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 serious, realistic, stylized, exciting, captivating and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with rivalry, culture clash, storytelling, dialogue, runaway, murder, danger, brutality, mentor and friendship 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: Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Marco Polo (2014), Bangkok Dangerous (2008), Battle Royale (2000), Moon Child (2003), Anna and the King (1999), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), Boys Over Flowers (2009), Haikyu!! (2014), Harakiri (1962).

List of movies set in asia

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Japan, 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: captivating, sentimental, dramatic, serious, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: geisha, women, brothel, rivalry, japanese culture, mentor, love and romance, older man younger woman relationship, loss of virginity, loss of sister, unfulfilled love, secret love ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 1920s, 30s, 20s ...
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
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Marco Polo (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, epic, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: culture clash, intrigue, rivalry, adventure hero, forbidden love, escapades, danger, martial arts, strong violent content, adventure, royal family, battles ...
Time: middle ages, 13th century
Place: asia, mongolia, china, venice, beijing china
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Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Czech Republic, Thailand
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: rough, suspenseful, intense, stylized, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: hitman, assassination, betrayal, danger, crimes, redemption, criminal heroes, mafia, lone wolves, gunshot, assassin, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: asia, thailand, bangkok thailand
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Battle Royale (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.
Style: bleak, disturbing, twist ending, exciting, futuristic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: game of death, death, cruelty, contests and competitions, desperation, survival, island, future dystopia, survivor, massacre, teacher, captivity ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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: stylized, suspenseful, serious, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vampire, supernatural, gangsters, crimes, friendship, vengeance, danger, deadly, gang, brother sister relationship, husband wife relationship, father daughter relationship ...
Time: future
Place: asia, japan, china
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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: romantic, serious, captivating, stylized, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: fall in love, interracial relations, royal family, culture clash, forbidden love, opposites attract, love and romance, social differences, palace, politics, death sentence, royal court ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
Place: thailand, asia, southeast asia, burma, england
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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: uplifting, feel good, touching, sentimental, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: elderly, loneliness, hotel, golden years, self discovery, retirement home, goodhearted, introspection, life changing experience, aging, choice, marital problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, delhi, england ...
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Boys Over Flowers (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
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, sincere, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night, teen drama, teens, date night
Plot: opposites attract, high school hunk, cinderella story, rich man poor woman, love triangle, teen romance, teenage love, korean, high school, friendship, teenage life, class differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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Haikyu!! (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Shōyō Hinata began playing volleyball after seeing the "small giants" who played the sport when he was in elementary school. He suffers a crushing defeat in his first and last tournament in middle school at the hands of his rival Tobio ...
Style: exciting, captivating, realistic, disturbing, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: volleyball, sport, rivalry, follow your dream, youth, friendship, friends, prodigy, athlete's life, contests and competitions, against the odds, sport team ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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Harakiri (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
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, tense, captivating, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, vengeance, society, rivalry, life is a bitch, hara kiri, sword fight, one against many, japanese culture ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
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No Escape (2015)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Thailand
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.
Style: suspenseful, tense, exciting, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family in danger, survival, rebellion, race against time, family, wrong place wrong time, danger, chaos, coup, execution, american abroad, revolution ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: asia, southeast asia, vietnam, canada, middle east ...
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Lost in Paradise (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Vietnam
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Khoi, a naive twenty-year-old, travels to Ho Chi Minh City from the countryside to begin a new life. It's his first time in the big city and he's looking for a place to live. He befriends Dong, a handsome extrovert who offers to share his ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, prostitute, gay asian, love affair, gay relationship, mentally challenged, pimp, love and romance, gender, friends, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, vietnam, saigon
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I Saw the Devil (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 144 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, unusual plot structure, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, revenge, vengeance, violence, psychopath, extreme violence, beating, sadism, cat and mouse, strong violent content, mercilessness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea
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Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This Japan production spins-off the story of the first Paranormal Activity film by having the ghost from the first film follow a student back to her homeland after a visit to San Diego where she is tragically injured during a car accident. Back home ...
Style: scary, bleak, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: ghost, supernatural, danger, family relations, paranormal activity, graphic violence, nightmare comes true, haunted house, curses spells and rituals, woman in danger, disability, found footage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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Woochi : The Demon Slayer (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Spanning four centuries in Korea, this epic action-adventure concerns a powerful pipe and a trio of wizards who will do anything to protect it.
Style: epic, exciting, humorous, semi serious, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: martial arts, wizards and magicians, adventure, imaginary, heroes, escapades, supernatural, disorder, fish out of water, misfit, time travel, anti heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia
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Guru (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 166 min.
Story: Gurukant Desai hails from Idhar, a small village in Gujarat, but dreams of setting up his own business in Mumbai. After he returns from Turkey, he marries Sujatha for getting the dowry and arrives in Mumbai to start his business. This film ...
Style: captivating, touching, serious, intellectual, realistic ...
