Where and when – Asian cinema history

As well as I can remember, all the Asian movies I have seen in the cinema and where I saw them. I used to save all my pocket diaries so I had the exact time and date in most cases. I did go to Chinatown Cinema a lot back in the early 2000s. These days I prefer going to Hoyts as it is nicer for the same movies.

2000

Sausalito – Chinatown Cinema

A Fighter’s Blues – Chinatown Cinema

Bullets Over Summer – Chinatown Cinema

Chinese Midnight Express 2 – Chinatown Cinema

Comeuppance – Chinatown Cinema

Conspiracy – Chinatown Cinema

For Bad Boys Only – Chinatown Cinema

Help!!! – Chinatown Cinema

Jiang Hu: The Triad Zone – Chinatown Cinema

Legend of the Flying Swordsman – Chinatown Cinema

Those Were the Days – Chinatown Cinema

Battle Royale – Lumiere

Ring – Lumiere

 

June 8th 2000

Unknown movie – Chinatown Cinema

 

June 15th 2000

Flying Swordsman – Chinatown Cinema

 

October 5th 2000

Emperor & the Assassin – Cinema Nova

 

October 26th 2000

Fong Sai Yuk – Chinatown Cinema

 

November 27th 2000

Unknown movie – Chinatown Cinema

 

2001

 

Bakery Amour – Chinatown Cinema

Comic King – Chinatown Cinema

Healing Hearts – Chinatown Cinema

HIT TEAM – Chinatown Cinema

Master Q – Chinatown Cinema

My Name is Nobody – Chinatown Cinema

There’s a Secret in my Soup – Chinatown Cinema

 

January 5th 2001

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Cinema Nova

 

February 1st 2001

Unknown movie – Chinatown Cinema

 

February 14th 2001

Wu Yen – Chinatown Cinema

 

March 20th 2001

In the Mood for Love with Q&A featuring Tony Leung – Kino Cinema

 

April 9th 2001

HIT TEAM – Chinatown Cinema

 

April 22nd 2001

Butterfly and Sword/Full Contact – Treasury Theatre

 

April 26th 2001

Jet Li Double Bill – Chinatown Cinema

 

May 26th 2001

Project S/The Assassin – Treasury Theatre

 

June 7th 2001

Wing Chun/Swordsman 2 – Chinatown Cinema

 

July 20th 2001

Joint Security Area – Forum Theatre (MIFF 2001)

 

August 1st 2001

Time and Tide – Village Bourke St (MIFF 2001)

 

August 2nd 2001

Iron Monkey/Bride with White Hair – Chinatown Cinema

 

September 20th 2001

City on Fire/Bullet in the Head – Chinatown Cinema

 

September 23rd 2001

The Storm Riders/The Blade – Treasury Theatre

 

September 26th 2001

The Man from Hong Kong – Treasury Theatre

 

October 6th 2001

Princess Mononoke – Readings Cinema, Sydney

 

October 19th 2001

The Phantom Lover/The True Story of Dr Sun Yat Sen – Harbour City Cinema, Sydney

 

October 28th 2001

Wonder 7/Wicked City – Treasury Theatre (not actually sure I went to this)

 

November 1st 2001

Once Upon a Time in China 1 & 2 – Chinatown Cinema

 

November 8th 2001

Joint Security Area – Treasury Theatre

 

December 6th 2001

New Legend of Shaolin/Operation Scorpio – Chinatown Cinema

 

2002

Once Upon a Time in China III/Young and Dangerous – Chinatown Cinema

Beauty and the Breast – Chinatown Cinema

Mighty Baby – Chinatown Cinema

So Close – Chinatown Cinema

 

MIFF Schedule:

25th July 2002

You Shoot, I Shoot – Capitol

 

26th July 2002

Nabi: The Butterfly – Capitol

Looking for Bruce Lee – Capitol

Musa: The Warrior – Village Bourke St

 

27th July 2002

Dead or Alive – Village Bourke St

 

31st July 2002

Teenage Hooker Became Killing Machine in Daekaroh – Greater Union

 

1st August 2002

Unknown double bill – Chinatown Cinema

 

2nd August 2002

Volcano High – Village Bourke St

The Princess Blade – Village Bourke St

 

3rd August 2002

Dead or Alive 2: Birds

 

6th August 2002

Volcano High – Village Bourke St

 

7th August 2002

Happiness of the Katakuris – Forum Theatre

 

9th August 2002

A Tree of Palme – Capitol

 

11th August 2002

Take Care of My Cat – Forum Theatre

 

 

2003

MIFF Schedule:

26th July 2003

Come Drink With Me with introduction by Cheng Pei-Pei – Village Bourke St

29th July 2003

Yesterday – Fourm Theatre

1st August 2003

Parasite Dolls – Capitol Theatre

3rd August

Infernal Affairs – Village Bourke St

7th August 2003

A Better Tomorrow/A Better Tomorrow II – Chinatown Cinema

8th August 2003

My Life As McDull – Forum Theatre

9th August 2003

Save the Green Planet! – Village Bourke St

2004

Fantasia – Chinatown Cinema

18th July 2004

Comrades, Almost a Love Story – ACMI

MIFF Schedule:

22nd July 2004

Five Venoms – Village Bourke St

 

23rd July 2004

The Heroic Ones – Village Bourke St

 

3rd August 2004

The Adventures of Iron Pussy – ACMI

 

