12 Romantic Movies From Our Asian Neighbors

12 Romantic Movies From Our Asian Neighbors

Most of the time, I choose to watch films that require a thorough thinking or involves sex, drugs, and violence. After watching them, I feel like I need to refresh my memory from the recent movie hangover. So, what I do is watch a couple of romantic movies and some of my RomCom faves. These films are light-hearted and you can easily get along with the characters and story as well. You will definitely smile, laugh, and feel kilig in almost every scene of those movies! It’s as if you’re the protagonist.

Aside from the RomCom of the Western cinema, I also indulge myself with the Asian romantic films. I tell you, our neighboring countries are experts in this genre. Below are some movie suggestions you should see for your heart’s delight:

HONG KONG

Chungking Express

chungking express, Wong Kar Wai

Director: Wong Kar Wai

Release Date: 1994

Story: Melancholic stories of two Hong Kong policemen. Cop 223 came from a break-up and instantly fell in love with a woman in blonde wig who do illegal activities. Cop 663 is dealing with a break-up with his then flight attendant girlfriend when he met Faye, a server from a nearby lunch counter.

Heartbreak/Beautiful lines:

Woman in blonde wig: Actually, really knowing someone doesn’t mean anything. People change. A person may like pineapple today and something else tomorrow.

Cop 223: We’re all unlucky in love sometimes. When I am, I go jogging. The body loses water when you jog, so you have none left for tears.

Cop 663: I thought we’d stay together for the long haul, flying like a jumbo jet on a full tank. But we changed course.

In the Mood for Love

in the mood for love, Wong Kar Wai

Director: Wong Kar Wai

Release Date: 2000

Story: Set in Hong Kong in the ‘60s. Two neighbours, a man and a woman, became friends in an apartment with a common interest with noodle shops and martial arts. Soon the bond became stronger when they found out that their respective partners are doing extramarital affairs.

Heartbreak/Beautiful lines:

Su Li-zhen Chan: You notice things if you pay attention.

Chow Mo-wan: Feelings can creep up just like that. I thought I was in control.

Happy Together

happy together, Wong Kar Wai

Director: Wong Kar Wai

Release Date: 1997

Story: A couple from Hong Kong set their feet in Argentina to renew their slowly dying relationship. The relationship has stories of abuse, several break-ups, and reconciliations. Visiting Argentina’s Iguazu Waterfalls is one of their goals upon repairing their relationship.

Heartbreak/Beautiful lines:

Ho Po-wing: Do you regret being with me?

Lai Yiu-fai: Damn right I do! I had no regrets until I met you. Now my regrets could kill me.

Ho Po-wing: Lai Yiu-fai, we could start over.

JAPAN

Norwegian Wood

norwegian wood

Director: Tran Anh Hung

Release date: 2010

Story: Toru remembers his life back in the ‘60s when his friend Kizuki ended his life and eventually stayed closer with Kizuki’s girlfriend, Naoko, for comfort. While keeping Naoko as close as possible, Toru form a bond with an outgoing lady named Midori.

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Heartbreak/Beautiful lines:

Midori: I’m a real, live girl, with real, live blood gushing through my veins. You’re holding me in your arms and I’m telling you that I love you. I’m ready to do anything you tell me to do. I may be a little bit mad, but I’m a good girl, and honest, and I work hard, I’m kind of cute, I have nice boobs, I’m a good cook, and my father left me a trust fund. I mean, I’m a real bargain, don’t you think? If you don’t take me, I’ll end up going somewhere else.

Toru: What a terrible thing it is to wound someone you really care for and to do it so unconsciously.

Tenshi No Koi (My Rainy Days)

my rainy days

Director: Yuri Kanchiku

Release date: 2009

Story: Based on cell phone novel in Japan. It tells about the story of Rio, a 17 y/o high school student, who gets a lot of attention and gets what she wants. She started to change herself when she fell in love with a 25 year-old professor.

Heartbreak/Beautiful lines:

Rio: Love lives to be expressed.

Kouki: Since meeting you, I actually began wishing for more time. I want more time with you.

Garden of Words (Animation)

garden of words

Director: Makoto Shinkai

Release date: 2013

Story: Takao always skips his class and spends the time sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. Yukino also spends her time eating and wondering in the same garden. The two started to see each other but only during rainy days.

Heartbreak/Beautiful lines:

Yukino: We’re human, after all. We’ve all got our little quirks.

Takao: We might see each other again, maybe when it’s raining

SOUTH KOREA

My PS Partner

my ps partner

Director: Sung-hyun Byun

Release date: 2012

Story: Instead of making a “call” to her boyfriend, Yoon-Jung accidentally dialed the wrong number and started “talking” to a stranger. When her relationship started to get sour, he met Hyun-Seung, the stranger on the phone.

Heartbreak/Beautiful lines:

Yoon-Jung: Love itself is obvious. You meet, love, part away, get hurt and you meet again. I bet people get married because they’re tired of repeating those things.

Hyun-Seung: How can anyone love you when you don’t love yourself?

Maybe you want to hear the kinda witty OST of the movie. 🙂

Petty Romance

petty romance

Director: Jeong-hoon Kim

Release date: 2010

Story: A comic artist decided to join a lucrative comic-book competition. In order to start the project, he needs to find a partner; someone who is good in writing a story. He then met an unemployed sex columnist.

Heartbreak/Beautiful lines:

Da-Rim: Are you disappointed in me?

Jeong Bae: That’s what makes you special. Pretending to know it all, pretending to have done it.

