Sep 11, 2019

Anime meets Experimental Film Society

A couple of months ago, I was approached by one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers and a dear friend of mine, Rouzbeh Rashidi, with a request to draw up a list of anime he could delve into, which elicited the article I had been contemplating to write for quite some time. Although it encompasses 250 titles, Mission Almost Impossible: Recommending Anime is not a definitive list, because I'm pretty sure there are many omissions, both unintentional and deliberate. The world of Japanese animation is so vast, that the space for exploration appears inexhaustible!

And if more than two hundred shorts, features, OVAs and series doesn't satisfy your appetite, maybe you'll find something to your liking amongst 20 anime-counterparts coming from other Asian countries, and sorted in order of personal preference.

1. Big Fish & Begonia (Liang Xuan & Zhang Chun, 2016)
2. My Beautiful Girl Mari (Sung-gang Lee, 2002)
3. Aachi & Ssipak (Jo Beom-jin, 2006)
4. The King of Pigs (Sang-ho Yeon, 2011)
5. Arjun: The Warrior Prince (Arnab Chaudhuri, 2012)
6. Chuang Tapestry (Qian Jiajun, 1959)
7. White Snake (Amp Wong & Ji Zhao, 2019)
8. Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama (Ram Mohan, Yuugou Sakou & Koichi Saski, 1992)
9. The Arti: The Adventure Begins (Wen Chang Huang, 2015)
10. Krut: The Himmaphan Warriors (Chaiporn Panichrutiwong, 2018) 
11. Have a Nice Day (Jian Liu, 2017)
12. Storm Rider: Clash of the Evils (Dante Lam, 2008)
13. The Legend of Muay Thai: 9 Satra (Pongsa Kornsri, Gun Phansuwon & Nat Yoswatananont. 2018)
14. Sky Blue (Moon-saeng Kim, 2003)
15. The Fake (Sang-ho Yeon, 2013)
16. Seoul Station (Sang-ho Yeon, 2016)
17. Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox (Sung-gang Lee, 2007)
18. Prince Nezha's Triumph Against Dragon King (Shuchen Wang, Jingda Xu & Ding Xian Yan, 1979)
19. L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties (Jingming Guo, 2016)
20. Dragon Nest: Warriors' Dawn (Yuefeng Song, 2014)

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