - 1
cinephage - 3
HVM - 16
Melvelet - 2
mjf314 - 35
tirefeet - 6
tomelce - 2
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Definitely in. Busy this weekend with tests most likely (unless all the questions are as easy as what I have so far), but I'll be going nuts on this list.
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I'm in! Iran for the win.
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All I have figured out so far is Lav Diaz, a few Vietnam and Phillipine films, a few parallel cinema films (Rat-Trap, more Mani Kaul, and Mrinal Sen. I'll wait till Satyajit Ray gets on the filmography challenge thread, and judging by the directors getting chosen so far this should happen soon), and try to finish the top 5 of the official Iran list. For the rest, I don't really know. Just whatever looks good.
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In. I'm gonna treat myself to some Lior Ashkenazi. Posted Image
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Feb 1 2014, 05:44:57 AM
and try to finish the top 5 of the official Iran list
2 of them are unsubbed (Gavaznha and Sooteh-Delan).
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Feb 1 2014, 06:09:41 AM
ArthurYanthar
Feb 1 2014, 05:44:57 AM
and try to finish the top 5 of the official Iran list
2 of them are unsubbed (Gavaznha and Sooteh-Delan).
Hence the try... and obviously the #1 film is unsubbed.
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I'll try to watch some Iranian and Turkish movies, but I've Bern doing terribly bad during the last few challenges, so I can't promise anything.
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In for Iran. Won't make the bronze yet, but aim to make good headway.

1.The apple / Sib (Iran 1998)

Question: Do I understand that films from former USSR countries need to be post-Soviet? I'm thinking of The fall of Otrar /Gibel Otrara /Otyrardyn kuureui (USSR/Kazakhstan 1991) - I'm assuming it doesn't count?
Edited by 3eyes, Feb 1 2014, 01:56:35 PM.
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Feb 1 2014, 01:52:11 PM
Question: Do I understand that films from former USSR countries need to be post-Soviet? I'm thinking of The fall of Otrar /Gibel Otrara /Otyrardyn kuureui (USSR/Kazakhstan 1991) - I'm assuming it doesn't count?
I'll allow Soviet era films from those regions. I just edited the rules to clarify that.
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Thanks, mjf.
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1. Hababam sinifi (1975) 4,5/10
2. After (1994) 6/10
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1. Blissfully Yours (2002)
2. The Cow (1969)
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3. Japan Japan (2007) 4/10 (possible downgrade and dislike soon)
4. Sang sattawat aka Syndromes and a Century (2006) 6,5/10

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3. The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)
4. Time to Love (1965)
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2. Zir-e poost-e shahr/Under the city's skin (Iran 01)
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Feb 2 2014, 09:22:43 PM
4. Time to Love (1965)
I forgot to mention earlier, this was my 3000th check on iCM. :)

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Shorts (doesn't add up to an entry yet):
A Tree in Tanjung Malim (2004, Malaysia) - 25 min

I just added countries to my list so I can keep track of my progress more easily.
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5. Big Bad Wolves (2013) 6,5/10
6. Zendegi va digar hich aka Life, and Nothing More... (1992) 6,5/10
7. Bacheha-Ye aseman aka Children of Heaven (1997) 6,5/10
8. Kalevet (2010) 6/10

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3. Brick and mirror / Khesht va Ayeneh (Iran 65)
4. Ashkan, the charmed ring and other stories / Ashkan, angoshtar-e motebarek va dastan-haye
digar (Iran 09)

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5. Divine Intervention (2002, Palestine)
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this challenge would be a good opportunity for me to sample some more countries for the conquer the world challenge. I'm missing:

Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Cambodia
Iraq
Jordan
Kyrgyzstan
Lebanon
Malaysia
Nepal
North Korea
Pakistan
Palestine
Philippines
Singapore
Sri Lanka
Syria
Tajikistan
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Yemen

I've got films lined up for Sri Lanka, Palestine, Philippines and Cambodia, recommendations/suggestions for others would be welcome!
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@brokenface:
Be with me (Singapore 2005) [on Netflix DVD in US]
Khuda Kay Liye (Pakistan 2007) [Netflix DVD]
Captain Abu Raed (Jordan 2007) [Netflix DVD]
Flight of the bee / Parvaz-e zanbur (Tajikistan 1998) [on KG]

Edited by 3eyes, Feb 4 2014, 02:33:18 PM.
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6. The Clay Bird (2002, Bangladesh)
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9. Hearat Shulayim (2011) 7/10
10. Loong Boonmee raleuk chat aka Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) 6,5/10

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Feb 4 2014, 02:32:39 PM
@brokenface:
Be with me (Singapore 2005) [on Netflix DVD in US]
Khuda Kay Liye (Pakistan 2007) [Netflix DVD]
Captain Abu Raed (Jordan 2007) [Netflix DVD]
Flight of the bee / Parvaz-e zanbur (Tajikistan 1998) [on KG]

cheers, I'll look them up :thumbsup:
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7. The White Balloon (1995, Iran)
8. West Beirut (1998, Lebanon)
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11. Dokfa nai meuman aka Mysterious Object at Noon (2000) 4,5/10
12. The Invisible Men (2012)

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Feb 6 2014, 02:37:47 PM
11. Dokfa nai meuman aka Mysterious Object at Noon (2000) 4,5/10
now there's a film that sounded so much more interesting in concept than the experience of watching it was
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Feb 6 2014, 02:37:47 PM
11. Dokfa nai meuman aka Mysterious Object at Noon (2000) 4,5/10
now there's a film that sounded so much more interesting in concept than the experience of watching it was
I may have actually watched it twice... (dozed off, rewound,...)
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5. Salaam cinema (Iran 95)
6. Smell of camphor, fragrance of Jasmine / Booye Kafoor, Atre Yas (Iran 00)

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9. The Cyclist (1987, Iran)
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1. Xch l [Cyclo] (1995) - 7/10
2. दुविधा [Duvidha] (1973) - 6/10
3. طبیعت بی‌جان [Still Life] (1974) - 6/10
4. Tinimbang ka ngunit kulang [You Have Been Weighed and Found Wanting] (1974) - 7/10
5. Maynila: Sa mga kuko ng liwanag [Manila: In the Claws of Brightness] (1975) - 7/10

Forgot one. 6. Here (2009) - 4/10
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I have an 8 and a 5.5 hour films planned for this challenge. Good thing I have spring break this month.
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Spraaaang breeaaak foeva :banana:
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10. When the Tenth Month Comes (1985, Vietnam)
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7. shorts (66m)
a. Bread and Alley / Nan va Koutcheh (Iran 70, 11m);
b. Breaktime / Zang-e Tafrih (Iran 72, 14m)
c. The Chorus / Hamsarayan (Iran 82,16m)
d. P mesle Pelikan (Iran 72, 25m)

A-C are a collection of Kiarostami shorts (there's a fourth--Two solutions for one problem -- which I had already seen). D is Parviz Kimiavi. Times are KG, not IMDb.

I could relate to c) especially. I was temporarily deaf a few years back and the jackhammer outside my house was a distant purr.

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11. Prikosnoveniye (1989, Kazakhstan)
12. Tatsumi (2011, Singapore)
13. The Rice People (1994, Cambodia)
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8. The pear tree / Derakhte Golabi (Iran 98)
A very Iranian take on the theme of blocked creativity. It certainly spoke to me.

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14. Fireworks Wednesday (2006, Iran)
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9. The cylist /Bicycleran (Iran 87)

10. Boutique (Iran 03)
The ending (last 5 minutes) I found strangely effective.

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