5 Asian Films that Make You Feel Romantic (NSFW)

Blissfully Yours (2002) by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

The renowned Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s first feature film, Blissfully Yours, is a languid, erotic, and cerebral tale about two sets of lovers that head to the forest for a day to get it on in nature. An older woman drives Min, a Burmese immigrant with a strange skin malady, to pick up his lover, Roong, at work. The two of them leave for the forest. At the same time, the older woman – embarking on an extramarriatl affair – brings a man to the same forest to get it on. After being caught doing it by someone else, she flees and finds herself lost until she stumbles across Min and Roong. Highlights include Roong giving Min a blow jay as he sleeps next to a small stream. The beautiful imagery, shot in long-takes, is enough to make you feel romantic.


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  • Alex Monea

    Great list. As usual, you've got your finger on the pulse of East Asian cinema. Fa Yeung Nin Wa (In the Mood for Love) was what first made me fall in love with what East Asian cinema has been doing for the past decade or so.

    I do have a question for you though (although maybe I ought to direct this through more private channels). I am considering writing an academic article on Park Chan-Wook's “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance,” particularly looking at the affective power that the color green has throughout the movie (it is everywhere, from the main character's hair to the slightly green-gelled lighting of many scenes). I was wondering if, off the top of your head, you knew of any other movies that communicated emotion and information through a similar use of color (particularly if you know of any other movies that have this fixation on green). Let me know if you've got anything. Thanks for another great read.

    • StanStoffman

      I immediately think of Godard using primary colors, but that's not what you're looking for I guess. Have you read anything about color theory? Also, Lars von Triers “The Element of Crime” does very interesting things with color. And there's always Douglas Sirk.


    Days Of Being Wild gets me so emotionally romantic but I'm still glad In The Mood for Love was blogged about.

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