What kind of gifts do Asian film buffs want for the holidays? Streaming has made physical copies of movies irrelevant, so it’s really the thought that counts now. Let’s get creative.
Disclaimer: I’m not getting paid to advertise these gifts (I wish).
the raid. my fav action movie 🎃 pic.twitter.com/IGjV0p8VDT
— Rich Brian (@richbrian) November 1, 2019
This is a custom handmade poster of one of the greatest action movies of all time. It’s fitting because the movie itself is unique and quite the achievement in a post-kung fu flick world. The Raid was directed by Gareth Evans and stars Iko Kuwais in an unforgettable Indonesian action movie. Evans made his bones by bringing the Indonesian martial art of silat to the forefront of modern martial arts flicks. Kuwais is the master demonstrator, using silat to fight through countless casualties in all its brutal and bone thudding glory. The poster is a great reminder to the Asian film buff that it may be time for another viewing.
Park Chan-wook's Oldboy is still one of the most remarklable movies I've ever seen and possibly the greatest revenge film ever made. Choi Min-sik is completely fearless in the lead role and the film is so perfectly made and crafted. pic.twitter.com/o9DPvpYRJz
— David Alkhed (@DAlkhed) August 23, 2019
4. Oldboy Manga
Go back to the source with the Oldboy manga series. Park Chan Wook’s second entry into his Vengeance Trilogy may be his best, starring Choi Min-sik as a man bent on revenge after he’s locked up for 15 years by an anonymous sadist and then suddenly released. The manga differs from the movie and the Asian film buff will certainly be interested to see the creative choices made in its adaptation. There’s 8 books in the series, so you’re good for the next 8 years if you want to milk it.
“It is not my job to make you feel like a man. i can’t make you something you are not.” -Astrid Leong (Crazy Rich Asians, 2018) pic.twitter.com/GAJ2mAMUBZ
— denise. (@kingdenise__) August 27, 2018
You don’t have to be crazy rich to buy this Astrid Leong quote pouch. The Asian film buff can have a daily reminder that it’s not their job to cater to other people’s insecurities. Also, the film buff will appreciate the irony in how the pouch is secure enough to hold their phone, keys, spare change, cosmetics, etc.
Just watched Always Be My Maybe. The Keanu parts were awesome, and “I Punched Keanu Reeves ” is now stuck in my head. Had to buy that single. pic.twitter.com/QAKR3wkrGG
— Jeremy Conrad (@ManaByte) June 10, 2019
If there was an Oscar category for Best Cameo, then look no further than an obvious nominee and clear cut winner in Reeves’s scene-stealing turn in Always Be My Maybe. This gift features one of the memorable lines from the movie on a standard coffee mug. It works on so many levels because Reeves isn’t just Reeves. He’s the One, Neo, and he’s also John Wick. He’s the quintessential cool action hero of the 2000s and the 2010s. He’s timeless just like this mug.
Now unveiled and in its place of honor! A Gongshi, a scholar’s rock that @erickohn’s sources at @neonrated say was shipped to us directly from South Korea. If you’ve seen #Parasite you know one of these plays a big role in the film. And now we’re decorating our office with it! pic.twitter.com/OmmxcBxhKX
— Christian Blauvelt (@ctblauvelt) December 6, 2019
The scholar’s rock in Parasite is obviously a metaphor. For what? I don’t know, neither do you, but your Asian film buff friend for sure does, maybe. At least you can challenge them into finding out with a giant scholar’s rock. Warning, these do go for a high price, so make sure your Asian film buff deserves one and won’t use it as a weapon. Just saying.
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Written in VA. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.