Asian Cinema: Essential Viewing

If your New Year's Resolution is to watch more Asian Films or you just simply want to find Asian Films to watch, this list is dedicated to you! This is my personal list of Asian Films I deemed necessary for general viewing. Enjoy!

Check notes to see the country and director.

I obviously have not seen all the Asian Films out there and I admit I need to see more films from the Middle East, so feel free to comment down suggestions

Also comment down below how many films you’ve seen from this list!

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  • Yi Yi
  • Election
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Love Exposure
  • The Housemaid
  • Pyaasa
  • Throne of Blood
  • A City of Sadness
  • Batch '81
  • Vive L'Amour
  • Days of Being Wild
  • Kagemusha
  • Hard Boiled
  • Fist of Legend
  • Once Upon a Time in China
  • Sholay
  • Swing Kids
  • House
  • Millennium Mambo
  • Dersu Uzala
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • What Time Is It There?
  • Manila by Night
  • House of Flying Daggers
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • To Live
  • Manila in the Claws of Light
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Eat Drink Man Woman
  • Flowers of Shanghai
  • Not One Less
  • Ichi the Killer
  • Taste of Cherry
  • The Handmaiden
  • Weighed But Found Wanting
  • The Story of Qiu Ju
  • The Wind Will Carry Us
  • Cyclo
  • Godzilla
  • Police Story 2
  • Audition
  • Shaolin Soccer
  • Lust, Caution
  • Dangal
  • Suzhou River
  • Police Story
  • Jodhaa Akbar
  • Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
  • The Stranger
  • One Cut of the Dead
  • Paprika
  • 3 Idiots
  • Taare Zameen Par
  • Cleaners
  • Yojimbo
  • Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior
  • The Host
  • Dragon Inn
  • Mother
  • Memories of Murder
  • Happy Old Year
  • Mondomanila, or: How I Fixed My Hair After a Rather Long Journey
  • A Bittersweet Life
  • Ode to Nothing
  • Bad Genius
  • Train to Busan
  • Silenced
  • The Woman Who Ran
  • Hope
  • Rashomon
  • The World of Us
  • Close-Up
  • Chungking Express
  • Maborosi
  • Minari
  • Fallen Angels
  • In the Realm of the Senses
  • Through the Olive Trees
  • Still Walking
  • Parasite
  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn
  • Our Little Sister
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Tropical Malady
  • Why Don't You Play in Hell?
  • Ip Man 3
  • Terrorizers
  • Shoplifters
  • Kumbalangi Nights
  • Infernal Affairs
  • Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1
  • Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2
  • The Hero
  • Life, and Nothing More...
  • Kaili Blues
  • Norte, the End of History
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Farewell My Concubine
  • The Third Wife
  • Poetry