East and Southeast Asian documentaries

A list of the most significant documentaries made since the beginning of cinema in East and Southeast Asia. The list is incomplete, some of them are not on Letterboxd and there are too many movies from Japan (that’s my fault!). You can read the complete database, the descriptions and the reasons behind this list here.
Feel free to add some documentaries, but please remember this is a list of the most important/significant documentaries in the area, not of your favourites. Thank you.

  • Fighting Soldiers
  • Children in the Classroom
  • Children Who Draw
  • The Weavers of Nishijin
  • Record of a Marathon Runner
  • Summer in Sanrizuka
  • Sanrizuka - Heta Village
  • A.K.A. Serial Killer
  • Minamata: The Victims and Their World
  • The Shiranui Sea
  • Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974
  • God Speed You! Black Emperor
  • The Cherry Tree with Gray Blossoms
  • Turumba
  • Oliver
  • Revolutions Happen Like Refrains in a Song
  • Magino Village: A Tale
  • Bumming in Beijing: The Last Dreamers
  • The Murmuring
  • Habitual Sadness
  • My Own Breathing
  • Quitting
  • DV China
  • The Big Durian
  • Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks
  • S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine
  • Memories of Agano
  • Dear Pyongyang
  • Oxhide
  • Oxhide II
  • The Heavenly Kings
  • 24 City
  • An Investigation on the Night That Won't Forget
  • Disorder
  • Last Train Home
  • Behind the Camera
  • Arirang
  • Golden Slumbers
  • Ex Press
  • No Man's Zone
  • The Act of Killing
  • The Look of Silence
  • War Is a Tender Thing
  • Storm Children, Book One
  • ARAGANE
  • City of Jade
  • Jade Miners