My top 10 asian romance movies

I’m a sucker for great love stories, so I thought I would make a list of my top 10 asian romances, that I have watched over the years.

10. A MOMENT TO REMEMBER (KOREA) 

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First on my list is this tearjerker, a love story between a rich girl and a carpenter and how a tragic illness tests their love to the limit. Although the story line is somewhat predictable, what makes this movie very enjoyable is the interaction between the couple. The scenes between them before the build-up to the climax were so sweet and made the inevitable tragedy when it did strike even more devastating.

9. WINDSTRUCK (KOREA)

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A fantasy-comedy romance that tells the love story of a police officer and an innocent teacher. Although, this may sound like a straightforward plot line it is anything but. The first half of the story is quite funny and light-hearted. Her sarcastic personality and his innocent nature were quite well mismatched. If you have watched ‘My Sassy Girl’ then you might not be too surprised by the ending, but I haven’t yet…so it came as a complete shock to me. I loved this atypical romance story, which left me with a bittersweet feeling.


8. KIMI NI TODOKE (JAPAN)

ImageEveryone at school fears Sawako, because she looks like the character from the Ring. But in reality she is a very shy girl, always willing to help others and wants nothing more than to make friends. Sawako’s life changes when Kazehaya, a popular boy takes notice of her and people start seeing her differently. Slowly, love blossoms between Kazehaya and Sawako and together they must overcome obstacles that stand in their way. Adapted from a manga, it tells a very light-hearted, sweet high school story that makes you feel all fluffy inside. Miura Haruma was the perfect Kazehaya!

 

7. I GIVE MY FIRST LOVE TO YOU (JAPAN)

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Another melodramatic one (sorry!).  Takuma and Mayu have loved each other since they were children. She is the daughter of the doctor who treats Takuma for a heart condition. As they grow older, Takuma knows that his heart can stop at any moment and no longer wants to burden Mayu. He tries to push her away, but Mayu has already decided to support and love him no matter what. Will their love last? A story of first love and first heartbreaks that will keep you guessing till the end.

 

6. THE DUELIST (KOREA)

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Set in the Josean Dynasty it tells the story of Ahn, a feisty detective who believes to have found the person behind a counterfeiting ring. Her trail leads her to the mysterious Sad Eyes. She become fascinated by him and must question her own feelings for someone she may have to put in jail. The beautiful scenery, accompanying music and sword plays were visually pleasing and proved that feelings do not always have to be conveyed by words. The movie is quite artistic and may not be to everyone’s taste, but will be great for anyone who enjoys visual entertainment.

5. KOIZORA (JAPAN)

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 Mika and Hiro are high-school students who fall in love…but they have to overcome many obstacles in order to stay together. Out of the blue Hiro breaks up with Mika leaving her confused and heartbroken. I love the Japanese way of telling stories…and this movie does it so well. The relationship is so sweet and gentle, but at the same time quite powerful. The story has quite dramatic twists and turns that will make you feel like you are on an emotional rollercoaster ride. But if you are looking for something less light-hearted, this is a great movie.

 

4. HELLO STRANGER (THAILAND)

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A boy and girl meet on vacation to South Korea. Both their love lives are in shatters: she has a controlling boyfriend and he just got dumped from his girlfriend…so, they decide to tour Korea together without ever giving out their names to each other. A great love-comedy. I laughed out loud so many times and the little references to korean dramas were great. The two had great chemistry and were just such a young and fun couple…I wished I could have toured with them!

3. SECRET (TAIWAN)

ImageJay joins University for piano studies and soon meets Rain, whom he instantly falls in love with. They start a relationship, but Jay soon finds out that Rain is not what she seems and has many secrets. And one day she disappears…I absolutely loved this story! It was so beautiful and the piano pieces so captivating. There was something magical about the whole atmosphere, and narrative almost like a fairytale. The twist was unexpected, although subtle hints were left throughout the movie. If you love music, you will enjoy this one!

 

2. THE CLASSIC (KOREA)

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The classic tells a love story of two generations, of mother and daughter and how fate intertwines their lives with each other through time. The mother’s innocent romance in scenic village surroundings in the 1960s and the modern love story of the daughter, who falls in love with a University student, were both wonderful to watch. The back and forth bouncing between the times leaves you with a sense of nostalgia as well as with hope for the future. The twist at the end brought the story together nicely and will leave you feeling all warm and blissful feeling inside!

1. CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE (THAILAND) 

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Nam is considered an ugly duckling…but she has been in love with Chan, the most popular student in school. For him, she decides to change herself in hopes that he will notice her just once. What makes this movie amazing is the realistic portrayal of first love, one that many girls can identify with. I loved Nam’s unconditional love and her confession to him was heartbreaking. Chan is loveable, too. Unlike your typical heartthrobs, he is quite very cheerful and kind. The ending was so adorable and will satisfy viewers. Sigh, I wished Thailand would make more romance instead of horror movies!

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30 comments

  1. I jst watched crazy thing called love.. it was amazing.. thanks for yur list.. it helped me find such a beautiful movie…

  2. Sakura Recaps and Reviews · · Reply

    Thanks. Glad I could be helpful :)

  3. AdaNia+ · · Reply

    I’m already watched all the japanese movies that you’ve list..
    Once you watch a Japanese movies you will start cry and addicted to the movies..
    You should watch “Fly Me To Polaris” a Hong Kong movie..and ALSO “Ombak Rindu” a malaysia movie..
    huhu..sorry for my english.. :P
    #Oh My English!

  4. i Am Anonymous · · Reply

    why is 200 pounds beauty not in the list ? (just asking)
    btw thank you for the list

  5. wo dis is cool ya…pliz add sum top storis

  6. A Werewolf Boy should be on the list…

  7. hey ! thanks ! i really love the kimi ni todoke ! i like sadako! opps sawako instead! XD
    i really love japanese accent. keep it up !.

  8. senth · · Reply

    Thanks so much for the list. it would be great if you could some more movies too :-)

  9. Oh!!! yeah nice list my fav were no.3 and no.1 i coudnt agree more

  10. this is an absolutely amazing Asian movie list :) I have to agree on every single movie here! we should so be friends so we can share the love of Asian movies ˚3˚

  11. Great list. I’ll watch the interesting ones. :) And I agree, Crazy Little Things Called Love is a great movie. One of the best, actually.

  12. CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE (THAILAND) no 1???

  13. I trullyagree your list. it’s so me. i recommend you to watch ‘you are the apple of my eye’. you will love it

  14. Tgirl · · Reply

    A moment to remember is beautiful and heartbreaking…I cried like a baby

  15. shyla · · Reply

    crazy thing called love….such an amazing movie !!!!

  16. Secret!!!Best damn movie ever!!!thanks pal…..also do you know a movie something like it

  17. DamonSalvatore · · Reply

    “SECRET” IS THE BEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME !!

  18. paperplane · · Reply

    I Love your choices, i really do.., i just don’t think Crazy thing Called Love is the no.1 love story in Asia:)

  19. There’s definately a great deal to learn about this
    issue. I like all the points you have made.

  20. I like your list :)

  21. I think the admin of this site is truly working hard for his website, for the reason that here every material
    is quality based material.

  22. Adreanna · · Reply

    I love you so much for recommending me A crazy thing called love. Now, it became my absolute fav movie. I cried a bucket and laughed like a crazy girl in front of my laptop. Kimi ni Todoke was awesome too. I watched it before I saw this, btw. Anyway, keep up the good work

  23. DUELIST <3
    absolutely underrated, it started my love for all things Kang Dong Won.
    however, it is an extremely 'different' kind of film, and will not be to everyone's taste.

  24. Te most authentic rating !indeed the crazy little thing called love is the best :D

  25. Woww. I was looking for the best Asian romance movies on google because tonight i feel like watching some, and came across with this blog.
    The sad thing is… I’VE WATCHED ALL OF THEM ALREADY!!!! *cries* and re-watched… (I’ve watched Crazy thing called love 5 times… yeah it was amazing)

    Where can I find more great love stories like these to watch tonight? :(

  26. AyLabYUH · · Reply

    The secret is the best :3

  27. unbelievable! so how about “My Sassy Girl” ? :)

  28. Manchong Wangsu · · Reply

    I think u need to watch alot. There’s more lot out there. But i just love japanese, loves their everything. So, i best recomend u to watch japanese,
    Thankyou, anyway.

  29. try you are the apple of my eye. a MUST WATCH

  30. I love this list. Thanks :)

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