Plot: ambition, mogul, society, family relations, research, couples, rise to power, industrialist, idealism, newspaper, visionary, success ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: asia, india, istanbul turkey, mumbai india, turkey
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Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Mafia is rife in America where assassinations are a regular occurrence on the streets. Inferno, a mysterious company, is behind most of these dealings through the use of their near-invincible human weapon, "Phantom." One day, a Japanese ...
Style: serious, exciting, tense, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, crimes, memory loss, danger, teenage life, adventure, escapades, undercover, youth, assassination attempt, attempted murder, group of criminals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, mongolia, america, usa ...
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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Canada, India, USA, Japan, Thailand
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When a teenager, Chun-Li witnesses the kidnapping of her father by wealthy crime lord M. Bison. When she grows up, she goes into a quest for vengeance and becomes the famous crime-fighter of the Street Fighter universe.
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, road movie, captivating ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, danger, good versus evil, revenge, master warrior, street fighter, battles, heroic mission, adventure, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, tough heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: asia, thailand, san francisco, bangkok thailand, hong kong
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Samsara (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: India, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A love story situated in the Himalayas. A Buddhist monk can't choose between life and the way of the Buddha.
Style: philosophical, thought provoking, captivating, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: monk, buddhism, self discovery, human nature, monastery, social differences, culture clash, lifestyle, rich and poor, hopes, society, buddhist monk ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, tibet, himalaya, india
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The Naked Kitchen (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Today is Mo-rae and Sang-in’s one-year wedding anniversary. After a busy morning preparing for the celebration, Mo-rae goes to an art gallery to find a gift for Sang-in. At the gallery, she meets a complete stranger and the two unexpectedly have ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, semi serious, realistic
Plot: love triangle, couple relations, lifestyle, couples, love and romance, romance, restaurant, divorce, infidelity, pregnancy, picnic, cooking and food ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea
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White Sun of the Desert (1970)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, War, Western
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, red army, leadership, culture clash, russian civil war, soldier, husband wife relationship, heroes, society, adventure, justice ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: asia, russia, ussr, soviet union
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Accident (2009)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A self-styled accident choreographer, the Brain is a professional hitman who kills his victims by trapping them in well crafted accidents that look like unfortunate mishaps but are in fact perfectly staged acts of crime. When the teams next ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: perfect crime, hitman, crimes, asian, danger, crime gone awry, master criminal, rivalry, criminal heroes, betrayal, dishonesty, lone wolves ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, year 2008
Place: hong kong, asia
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The Wolverine (2013)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Wolverine faces his ultimate nemesis - and tests of his physical, emotional, and mortal limits - in a life-changing voyage to modern-day Japan.
Style: exciting, stylized, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: immortality, supernatural ability, superhuman powers, superhero, samurai, good versus evil, mutant, sword fight, chase, haunted by the past, fistfight, martial arts ...
Time: year 1945, 2010s, future
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, canada
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Lupin III: Green vs. Red (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 80 min.
Story: When a Lupin impersonator is arrested for shoplifting in Tokyo, dozens of other copycats converge on the city to clear the name of Arsene Lupin III. The real Lupin is in town too, both to watch the show and to steal a mysterious item called the Ice ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, stylized, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heist, missing person, treasure hunt, mysterious character, adventure, partners, gang, crimes, criminal heroes, disorder, uninhibited rivalry, chinese ...
Time: 2000s
Place: asia, tokyo, japan
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Apocalypse Now (1979)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter ...
Style: psychological, bleak, tense, disturbing, epic ...
Plot: anti war, army, vietnam war, military, mission, soldier, losing-it hero, jungle, insanity, unfulfillment, chaos, war ...
Time: 20th century, year 1969, 1960s, 60s
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia, southeast asia
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A Frozen Flower (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 133 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, touching, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, adultery, love triangle, unrequited love, love affair, love and romance, royal family, sword fight, gay, rivalry, intrigue, political intrigue ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century, 13th century
Place: asia, korea
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Darkest Night (2012)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Philippines
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A family gathers for a happy reunion and marriage announcement on Christmas Day at an isolated mansion in the Philippine mountains only to encounter a series of bizarre, demonic, and tragic events.
Style: gothic horror, scary, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: black magic, religious cult, family in danger, survival, isolation, reunion, terrorism, curses spells and rituals, danger, ghost, estate, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia
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Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA, China
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, intense, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: chosen one, talking animals, mentor, kung fu, adventure, warrior, martial arts, animals, good versus evil, goofy hero, unlikely friendships, master warrior ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china
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Bangkok Hilton (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
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, realistic, rough, disturbing
Plot: prison, heroin, injustice, false accusation, smuggling, escape, betrayal, interracial relations, life is a bitch, fighting the system, prison life, destiny ...
Time: 80s
Place: thailand, asia, london, australia, england ...
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Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, psychological, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, culture clash, unlikely couple, older man younger woman relationship, actor, couple relations, friendship, dull life, housewife, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, kyoto japan, yale university
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