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.
#9 Better Luck Tomorrow
Asian American | Drama | English | Watch It On PopcornFlix
#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.
#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.
Japanese | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi | English Dubbed | Watch It On Tubi.tv
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