Why I Love East Asian Cinema

An ever-expanding list of noteworthy live action East Asian films (including documentaries) that I both deeply appreciate and strongly recommend. Sorted by release date.

  • Rashomon
  • The Idiot
  • Ugetsu
  • Sansho the Bailiff
  • Woman of Rumor
  • The Crucified Lovers
  • Forever a Woman
  • Flowing
  • Throne of Blood
  • Untamed Woman
  • The Ballad of Narayama
  • The Ghost of Yotsuya
  • When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
  • The Bad Sleep Well
  • The Housemaid
  • The Other Woman
  • An Actor's Revenge
  • High and Low
  • Yearning
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • The Scarlet Camellia
  • Red Beard
  • Moment of Terror
  • The Face of Another
  • Two in the Shadow
  • Funeral Parade of Roses
  • Demons
  • Lady Snowblood
  • Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees
  • The Lady Is the Boss
  • Ran
  • The Inspector Wears Skirts
  • Raise the Red Lantern
  • Farewell My Concubine
  • To Live
  • Without Memory
  • Cure
  • The Quiet Family
  • The Foul King
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Battle Royale
  • Shaolin Soccer
  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
  • Hero
  • Oasis
  • Infernal Affairs
  • A Tale of Two Sisters
  • Oldboy
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • Nobody Knows
  • House of Flying Daggers
  • 3-Iron
  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
  • Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
  • King and the Clown
  • Curse of the Golden Flower
  • Lost in Beijing
  • Lust, Caution
  • In Love We Trust
  • Beautiful
  • Still Walking
  • Treeless Mountain
  • My Dear Enemy
  • Tokyo Sonata
  • Breathless
  • Ip Man
  • A Brand New Life
  • Poetry
  • Cold Fish
  • Confessions
  • The Man from Nowhere
  • I Saw the Devil
  • 13 Assassins
  • The Recorder Exam
  • Nameless Gangster
  • Helpless
  • Helter Skelter
  • Confession of Murder
  • Moebius
  • Like Father, Like Son
  • The Terror Live
  • Sprout
  • Han Gong-ju
  • Bitter, Sweet, Seoul
  • Melo
  • Coming Home
  • A Hard Day
  • My Love, Don't Cross That River
  • Coin Locker Girl
  • Alice in Earnestland
  • Save My Seoul
  • The Bacchus Lady
  • The World of Us
  • The Wailing
  • Train to Busan
  • The Handmaiden
  • Soul Mate
  • Derailed
  • Close-Knit