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As confusing it may be trying to expand your cinema horizons, nothing is more mind boggling than actually finding the damn things to watch. It’s rare that we get screenings in the western world, unless you’re lucky enough to be in the vicinity of an independent cinema or Jackie Chan releases a new film.

This is going to be a resonably short article, however I’m going to outline a few places/names/other stuff to look out for on your DVD shopping trip.

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It’s always a daunting prospect discovering a new type of Cinema, the world can be a confusing place when you are being recommended things to watch left, right and centre or you just don’t have a clue as to what to watch. Trust me I’ve been there, so I’ve decided to write a little guide for anyone wanting to expand their tastes.

I should really make it clear that when I say Asian I mean East Asian (Japan, China, Korea, Thailand etc.) and not Southern Asian (India, Bangladesh, Iran etc.). Also, I really want you the reader to view this as a more open subject. If you really think a piece of Cinema is important enough for others to view let us all know.

In part one I’m going to introduce a few “entrance” movies. Nothing too violent, nothing too obscure and most importantly a good representation of culture. Aww here goes:

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Tartan Films RIPFor those British connoisseurs of Asian cinema the distributor Tartan is probably one you will be acutely familiar with. The Asia Extreme brand of Tartan alone would be responsible for bringing the output of Takashi Miike, Park Chan-wook, Kim Ki-duk, Shinya Tsukamoto and countless other Asian directors to western shores. As well as allowing UK and US audiences to appreciate the cinematic brilliance of Asian classics such as the Vengeance Trilogy, Battle Royale, the Ring Trilogy, Audition, Infernal Affairs, A Bittersweet Life and many others. Away from its Asia Extreme label the company would be responsible for the distribution of both niche modern films and more traditionally classic cinema. (more…)

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