My favorite Asian movies.

by Bryn_pabo | created - 17 Jun 2011 | updated - 16 Aug 2016 | Public

It is impossible for me to order these by preferance, so here are my favorite Asian films in no particular order:

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1. Oldeuboi (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

74 Metascore

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.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 437,474 | Gross: $0.71M

2. 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.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Asaka Seto, Shigeki Hosokawa

Votes: 26,203

3. Neuk-dae-so-nyeon (2012)

Not Rated | 122 min | Fantasy, Romance

Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman visits the country cottage she lived in as a child. Memories of an orphan boy she knew 47 years ago come flooding back to her.

Director: Sung-hee Jo | Stars: Joong-Ki Song, Bo-Young Park, Yeong-ran Lee, Young-nam Jang

Votes: 5,225 | Gross: $0.34M

4. Initial D (2005)

TV-PG | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

48 Metascore

After winning his first competition, Takumi focuses his attention on drift racing, a sport he has unknowingly perfected while delivering tofu in his father's Toyota AE86.

Directors: Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak, Ralph Rieckermann | Stars: Shawn Yue, Edison Chen, Jay Chou, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong

Votes: 6,545

5. 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.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Takeshi Kaga, Shidô Nakamura, Erika Toda

Votes: 14,041

6. War of the Arrows (2011)

R | 122 min | Action

A skilled Korean archer goes up against the mighty force of Mongols with the sole purpose of rescuing his kidnapped sister.

Director: Han-min Kim | Stars: Hae-il Park, Seung-ryong Ryu, Mu-Yeol Kim, Chae-won Moon

Votes: 9,899 | Gross: $0.25M

7. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee | Stars: Won Bin, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Hee-won Kim

Votes: 52,764 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Minyeo-neun goerowo (2006)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A talented but obese girl, who ghost-sings for a not-so-talented pop star, undergoes extensive plastic surgery to become a slender beauty with a new identity.

Director: Yong-hwa Kim | Stars: Jin-mo Ju, Ah-jung Kim, Dong-il Sung, Hyun-sook Kim

Votes: 6,149

9. Saedeu mubi (2005)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Several couples struggle with their relationships

Director: Jong-kwan Kwon | Stars: Woo-sung Jung, Soo-jung Lim, Tae-Hyun Cha, Jung-ah Yum

Votes: 2,873

10. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon

Votes: 49,030

11. Vampire Effect (2003)

R | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

It's a high-kicking battle on the dark side when an ace vampire slayer and his beautiful sidekicks wage the ultimate martial-arts showdown with one of the most dangerous of the undead.

Director: Dante Lam | Stars: Gillian Chung, Charlene Choi, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Ekin Cheng

Votes: 4,370

12. Seoyang-goldong-yanggwajajeom Aentikeu (2008)

107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Jin-hyeok opens a cake shop in an old antique shop, hiring Seun-woo, Korea's best pastry chef, who fell in love with him in high school. Also there, are Soo-young, crushing on Seun-woo, ex-boxer Gi-beom, and Seun-woo's French ex-boyfriend.

Director: Kyu-dong Min | Stars: Ji-Hoon Ju, Jae-wook Kim, Ah-In Yoo, Ji-ho Choi

Votes: 1,164

13. Siworae (2000)

105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Eun-joo moves out of her house "Il Mare", leaving behind a Christmas card for the eventual new owner of the house in 1999. In it she asks him/her to forward any mail of hers to her new ... See full summary »

Director: Hyun-seung Lee | Stars: Jung-jae Lee, Ji-hyun Jun, Mu-saeng Kim, Seung-yeon Jo

Votes: 7,233

14. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (2010)

124 min | Drama, Romance

Diving to save a camera from a fall down a flight of stairs, high school junior Naomi Sukuse wakes with no memory of the last four years. Naomi must remember who she was and figure out who ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Canosa | Stars: Maki Horikita, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Yûya Tegoshi, Anton Yelchin

Votes: 577

15. Boku no kanojo wa saibôgu (2008)

115 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

Jiro is a lonely university student. One day he meets a beautiful and interesting woman who turns out to be a Cyborg lacking manners and emotions.

