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Here is the list of our Asian movies based on true events. Subscribe now to watch these movies based on true stories online with 20% off. And stay notified about Asia-related insights & latest offers!

The absurdity and cruelty of real life have always been the best creative subjects in the film industry. Through the imagination and plots where truth and fiction meet, movies based on true events can often touch our hearts. They also give deeper resonance and emotion.

The plot of such films comes from life, and it thus has more real emotions and an appeal. It makes you think if this is going to happen in real life or what if this happens to you. You would always feel that the stories are closer to the real life, as if they are happening around you. It seems that audiences can be more involved in the roles of the film.

Identity anxiety around the world keeps us searching for antiheroes, traditions and selves. Films based on true stories are inspiring, which may be one of the reasons that they seem to be more inclined to popular literature and modern characters in recent years.

We should note that movies based on true events often have different interpretations of real events for the sake of dramatic effect or focusing point of view. This is different from documentaries. Documentaries try to bring truth to audiences and are therefore included in the tag as well.

Watching films is a kind of entertainment and learning, but it urges oneself for constant self-reflection, too. Good true story movies may also tell us that this kind of stories where real life is more splendid than the drama, are the most touching ones. Hope you enjoy watching these movies based on true stories online.

Note: There may be other kinds of Asian true story content such as TV series or web series in this tag.

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  • Miners, the Horsekeeper and Pneumoconiosis – Jiang Nengjie
  • Anrakuto – Hikaru Suzuki
    • Anrakuto – Hikaru Suzuki
    • Anrakuto – Hikaru Suzuki
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    • Anrakuto tells a real story between a broken Japanese family and an illegal immigrant from South Korea. They find a new balance in their relationship, and together they form an…
  • 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
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    • Jiayi is a left-behind child who has to endure the bitter taste of separation with parents. However, she still has to forget sadness and grows up in pain and joy…
  • Journey to the South – Wiseman Wang
    • Journey to the South – Wiseman Wang
    • Journey to the South – Wiseman Wang
    • $3.49$179.00
    • This film describes a Chinese gasoline tanker truck driver driving all the way south. On the way he encountered various AMAZING schemes to make him pay, which forces him to…
  • 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
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    • 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...
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