200 Pounds of Beauty

200 pounds of beauty

Director: Yong-hwa Kim

Release date: 2006

Story: Han-na, despite gifted with a beautiful voice, has a low self-esteem because of her appearance. Then one day, she decided to undergo plastic-surgery from head to toe and her life starts to brighten up.

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Heartbreak/Beautiful lines:

Jenny/ Han-na: You broke my heart. A tissue won’t fix it.

Han-na: Do you have any idea what it feels like not being able to confess one’s love?

THAILAND

Hello Stranger

hello stranger

Director: Banjong Pisanthanakun

Release date: 2010

Story: During the Songkran festival, a guy and a girl decided to visit Korea instead. They have their own reasons for going away during the holiday. No, they’re not together on the trip but eventually hit the road back to Thailand together.

Heartbreak/Beautiful lines:

May: We are two heartbroken people who meet each other, abroad – cold and lonely. Perhaps this feeling between us is just a temporary illusion.

May: Love stories only exist in the movie.

Bangkok Traffic (Love) Story

Bangkok Traffic (Love) Story

Director: Adisorn Trisirikasem

Release date: 2009

Story: In the midst of struggling to find her one true love, Mei Li was able to meet a BTS Engineer named Loong when she had a car accident. She decided to make the first move just to get the attention of Loong but a lot of hindrances along the way. Mei Li decided not to give up on this.

Heartbreak/Beautiful lines:

Li: How if you have a boyfriend but he’s not available to eat with you? He doesnt have time to go anywhere with you. Then whats the use of having a boyfriend?

Ped: Li, people don’t have boyfriends and girlfriends to be together at all the time. They have them to know that there’s still someone who loves them.

ATM (Er Rak Error)

ATM (Er Rak Error)

Director: Mez Tharatorn

Release date: 2012

Story: A couple who works for a bank kept their relationship for 5 years. Not a big deal until they decided to tie their knot. One must leave the company and the other will stay. An opportunity came when a dysfunctional ATM needs to be repaired. The two competed on who will stay at the bank by solving the ATM problem.

Heartbreak/Beautiful lines:

Sua: Let’s do rock-paper-scissors. If I lose, I will propose you; if I win, I won’t. Jib, you’re the only girl that makes me let myself to lose.

What are your favorite Asian romantic films? Let’s talk about it here!

18 Comments

  • Jane Galvez
    May 30, 2014

    Naku naku naku. Bakit walang Taiwanese movies dito??? Haha 🙂

  • Kimpee Olivar
    May 30, 2014

    Naku naku bat tatlong Wong Kar Wai. Lol

  • Kimpee Olivar
    May 30, 2014

    maulit nga yung My PS Partner

  • Kimpee Olivar
    May 30, 2014

    more more!!! ^_^ enjoyed reading it. Made me want to watch the movies again.

  • Marco Foronda
    June 2, 2014

    Eh basta. Hahaha

  • Marco Foronda
    June 2, 2014

    Ulitin mo! Ang kulit nung story.

  • Jane Galvez
    June 2, 2014

    #biased

  • Joann
    June 2, 2014

    Hi, Marco, how do you find these movies? 🙂 Went to your blog and saw your May films post, I’m not familiar with most of the movies there too. Kindly share your sources? 😛

    • Marco Foronda
      June 3, 2014

      Hello Joann! Thanks for reading the movie list.

      I visit my favorite film websites and FB pages to check films to watch:

      1. http://www.tasteofcinema.com/

      2. http://www.imdb.com/ (this one is staple website because you can actually explore a lot of movie titles which might capture your interest. You can also check some lists here based on your movie preference.)

      3. https://www.facebook.com/groups/pinoycinephiles/ (Join the group and see some activities and Q&A discussion)

      4. http://lilokpelikula.wordpress.com/ (For Filipino movies)

      5. http://video48.blogspot.com/ (Reference for classic Filipino films)

      Where do I find these movies?

      One: Download torrent files.

      Two: Watching film festivals. There are some film festivals like Japanese films festival which you can attend for free. Cinemalaya is also a good start.

      Three: Borrowing DVD copies from friends.

      Four: Republic of Quiapo lalo na pag rare ang film.

      I got some friends who are movie enthusiasts as well. So, sometimes, it’s easy to swap or recommend some good movie titles. And most importantly, you need to love cinema/film so you can do more research. 🙂

      Hopefully, makatulong ‘yan. 🙂

      • Joann
        June 3, 2014

        Yown! Thanks thanks! I only download torrent files :)) Hope to do Two and Four:) Yup, I agree. The more you love something, mas madami ka mahahanap. I am more of a music enthusiast so.. 🙂 If I want to watch movies, I’ll surely visit Manillenials, your blog, and those sites you listed here 🙂

  • Ren Endonila
    August 27, 2014

    +1 for Kotonoha no Niwa!
    *clap clap clap*

  • Anonymous
    November 8, 2014

    Impressive articles you have here 🙂 I 've seen Norwegian Wood & My Rainy days, and thought that they're kind of deep films for the romantic genre. Seen My PS Partner, Petty Romance & 200 Pounds Beauty, super light full of humor and cheezy scenes

    • Manillenials
      November 8, 2014

      Thank you, we appreciate your comment! 🙂

      We thought so too. But we think Norwegian Wood & My Rainy Days can balance all the cheesiness of the other films in the list. 🙂

  • shaheryar khan
    October 10, 2016

    hey guyz..actually i m trying to find a movie whose story was a girls husband died and she loved him very much and and then she met a person but she refused him becz she cant forget her husnd..it was thai or korian somthing help me guyz if enyone know

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