Movies and TV shows set in asia

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in asia ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, stylized, captivating, atmospheric and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with rivalry, runaway, storytelling, culture clash, violence, mentor, betrayal, vengeance, dialogue and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Action and Romance genres shot in USA, Japan, South Korea and other countries.
asia movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as asia: Indochine (1992), Bangkok Dangerous (2008), Moon Child (2003), Harakiri (1962), Marco Polo (2014), Boys Over Flowers (2009), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), White Sun of the Desert (1970), I Saw the Devil (2010), Bangkok Hilton (1989).

List of movies set in asia

Indochine (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: France
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The story starts in the 1930s at one of the largest rubber-tree plantations in Indochine (Vietnam). This plantation is owned by the French colonist Eliane, a proud woman who lives with her father and her native adoptive daughter Camille. She ...
Style: serious, epic, sentimental, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: fall in love, adoption, arranged marriage, navy, communism, cabaret, love triangle, naval officer, communist, interracial relations, love and romance, police corruption ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 1930s, 20th century, 50s ...
Place: asia, vietnam, france, europe, saigon ...
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Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When carrying out a hit, assassin Joe (Cage) always makes use of the knowledge of the local population. On arriving in Bangkok, Joe meets street kid Kong and he becomes his primary aide. But when Kong is nearly killed, he asks Joe to train him up in ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, suspense, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, assassination, betrayal, danger, redemption, crimes, criminal heroes, mafia, lone wolves, gunshot, assassin, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, thailand, bangkok thailand
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Moon Child (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: MOON CHILD follows a group of childhood friends as they advance in a futuristic criminal underworld. Sho feels he is doomed to walk in his idol Kei's footsteps as a vampire with the gift of eternal life and the curse of blood thirst. Over time, ...
Style: serious, stylized, suspenseful, multicultural
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vampire, gang, vengeance, gays and lesbians, crimes, deadly, gangsters, friendship, rivalry, danger, supernatural, romantic rivalry ...
Time: future
Place: asia, japan, china
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Harakiri (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peace in 17th-century Japan causes the Shogunate's breakup of warrior clans, throwing thousands of samurai out of work and into poverty. An honorable end to such fate under the samurai code is ritual suicide, or hara-kiri.
Style: bleak, talky, tense, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, seppuku, ronin, vengeance, in-laws, heroes, life is a bitch, down on your luck, hypocrisy ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
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Marco Polo (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: An epic adventure that follows the early years of the famous explorer as he travels the exotic Silk Road to the great Kublai Khan’s court. But Marco soon finds that navigating the Khan’s world of greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry will ...
Style: exciting, captivating, atmospheric, serious, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: forbidden love, royal family, martial arts, strong sexual content, explorer, danger, intrigue, culture clash, escapades, adventure, rivalry, royal court ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, china, mongolia, beijing china, venice
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Boys Over Flowers (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 min.
Story: A working class girl winds up at an exclusive prep school. Unassuming high school girl Jan Di stands up to -- and eventually falls for -- a spoiled rich kid who belongs to the school's most powerfu clique.
Style: touching, sentimental, romantic, social realism, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, teen drama, date night
Plot: opposites attract, cinderella story, teenage love, high school life, romance, high school, love triangle, teenage life, friendship, social differences, school, family disapproval ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 124 min.
Story: British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways as the residents find new purpose ...
Style: feel good, uplifting, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: elderly, hotel, loneliness, aging, marital problem, golden years, retirement home, self discovery, personal growth, choice, introspection, goodhearted ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, england, california
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White Sun of the Desert (1970)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The setting is the east shore of the Caspian Sea (today's Turkmenistan) where the Red Army soldier Fyodor Sukhov has been fighting the Civil War in Russian Asia for a number of years. After being hospitalised and then demobbed, he sets off home ...
Style: serious, exciting, sincere, entertaining
Plot: desert, civil war, leadership, culture clash, red army, soldier, heroes, heroic mission, adventure, society, justice, homesickness ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: asia, russia, soviet union
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I Saw the Devil (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have chased him for a long time, ...
Style: tense, psychological, serious, bleak, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, vengeance, psychopath, violence, loss of spouse, revenge, crime and punishment, track down, cat and mouse, mercilessness, extreme violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, south korea, korea
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Bangkok Hilton (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 240 min.
