Asian movies to watch

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1. The Great Wall (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

42 Metascore

European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau

Votes: 102,225 | Gross: $45.54M

2. Kung Fu Yoga (2017)

Not Rated | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

50 Metascore

Two professors team up to locate a lost treasure and embark on an adventure that takes them from a Tibetan ice cave to Dubai to a mountain temple in India.

Director: Stanley Tong | Stars: Jackie Chan, Disha Patani, Amyra Dastur, Aarif Rahman

Votes: 6,652 | Gross: $0.36M

3. Chui lung (2017)

128 min | Action, Biography, Crime

An illegal immigrant from Mainland China sneaks into corrupt British-colonized Hong Kong in 1963, transforming himself into a ruthless and emerging drug lord.

Directors: Jason Kwan, Jing Wong, Aman Chang | Stars: Donnie Yen, Andy Lau, Philip Keung, Wilfred Lau

Votes: 2,444 | Gross: $0.46M

4. Bleeding Steel (2017)

R | 109 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

43 Metascore

A special force agent is assigned to protect a scientist and his creation from a sinister gang.

Director: Leo Zhang | Stars: Jackie Chan, Show Lo, Na-Na OuYang, Erica Xia-Hou

Votes: 4,520

5. Railroad Tigers (2016)

Not Rated | 124 min | Action, Comedy, War

47 Metascore

A railroad worker in China in 1941 leads a team of freedom fighters against the Japanese in order to get food for the poor.

Director: Ding Sheng | Stars: Jackie Chan, Jaycee Chan, Zitao Huang, Kai Wang

Votes: 2,858 | Gross: $0.22M

6. The Foreigner (2017)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers' identities.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Katie Leung, Jackie Chan, Rufus Jones, Mark Tandy

Votes: 71,159 | Gross: $34.39M

7. Busanhaeng (2016)

TV-MA | 118 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

72 Metascore

While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon | Stars: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma, Su-an Kim

Votes: 95,052 | Gross: $2.13M

8. Sha po lang 2 (2015)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

While undercover officer Kit is taken prisoner by the syndicate, he befriends his keeper and discovers an organ trafficking ring.

Director: Soi Cheang | Stars: Tony Jaa, Jing Wu, Simon Yam, Jin Zhang

Votes: 4,924

9. Pali Road (2015)

92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

38 Metascore

A young doctor wakes up from a car accident and discovers she is married to another man and living a life she can't remember. Her search for the truth to her past life will lead her to question everyone around her and her entire existence.

Director: Jonathan Lim | Stars: Jackson Rathbone, Sung Kang, Michelle Chen, Henry Ian Cusick

Votes: 4,800

10. Sheng zhe wei wang (2015)

PG-13 | 96 min | Romance

A single woman (Shu Qi) in Shanghai has a mother obsessed with getting her a husband - having her mother's single doctor pushed at her. A handsome young man starts working at her office.

Director: Luo Luo | Stars: Qi Shu, Eddie Peng, Hong Pan, Shih-Chieh King

Votes: 227

11. Our Little Sister (2015)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A story that revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother's home and the arrival of their thirteen-year-old half sister.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose

Votes: 8,493 | Gross: $0.46M

12. The Assassin (2015)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Drama, History

80 Metascore

A female assassin receives a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in eighth-century China.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Yun Zhou, Satoshi Tsumabuki

Votes: 13,422 | Gross: $0.61M

13. Jie jiu Wu xian sheng (2015)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Mr. Wu, a Hong Kong movie star, is kidnapped by four unpredictable criminals disguised as police officers. Will he get rescued?

Director: Ding Sheng | Stars: Andy Lau, Ye Liu, Qianyuan Wang, Ruofu Wu

Votes: 1,766 | Gross: $0.09M

14. Luo pao ba ai qing (2015)

103 min | Comedy, Romance

Wu is a poor local boy, who runs a bed and breakfast in Penghu. Yeh Fenfen is a rich Chinese girl, who comes from China's Shanxi Province to see the islet that she inherited from her ... See full summary »

Directors: Richie Jen, Andy Luo | Stars: Qi Shu, Richie Jen, Kung-Wei Lu, Lego Lee

Votes: 108

15. The Man with the Iron Fists 2 (2015 Video)

R | 90 min | Action

When a stranger, Thaddeus, is found badly wounded near the village, miner Li Kung and his wife Ah Ni offer him refuge. As he heals, he becomes entrenched in a conflict that pits the ... See full summary »

Director: Roel Reiné | Stars: RZA, Schnitrnunt Busarakamwong, Grace Huang, Andrew Lin

Votes: 3,393

16. Yi ge ren de wu lin (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Drama

66 Metascore

A martial arts instructor from the police force gets imprisoned after killing a man by accident. But when a vicious killer starts targeting martial arts masters, the instructor offers to help the police in return for his freedom.

