Asian Horror Filmsby Amygdalax800 | created - 27 Apr 2012 | updated - 13 Oct 2013 | Public
A list of Asian horror films that I have seen
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1. Yeogo goedam 3: Yeowoo gyedan (2003)
R | 97 min | Horror, Drama
A staircase leading to the dormitory of a remote boarding school usually has 28 stairs, but every so often there appears to be 29. When someone steps on the mysterious extra stair, the horror begins
make sure you REALLY want what you wish for before taking the final step
2. Exte: Hair Extensions (2007)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Horror
About hair extensions that attack the women that wear them.
Killer hair extensions!
3. Oldeuboi (2003)
R | 120 min | Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 411,086 | Gross: $0.71M
An amazing Mystery/Action/Thriller movie. Contains one of the best fight scenes I've ever seen.
4. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
R | 129 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.
Votes: 51,670 | Gross: $0.05M
Great intertwining of stories and characters. a very tragic film
5. Lady Vengeance (2005)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a thirteen-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a six-year-old boy, Guem-Ja Lee seeks vengeance on the man truly responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow ... See full summary »
Votes: 59,785 | Gross: $0.21M
She lives up to her name. Don't watch if you have a weak stomach
6. Thirst (2009)
R | 133 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.
Votes: 34,688 | Gross: $0.30M
One of the greatest depictions of vampires I've seen on film
7. The Host (2006)
R | 120 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.
Votes: 78,197 | Gross: $2.20M
a superb monster movie! Excellent special effects and great acting from the cast
8. Jisatsu sâkuru (2001)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.
Not a bad film, but it certainly doesn't make much sense. The opening scene will pull you right in.
9. Battle Royale (2000)
Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
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.
One of my favorite Japanese films. Great story and great execution (pun intended)
10. 2LDK (2003)
Not Rated | 70 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
Two actresses who have auditioned for one part, sharing the same apartment with opposite personalities equals a night which either neither of them will forget - if they survive!
And you thought your roommates were bad?
11. Voice (2005)
Unrated | 104 min | Horror
While training after hours in her high-school, the aspiring singer Park Young-Eon is mysteriously killed and her body vanishes. Her ghost is invisible and trapped in the school, but her ... See full summary »
Hm, more of a drama than a scary, paranormal film but it had it's interesting moments
12. The Red Shoes (2005)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A woman who finds a pair of pink high heels on a subway platform soon realizes that jealousy, greed, and death follow them wherever they go.
Sort of silly, but a film about a killer pair of shoes.
13. Kairo (2001)
R | 119 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Two groups of people discover evidence that suggests spirits may be trying to invade the human world through the Internet.
Votes: 13,208 | Gross: $0.05M
very eerie and atmospheric film. Genuinely spooky
14. Seuseung-ui eunhye (2006)
Not Rated | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Buried grudges have disasterous consequences for a class reunion in this unapologetically bloody film from Korean director Dae-wung Lim.
I love twist endings!
15. Kimyô na sâkasu (2005)
108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear.
This film is... crazy. The plot is fairly confusing but it's pretty enjoyable although bizarre
16. Kansen (2004)
R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
INFECTION takes place in a dark, isolated hospital, where one doctors mistake has led to dire consequences for a patient.
Not a hospital I would want to visit
19. Reincarnation (2005)
R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery
A Japanese actress begins having strange visions and experiences after landing a role in a horror film about a real-life murder spree that took place over forty years ago.
I really enjoyed this one. The storyline was intriguing and I definitely did not expect the ending!
20. Shutter (II) (2004)
Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past.
An awesome concept, fairly well executed with just the right twists. Makes me want to buy a new camera, though.
23. Onibaba (1964)
Unrated | 103 min | Drama, Horror
Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask.
Mother knows best?
24. Noroi (2005)
115 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."
A very well-done "mockumentary" style film about ghosts and stuff. Had an awesome ending.
27. Audition (1999)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
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.
28. Gozu (2003)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience.
Votes: 9,601 | Gross: $0.05M
By far the weirdest movie I've ever seen, but a must-see for any surreal film fans
30. Yogen (2004)
R | 95 min | Horror
While stopped at a roadside phone booth for transmitting his work through the Internet to the university, Professor Hideki Satomi finds a scrap of newspaper with the picture of his ... See full summary »
started to get a little confusing, but a great story regardless
31. Dream Home (2010)
Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Cheng Li-sheung is a young, upwardly mobile professional finally ready to invest in her first home. But when the deal falls through, she is forced to keep her dream alive - even if it means keeping her would-be neighbors dead.