Story: The story of Kat Stanton (Kidman), an Australian woman searching for her father who, whilst travelling back from London to Australia via Thailand, makes friends with Arkie Ragan (Ehlers), a photographer. Kat is tricked into carrying some luggage ...
Style: serious, rough, disturbing, realistic
Plot: prison, false accusation, heroin, smuggling, betrayal, prison life, interracial relations, injustice, escape, father, life is a bitch, destiny ...
Time: 80s
Place: thailand, asia, england, australia, london ...
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Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A sweeping romantic epic set in Japan in the years before World War II, a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house.
Style: sentimental, serious, sexy, realistic, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, rivalry, mentor, geisha, brothel, cinderella story, women, social differences, uninhibited rivalry, unfulfilled love, destiny, rise to the top ...
Time: 30s, 20s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When the Valley of Peace is threatened, lazy Po the panda discovers his destiny as the "chosen one" and trains to become a kung fu hero, but transforming the unsleek slacker into a brave warrior won't be easy. It's up to Master ...
Style: feel good, humorous, entertaining, inspirational, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: mentor, kung fu, martial arts, chosen one, goofy hero, transformation, warrior, good versus evil, adventure, family, monkey, snake ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china
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Drunken Master (1978)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Jackie Chan stars as Wong Fei-Hung, whose mischievous antics land him in hot water. Having tolerated enough of his son's mishaps, Fei-Hung's dad enlists his sadistic uncle, who specializes in drunken-style kung fu, to teach the lad some ...
Style: humorous, exciting, entertaining, funny, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, master, undisciplined, rivalry, drinking, fighting style, battle, discipline, alcoholic, troublemaker, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century
Place: asia, china, hong kong, tokyo
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Beautiful Boxer (2004)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Thailand
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the true life story of a Thai who wishes to have a sex change operation to become a woman. to pay for this he enters the brutal world of Thai boxing, un-nerving his opponents by performing a makeup application ritual before each fight.
Style: touching, serious, captivating, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: transvestism, transsexual, martial arts, buddhist monk, gays and lesbians, friendship, boxing, gay, gender, desire, lifestyle, ambition ...
Time: contemporary
Place: thailand, asia, japan, california
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Golgo 13 (1977)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Japan, Hong Kong
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Duke Togo (codename: Golgo 13) is a ruthless assassin who's accepted a tricky assignment from an American drug syndicate. His mission is to "rub out" Hong Kong's underworld kingpin. His main obstacle is the relentless Detective ...
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, hitman, assassination, karate, sniper, assassin, rifle, government agency, gangsters, dishonesty, rivalry, danger ...
Time: 70s
Place: hong kong, asia
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Shogun (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 60 min.
Story: An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.
Style: epic, atmospheric, twists and turns, stylized, serious ...
Plot: samurai, intrigue, battles, leadership, interracial relations, dignity, society, social differences, culture clash, emperor, danger, betrayal ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: asia, japan, portugal
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Volunteers (1985)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Lawrence is a rich kid with a bad accent and a large debt. After his father refuses to help him out, Lawrence escapes his angry debtors by jumping on a Peace Corp flight to Southeast Asia, where he is assigned to build a bridge for the local ...
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious, gag humor ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: gambling, village, brainwashing, wealth, cia, communist, bridge, debt, cold war, communism, chase, jungle ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: thailand, asia, yale university, southeast asia, new york
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You Only Live Twice (1967)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A mysterious space craft kidnaps a Russian and American space capsule and brings the world on the verge of another World War. James Bond investigates the case in Japan and meets with his archenemy Blofeld. The fifth film from the legendary James ...
Style: exciting, witty, suspenseful, semi serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret service, nasa, helicopter, espionage, assassin, island, world domination, faked death, good versus evil, astronaut, undercover, secret organization ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: russia, asia, japan, hong kong, england ...
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To Love-Ru (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Story: To Love-Ru is a Japanese manga series written by Saki Hasemi, and illustrated by Kentaro Yabuki, creator of Black Cat. The manga was serialized in Shueisha's manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump between April 24, 2006 and August 31, 2009; 18 ...
Style: exciting, humorous, captivating, romantic, semi serious
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, school, alien encounter, youth, benign alien, love and romance, romance, space and aliens, high school, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, harem
Place: asia, japan
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A Frozen Flower (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard. Under the dominance of Yuan Dynasty China, the king of Goryeo Dynasty Korea is pressured to produce a successor to the throne. Unable to ...
