The Must-see Asian Films

Asian films you have to see before you croak
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1.
Seven Samurai (1954)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
2.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
3.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
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A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem. (119 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
4.
Audition (1999)
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A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all. (115 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
5.
Oldboy (2003)
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After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
6.
Spirited Away (2001)
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During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
7.
Hero (2002)
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A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. (107 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
8.
Battle Royale (2000)
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In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act. (114 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
9.
Natural City (2003)
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In the year 2080, the world is connected by a massive computer network. Combiners have developed a process... (114 mins.)
Director: Byung-chun Min
 
10.
Akira (1988)
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A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
 
11.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
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A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (89 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
 
12.
Millennium Actress (2001)
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A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories and career. (87 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
 
13.
Infernal Affairs (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
 
14.
Ichi the Killer (2001)
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As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
15.
Versus (2000)
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There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. These are concealed from all human beings. Somewhere in Japan exists the 444th portal.... The forest of resurrection. (119 mins.)
 
16.
The Way Home (2002)
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Seven-year-old Sang-woo is left with his grandmother in a remote village while his mother looks for work... (80 mins.)
Director: Jeong-hyang Lee
 
17.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
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A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. (115 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
18.
Thirst (2009)
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Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways. (133 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
19.
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)
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When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it. (108 mins.)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
 
20.
Returner (2002)
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A young woman from the future forces a local gunman to help her stop an impending alien invasion which will wipe out the human race. (116 mins.)
 
21.
Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
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On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents. (93 mins.)
 
22.
Castle in the Sky (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
23.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
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On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. (134 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
24.
Unholy Women (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Unholy Women (Kowai onna), is a composite of three unrelated half-hour horror movies. The first segment... (107 mins.)
 
25.
Godzilla (1954)
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American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. (96 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
 
26.
Yojimbo (1961)
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A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
27.
Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In future Tokyo, a young woman in the privatized police force tracks down her father's killer while battling against mutant rebels known as engineers. (110 mins.)
 
28.
City Hunter (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Extremely silly comedy about a self-indulgent private investigator who winds up on a cruise ship full of rich patrons, gorgeous women, murderous terrorists, and scarce food. (105 mins.)
Director: Jing Wong
 
29.
Sister Street Fighter (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Lee Long is a martial-arts champion who the police use as an undercover agent to infiltrate a drug ring... (92 mins.)
 
30.
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master. (83 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii