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, intense, suspenseful and dramatic films and TV shows about / with violence, culture clash, mentor, runaway, storytelling, brutality, vengeance, dialogue, betrayal and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Action and Thriller genres shot in USA, Japan, France and other countries.
asia movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as asia: I Saw the Devil (2010), Indochine (1992), Moon Child (2003), Harakiri (1962), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), Marco Polo (2014), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Bangkok Hilton (1989), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Boys Over Flowers (2009).

List of movies set in asia

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, serious, bleak, rough, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, vengeance, violence, psychopath, revenge, crime and punishment, mercilessness, track down, extreme violence, cat and mouse, vigilantism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea
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Indochine (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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, atmospheric, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: fall in love, adoption, interracial relations, naval officer, love triangle, love and romance, romance, cabaret, navy, arranged marriage, communism, war ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 20th century, 50s, 1930s ...
Place: asia, vietnam, france, europe, saigon ...
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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: suspenseful, serious, stylized, multicultural
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vampire, gang, gangsters, romantic rivalry, crimes, gays and lesbians, vengeance, friendship, danger, deadly, rivalry, supernatural ...
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, serious ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, ronin, seppuku, vengeance, life is a bitch, down on your luck, heroes, rivalry, society ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
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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, semi serious, sentimental ...
Plot: elderly, hotel, aging, golden years, loneliness, marital problem, personal growth, self discovery, introspection, culture clash, retirement home, goodhearted ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, england, california
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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, epic, serious, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, royal family, forbidden love, adventure, strong sexual content, explorer, escapades, rivalry, intrigue, culture clash, danger, adventurer ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, china, mongolia, venice, beijing china
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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, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, rivalry, women, geisha, mentor, uninhibited rivalry, destiny, social differences, unfulfilled love, cinderella story, rise to the top, japanese culture ...
Time: 30s, 20s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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, disturbing, rough, realistic
Plot: prison, false accusation, heroin, interracial relations, smuggling, betrayal, prison life, injustice, escape, father, fighting the system, destiny ...
Time: 80s
Place: thailand, asia, england, australia, europe ...
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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: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: mentor, kung fu, martial arts, chosen one, goofy hero, adventure, family, warrior, master, panda, tiger, monkey ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china
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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, sincere, social realism ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama, date night
Plot: opposites attract, teenage love, cinderella story, high school life, teenage life, friendship, romance, social differences, fall in love, social relations, family disapproval, class differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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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, captivating, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: transvestism, transsexual, martial arts, buddhist monk, gays and lesbians, friendship, gay, athlete's life, boxer, identity, transsexuality, east asian lead ...
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, hitman, assassination, rifle, sniper, karate, assassin, criminal's revenge, government agency, crime, assault rifle, scuba diving ...
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, twists and turns, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, intrigue, interracial relations, battles, leadership, adventure, culture clash, escapades, society, adventurer, betrayal, social differences ...
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, semi serious, realistic, feel good, gag humor ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: village, gambling, brainwashing, cold war, wealth, debt, bridge, cia, communist, communism, jungle, adventure ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 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
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, semi serious, witty, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nasa, helicopter, secret service, assassin, espionage, island, volcano, secret organization, funeral, villain, adventure, faked death ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: asia, russia, hong kong, japan, england ...
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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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, assassin, murder, betrayal, assassination, boat chase, video surveillance, crisis of conscience, apprentice, foot chase, gun, strip club ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia, bangkok thailand
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Apocalypse Now (1979)
Genre: Drama, 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: bleak, psychological, tense, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: jungle, mission, soldier, apocalypse, vietnam war, army, anti war, insanity, unfulfillment, losing-it hero, napalm, chaos ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia
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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, changing the past or future, friendship, school, teenage love, high school, supernatural ability, supernatural, student, adventure, love, teenage girl ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: tokyo, asia, japan
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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, serious, captivating, atmospheric, clever ...
Plot: resistance, lust, mistress, seduction, neo noir, sexual obsession, sex, couples, love, japanese occupation, rape, escape ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
Place: china, asia, shanghai, hong kong, japan ...
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Only God Forgives (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, France, USA, Sweden
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, serious ...
Plot: vengeance, punishment, neo-noir, slow motion action scene, violence, owner, surrealism, neo noir, psychological thriller, extreme violence, police officer, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia, bangkok thailand
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The Yellow Sea (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea, USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The region where the borders of North Korea, China, and Russia come together, forms a sort of modern day wild west, where more than half of the population relies on illegal activity in order to survive. In Yanbian, on the Chinese side of the border, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: violence, murder, crime, gangsters, life is a bitch, stabbing, on the run, chases and races, danger, gory, brutality, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, seoul, south korea
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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: serious, rough, realistic, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gang war, high school, rivalry, youth, uninhibited rivalry, crime, high school life, gangsters, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, crimes ...
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, emotional, stylized, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love and romance, royal family, fall in love, interracial relations, opposites attract, politics, forbidden love, royal court, culture clash, couple relations, parents and children, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: thailand, asia, burma, southeast asia, england
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Darc (2018)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: To bring down a global human trafficking ring, an Interpol agent recruits the help of a brutal criminal with inside knowledge of the yakuza.
Style: exciting, tense, serious, intense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, human trafficking, interpol, vengeance, justice, lone hero, tough heroes, fight scenes, brutality, anti hero, death of mother, life philosophy ...
Place: asia
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Mulan (1998)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical, War
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A tomboyish girl disguises herself as a young man so she can fight with the Imperial Chinese Army against the invading Huns. With help from wise-cracking dragon Mushu, Mulan just might save her country -- and win the heart of handsome Captain Li ...
Style: captivating, humorous, feel good, touching, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, chick flick
Plot: adventure, good versus evil, friendship, dragon, cross dressing, human spirit, princess, hidden identity, emperor, impersonating, training, danger ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china
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No Escape (2015)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
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, realistic, exciting, serious ...
Plot: rebellion, survival, hotel, execution, american abroad, u.s. embassy, revolution, race against time, family in danger, family, chaos, assassination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: asia, vietnam, canada, middle east, california
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The Pacific (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 530 min.
Story: A 10-part mini-series from the creators of "Band of Brothers" telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America's battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.
Style: serious, emotional, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, military, soldier, navy, marines, battle zone, gory, war, friends, behind enemy lines, squad, selflessness ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, korea
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The Hangover Part II (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The Hangover crew heads to Thailand for Stu's wedding. After the disaster of a bachelor party in Las Vegas last year, Stu is playing it safe with a mellow pre-wedding brunch. However, nothing goes as planned and Bangkok is the perfect setting ...
Style: humorous, not serious, twists and turns, realistic, funny ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: party, undercover cop, interpol, dentist, disappearance, comedy of errors, drugs/alcohol, nothing goes right, farce, memory loss, buddies, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: asia, thailand, usa, bangkok thailand, las vegas
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The Impossible (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In December 2004, close-knit family Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of ...
Style: touching, realistic, suspense, heartbreaking, emotional ...
Plot: survival, tsunami, natural disaster, family in danger, courage, forces of nature, fear, parents and children, separation from family, tragic event, survivor, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: thailand, asia, southeast asia
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany, India
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, destiny, true love, society, against the odds, street kid, life is a bitch, poverty, childhood, human spirit, cheating, rags to riches ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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