Director: Teddy Chan | Stars: Donnie Yen, Baoqiang Wang, Charlie Yeung, Bing Bai

Votes: 8,297 | Gross: $0.13M

17. Zhì qu weihu shan (2014)

Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

61 Metascore

A story focusing on a conflict between a People's Liberation Army squad and a bandit gang in north-east China during the Chinese revolution.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Hanyu Zhang, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Kenny Lin, Nan Yu

Votes: 2,332 | Gross: $0.23M

18. Gui lai (2014)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer recognizes him.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Li Gong, Daoming Chen, Huiwen Zhang, Tao Guo

Votes: 4,284 | Gross: $0.38M

19. Goo waak zai: Hung Hing Sap Saam Mooi (1998)

114 min | Drama

Following Sister Thirteen, from her teenage years, her bisexual love life, to her eventual rise to power as a Triad kingpin within the Hung Hing Society, in this spin-off to the Young & Dangerous series.

Director: Wai Man Yip | Stars: Sandra Kwan Yue Ng, Kristy Yeung, Alex Fong, Yeung-Ming Wan

Votes: 404

20. Man from Reno (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

69 Metascore

A mystery outside of San Francisco brings together small-town sheriff Paul Del Moral, Japanese author Aki Akahori, and a traveler from Reno who soon disappears, leaving behind his suitcase and a trail of questions.

Director: Dave Boyle | Stars: Ayako Fujitani, Pepe Serna, Kazuki Kitamura, Yasuyo Shiba

Votes: 1,591 | Gross: $0.09M

21. E zhan (2014)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime

A laborer moves to Shanghai in the hope of becoming rich. But ends up using his kung fu skills to survive.

Director: Ching-Po Wong | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Andy On, Philip Ng, Kuan Tai Chen

Votes: 1,735

22. Ji zhan (2013)

122 min | Action, Drama

Fai, once a world champion in boxing, escapes to Macau from the loan sharks and unexpectedly encounters Qi, a young chap who is determined to win a boxing match. Fai becomes Qi's mentor and... See full summary »

Director: Dante Lam | Stars: Nick Cheung, Eddie Peng, Ting Mei, Baoqiang Wang

Votes: 2,393

23. Te shu shen fen (2013)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime

47 Metascore

A cop goes undercover in a ruthless underworld organization to stop a gang leader, only to put himself in great danger after being exposed by his former protégé and best friend.

Director: Clarence Yiu-leung Fok | Stars: Donnie Yen, Tian Jing, Andy On, Ronald Cheng

Votes: 3,468

24. The Raid 2 (2014)

R | 150 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

71 Metascore

Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara

Votes: 99,770 | Gross: $2.63M

25. Si ren ding zhi (2013)

118 min | Comedy, Drama

A story centered on a company that grants wishes to people looking for a day away from their ordinary lives.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Baihe Bai, Nathaniel Boyd, Bingkun Cao, Jackie Chan

Votes: 953 | Gross: $0.38M

26. So-won (2013)

122 min | Drama

Tragedy of a 8 year old girl coping with a gruesome rape damaging her internally and affecting emotionally tries to overcome all obstacles that are about to happen in her life aftermath of ... See full summary »

Director: Joon-ik Lee | Stars: Re Lee, Kyung-gu Sol, Ji-won Uhm, Hae-sook Kim

Votes: 3,559

27. Wedding Palace (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

42 Metascore

After being abandoned at the altar, Jason courts the girl of his dreams in cyberspace. When she arrives in LA for their wedding, she turns out to be completely different than expected.

Director: Christine Yoo | Stars: Brian Tee, Hye-jeong Kang, Bobby Lee, Jean Yoon

Votes: 169

28. Journey to the West (2013)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

68 Metascore

Tang Sanzang, an aspiring Buddhist hero tries to protect a village from three demons. He develops complex feelings for Miss Duan, the demon hunter who repeatedly helps him, and finally quests to meet the legendary Monkey King.

Directors: Stephen Chow, Chi-kin Kwok | Stars: Zhang Wen, Qi Shu, Bo Huang, Show Lo

Votes: 10,245 | Gross: $0.02M

29. The Grandmaster (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

73 Metascore

The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Jin Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 27,846 | Gross: $6.59M

30. Nam-ja sa-yong-seol-myeong-seo (2013)

116 min | Comedy, Romance

A messed-up life's woman buys a video tape named 'How To Use Guy with Secret Tips' that will change her life forever.

Director: Wonsuk Lee | Stars: Jeong-se Oh, Yong-Joon Ahn, Seong-woo Bae, Chang-Wook Ji

Votes: 405

31. Ming tian ji de ai shang wo (2013)

104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

A married man begins to question his sexual orientation as he and his wife consider having another child.