Director: Jae-young Kwak | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Keisuke Koide, Risa Ai, Nya Daigo

Votes: 3,154

16. I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people's souls.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Soo-jung Lim, Rain, Seong-hun Cheon, Hee-jin Choi

Votes: 20,649

17. The Eye 2 (2004)

R | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

After a failed suicide attempt, a pregnant woman gains the ability to see ghosts.

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Qi Shu, Eugenia Yuan, Jesdaporn Pholdee, Thanarat Poonnarattanakul

Votes: 4,375

18. Gin gwai (2002)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

66 Metascore

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.

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Angelica Lee, Chutcha Rujinanon, Lawrence Chou, Jinda Duangtoy

Votes: 26,456 | Gross: $0.50M

19. Toki o kakeru shôjo (2006)

Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura, Ayami Kakiuchi

Votes: 48,999

20. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin, Akihiro Miwa

Votes: 268,683 | Gross: $4.71M

21. House of Flying Daggers (2004)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

89 Metascore

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.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Dandan Song

Votes: 100,175 | Gross: $11.05M

22. Bangkok Dangerous (2000)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Romance

45 Metascore

The story is of a deaf-mute hitman and his partner who are based in Bangkok. He is friends with his partner's girlfriend who is a stripper at a local club. They go about their assassination... See full summary »

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Pawarith Monkolpisit, Premsinee Ratanasopha, Patharawarin Timkul, Pisek Intrakanchit

Votes: 3,313 | Gross: $0.02M

23. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, War

64 Metascore

When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Dong-Gun Jang, Won Bin, Eun-ju Lee, Hyeong-jin Kong

Votes: 34,998 | Gross: $1.11M

24. Wang Jiao ka men (1988)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Mid-level gangster Wah falls in love with his beautiful cousin, but must also continue to protect his volatile partner-in-crime and friend, Fly.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung, Alex Man

Votes: 7,013 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Ringu (1998)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi, Hitomi Satô

Votes: 56,786

26. Tin sun yut dui (2006)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

An advertising executive with a carefree lifestyle discovers she has breast cancer.

Director: Wing-Cheong Law | Stars: Miriam Chin Wah Yeung, Richie Jen, Jo Kuk, Yujun Wu

Votes: 208

27. Arahan jangpung daejakjeon (2004)

Not Rated | 114 min | Action, Comedy

As a dorky cop falls in with five Tao masters who admire his c'hi, an ancient foe comes looking for them all.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Seung-bum Ryoo, So-yi Yoon, Sung-Ki Ahn, Doo-hong Jung

Votes: 3,428

28. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Ki-duk Kim, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim, Young-min Kim

Votes: 69,629 | Gross: $2.38M

29. A Bittersweet Life (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama

Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Min-a Shin, Yeong-cheol Kim, Jung-min Hwang

Votes: 30,354

30. Yi ye Taibei (2010)

85 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A love story takes place over the course of one evening in Taipei.

Director: Arvin Chen | Stars: Chun-Yao Yao, Amber Kuo, Hsiao-chuan Chang, Lawrence Ko

Votes: 1,246

31. Seung sing (2006)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A detective helps a friend investigate the mysterious death of his father-in-law.