This woman REALLY wanted that condo.
33. 3 Extremes II (2002)
R | 140 min | Horror, Mystery
Three constitutes an omnibus package of three short horror films made by Asian directors. "Memories," made by Kim Ji-Woon, is about a woman (Kim Hye-Soo) who disappears from the home she ... See full summary »
34. One Missed Call (2003)
R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery
People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths.
35. Jiao zi (2004)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Horror
In Hong Kong, Aunt Mei is a cook famous for her home-made rejuvenation dumplings, based on a millenarian recipe prepared with a mysterious ingredient that she brings directly from China. ... See full summary »
36. Noriko no shokutaku (2005)
159 min | Drama, Horror
A teenager called Noriko Shimabara runs away from her family in Tokoyama, to meet Kumiko, the leader of an Internet BBS, Haikyo.com. She becomes involved with Kumiko's "family circle", ... See full summary »
sooooo much narration. It didn't do much for explaining the plot of "Suicide Circle" (since it's intended to be a 'companion' film). If anything, it confuses the story even more.
37. Marebito (2004)
R | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman (Shinya Tsukamoto) investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo.
Votes: 4,242 | Gross: $0.01M
One of my personal favorites. Traveling to a mystical world underneath Tokyo? check. finding weird blood thirsty feral girl chained up? check!
38. Kuchisake-onna (2007)
Not Rated | 90 min | Horror
A suburban town in Japan is the victim of what is supposedly just an urban legend, a woman's spirit with a horribly disfigured face who is intent on kidnapping children for unknown reasons.
Not a very good film, but an interesting adaptation of an urban legend.
39. Gin gwai (2002)
R | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realized she could even see ghosts.
Votes: 25,976 | Gross: $0.50M
41. Sun faa sau si (1998)
Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A group of young shoppers and employees must band together when a zombie outbreak over runs their Hong Kong shopping center in the middle of the shopping day.
Shopping mall zombies! This movie is a lot fun
42. Woetoli (2008)
117 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A student becomes a recluse in response to her best friend's suicide and locks herself in her room. She believes that someone is in the room with her. Her alarmed family hires a psychologist to intervene.
43. Dead Girl Walking (2004)
44 min | Short, Horror
The unimaginable happens. Sayuri is pronounced 'dead' by her doctor, but her body continues to function. Her wounds begin to fester and her body begins to rot. Her once loving mother, ... See full summary »
"Walking Dead Girl". very b-movie style.
45. Okaruto (2009)
110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Koji Shiraishi is interested in strange indiscriminate murder at a sightseeing resort. He goes behind the camera to investigate the circumstances surrounding strange occurrences and interview the survivors.
First Asian horror film I've ever seen that talks about UFO's
46. Suay Laak Sai (2007)
Not Rated | 82 min | Crime, Horror
A group of sexy nurses who harvest organs are haunted by the vengeful spirit of one of their dead patients.
an excuse for women to put on "sexy" nurse outfits and run around screaming. not bad.
47. Chello hongmijoo ilga salinsagan (2005)
Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Mystery
A cellist is haunted by strange events after a car wreck
smash a cello to bits only to realize you just smashed your daughter? why not?
48. Sakebi (2006)
R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A detective investigates a series of murders. A possible serial killer might be on a rampage, since they all are in the same vicinity and by the same method, but as the evidence points ... See full summary »
49. Peiseu (2004)
R | 92 min | Drama, Horror
Lee Hyun-min, who works reconstructing faces from skull, quits his work in a institute to stay with his Beta-allergic daughter Jin that was submitted to a transplant of heart by the ... See full summary »
50. 29 February (2006)
90 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
Ji-yeon, a tollgate ticket girl, is frightened by a mysterious black car, which hands over a bloodstained ticket as a fee at midnight. Her fear deepens after her colleague, Jong-sook, tells... See full summary »
ghosts that haunt toll booths and kill the lone attendants!