4th August 2004

Oldboy – Village Bourke St

 

6th August 2004

Dragon Head – Village Bourke St

 

7th August 2004

Breaking News – Forum Theatre

Running on Karma – Capitol Theatre

 

8th August 2004

Park Chan-Wook Q&A – Festival Club, Forum Theatre

Ong Bak – Village Bourke St

 

4th November 2004

Bichunmoo – Chinatown Cinema

2005

Kung Fu Hustle – Chinatown Cinema

Kung Fu Mah-jong – Chinatown Cinema

MIFF Schedule:

Saturday 23rd July 2005

Casshern – Capitol Theatre

Tuesday 26th July 2005

McDull, Prince de la Bun – Forum Theatre

Saturday 30th July 2005

Crying Fist – Capitol Theatre

Godzilla: Final Wars – Village Bourke St

Sunday 31st July 2005

Stephen Chow Q&A – Festival Club at the Forum Theatre

Tuesday 2nd August 2005

Public Toilet – Forum Theatre

Friday 5th August 2005

Izo – Village Bourke St

Sunday 7th August

Election & festival after party where I met Johnnie To – Village Bourke St

2006

MIFF Schedule:

Thursday 27th July 2006

Great Hapiness Space – Tale of an Osaka Love Thief – ACMI

Election 2 – Regent Theatre

 

Monday 31st July 2006

Funky Forest: First Contact – ACMI

 

Tuesday 1st August 2006

The Short Films of Royston Tan – ACMI

 

Thursday 3rd August 2006

The Nine Lives of Korean Cinema (Forum) – ACMI

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance – Regent Theatre

 

Saturday 5th August 2006

Great Yokai War – ACMI

 

Tuesday 8th August 2006

The Host – Regent Theatre

 

Wednesday 9th August 2006

Seven Swords – Regent Theatre

2007

20th March 2007

The King and the Clown – Chinatown Cinema

4th August 2007

Aachi & Ssipak (MIFF 2007)

Flashpoint – Chinatown Cinema

2008

CJ7 – Chinatown Cinema

2009

19th March 2009

Kung Fu Chefs – Hoyts Melbourne Central

MIFF Schedule:

15th July 2009

Chainsaw Maid – Greater Union

 

8th August 2009

The Sky Crawlers – Greater Union

The Chaser – Greater Union

Thirst – Greater Union

 

9th August 2009

Ong Bak 2

 

20th August 2009

Kung Fu Cyborg – Greater Union

 

1st September 2009

Ponyo – Cinema Nova

 

15th October 2009

The Good, The Bad and the Weird – ACMI

 

19th December 2009

Storm Warriors – Village Crown

 

2010

1st June 2010

Mother – The Astor Theatre

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

MIFF Schedule:

24th July 2010

Machete Maidens Unleashed! – ACMI

 

6th August 2010

Symbol – Forum Theatre

 

6th October 2010

Legend of the Fist – Return of Chen Zhen – Hoyts Melbourne Central

 

21st October 2010

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame – Hoyts Melbourne Central

2011

25th May 2011

Zu Warriors from Magic Mountain/The Blade – ACMI

 

1st June 2011

Shanghai Blues/The Master (1992) – ACMI

MIFF Schedule:

25th July 2011

13 Assassins

26th July 2011

End of Animal

2nd August 2011

The Unjust

The Yellow Sea

13th November 2011

Filipino horror movie double – Cinema Nova

28th December 2011

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D – Hoyts Chadstone

2012

March 27th 2012

The Raid – Hoyts Melbourne Central

September 10th 2012

The Frontline – ACMI

September 11th 2012

War of the Arrows – ACMI

2013

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons – Hoyts Melbourne Central

MIFF Schedule:

Sunday 28th July 2013

The Act of Killing – Greater Union

 

Wednesday 8th August 2013

Aim High in Creation! – Forum Theatre

 

Thursday 9th August 2013

Talking Pictures – Juche Showtime: Capturing the DPRK on Film – ACMI

Comrade Kim Goes Flying – ACMI

Friday 9th August 2013

Hong Kil Dong – ACMI

 

Saturday 10th August 2013

Talking Pictures – Caught in the Act: Indonesia and The Act of Killing – Wheeler Centre

Action, HK Style at QAGOMA, Brisbane

Friday 18th October 2013

Drunken Master

Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow

Saturday 19th October 2013

Aces Go Places

Pedicab Driver

God of Gamblers

Kung Fu Hustle

 

Sunday 20th October 2013

Dirty Ho

My Young Auntie

2014

The Raid 2 – Cinema Nova

MIFF 2014:

Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Rouge

The Imp

Irma Vep

Mr Vampire

The Search for Weng Weng

2015

MIFF 2015:

The Look of Silence

Battles Without Honour and Humanity

In conversation with Joshua Oppenheimer – The Wheeler Centre

2016

Shin Godzilla – Cinema Nova

Sky on Fire – Hoyts Melbourne Central

The Age of Shadows – Cinema Nova

MIFF 2016:

Seoul Station / Train to Busan (double bill)

2017

Cook Up a Storm – Hoyts Melbourne Central

2018

Big Brother – Hoyts Melbourne Central

L Storm – Hoyts Melbourne Central

Project Guttenberg – Hoyts Chadstone

Rampant – Hoyts Melbourne Central

Shadow – Hoyts Melbourne Central

 

MIFF 2018:

Outrage Coda

The Spy Gone North

 

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