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documentary movies about China and Chinese-speaking regions online

Here is the list of Asian documentaries for you to watch online with English subtitles. Subscribe now to watch these documentaries about Asia online with 20% off. And stay notified about Asia-related insights & latest offers!

The truth hurts. However, sometimes it inspires inspiration, fear, sadness, humor, or whatever emotions in between.

Documentary is based on real life, real people and events as the object of expression. With the truth it makes people think. The birth of film began with the creation of documentary. In 1895, Louis Lumière from France shot Exiting the Factory and The Arrival of a Train. He also shot other experimental films, and all of these films belong to documentary.

Documentary, news reel film, and non-fiction film share some basic characteristics: authenticity and objectivity. However, there is in fact no absolute objectivity in the creation of all documentary films. They are rather a representation of the historical world. Depending on the purpose of shooting, the film can highlight the function of “recording” and emphasize the connection with the real world. It can also highlight the form and style as a director’s personal artistic creation.

However, regardless of the purpose and function of documentary filming, “documentary ethics” is the norm that all documentary workers abide by. Because documentaries take the real world as the basic material, they have an unavoidable responsibility for the real people and objects recorded in the camera.

Note: There may be other kinds of documentary contents about Asia such as TV series or web series in this category.

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  • Miners, the Horsekeeper and Pneumoconiosis – Jiang Nengjie
  • Aoluguya, Aoluguya – Gu Tao
    • Aoluguya, Aoluguya – Gu Tao
    • Aoluguya, Aoluguya – Gu Tao
    • $3.99$229.00
    • Evenki reindeer herders, a legendary ethnic minority coming from further northern Siberia three hundred years ago, moved into a government-built settlement in 2003 and was banned from hunting. Would the…
  • Bilal – Sourav Sarangi
    • Bilal – Sourav Sarangi
    • Bilal – Sourav Sarangi
    • $4.99$259.00
    • A three-year-old boy named Bilal lives with his blind parents in the slums of Kolkata. Although he is very little, he already knows a lot about life and plays an…
  • CHAR… the No-Man’s Island – Sourav Sarangi
  • Children at a Village School – Jiang Nengjie
  • Jia Yi – Jiang Nengjie
    • Jia Yi – Jiang Nengjie
    • Jia Yi – Jiang Nengjie
    • $2.99$149.00
    • Jiayi is a left-behind child who has to endure the bitter taste of separation from parents. However, she still has to forget sadness and grows up in pain and joy…
  • Lost Mountain – Gu Tao
    • Lost Mountain – Gu Tao
    • Lost Mountain – Gu Tao
    • $4.49$189.00
    • Gelibao, a former hunter, raises more than 100 Oroqen hunting horses in the traditional way. One day, his horse is shot by poachers. The sky of Wulubutie has turned to…
  • Mr. Long Yunsong – Jiang Nengjie
    • Mr. Long Yunsong – Jiang Nengjie
    • Mr. Long Yunsong – Jiang Nengjie
    • $2.99$149.00
    • Kuomintang (KMT) veteran Long Yunsong participated in the Sino-Japanese war by glory, but he is sick and experiences injustice in old age. Can he really be recognized by the state…
  • Shang’ajia – Jin Jiang
    • Shang’ajia – Jin Jiang
    • Shang’ajia – Jin Jiang
    • $3.49$179.00
    • A group of Lisu people without a registered ID (Hukou) live their primitive life in the mountains by the Nujiang River in Yunnan. In addition to misfortune and hardships, they…
  • The Last Moose of Aoluguya – Gu Tao
    • The Last Moose of Aoluguya – Gu Tao
    • The Last Moose of Aoluguya – Gu Tao
    • $4.99$259.00
    • Wejia, an Evenki hunter with moose's lonely temperament feels lost after the government banned hunting. When the spring comes, Weijia enters the original forest and looks for the moose's footprints...
  • The Ninth Grade – Jiang Nengjie
    • The Ninth Grade – Jiang Nengjie
    • The Ninth Grade – Jiang Nengjie
    • $2.99$149.00
    • A group of students are at a crossroads in life preparing for the High School Entrance Exam, and most of them are left-behind children. Can they get good grades to…
  • The Opaque God – Gu Tao
    • The Opaque God – Gu Tao
    • The Opaque God – Gu Tao
    • $2.99$149.00
    • The aged Guan Kouni is the last Shaman of Oroqen. She hopes to find a Shaman heir in her lifetime. However, today's young people no longer believe in the God.
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