Director: Arvin Chen | Stars: Richie Jen, Mavis Fan, Chin-Hang Shih, Kimi Hsia

Votes: 450

32. Fen shou he yue (2013)

101 min | Drama, Romance

High school sweethearts QiaoQiao and Li Xing are about to graduate from university and Li Xing surprises QiaoQiao with a marriage proposal. QiaoQiao, however, declines the proposal, ... See full summary »

Director: Ki-hwan Oh | Stars: Baihe Bai, Eddie Peng, Pace Wu, Jinfu Jiang

Votes: 390

33. Man tam (2013)

130 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A cop is forced into early retirement due to retinal damage. But after witnessing a bank robbery along with a female inspector - who believes he has acute senses - they team up in hope to solve the case.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Tao Guo, Yuanyuan Gao

Votes: 2,486

34. Du zhan (2012)

R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Louis Koo, Honglei Sun, Yi Huang, Michelle Ye

Votes: 8,198 | Gross: $0.13M

35. Hon zin (2012)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

The police department has long been untouchable until tonight when hijackers kidnap 5 highly trained officers. Cryptic messages from the hijackers expose a mole within the task force.

Directors: Lok Man Leung, Kim-Ching Luk | Stars: Aaron Kwok, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Charlie Yeung, Ka Tung Lam

Votes: 3,584

36. The Rocket (2013)

96 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred ... See full summary »

Director: Kim Mordaunt | Stars: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Suthep Po-ngam, Boonsri Yindee

Votes: 2,727

37. 7-beon-bang-ui seon-mul (2013)

127 min | Comedy, Drama

A story about love between a mentally-ill father and his lovingly adorable daughter. Accused of murder and rape, her father's home is prison.

Director: Hwan-kyung Lee | Stars: Seung-ryong Ryu, So Won Kal, Dal-su Oh, Man-sik Jeong

Votes: 10,020

38. Io sono Li (2011)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.

Director: Andrea Segre | Stars: Tao Zhao, Rade Serbedzija, Marco Paolini, Roberto Citran

Votes: 1,507

39. Dragon (2011)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

A papermaker gets involved with a murder case concerning two criminals leading to a determined detective suspecting him and the former's vicious father searching for him

Director: Peter Ho-Sun Chan | Stars: Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Wei Tang, Jia-Min Li

Votes: 12,525 | Gross: $0.01M

40. Tai Chi Zero (2012)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

52 Metascore

Yang travels to Chen Village to learn a powerful form of Tai Chi. Though villagers are forbidden from teaching outsiders, Yang becomes their best hope for survival when a man arrives with a plan to build a railroad through the village.

Director: Stephen Fung | Stars: Hark-On Fung, Xiaochao Yuan, Stephen Fung, Eddie Peng

Votes: 4,478 | Gross: $0.21M

41. Mai wei (2011)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, War

30 Metascore

In World War II-era Korea, rival runners, one Korean (Jang Dong-gun) and one Japanese (Joe Odagiri), go to war together against the Soviets.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Dong-Gun Jang, Joe Odagiri, Bingbing Fan, In-kwon Kim

Votes: 8,847 | Gross: $0.07M

42. Qing mi (2012)

102 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

Hui Bao is an actress rehearsing for a performance in a theater play alongside her boyfriend Nan. Falling sick and being unable to perform in the play, her twin sister Hui Xiang replace her... See full summary »

Director: Miu-Suet Lai | Stars: Shu Chen, Mengmeng Niu, Qi Shu, Meijuan Xi

Votes: 197

43. Love (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama, Romance

Eight people try to end their loneliness by searching for that one person to love, who can make their life complete.

Director: Doze Niu | Stars: Qi Shu, Mark Chao, Wei Zhao, Amber Kuo

Votes: 1,260 | Gross: $0.23M

44. The Front Line (2011)

Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History

59 Metascore

A drama centered on the Korean War's final battle that will determine the border between north and south.

Director: Hun Jang | Stars: Ha-kyun Shin, Soo Go, Seung-su Ryu, Chang-Seok Ko

Votes: 5,088 | Gross: $0.01M

45. Jik zin (2012)

Not Rated | 122 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

32 Metascore

International Security Affairs agent Jon is on a dangerous mission to escort a criminal scientist to another country. En route, a member of his team, Sean, turns out to be a traitor and ... See full summary »

Director: Dante Lam | Stars: Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse, Peng Lin, Bing Bai

Votes: 2,323

46. The Raid: Redemption (2011)

R | 101 min | Action, Thriller

73 Metascore

A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy, Donny Alamsyah

Votes: 168,830 | Gross: $4.11M

47. Jin ling shi san chai (2011)

R | 146 min | Drama, History, Romance