52. Gawi (2000)
97 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
Seven friends will die one by one for protecting a terrible secret. Can a vengeful spirit be stopped?
Basically a Korean slasher flick but the killer isn't human... each teenager embodies every typical high school cliche. It was okay
53. Red Eye (2005)
96 min | Horror
A supernatural story about a mystic events occurring on the train, which had the route similar to the train which crashed many years ago.
54. Eoh-neu-nal-gap-ja-gi D-Day (2006)
95 min | Horror
ROOMMATES is the third part of a 4 horror movie series, FOUR HORROR TALES. Roommates Yoo-jin, Eun-soo, Bo-ram, and Da-young are cramming for a college entrance exam. It's difficult for them... See full summary »
Apparently a strict private school is enough to drive anyone crazy
55. Guai wu (2005)
99 min | Horror
A family moves to a new flat on a big building. They get to know the building was erected over a burnt slum, when lots of poor people died in a non accidental fire set by the constructors. ... See full summary »
Not so much a paranormal horror movie, but more of a "thriller"
56. The Unborn (2003)
108 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After waking up in a hospital to discover that she has been pregnant for ten weeks, a drug addict begins to experience vivid hallucinations.
57. The Sylvian Experiments (2010)
R | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Dr. Hattori and her husband watch footage of brain surgery experiments with Manchurian, Russian and Japanese guinea pigs that had been found in the basement of a wrecked hospital. Out of ... See full summary »
I didn't really understand it, but all I know is brain surgery is necessary for spirit communication
58. Gosuto shisutemu (2002)
74 min | Horror
Misaki receives an email from a friend who had supposedly died when they were younger. She investigates and finds a scientist who uses the "Ghost System" to contact spirits.
Not very scary. It's really more of a film about someone pondering the meaning of death and the afterlife, with spooky ghosts interspersed.
59. Scary True Stories: Night 2 (1992 Video)
Entertaining, but I'm sure not as true as they claim
60. Nebeonjjae cheung (2006)
100 min | Horror
A woman investigates a series of bizarre deaths in her new apartment building.
"The Forbidden Floor". throw a creepy child into the equation and you've struck horror gold.
61. Yeogo goedam 5: Dong-ban-ja-sal (2009)
88 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Four friends make an oath sworn in blood to commit suicide one night, but the next morning only one is found lying dead on the school grounds. Rampant speculation about the nature of the ... See full summary »
I love the Whispering Corridors series, and this movie really sticks to the main theme: School girls making oaths and dying and stuff. Not bad!
62. Yeogo goedam (1998)
R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
While investigating the school files, the frightened teacher Mrs. Park startles and calls the young teacher Eun-young Hur, telling her that the deceased Jin-ju Jang is back. The line dies ... See full summary »
Basically a movie about how drama between high school girls turns into suicide then turns into murder. excellent!
63. Goth (2008)
95 min | Drama, Mystery
Morino and Kamiyama share a morbid fascination with cruelty and murder in this horror. Together they track down a brutal serial killer to find the latest two victims - not necessarily to ... See full summary »
it focused on two people who openly chose to be "different" from their peers and sought out much darker interests. The actual plot felt more like a side story to the entire film, but I still enjoyed it
64. Juk-eum-yi soop (2006)
Not Rated | 98 min | Horror
Woo-Jin, Jun-A and some friends are on a trip to the mountains. They walk into a dark forest, which is restricted to the public. They soon find themselves in trouble, and find they can't ... See full summary »
when going hiking, it's always best to include your own psychic, especially when the woods you are hiking in plan to kill you and turn you into a zombie. It was your average "teenagers running around dying in the woods" kind of movie.
65. Be-seu-teu-sel-leo (2010)
Not Rated | 117 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
"Best Seller" is a thriller centered around writer Hee-Soo (Eom Jeong-Hwa) who moves to a small house in a rural area after becoming involved in a plagiarism scandal. Hee-Soo then hears a ... See full summary »
66. Haebuhak-gyosil (2007)
111 min | Horror
Strange things start happening after a group of med students dissect a cadaver.
