Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma

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1. Crocodile (1996)

102 min | Drama

A woman forms a twisted bond with a homeless violent thug who prevented her suicide.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Jae-Hyun Cho, Jae-Hong Ahn, Mu-song Jeon, Yun-kyeong Woo

Votes: 1,511

2. Cyclo (1995)

123 min | Crime, Drama

A young man who struggles through life by earning some money with his bicycle-taxi in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) gets contact to a group of criminals. They introduce him to the mafia-world ... See full summary »

Director: Anh Hung Tran | Stars: Le Van Loc, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Nu Yên-Khê Tran, Nhu Quynh Nguyen

Votes: 4,576 | Gross: $0.08M

3. Attack the Gas Station! (1999)

R | 113 min | Comedy

Four disaffected youths rob a gas station but find their plans complicated and sidetracked before the night is through.

Director: Sang-Jin Kim | Stars: Sung-Jae Lee, Oh-seong Yu, Seong-jin Kang, Ji-Tae Yoo

Votes: 4,062

4. Peppermint Candy (1999)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama

Consists of five phases of a man's life about why he committed suicide in the end.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Yeo-jin Kim, So-Ri Moon, Se-beom Park

Votes: 7,384

5. Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy

66 Metascore

An idle part-time college lecturer is annoyed by the yapping sound of a nearby dog. He decides to take drastic action.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Doona Bae, Sung-Jae Lee, Ho-jung Kim, Hee-Bong Byun

Votes: 5,355

6. The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama

72 Metascore

With the brilliant Vietnamese summer as a setting Vertical Ray of the Sun is beautiful from beginning to end. The plot centres around three sisters, two of whom are happily married (or so ... See full summary »

Director: Anh Hung Tran | Stars: Nu Yên-Khê Tran, Nhu Quynh Nguyen, Khanh Le, Quang Hai Ngo

Votes: 3,503 | Gross: $0.46M

7. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

R | 129 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Doona Bae, Ji-Eun Lim

Votes: 60,069 | Gross: $0.05M

8. Blissfully Yours (2002)

125 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

The story of a love affair that begins during a picnic on the Thai-Burmese border.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Stars: Kanokporn Tongaram, Min Oo, Jenjira Pongpas, Sa-gnad Chaiyapan

Votes: 2,170

9. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

In a small Korean province in 1986, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 123,291 | Gross: $0.01M

10. Last Life in the Universe (2003)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A suicidal, obsessively compulsive Japanese librarian is forced to lie low in Thailand with a pot-smoking woman coping with the recent loss of her sister.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, Takashi Miike, Laila Boonyasak

Votes: 10,689 | Gross: $0.03M

11. Natural City (2003)

R | 114 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

In the year 2080, the world is connected by a massive computer network. Combiners have developed a process that allows them to merge the souls of human and machine/cyborg, wreaking havoc in... See full summary »

Director: Byung-chun Min | Stars: Ji-Tae Yoo, Jae-un Lee, Rin Seo, Eun-pyo Jeong

Votes: 4,278

12. Oldboy (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yoo, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 493,594 | Gross: $0.71M

13. Crying Fist (2005)

134 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Tae Sik, a troubled middle aged man and Sang Hwan, a troubled youth will meet in the ring with their respective mission. To change their life.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Seung-bum Ryoo, Kil-kang Ahn, Jeong-ah Bae

Votes: 2,737

14. Lady Vengeance (2005)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years and having her child taken away from her, a woman seeks revenge through increasingly brutal means.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Shi-hoo Kim, Yea-young Kwon

Votes: 69,196 | Gross: $0.21M

15. Invisible Waves (2006)

115 min | Drama, Thriller

After inadvertently killing his girlfriend, a man (Asano) flees Macau for Thailand in an attempt to cope with his guilt, and avoid possible arrest. But the relocation doesn't prevent his problems from following him, as his new friends could be potential enemies.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Hye-jeong Kang, Eric Tsang, Maria Cordero

Votes: 1,571

16. The Host (2006)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Horror

85 Metascore

A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and begins attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Hee-Bong Byun, Hae-il Park, Doona Bae

Votes: 99,824 | Gross: $2.20M

17. I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people's souls.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Soo-jung Lim, Rain, Seong-hun Cheon, Hee-jin Choi

Votes: 22,281

18. The Good the Bad the Weird (2008)

R | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

69 Metascore

The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Byung-hun Lee, Woo-sung Jung, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 32,389 | Gross: $0.13M

19. Thirst (2009)

R | 134 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

73 Metascore

Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ok-bin Kim, Hee-jin Choi, Dong-soo Seo

Votes: 40,919 | Gross: $0.30M

20. Castaway on the Moon (2009)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Romance

A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness.

Director: Hae-jun Lee | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Ryeowon Jung, Yeong-seo Park, Mi-kyeong Yang

Votes: 15,667

21. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee | Stars: Won Bin, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Hee-won Kim

Votes: 59,778 | Gross: $0.01M

23. Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (2012)

Not Rated | 134 min | Action, Crime, Drama

On the verge of being fired, a corrupt customs official finds a haul of drugs and teams up with a vicious gangster to become the most powerful crime partnership in Busan.

Director: Jong-bin Yoon | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Cho, Dong-seok Ma

Votes: 5,338

24. New World (2013)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

An undercover cop finds it difficult to play both a cop and a goon.

Director: Hoon-jung Park | Stars: Jung-jae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Jung-min Hwang, Sung-woong Park

Votes: 19,307 | Gross: $0.46M

25. Ice Poison (2014)

95 min | Drama

In Burma-China border, a homecoming woman and a motorcycle driver turn to Crystal Meth to escape crushing poverty and boredom.

