Asian and Asian American Movies

It's true that Asian and Asian American characters and actors are still underrepresented in Hollywood, but the excellent films on this list are leading the way toward representation. These movies focus on Asian stories and characters, without leaning on stereotypes. They shine a light on people and cultures from Pakistan to Japan, as well as the experiences of people of Asian descent living in the United States. While you'll definitely find some martial arts classics here, these movies cover a wide range of genres, from fun romantic comedies like Crazy Rich Asians and family-friendly anime to intense documentaries and violent action movies. For additional stories like these, try our list of Asian and Asian American Books.

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Mulan Movie Poster Image
Disneyfied but dignified tale of Chinese warrior.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior Movie Poster Image
Inventive movie that families can watch together.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China Movie Poster Image
Violin virtuoso's trip to China will open eyes and ears.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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From up on Poppy Hill Movie Poster Image
Inspiring, romantic coming-of-age tale about '60s teens.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Poster Image
Beautiful epic about storytelling hero can be dark, scary.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Movie Poster Image
Beautifully animated Japanese folktale for older kids.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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AlphaGo Movie Poster Image
Thought-provoking docu on relationship of AI to humans.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Koran by Heart Movie Poster Image
Moving, sensitive documentary challenges stereotypes.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Shaolin Soccer Movie Poster Image
Nontraditional underdog sports team story has violence.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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I Wish Movie Poster Image
Unique, leisurely subtitled film about parental separation.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Isle of Dogs Movie Poster Image
Wondrous, bittersweet, funny, edgy animated canine story.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi Movie Poster Image
Subtitled docu about sushi chef inspires and enlightens.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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The Karate Kid Movie Poster Image
'80s classic is still fun for families with older tweens.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Monkey King: Hero Is Back Movie Poster Image
Exciting animated tale has martial arts action, potty humor.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Only Yesterday Movie Poster Image
Classic Studio Ghibli drama focuses on Japanese girlhood.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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Gandhi Movie Poster Image
Brilliant biopic engages, educates, and inspires.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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He Named Me Malala Movie Poster Image
Inspiring, deeply affecting docu explores teen icon's life.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Princess Mononoke Movie Poster Image
Epic, compelling, and violent anime classic.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Beijing Bicycle Movie Poster Image
Great tale of two boys' struggle over a bicycle.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Columbus Movie Poster Image
Quiet, talky character drama has exceptional performances.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Crazy Rich Asians Movie Poster Image
Messages, role models stand out in culture-clash romcom.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Movie Poster Image
Magical, award-winning martial-arts fairy tale.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Miss Hokusai Movie Poster Image
Historical Japanese character study has mature content.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Movie Poster Image
Surprising, mystical film about lonely woman on a mission.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Seven Samurai Movie Poster Image
Famous epic with stylish violence and subtitles.
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(Release Year: 1956)
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Hero Movie Poster Image
Gorgeous martial arts movie for older kids.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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House of Flying Daggers Movie Poster Image
Gorgeous, but also very violent.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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India's Daughter Movie Poster Image
Revealing, painful look at women's, girls' rights in India.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower Movie Poster Image
Docu about brave teen taking on oppressive government.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Namesake Movie Poster Image
Fabulous immigrant-family saga to see with teens.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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The Pirates Movie Poster Image
Epic martial-arts tale is entertaining but violent.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Sold Movie Poster Image
Heartbreaking tale of child sex trafficking finds hope.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The World Before Her Movie Poster Image
Riveting docu explores rights of girls, women in India.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Grave of the Fireflies Movie Poster Image
Japanimation WWII tragedy the saddest. Cartoon. Ever.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Hearts and Minds Movie Poster Image
Provocative Vietnam War docu with violence, racial slurs.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Okja Movie Poster Image
Extreme peril, swearing in violent eco-fable.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Psychokinesis Movie Poster Image
Quirky but violent Korean superhero movie has swearing.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Rashomon Movie Poster Image
Intense Kurosawa masterpiece about a rape and killing.
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(Release Year: 1951)
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The Big Sick Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful romantic dramedy has swearing, drinking, sex.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers Movie Poster Image
Poignant, violent story of child during Khmer Rouge's reign.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Gook Movie Poster Image
Poignant, powerful black-and-white drama set amid '92 riots.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Joy Luck Club Movie Poster Image
Poignant tale of Chinese-American moms, daughters.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Kung Fu Hustle Movie Poster Image
Rowdy martial arts comedy. Older teens and up.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Letters from Iwo Jima Movie Poster Image
Eastwood offers a profound perspective on WWII.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Red Cliff Movie Poster Image
Masterful Chinese battle epic is violent but fine for teens.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Slumdog Millionaire Movie Poster Image
Epic romance-drama is brilliant but too mature for kids.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Battle Royale Movie Poster Image
Ultraviolent Japanese cult movie came before Hunger Games.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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The Host Movie Poster Image
South Korean creature feature is wild and witty.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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