Lots of twists and turns, but basically a story about some medical students who begin to experience mysterious happenings (and death) after they dissect a donated body in "Autopsy Class" (I believe it was really an anatomy class, but the subtitles on the version I watched kept referring to it as an Autopsy class, which I find to be incorrect as they never performed any actual autopsies)
67. Orora gongju (2005)
106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A woman gets killed in a department store. No one imagines this could lead to serial murders, but two days after the first murder, another homicide occurs. A woman is suffocated to death ... See full summary »
An interesting story about a female serial killer seeking revenge for the death of her child. Great death scenes and an awesome view into the mind of a woman gone crazy
68. 301, 302 (1995)
Unrated | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Two obsessive-compulsives, a chef and an anorexic writer, are neighbors in an apartment building. The chef (301) tries to entice her neighbor to eat with fabulous meals. The writer (302) ... See full summary »
Remind me to be nicer to my neighbors o_o
69. Paranmanjang (2011)
30 min | Short, Fantasy
A fisherman becomes entangled in his line when he catches something unexpected.
I didn't get it.
70. Gwai wik (2006)
R | 108 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
After writing three best-sellers about love story based on her own experiences, the successful writer Tsui Ting-Yin is without inspiration and having difficulties to write her new novel in ... See full summary »
Visually amazing, genuinely creepy at times, and very imaginative. It reminded me a little bit of "Mirror Mask"
71. Tales from the Dead (2008)
90 min | Horror
Tales From The Dead is anthology of four stories that looks at the quiet terror lurking inside the human soul, showing us that evil does not end when life departs. These original stories ... See full summary »
I enjoyed this one. It consists of a few short stories, with a main story intertwined. Gotta love a twist ending ;)
72. Kim Bok-nam salinsageonui jeonmal (2010)
Not Rated | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A woman subject to mental, physical, and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out.
This film has been (quite fairly) compared to "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance". A woman living on a rural island tries desperately to escape the terrible conditions in which she must live, but is thwarted by the awful people whom share the village. tragedy strikes and she just isn't going to take it anymore. It's a great story for showing how a person will endure great suffering only for so long.
73. Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro: Yûrei manshon (2005)
93 min | Horror
Aimi and her father move into an old, apartment building and learn quickly that things are not normal here. The landlord warns Aimi and her father of the curfew. First, all residents must ... See full summary »
low budget, but there were certain parts to this film that were legitimately creepy (like what the old man and his wife endure every night from some of the ghosts! terrifying!!)
74. Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies (2001)
80 min | Comedy, Horror
Girls surrounding 17 years old are affected by an illness that make her to be 'Stacies': they feel a strange and momentary happiness until they become zombies.
75. Ranpo jigoku (2005)
134 min | Fantasy, Horror
This four-part anthology takes its cue from the short fiction of legendary horror writer Edogawa Rampo.
76. Senritsu meikyû 3D (2009)
Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Thriller
A group of teenagers take a sick girl to a hospital only to find out it is a horrific labyrinth.
Super interesting plot, albeit a bit odd and inconsistent. I didn't get a chance to see it in 3D, but it's easy to tell which scenes were intended for the 3D effect. Personally, I feel that the 3D aspect is just a gimmick, and does not contribute to the story at all (that goes for most 3D films, not just Shock Labyrinth)
77. Dead Waves (2005)
77 min | Horror
When a television producer visits the home of a brother and sister to interview them for his series on paranormal phenomena, what first appears to be a simple case of psychopathology turns ... See full summary »
Boring and trite. I highly recommend not wasting your time on this one.
78. End Call (2008)
94 min | Horror
The Devil has a phone number, and if you call him on your mobile phone at midnight, he will grant your wish. In return however, he will control your life for the duration of the call.
this movie was confusing and didn't hold my attention long enough for me to finish the last third of it. I just didn't get it
79. Siren (2006)
87 min | Horror, Thriller
A writer moves to a remote island with his daughter and young son. After settling into their new home, a neighbor arrives to welcome them and give them a breakdown of the local rules; most important: do not go outside when the island's siren starts wailing.
106 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
So-yeun gets stuck with a Persian cat when its owner dies. From then on, she is haunted by a girl with green cat-like eyes.
The perfect horror film for that special "cat lady" in your life
81. Gui si (2006)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
In Taipei, the crippled scientist Hashimoto uses his invention of "Menger Sponge" to capture the energy of the spirit of a child in an old building. He invites the specialist in reading ... See full summary »
I loved this one. It was refreshing because they mixed folklore/ghosts with technology. It was a really original story and I enjoyed it so much I bought my own copy.
