Want to watch some quality cinema while stuck at home during this time of social distancing and self-isolation? SBS On Demand has you covered with a huge range of movies from Asian countries, and they're all available to stream for free in Australia!
Whether it's domestically lauded or internationally awarded, there's something for every cinematic taste. Here's just some of the award-winning Asian cinema we think you should check out from the comfort of your home!
This epic martial arts drama from acclaimed director Ang Lee was nominated for 10 Oscars in 2001, and won four, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography. Starring legends Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh, it also launched Zhang Ziyi's career internationally.
The story focuses on a politician's daughter who steals a warrior's sword, triggering a series of events to recover it, all leading to a showdown with the thief's ingenious minder. Watch on SBS On Demand
Director Hou Hsiao-hsien won Best Director at Cannes Film Festival in 2015 for this film loosely based on the late 9th-century martial arts story 'Nie Yinniang'. Shu Qi plays a woman abducted as a child and raised as an assassin who is sent back to her birthplace to kill the man she's promised to. But when faced with the reality of what she must do, she begins questioning the mission she's been tasked with. Watch on SBS On Demand
Even if you haven't seen it, you've heard of this hit Korean blockbuster. Director Yeon Sang Ho won Best New Director at the prestigious Baeksang Arts Awards, and it was nominated in almost every eligible category in end-of-year Korean film awards.
Gong Yoo shines in this as the father determined to protect his child when a zombie apocalypse breaks out, and their only chance of survival is teaming up with fellow passengers on a train to Busan. It also stars Parasite's Choi Woo Shik and The Eternals' Ma Dong Seok.
You'll never look at public transport the same way again. Watch on SBS On Demand
Chinese director Jia Zhangke is a critically renowned filmmaker whose films often premiere at international film festivals (see Ash Is The Purest White also on SBS On Demand). 2013 drama A Touch of Sin was nominated for Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or and won Best Screenplay.
The poetic film focuses on four characters living in different provinces who are driven to violent ends, ranging from a young receptionist pushed to the edge by an abusive client to an angry miner who takes village justice into his own hands. Watch on SBS On Demand
This 2015 Japanese drama from Hirokazu Kore-eda competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and swept the 39th Japan Academy Prize, winning four awards including Picture of the Year and Director of the Year.
Based on the manga Umimachi Diary, the film is about three 20-something sisters living together who invite their 14-year-old half-sister to live with them after their estranged father dies. It begins a journey of joyful sisterhood and discovery that'll warm your heart. Watch on SBS On Demand
You probably don't need an introduction to Godzilla, and this movie is filled with the action-packed mayhem you'd expect. Japan is plunged into chaos when Godzilla emerges and terrorises Tokyo, in this film from Evangelion mastermind Hideaki Anno, starring Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi and Satomi Ishihara.
The film was not only a box-office hit on release in 2016 with critics dubbing it a return to form for the Japan Godzilla concept, it also won Picture of the Year and Director of the Year at the 40th Japan Academy Prize. Watch on SBS On Demand
A lyrical and haunting piece of cinema from Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the plot uses a spreading sleeping sickness epidemic as a metaphor for Thai societal issues, as well as personal problems. Reality and dreams blur in this quiet film that premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival, and later won Best Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Watch on SBS On Demand
Korean music drama Swing Kids stars K-pop group EXO's D.O, aka Do Kyung Soo, as a young North Korean soldier in a POW camp during the Korean War. He's drawn into the world of tap dancing when a former Broadway dancer now American soldier creates a dance troupe, and he finds a new freedom in dancing.
Balancing the seriousness of the era with the lightness of dance, this film will make you laugh, lift your heart and also make you cry. An international hit, Swing Kids director Kim Hyeong Cheol won Best Director at the 55th Baeksang Arts Awards. Watch on SBS On Demand
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