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Top 5 upcoming Asian movies in Melbourne this summer

Trinity College Foundation Studies

Wed Dec 03 2014


WANT to know which Asian films will be showing in Melbourne this summer? Trinity College Foundation Studies students Chen Jack Khor, Yutong Shi and Yili Yang have the details.


If you’re tired of sitting at home and having to watch Asian films off your computer, why don’t you watch them at actual cinema here too?

We present our top five Asian films that you can catch at Hoyts Cinema either now or soon!

Women Who Flirt (Chinese)

Release: November 27
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Main Cast: Nuang Xiaoming, Zhou Xun, Sui Tang
Director: Pang Ho-cheung

After being friend-zoned by her crush and finding out that he has a new Taiwanese girlfriend, Zhang Hui enlists the help of her former college classmates and friends to help her win over her crush. Having mastered the art of flirting, her friends manage to transform her into a flirtatious magnet to get her crush’s attention. This film shows how people go to extreme lengths to win over the ones they love.

It All Began When I Met You (Japanese)

Release: December 6
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Main Cast: Hiroshi Tamaki, Rin Takanashi, Fumino Kimura
Director: Katsuhide Motoki

Hailed as the Japanese version of Love Actually, this romantic-comedy follows the lives of ten people in the lead-up to Christmas. An ambitious CEO who has lost his faith in love, a couple in a long-distance relationship, a college girl with a secret crush, an orphan wishing to spend Christmas with her mother and an elderly lady reminiscing about a promise 49 years overdue. Created in celebration of Tokyo Station’s 100th anniversary, this endearing feel-good drama is a delightful treat that makes the festive season sparkles with possibilities.

Leaving on the 15th Spring (Japanese)

Release: December 6
Genre: Drama
Main Cast: Ayaka Miyoshi, Shinobu Otake, Kaoru Kobayashi
Director: Yasuhiro Yoshida

A girl name Yuna lives on a remote island in Okinawa called Minami-daito Island. No high schools are established in that island, so when teenagers turn 15, they have to leave the island to attend high school in the mainland which is situated 360 kilometres away. This is Yuna’s final year on the island; she is forced to explore the outside world and come to terms with leaving her dad behind. Can Yuna leave without any regrets?

Lupin The Third (Japanese)

Release: December 4
Genre: Action
Main Cast: Shun Oguri, Tetsuji Tamayama, Go Ayano, Meisa Kuroki, Tadanobu Asano
Director: Ryuhei Kitamura

Lupin the Third is an upcoming action film based on an iconic manga comic. Lupin is one of the world’s greatest, sneakiest, slickest and most handsome thieves. Along with his partners in crime, he is up to no good once more. The mastermind and his friends plot on infiltrating a highly secured fortress-like safe named the “Ark of Navarone” to claim the “Crimson Heart of Cleopatra”. But with Inspector Zenigata hot on their tails, will Lupin and his friends pull of this heist successfully?

Tamako Love Story

Release Date: December 6
Genre: Animation
Main Cast: Aya Suzaki, Atsushi Tamura, Yuki Kaneko
Director: Naoko Yamada

Tending to her family’s shop and curricular school activities, Tamako is a young girl who doesn’t have time for love. Oblivious to her childhood friend affections, Tamako has to realise her own feelings for him and tell him before everyone graduates from high school. From the director of popular anime series K-ON!, Tamako Love Story is a coming-of-age anime drama that captures all the awkward trappings that come with teenage romance.