In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, I’ve made a list of the best Asian movies you can watch for free online. With the recent release and success of “Crazy Rich Asians” and Parasite”, Asian representation in movies is at an all-time high. The criteria used to make this list include:

  • The movie must be free to watch legally.
  • Movies produced in Asian countries
  • American movies are accepted if the majority of the cast members are of Asian descent.
  • Although major streaming websites (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crave, etc.) have free trials and have a good number of Asian movies, they’re not counted.

There will be glaring omissions including the 2 movies already mentioned, simply because they’re not free or because I haven’t watched them.

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Note: To be honest I’m biased towards genre movies (sci-Fi, horror, action), whether or not it stands the test of time, and repetitive viewing.


#10 Eat Drink Man Woman

Taiwanese | Drama | English Subtitles | Watch It On Hoopla

A scrumptious feast for the actors and for us, the audience, a delightful moving tale. Make sure you eat before you watch this movie.

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) 124min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 August 1994 (USA) Summary: A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members.
Countries: TaiwanLanguages: Mandarin, French

#9 Better Luck Tomorrow

Asian American | Drama | English | Watch It On PopcornFlix

Better Luck Tomorrow (2002) 101min | Crime, Drama, Romance | 25 April 2003 (USA) Summary: A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.
Countries: USALanguages: English


#8 Fist of Fury

Chinese | Action/Drama | English Dubbed | Watch It On TubiTV

It’s not the best Bruce Lee movie, but this list wouldn’t be complete without one.  A must for action fans, especially martial arts fans. The film’s numerous cheographed fight scenes are excellent.

Fist of Fury (1972) 107min | Action, Drama, Romance | 9 September 1972 (USA)
Director: Wei LoWriter: Wei LoStars: Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, James Tien
Summary: A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.
Countries: Hong KongLanguages: Mandarin, Cantonese, English


#7 The Wailing

Korean | Horror | English Subtitles  | Watch It On Hoopla

A unique and intricate plot that will keep you hooked through to the end, which is impressive considering it is over two and a half hours long.

The Wailing (2016) 156min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 3 June 2016 (USA) Summary: Soon after a stranger arrives in a little village, a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman, drawn into the incident, is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.
Countries: South Korea, USALanguages: Korean, Japanese


#6 Akira

Japanese | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi  | English Dubbed | Watch It On

It’s a dark and violent movie that taps into the Japanese distrust of technology. It is so creative and such a fun experience, it transcend Anime

Akira (1988) 124min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi | 16 July 1988 (Japan) Summary: A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics.
Countries: JapanLanguages: Japanese

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