Sometimes there’s nothing better than getting your friends round for a back-to-back movie marathon armed with nothing more than beers and chips. Staying in needn’t be a bore when you’ve got this top five list of the best films to watch with your buddies, so grab the snacks and get your friends round for a night of movie mayhem.

Confessions of a Murder

If you and your buddies enjoy thrillers with a bit of gore thrown in, this is the perfect film to start with. A slippery serial killer has escaped the grasp of Korean cop,Choi Hyeong-goo, but not before the cop shot him in the arm. Fifteen years after his disappearance the killer returns with a tell-all book about his murders. The authenticity of the book and its author are doubted by many, but when the alleged killer produces the bullet that was embedded in his arm from Choi Hyeong-goo’s gun, people will have to believe him, won’t they? This is a fantastic film with plenty of plot twists and turns to keep you questioning what will happen next.

Once Upon a Time in Seoul

Set in the 1940s, this heist movie provides a credible blend of action and comic relief. Protagonists, Kanemura and Heruko become embroiled in a quest for a diamond, and as expected, they meet a lot of opposition and violence along the way. If tales about thieves, and gang action sequences are your thing, Once Upon a Time in Seoul is for you.

The Thieves

This stylish heist movie has more than just a hint of Ocean’s Eleven about itand indeed it was touted as the Korean version of this much-loved film. The Thieves was a box office hit in South Korea and when you watch it you will see precisely why. A fantastic cast portray an array of intriguing and sometimes amusing characters who set out to rob a casino.

21 Jump Street

Featured on Dude Pins, 21 Jump Street is a must if you need a night of laughs with your boys. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star as undercover cops disguised as students determined to intercept a drug ring. Obviously, it being a comedy caper, things are not going to go smoothly. Both actors are incredibly funny, with the script and direction making for a memorable film you will want to enjoy time and again.

Seven Samurai

Go all out retro with this 1950’s Japanese classic. Set in 1586, the film’s basic plot is that when a village comes under attack from a group of bandits, the villagers enlist the help of seven Ronin samurai to protect them. The bandits come to the village, yet decide to attack after the harvest to reap the benefits. With the farmers’ produce under threat, the village is left with no choice but to employ the services of samurai with no masters (Ronin) to protect them. This film is considered one of the greatest of all time – decide for yourself when you watch Seven Samurai.

My name is Panos Kotzathanasis and I am Greek. Being a fan of Asian cinema and especially of Chinese kung fu and Japanese samurai movies since I was a little kid, I cultivated that love during my adolescence, to extend to the whole of SE Asia. Starting from my own blog in Greek, I then moved on to write for some of the major publications in Greece, and in a number of websites dealing with (Asian) cinema, such as Taste of Cinema, Hancinema, EasternKicks, Chinese Policy Institute, and of course, Asian Movie Pulse. in which I still continue to contribute. In the beginning of 2017, I launched my own website, Asian Film Vault, which I merged in 2018 with Asian Movie Pulse, creating the most complete website about the Asian movie industry, as it deals with the almost every country from East and South Asia, and definitely all genres. You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter.