Movies about Asia

Movies about Asia
List of the best movies about Asia, selected by visitors to our site: Tomb Raider, 1898: Our Last Men in the Philippines, Under the Hawthorn Tree, Mile 22, Departures, Curse of the Golden Flower, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, Apocalypse Now, Kung Fu Hustle, The Housemaid.

In the top there are new films of 2019, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Genre
Country
Tomb Raider (2018)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, fantasy, adventure
CountryUnited Kingdom, Japan, USA
Duration02:11

Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.

1898: Our Last Men in the Philippines (2016)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, military, history
CountrySpain

The Philippines, 1898. Fifty Spanish soldiers arrive in the small village of Baler to rebuild an outpost. Although the war against the Filipinos and their American allies is almost lost, as is the Spanish Empire, the garrison will endure a cruel siege for eleven months. They will be the last to surrender.

Under the Hawthorn Tree (2010)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryChina
Duration01:54

The daughter of a right-winger, schoolgirl Jing Qiu (Zhou Dong-Yu) is sent to the countryside for reeducation, and tasked to help write a textbook. There she meets Lao San (Shawn Dou), a young soldier with a bright future ahead. Despite the class divide and parental disapproval, romance blooms against turbulent times.

Mile 22 (2018)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller
CountryUSA, China, Colombia
Duration02:33

An elite group of American operatives, aided by a top-secret tactical command team, must transport an asset who holds life-threatening information to an extraction point 22 miles away through the hostile streets of an Asian city.

Departures (2008)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, music
CountryJapan
Duration02:10

Daigo, a cellist, is laid off from his orchestra and moves with his wife back to his small hometown where the living is cheaper. Thinking he’s applying for a job at a travel agency he finds he’s being interviewed for work with departures of a more permanent nature – as an undertaker’s assistant.

Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration01:54

During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama
CountryJapan, United Kingdom
Duration02:08

An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.

Apocalypse Now (1979)
Markimdb: 8.5
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration03:14

At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, comedy
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration01:39

Set in Canton, China in the 1940s, the story revolves in a town ruled by the Axe Gang, Sing who desperately wants to become a member. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. Sing's actions eventually cause the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in an explosive kung-fu battle. Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung-fu master of all.

The Housemaid (2010)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:47

A man's affair with his family's housemaid leads to a dark consequences. Eun-yi is hired as an au pair for Hae-ra (pregnant with twins) and her rich husband Hoon. Eun-yi's primary task is watching the couple's young daughter, Nami. Eun-yi is eager to connect to Nami, who gradually warms to her. Hoon begins to secretly flirt with Eun-yi, enticing her with glasses of wine and his piano playing, and they eventually begin a sexual relationship. Despite the affair, Eun-yi is still warm and friendly to Hoon's oblivious wife, Hae-ra. She even expresses enthusiasm and delight at the progress of Hae-ra's pregnancy.

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Lust, Caution (2007)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, military, history
CountryTaiwan, USA, Hong Kong, China
Duration02:37

During World War II a secret agent must seduce, then assassinate an official who works for the Japanese puppet government in Shanghai. Her mission becomes clouded when she finds herself falling in love with the man she is assigned to kill.

Blood Brothers (2007)
Markimdb: 5.5
Genreaction, drama
CountryHong Kong, Taiwan, China

Fung (Daniel Wu) and his best friends, brothers Kang (Liu Ye) and Hu (Tony Yang), leave the countryside together to make it big in Shanghai. Things aren't so easy in the city, however, and the brothers stumble and toil until opportunity brings them to Club Paradise and ruthless mob boss Hong (Sun Honglei). While Kang embraces his newfound power in the Shanghai triad, Fung and Hu are less comfortable with the crime and violence, sending the brothers slowly but surely down opposite paths. Fung falls for Hong's woman, sassy nightclub singer Lulu (Shu Qi) who is also involved with Hong's top henchman Mark (Chang Chen). When Hong catches scent of the betrayal, he sends Kang to finish off business, leading the brothers to meet at gunpoint on a cold Shanghai night. Set in Shanghai during the 1930s, the story is inspired by John Woo's classic work Bullet in the Head, released in 1990.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryTaiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China
Duration02:00

Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.

Hisss (2010)
Markimdb: 2.9
Genrehorror, thriller, comedy, drama
CountryIndia, USA
Duration01:38

Based on the Far Eastern myth of the snake woman who is able to take on human form.

Drug War (2012)
Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration01:47

The taciturn police commander Zhang leads an undercover drugs team and in his continuous battle against the ubiquitous drug barons, takes up arms against his arch enemy, Timmy Choi. When he gets hold of Choi, he makes a deal with him: in exchange for his life (in China you can get the death penalty for producing only 50 grams of drugs) the young criminal will help the police infiltrate a sizeable drug network.

The Wolverine (2013)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Japan
Duration02:06

Wolverine faces his ultimate nemesis - and tests of his physical, emotional, and mortal limits - in a life-changing voyage to modern-day Japan.

Attrition (2018)
Markimdb: 4.2
Genreaction, thriller, adventure, crime
CountryThailand, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, USA

When a Thai girl with mythical powers goes missing, Axe and his old team unite in attempts to bring her back.

Midnight's Children (2012)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama
CountryCanada, United Kingdom, USA, India
Duration02:26

The story of a pair of children born within moments of India gaining independence from England, growing up in the country that is nothing like their parent's generation. A Canadian-British film adaptation of Salman Rushdie's novel of the same name.

The Grandmaster (2013)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military, biography
CountryHong Kong, China
Duration02:03

Ip Man's peaceful life in Foshan changes after Gong Yutian seeks an heir for his family in Southern China. Ip Man then meets Gong Er who challenges him for the sake of regaining her family's honor. After the Second Sino-Japanese War, Ip Man moves to Hong Kong and struggles to provide for his family. In the mean time, Gong Er chooses the path of vengeance after her father was killed by Ma San.

Rogue Trader (1999)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:41

Rogue Trader tells the true story of Nick Leeson, an employee of Barings Bank who--after a successful trading run--ends up accumulating $1.4 billion in losses hidden in account #88888.

The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti (2010)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA
Duration00:45

Featuring ten-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater, The Ultimate Wave follows a quest to find the perfect wave-riding experience. Filmed in Tahiti and among the islands of French Polynesia, the film showcases dramatic giant screen surfing action in a unique Pacific paradise.

The Interview (2014)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, comedy
CountryUSA
Duration01:52

Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight". When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama, history
CountryChina, USA
Duration02:00

A story set in 19th century China and centered on the lifelong friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid cultural norms imposed on women.

The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama
CountryJapan

In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he/she would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the mountain. But first she must make sure that her eldest son Tatsuhei finds a wife.

An Inspector Calls (2015)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryUSA

An unexpected inspector drops by a lavish party of a notable family in order to investigate the suicide of a pregnant girl. This breaks the joy and peace of the party which is meant to celebrate a couple's engagement. Every one claims that he does not know the girl. However, the inspector does find something suspicious there with the help of a diary book and a photo. Astonishing truth is gradually revealed - six of the noble family members are closely related to the girl’s death.

Hot Summer Days (2010)
Markimdb: 6
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryChina, Hong Kong, USA
Duration01:33

In "Hot Summer Days" a hot summer heat wave engulfs the Chinese territory, while the movie covers the lives of various characters during that time. There's chaffeur Wah who tries to woo foot masseur Li Yan via text messages, air conditioner repairman Ah Wai interested in biker girl Ding Dong, a master sushi chef who spurns the love of writer Wasabi, country hick Da Fu who tries to impress teddy bear factory worker Xiao Qi Angela Baby by standing out in the hot noon sun for 100 days, & photographer Leslie Guan & assistant attempting to track down a woman who they believed cursed the photographer into blindness ...

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA
Duration01:31

Ai Weiwei is known for many things – great architecture, subversive in-your-face art, and political activism. He has also called for greater transparency on the part of the Chinese state. Director Alison Klayman chronicles the complexities of Ai’s life for three years, beginning with his rise to public prominence via blog and Twitter after he questioned the deaths of more than 5,000 students in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The record continues through his widely publicized arrest in Beijing in April of 2011. As Ai prepares various works of art for major international exhibitions, his activism heats up, and his run-ins with China’s authorities become more and more frequent.

Shanghai (2010)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, detective, military
CountryChina, USA
Duration01:43

An American man returns to a corrupt, Japanese-occupied Shanghai four months before Pearl Harbor and discovers his friend has been killed. While he unravels the mysteries of the death, he falls in love and discovers a much larger secret that his own government is hiding.

Skin Trade (2014)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryThailand, Canada, USA
Duration01:36

After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests. NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network.

Emperor (2012)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, military, history
CountryJapan, USA
Duration01:45

As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.




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