82. Baan phii sing (2007)
110 min | Horror
This is inspired by a true story of three horrible murders that happened to three women in years past. Chalinee, a young reporter, is curious as to the truth behind the three mysterious ... See full summary »
The plot got a little confusing, but it's definitely the type of movie where you keep screaming "DON'T GO IN THERE!!"
83. Hoa-cha (2012)
117 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man searches for his fiancée who vanished without a trace just before their wedding ceremony, only to discover the shocking identity of her.
This was more of a mystery/thriller detective story type film. It explores the emotional pain of uncovering lies from a person you thought you knew very well.
84. Spiral (2000)
90 min | Drama, Horror
The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals.
Interesting adaptation from Junji Ito's manga series of the same name. I feel like they could have done better for the movie, but you can tell they had a budget. a fun watch, regardless!
85. Battle Royale II (2003)
Not Rated | 134 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Three years after the failure of the last BR program, a second act is forged and a class of students are sent to an island with one objective: kill international terrorist Shuya Nanahara.
To be honest, I started watching this and couldn't make it through. It was so bad compared to the first film.
86. Lady Snowblood (1973)
Not Rated | 97 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge.
a classic! Gotta love an awesome revenge tale
87. Jiu ming (2004)
R | 88 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
Jealousy, desire, trust, and revenge. A complicated love triangle emerges during an investigation into the theft of a woman's kidney. At a wedding party in a fancy hotel, a guest happens on... See full summary »
Kidneys just flying left and right in this movie.
88. Gosa (2008)
Not Rated | 88 min | Horror, Thriller
Advanced students who take a special class are being tortured by their class rank.
If you combined the "Saw" films and "Battle Royale", that is how I would describe this movie. (it was awesome)
89. Death Note (2006)
Not Rated | 126 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
A battle between the world's two greatest minds begins when Light Yagami finds the Death Note, a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to rid the world of criminals.
Not necessarily Asian "horror", really more "thriller". I had watched the anime version before and loved the concept. The live action movie isn't necessarily bad, but it does sort of come across as a little bit "cheesy". Regardless, this first installment was fun to watch and is a great adaptation from the original manga/anime.
90. Death Note: The Last Name (2006)
Not Rated | 141 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
Picking up where the first one leaves off, Light joins the task force searching for Kira in an effort to avert suspicion from himself---and get rid of L.
92. Pyega (2010)
84 min | Horror
Over the past 42 years, six people have gone missing, eight people have died "accidently" and eleven cases of murder have occurred in a deserted house. 3 members of an abandoned house ... See full summary »
93. Pon (2002)
R | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
After writing a series of articles about pedophilia, the journalist Ji-won receives threatening calls on her cellular and she changes her number. Her close friend Ho-jung and her husband ... See full summary »
94. Yoga Class (2009)
97 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
After the co-host of a shopping channel TV show loses her job to a younger rival, she enrolls in an intensive yoga course. The very strict trainer informs her students that there will be ... See full summary »
96. 407 Dark Flight 3D (2012)
R | 105 min | Horror
A senior flight attendant named New has to deal with a supernatural event and mystery on the plane when the passengers begin to die one by one.
97. Gabal (2005)
106 min | Drama, Horror
In Seoul, Su-Hyeon is terminal with leukemia, and bald due the treatment of chemotherapy. Her sister Ji-Hyeon buys a long-haired wig, but she does not disclose the truth about Su-Hyeon's ... See full summary »
98. See prang (2008)
120 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
4BIA is a Horror Anthology. The first segment, "Happiness" is about a lonely girl who corresponded with a stranger over hand phone text messaging and soon discovered something strange about... See full summary »
99. Hwa-i-teu: Jeo-woo-eui mel-lo-di (2011)
106 min | Horror, Music, Mystery
Girl group "Pink Dolls" is always pushed into the background by other popular idols. When the girls release their new song "White", a remake from unknown origins they become instant sensations.
100. Ghastly (2011)
91 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
After his parents are murdered, Bin is taken into the care of relatives. He begins to act strangely, the new occupants of his house experience horrific nightmares, and a mystery unfolds as a terrible secret is revealed.