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100 Asian Films to watch in 2018

easternKicks deliver our list of the top 100 Asian Films you really should watch in 2018, and what we’re looking forward to seeing!

After our article on the best films in Asian Cinema to watch in 2017, we’ve decided to come back with an even bigger, better and more expansive listical for next year. Our aim? To showcase the absolute best films to watch in 2018, from all the countries and directors you’d know, and lots of inspiring delights to look forward to that you haven’t heard of.

Over the space of this list you can find the latest films from Takashi Miike and Herman Yau; more on Enter The Fat Dragon featuring Donnie Yen, unheard-of Indian short films, Malaysian musicals, the biggest South Korean blockbusters, and the zaniest Japanese films to hit screens in 2018. Oh, and yet again we have IP MAN 4 on the list… perhaps it might get released next year?

There are lots more films being released in 2018 that we couldn’t possibly list (and may not even know about!), there is a plethora of amazing cinematic releases lined up for 2018 that we unfortunately don’t have space to shout about! As film fanatics, we would love to share the excitement of new films we’ve only just heard of from Malaysia or Thailand, so why list 90 Hong Kong films everyone knows are coming and make a generic list?

Keep up with easternKicks through 2018, and hopefully we’ll review every single release on our list over the forthcoming year; alongside many more films, interviews, and all your favourite content in the West from your favourite film countries in the East.


Have a great 2018 film year from easternKicks!!!!

Titles picked by Andrew Daley with help from the team.

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Andrew Daley
News Editor for easternKicks, and a Video Producer for Cycling Weekly based in London, with a passion for East Asian cinema, photography, and the outdoors. Read reviews/articles »
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2 thoughts on “100 Asian Films to watch in 2018

  1. Actually, I’d love a list of those 90 Hong Kong films everyone (apart from me) seems to know are coming! The Korean and Japanese ones too.

    But this list is pretty useful too – thanks.

  2. Joanie Stephens says:


    I’m wondering if you can help me, I’m looking for a Chinese film I part watched on a plane but forgotten the title and it was great! About a woman fashion designers daughter that goes missing or dies and then a young Japanese apprentice turns up and becomes close to her…but that’s as far as I got. Can you help at all?! Thanks in advance

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