iCM Forum's Favourite Movies from South-East Asia Complete Listby vaal | created - 02 May 2018 | updated - 04 May 2018 | Public
The favorite movies from South-East Asia as chosen by user of the iCM Forum.
Eligble countries were:
Timor-Leste (East Timor)
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Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy
Dying of kidney disease, a man spends his last, somber days with family, including the ghost of his wife and a forest spirit who used to be his son, on a rural northern Thailand farm.
Votes: 14,888 | Gross: $0.18M
2. Last Life in the Universe (2003)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 11,047 | Gross: $0.03M
3. The Act of Killing (2012)
Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.
Votes: 36,663 | Gross: $0.49M
4. Tropical Malady (2004)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A romance between a soldier and a country boy, wrapped around a Thai folk-tale involving a shaman with shape-shifting abilities.
6. Syndromes and a Century (2006)
105 min | Drama
Story about director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's parents who were both doctors, and director's memories about growing up in the hospital environment.
Votes: 4,030 | Gross: $0.02M
7. When the Tenth Month Comes (1984)
95 min | Drama
Duyen faces a daily struggle to care for her young son and her weakened father-in-law, while keeping secret the fact that her husband died in a battle during the war.
9. Norte, the End of History (2013)
TV-MA | 250 min | Crime, Drama
An embittered law student commits a brutal double murder; a family man takes the fall and is forced into a harsh prison sentence; a mother and her two children wander the countryside looking for some kind of redemption.
11. The Raid 2 (2014)
R | 150 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.
Votes: 118,551 | Gross: $2.63M
12. Cyclo (1995)
123 min | Crime, Drama
When a poor bicycle-taxi driver has his cyclo stolen, he is forced into a life of crime. Meanwhile, his sister becomes a sex worker.
Votes: 4,946 | Gross: $0.08M
13. The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)
Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A Vietnamese servant girl, Mui, observes lives within two different Saigon families: the first, a woman textile seller with three boys and a frequently absent husband; the second, a handsome young pianist with his fiancée.
Votes: 8,504 | Gross: $1.91M
16. The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)
PG-13 | 112 min | Drama
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 »
Votes: 3,723 | Gross: $0.46M
17. The Missing Picture (2013)
Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary
Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.
Votes: 3,234 | Gross: $0.05M
20. Citizen Dog (2004)
100 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Pod is a man without a dream. He's a country bumpkin who comes to work at a tinned sardine factory in Bangkok. One day, Pod chops off his finger and packs it in the can, prompting him to go... See full summary »
21. From What Is Before (2014)
TV-MA | 338 min | Drama
The Philippines, 1972. Mysterious things are happening in a remote barrio. Wails are heard from the forest, cows are hacked to death, a man is found bleeding to death at the crossroad and ... See full summary »
22. Weighed But Found Wanting (1974)
Not Rated | 126 min | Drama
This landmark film is considered by many to be one of the most important in Philippine cinema. The son of a wealthy man, Junior has everything he could possibly want. But the emptiness of ... See full summary »
23. First They Killed My Father (2017)
TV-MA | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History
Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.
24. Cemetery of Splendor (2015)
Unrated | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A group of soldiers in a small town on the Mekong River in northern Thailand are struck with a bizarre sleeping illness.
Votes: 4,525 | Gross: $0.05M
26. 6ixtynin9 (1999)
R | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
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 »
27. Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)
R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it.
Votes: 72,867 | Gross: $4.56M
28. Ilo Ilo (2013)
Not Rated | 99 min | Drama
In 90s Singapore, the friendship between Filipino nursemaid Teresa and her young charge Jiale makes waves in a family, while the Asian recession hits the region.
Votes: 4,577 | Gross: $0.05M
29. How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) (2015)
Not Rated | 80 min | Drama
After the loss of both parents, 11 years old Oat faces an uncertain future when his older brother must submit to Thailand's annual military draft lottery. Unable to convince his brother to ... See full summary »
30. The Rocket (2013)
96 min | Drama
Laos. In a land ravaged by war and exploitation, a boy whose family believe he is cursed must redeem himself by taking part in a dangerous rocket competition.
31. Tears of the Black Tiger (2000)
Unrated | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
With its loud acting style, exuberant sets and stunning shots in pastel colours, this Thai cult film is as much a parody as an homage to the Western and the romantic tearjerker.
Votes: 2,747 | Gross: $0.07M
33. Metro Manila (2013)
Not Rated | 115 min | Crime, Drama
This riveting crime thriller follows Oscar, a recent emigrant to Manila who gets pulled into a harrowing world of corruption and violence when he takes a job as an armored car driver to support his family (in Tagalog w/ English subtitles).
34. Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)
Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Drama, Fantasy
A film crew documents a folk story-exquisite corpse combination by random Thai people; the story is reenacted.
35. Chocolate (2008)
R | 110 min | Action, Drama
An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.
Votes: 17,817 | Gross: $0.01M
36. Bad Genius (2017)
TV-MA | 130 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Lynn, a genius high school student who makes money by cheating tests, receives a new task that leads her to set foot on Sydney, Australia. In order to complete the millions-Baht task, Lynn and her classmates have to finish the international STIC(SAT) exam and deliver the answers back to her friends in Thailand before the exam takes place once again in her home country.
37. Con chim vành khuyên (1962)
43 min | Short, Drama
Little Nga and her father earn their living by fishing on a riverbank. He father also carries a secret duty of transporting revolutionary cadres across the river to do their mission. Little... See full summary »
38. Mystics in Bali (1981)
86 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
A woman researches a book that takes her to the black magic cult of Leák in Bali. She meets an evil witch who promises to train her dark arts. But she is tricked and turned into a flying vampire with internal organs hanging from her neck.
39. By the Time It Gets Dark (2016)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama
In 1970, She was student activist, a waitress who keeps changing her job, now a film director. All lives loosely connected to each others.
40. Travelling Circus (1988)
76 min | Drama
Tells the bittersweet story of a small traveling circus stopping in an impoverished ethnic minority village in Vietnam's central highlands. Through the eyes of a village youngster, we ... See full summary »
44. Turumba (1981)
95 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
Kadu, a boy from Pakil, Laguna, experiences the dissolution of tradition as it gives way to capitalism in the form of Madame, a foreigner who initially came to their village as a customer during the Festival of Turumba.
45. 36 (2012)
68 min | Drama