Director: Midi Z | Stars: Shin-Hong Wang, Ke-Xi Wu

Votes: 246

26. Sea Fog (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

A fishing-boat crew takes on a dangerous commission to smuggle a group of illegal immigrants from China to Korea.

Director: Sung-bo Shim | Stars: Yoon-seok Kim, Yoo-chun Park, Yeri Han, Seong-kun Mun

Votes: 2,778

27. Jade Miners (2015)

104 min | Documentary

A fascinating documentary, shot in the mountainous north of Burma. No filmmaker is welcome there, because, against the background of a civil war, the jade miners enter the deserted mines ... See full summary »

Director: Midi Z

Votes: 18

28. Coin Locker Girl (2015)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A new born girl is placed in a coin operated locker in the subway station. The girl is raised by a mother who is the boss for a loan shark group. Later, when the girl has grown into a teen,... See full summary »

Director: Jun-hee Han | Stars: Hye-su Kim, Go-eun Kim, Bo-Gum Park, Rae-Hyung Cha

Votes: 1,415

29. Cemetery of Splendor (2015)

Unrated | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy

A group of soldiers in a small town on the Mekong River in northern Thailand are struck with a bizarre sleeping illness.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Stars: Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi, Jarinpattra Rueangram, Petcharat Chaiburi

Votes: 3,984 | Gross: $0.05M

30. The Lovers & the Despot (2016)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary, Thriller

65 Metascore

The story of the South Korean actor, Choi Eun-hee, and her ex-husband and film director, Shin Sang-ok, who were individually kidnapped and reunited by dictator and film fan Kim Jong-il to force them to develop North Korea's film industry.

Directors: Ross Adam, Robert Cannan | Stars: Eun-hie Choi, Paul Courtenay Hyu, Sang-ok Shin

Votes: 896 | Gross: $0.06M

31. City of Jade (2016)

99 min | Documentary

In the war-torn Kachin State in Myanmar, waves of poor workers flock to dig for jade, dreaming of getting rich overnight. The director, Midi Z, is the protagonist's youngest brother. Midi ... See full summary »

Director: Midi Z

Votes: 75

32. The Wailing (2016)

TV-MA | 156 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang, Do-won Kwak, Woo-hee Chun

Votes: 44,394

33. Train to Busan (2016)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

72 Metascore

While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon | Stars: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma, Su-an Kim

Votes: 140,299 | Gross: $2.13M

34. The Handmaiden (2016)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

84 Metascore

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Cho, So-Ri Moon

Votes: 99,743 | Gross: $2.01M

35. Guns & Talks (2001)

120 min | Action, Drama, Comedy

Four unlikely assassins genuinely care about their customers and victims, meanwhile a prosecutor is on their trail.

Director: Jin Jang | Stars: Hyeon-jun Shin, Ha-kyun Shin, Won Bin, Jae-yeong Jeong

Votes: 1,744

36. In Between Days (2006)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A Korean immigrant falls in love with her best friend while navigating her way through the challenges of living in a new country.

Director: So Yong Kim | Stars: Carolyn Eby, Taegu Andy Kang, Madgalena Karasinska, Bokja Kim

Votes: 520 | Gross: $0.02M

37. Samui Song (2017)

TV-MA | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

A soap opera actress finds herself increasingly pressured by her husband, a rich foreigner entirely devoted to a charismatic cult leader.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang | Stars: David Asavanond, Laila Boonyasak, Vithaya Pansringarm, Stephane Sednaoui

Votes: 385

38. The Day After (2017)

92 min | Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

The married Bongwan leaves home in the dark morning and sets off to work. The memories of the woman who left weigh down on him. That day Bongwan's wife finds a love note, bursts into the office, and mistakes Areum for the woman who left.

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Yunhee Cho, Ki Joabang, Taeu Kang, Min-hee Kim

Votes: 1,718 | Gross: $0.02M

39. The Moon Is... The Sun's Dream (1992)

103 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

A gangster in Busan is caught having an affair with his boss's mistress. The two decide to run off with the organizations money, leading to dire circumstances.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Eun-hee Bang, Seung-Chul Lee, Hyun-Hee Nah, Seung-hwan Song

Votes: 157

40. Someone from Nowhere (2017)

87 min | Thriller

An injured man turns up in a woman's apartment and claims he's its real owner.

Director: Prabda Yoon | Stars: Chayanit Chansangavej, Peerapol Kijreunpiromsuk

Votes: 19

41. 6ixtynin9 (1999)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

65 Metascore

A woman, fired from a financial coorporation during the Asia crisis, returns home with no money. However, she finds a box with a fortune in front of her door, and decides to keep it. ... See full summary »

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang | Stars: Tasanawalai Ongartittichai, Black Phomtong, Lalita Panyopas, Sirisin Siripornsmathikul

Votes: 1,906

42. Ploy (2007)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

Every relationship has an expiration date. Every relationship needs its fantasies...some more real than others... A violent death of a relative brings Wit and his wife, Dang, back to ... See full summary »

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang | Stars: Ananda Everingham, Lalita Panyopas, Porntip Papanai, Thaksakorn Pradapphongsa

Votes: 1,413

43. Three... Extremes (2004)

R | 125 min | Horror

66 Metascore

An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors.

Directors: Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, Chan-wook Park | Stars: Bai Ling, Byung-hun Lee, Kyoko Hasegawa, Pauline Lau

Votes: 18,306 | Gross: $0.08M

44. Seoul Station (2016)

92 min | Animation, Horror, Thriller

Several groups of people try to survive a zombie pandemic that unleashes itself in downtown Seoul.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon | Stars: Seung-ryong Ryu, Franciska Friede, Joon Lee, Sang-hee Lee

Votes: 4,285



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