Style: sexual, serious, stylized, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: love triangle, gays and lesbians, royal court, adultery, tragedy, gender, political corruption, politics, power relations, palaces castles and temples, throne, intrigue ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, korea
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Lust, Caution (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA, China, Taiwan
Duration: 157 min.
Story: 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.
Style: sexual, captivating, serious, clever, disturbing ...
Plot: resistance, mistress, lust, seduction, cruelty, patriotism, spy, student, rape, escape, neo noir, sexual attraction ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: china, asia, shanghai, hong kong, japan ...
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Crows Zero (2007)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The students of Suzuran High compete for the King of School title. An ex-graduate yakuza is sent to kill the son of a criminal group, but he can't make himself to do it as he reminds him of his youth.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, semi serious, comic, captivating ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gang war, gang, high school, rivalry, crime, youth, fistfight, friendship, high school life, uninhibited rivalry, gangsters, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, japan
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Anna and the King (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The story of the romance between the King of Siam (now Thailand) and the widowed British school teacher Anna Leonowens during the 1860s. Anna teaches the children and becomes romanced by the King. She convinces him that a man can be loved by just ...
Style: serious, captivating, stylized, emotional, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love and romance, royal family, fall in love, interracial relations, opposites attract, culture clash, politics, forbidden love, royal court, parents and children, couple relations, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: thailand, asia, burma, southeast asia, england
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Resting Place (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A television movie set in Rockville, Georgia, in 1972. Major Kendall Laird, a Survival Assistance Officer, arrives in this sleepy little town with the body of Lieutenant Dwyte Johnson, a Vietnam war hero. It's Laird's job to help ...
Style: sincere, talky, realistic, serious
Plot: racism, vietnam war, parents and children, military, military life, war, interracial relations, investigation, racial injustice, mysterious death, death of son, war hero ...
Time: year 1972
Place: asia, vietnam, georgia
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The Stone Council (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In France, the single translator Diane Siprien adopts an Asian baby named Liu-San in a foundation directed by Sybille Weber. Years later, a weird mark appears on the boy's chest and Diane and Liu share their dreadful nightmares. Diane is ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, entertaining, captivating
Plot: adoption, translator, curses spells and rituals, mysterious character, child in peril, murder, scientist, adopted son, police, deadly, danger, blood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, mongolia, europe, france, siberia
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The Accidental Spy (2001)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A fun-filled story about an ordinary guy about to kick into an action-packed adventure. Jackie Chan plays a bored and unsuccessful salesman who never thought his life would amount to anything. All that changes one day when he becomes an instant hero ...
Style: suspenseful, humorous, exciting, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, amateur detective, heroic mission, goofy hero, adventure, private detective, espionage, good versus evil, kung fu classic, organized crime, one man army, robbery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, korea, china, hong kong, turkey ...
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When 17-year-old Makoto Konno gains the ability to, quite literally, "leap" backwards through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realises that changing the past ...
Style: touching, twists and turns, humorous, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, friendship, changing the past or future, school, supernatural ability, student, teenage love, teenage girl, supernatural, high school, love, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: tokyo, asia, japan
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New World (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An undercover cop has his loyalties tested when the boss of the corporate gang he's spent years infiltrating dies.
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, brutal, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover cop, criminal gang, gangsters, moral dilemma, betrayal, mind game, working undercover, neo-noir, police chief, rivalry, crimes, group of criminals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
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Only God Forgives (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, France, USA, Sweden, Belgium
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Julian, who runs a Thai boxing club as a front organization for his family's drug smuggling operation, is forced by his mother Jenna to find and kill the individual responsible for his brother's recent death.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, disturbing, brutal, suspenseful ...
Plot: vengeance, punishment, owner, loss of son, family relations, criminal heroes, neo-noir, violence, surrealism, neo noir, domineering mother, police officer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia, bangkok thailand
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Tropical Malady (2004)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Thailand, France, Germany, Italy
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A romance between a soldier and country boy splinters into a mythical venture based on Thai folklore.
Style: serious, atmospheric, psychological, surreal, suspense ...
Plot: jungle, ghost, shaman, danger, human nature, love and romance, gay relationship, homosexuality, storytelling, friendship, tiger, gender ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: thailand, asia, bangkok thailand
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