5 Asian Gang Movies You Shouldn’t Mess With

Wednesday, April 11 by Joseph Gibson

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	The filmmakers of the East have a special way of making <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/gangster-movies-tag/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>gangster movies</a>. They're often a bit more over-the-top, operatic, and stylish than the gangster movies we're familiar with here. If you'd like a taste of that Asian gangster magic, here are five of the best Asian gang movies. You don't even have to chop off a finger to enjoy them!</p>
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	<strong>"A Colt Is My Passport"</strong></p>
<p style= Shishido should be a familiar face to any fan of the Japanese Shishido plays an expert assassin who runs afoul of his gangster bosses and ends up having to battle their forces in a visually inventive shootout in a completely open field.

"Tokyo Drifter"

Seijun Suzuki. His ultra-stylish and extra-crazy Japanese gangster movies have been an influence on everyone from John Woo to Quentin Tarantino. And this is one of his best movies, about a yakuza hitman forced to roam Japan in order to escape the wrath of his former bosses. Suzuki uses his trademark wild editing, hyper-stylized colors and composition, and borderline-incoherent action scenes to tell the story with a Pop Art sensibility that can't be beat.

"Time and Tide"

 

Tsui Hark. The story is pretty confusing, having to do with drug dealers, cops, and a seemingly infinite amount of bullets, but the action scenes are as kinetic and exciting as you could hope for.

"The Killer"

Yun-fat as (you guessed it) a hitman who runs afoul of the wrong people after he decides to retire from killing. Director John Woo brings his famously polished and balletic action scenes to the story, which hits the kind of operatic highs and lows that American audiences don't often see.

"City on Fire"

Yun-fat again as a hitman who runs afou– just kidding, he's a cop who infiltrates a brutal gang of jewel thieves only to find his true allegiances tested at every turn. The action is fast and bloody and "Reservoir Dogs" fans will have a lot of fun spotting the similarities between the two films.