Directors: Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Qi Shu, Jinglei Xu

Votes: 2,358

32. Fallen Angels (1995)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

This Hong Kong-set crime drama follows the lives of a hitman, hoping to get out of the business, and his elusive female partner.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leon Lai, Michelle Reis, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Charlie Yeung

Votes: 20,125

33. Versus (II) (2000)

R | 119 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Tak Sakaguchi, Hideo Sakaki, Chieko Misaka, Kenji Matsuda

Votes: 11,784

34. 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 »

Director: Chi-Leung Law | Stars: Kar Yan Lam, Angelica Lee, Andy Chi-On Hui, Raymond Ho-Yin Wong

Votes: 1,676

35. Samaritan Girl (2004)

R | 95 min | Drama

Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates, taking care of the money and making sure the coast is clear. When Jae-Young... See full summary »

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Eol Lee, Ji-min Kwak, Yeo-reum Han, Hyun-min Kwon

Votes: 12,186

36. Shi gan (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

73 Metascore

To save her relationship, a woman puts herself through extensive plastic surgery.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Ji-Yeon Park, Jun-yeong Jang, Gyu-Woon Jung

Votes: 10,850 | Gross: $0.01M

37. Joint Security Area (2000)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 ... See full summary »

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Byung-Hun Lee, Kang-ho Song, Tae-woo Kim

Votes: 22,570

38. Sin-de-rel-la (2006)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The daughter of a plastic surgeon experiences strange events that seem to be connected her childhood.

Director: Man-dae Bong | Stars: Ah-yung Ahn, Gyu-ryun Ahn, Ji-won Do, So-min Jeon

Votes: 1,216

39. One Last Dance (2006)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

An assassin is hired to kill the men responsible for kidnapping an important man's son. With every death, the killer gets closer to the last kidnapper's name.

Director: Max Makowski | Stars: Francis Ng, Lung Ti, Vivian Hsu, Joseph Quek

Votes: 552

40. Gosa (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

Advanced students who take a special class are being tortured by their class rank.

Director: Hong-Seung Yoon | Stars: In-sook Choi, Da-Geon, Hahm Eun-Jung, Sung Jin

Votes: 1,912

41. Mi-in-do (2008)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Romance

Born to a family of established court painters, a woman is forced to carry on her family name and take over her brother's life after he commits suicide.

Director: Yun-su Jeon | Stars: Gyu-ri Kim, Yeong-ho Kim, Nam-gil Kim, Ja-Hyeon Chu

Votes: 510

42. Wu xia Liang Zhu (2008)

Not Rated | 102 min | Action, Romance

Zhu Yanzhi (Charlene Choi), disguised as a man, seeks to learn martial arts with an elite clan. Once she begins her intense training, Zhu finds herself at odds with her trainer and superior, Liang (Chun Wu).

Director: Jingle Ma | Stars: Charlene Choi, Chun Wu, Ge Hu, Siu-Wong Fan

Votes: 356

43. Air Doll (2009)

Unrated | 125 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

64 Metascore

A life-size blow-up doll develops a soul and falls in love with a video store clerk.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Doona Bae, Arata Iura, Itsuji Itao, Joe Odagiri

Votes: 5,089

44. 10-eok (2009)

114 min | Thriller

Eight young people try to survive a deadly game show for the million-dollar prize.

Director: Min-ho Cho | Stars: Jae-ho Baek, Seo-wu Choi, Seo-eun Han, Matt Hodgkinson

Votes: 409

45. Da wu sheng (2011)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

The story of two brothers' quest for fame, love and revenge in the heyday of Shanghai opera.

Director: Xiaosong Gao | Stars: Chun Wu, Geng Han, Barbie Hsu, Louis Liu

Votes: 409

46. Attack on the Pin-Up Boys (2007)

G | 81 min | Comedy

After the unusual attack (tossing of a bag of feces) on a school 'flower boy' (heartthrob or pretty boy), Sungmin, on February 14, the same attacks begin to happen at different high schools... See full summary »

Director: Kwon Lee | Stars: Ki-bum Kim, Dong-hae Lee, Hee-chul Kim, Young-woon Kim

Votes: 220

47. Ah-ga-ssi (2016)

Not Rated | 144 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

84 Metascore

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-Woong Cho, So-Ri Moon

Votes: 67,766 | Gross: $2.01M



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