Movies I discovered this summer

Here’s my list of the best movies of 2009 so far. They are not all necessarily from 2009, but are still pretty recent.

Shinjuku Incident/新宿事件/新宿/インシデント

Genre: Crime Thriller
Language: Cantonese, Japanese, Mandarin


“Shijuku Incident” depicts the struggle that ensues when illegal Chinese immigrants become tangled with the Yakuza in Japan. It is a Jackie Chan movie, but it isn’t typical. So, you aren’t going to find his trademark stunts and Kung fu. What you will find is enough fighting, emotion and suspense to make this movie an instant classic. If you love action, suspense or crime, then it is guaranteed you won’t be disappointed with “Shinjuku Incident”. I personally loved this movie because the chinese dialog was slow and simple enough for me to understand without subtitles. ^^

Priceless/Hors de prix

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Language: French


I discovered this movie in New Delhi on an international movie channel. Here’s the basic story: Jean, a waiter at a posh hotel pretends to be a millionaire in order to seduce Irène (played by Audrey Tautou of “Amélie” and “The Da Vinci Code” fame). What he doesn’t know is that she actually makes a living by getting seducing rich men and getting them to support her. What follows is both funny and romantic in a way only the French seem to be able to achieve. I highly recommend it for a date or even just an ordinary Friday night.

Hello Schoolgirl/순정만화

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Language: Korean


“Hello Schoolgirl” follows two unlikely couples and their developing romances, but steers clear of the tear-jerking drama that Korean films are so well known for. The story, the cinematography and music blend harmoniously. It is definitely the most bright, lighthearted movie I have ever seen. Watch this movie and see why I was left feeling unusually relaxed and happy after watching it.