Yesterday, I asked this blog community to post some of their most influential films. Reading people’s contributions got me thinking all day about some of those films. I shared four on my entry yesterday and am adding a few more to comprise my Top 10 ‘most influential films’ today for the heck of it.
One of the films is JoyLuck Club because it hits home in many ways. I just couldn’t measure up to my older brothers. I’m embarrassed to say that I cried like a baby when I saw this film since this hurts my street cred as an ultimate fighter angry asian man. But oh well. Here’s the ‘Best Quality Heart’ scene from YouTube. Anyone else?
In the upcoming weeks, we’ll have to share our lists of all time favorite films and ‘favorite chick flicks.’ Anyway, here’s my Ten Most Influential Films in no particular order. Feel free to add a few more on yesterday’s entry or here.
Shawshank Redemption: I love this film. I love Morgan Freeman and his voice. And this is one of the movies I can see again and again. The reason why this film influences me: HOPE.
Do the Right Thing: First of many Spike Lee films I love. This film kept the entire theater audience absolutely silent when the film ended. It’s the only time I’ve ever seen that happen.
Matrix: I don’t think I’ve ever been so mesmerized by a film. Amongst the current 20-30 year olds, this is probably the referred film. Right?
Clockwork Orange: This and Oldboy is up there amongst the most disturbing films I have ever seen. The * with this film is that my 7th grade teacher [in public school] showed our class this film. If you’ve ever seen this, you’re probably asking yourself, “What the heck?!”
Exactly. I have only seen that film once in 7th grade but it still – to this day – haunts me.
The Passion of Christ: Not an enjoyable film. Have only seen it twice but one of the most influential for simple reason that it doesn’t hold back in the depiction of the suffering of Christ. In my opinion, this film is a gift to the community of faith and should be seen by all. When people complain that it’s too violent…exactly.
Enter the Dragon: Two words: Bruce Lee. Another two words: Kicks Ass. He’s the first Asian person I ever saw on the big screen. Just seeing that was empowerment.
Joyluck Club: see above.
Field of Dreams: I don’t know why I liked this film so much. But maybe it’s because it draws many parallels in my life. For that matter, I love most sports films such as The Natural, Chariots of Fire, and Hoosiers.
The Mission: Robert de Niro and the music. Inspiring. And perhaps one of the most amazing scenes of grace when Robert de Niro carries his burden up the mountain…
Taekukgi: [otherwise called, 'The Brotherhood of War'] For the simple reason that it’s the Korean version of Saving Private Ryan but more personal since my parents are from the land now called North Korea. Cried quietly with my wife after this film. This is my #1 film on my Top 10 Korean film list. Other great war films like Blackhawk Down, Full Metal Jacket, and SP Ryan have been memorable for the simple reason that they make me yearn and pray for peace.