EntertainmentTrailers: Here’s Your Ultimate Guide to Asian Movies on Netflix!

It’s time to go beyond Hollywood & discover hidden gems in Asian cinemas on Netflix.
Nour RaafatApril 29, 20213289110 min

Have you been scrolling through Netflix for hours looking for a movie to watch and it was all in vain? Or are you tired of watching English movies with the same plot over and over again? Either way, you should follow the advice of Bong Joon Ho, the South Korean director whose movie, Parasite, made history in Oscars 2020 by becoming the first foreign movie to win Best Picture: “Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”

We’ve curated some Asian Movies you should add next to your watchlist:

1. Forgotten (South Korea – 2017):

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
Netflix Synopsis: When his abducted brother returns seemingly a different man with no memory of the past 19 days, Jin-seok chases after the truth behind kidnapping.

2. Dukhtar (Pakistan – 2014):

Genre: Drama, Thriller
IMDb Rating: 7.0/10
Netflix Synopsis: A young mother embarks on a desperate quest for freedom when she kidnaps her 10-year-old daughter to save her from a tribal marriage.

3. Us and Them (China – 2018):

Genre: Drama, Romance
IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
Netflix Synopsis: Two strangers meet on a train and form a bond that evolves over the years. After a separation, they reconnect and reflect on their love for each other.

4. Wadjda (KSA -2012):

Genre: Comedy, Drama
IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
Netflix Synopsis: A persistent 10-year-old wishes for a new bicycle so she can beat her friend (a boy) in a race. But it’s going to take some ingenuity to get one.

5. Happy Old Year (Thailand – 2019):

Genre: Drama, Romance
IMDb Rating: 7.3/10
Netflix Synopsis: While decluttering her home, a woman’s hefty house renovation leads her back to the past when she uncovers her ex-boyfriend’s belongings.

6. Kartini: Princess of Java (Indonesia – 2017):

Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
IMDb Rating: 7.7/10
Netflix Synopsis: A woman of nobility battles patriarchal norms in order to improve educational access for women in early 1900s Indonesian society.

7. First They Killed My Father (Cambodia – 2017):

Genre: Biography, Drama, History
IMDb Rating: 7.2/10
Netflix Synopsis: A 5-year-old girl embarks on a harrowing quest for survival amid the sudden rise and terrifying reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

8. Kalel, 15 (Philippines – 2015):

Genre: Drama
IMDb Rating: 7.3/10
Netflix Synopsis: Surrounded by tensions and secrets, a teenage searches for validation and navigates life with a dysfunctional family following an HIV diagnosis.

9. A Sun (Taiwan – 2019):

Genre: Crime, Drama
IMDb Rating: 7.6/10
Netflix Synopsis: A family reckons with the aftermath of their younger son’s incarceration and a greater misfortune that follows.

10. SONI (India – 2018):

Genre: Crime, Drama
IMDb Ratings: 7.2/10
Netflix Synopsis: While fighting crimes against women in Delhi, a short-fused policewoman and her level-headed female boss grapple with gender issues in their own lives.

11. 37 Seconds (Japan – 2019):

Genre: Drama
IMDb Rating: 7.3/10
Netflix Synopsis: Trapped by society and familial obligations, a young manga artist goes on an unconventional journey for sexual freedom and personal liberation.

12. Mukhsin (Malaysia – 2006):

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
IMDb Rating: 7.2/10
Netflix Synopsis: When young Mukhsin arrives in a new town, 10-year-old tomboy Orked adopts him as her new best friend, and the two develop a touching friendship that begins to spill over into inklings of first love.

And in case you’re already bored with watching movies and want some realistic depictions, here is a few Asian documentaries you can also watch:

13. Shirkers (Singapore – 2018):

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
Netflix Synopsis: In 1992, Sandi Tan and her friends shot a quirky film on the streets of Singapore. Then the footage disappeared, sending her on a hunt for answers.

14. Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower (Hong Kong – 2017):

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10
Netflix Synopsis: Mobilized by teenage activist Joshua Wong, young citizens of Hong Kong take to the streets in a bid to preserve their history of autonomy from China.

15. Little Miss Sumo (Japan – 2018):

IMDb Rating: 6.7/10
Netflix Synopsis: In an ancient sport traditionally reserved for men, 20-year-old female sumo prodigy Hiyori attempts to revolutionize Japan’s national pastime.

16. Period. End of Sentence (India – 2018):

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
Netflix Synopsis: In rural India, where the stigma of menstruation persists, women make low-cost sanitary pads on a new machine and stride toward financial independence.

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Nour Raafat

Studying mass communication by day, having tea with Murakami by night. Nour goes back and forth between Cairo and Dubai which makes her curious about the diverse cultures in the world!

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