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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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  • We Will Have Everything – Jiang Nengjie
    • We Will Have Everything – Jiang Nengjie
    • We Will Have Everything – Jiang Nengjie
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    • Mentally disabled group is large but rarely appear in ordinary people's vision in China. With extraordinary patience and love from the charity, can these special people enjoy basic human rights and strive to live independently?
  • Maid for Sale – Dima Al-Joundi
    • Maid for Sale – Dima Al-Joundi
    • Maid for Sale – Dima Al-Joundi
    • $4.99$299.00
    • Sri Lankan women used to be the largest single group of foreign domestic workers in Lebanon. This film chronicles three women and their stories that intertwine charged with hope and despair.
  • Shang’ajia – Jin Jiang
    • Shang’ajia – Jin Jiang
    • Shang’ajia – Jin Jiang
    • $3.49$169.00
    • 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 also have simple happiness.
  • Anrakuto – Hikaru Suzuki
  • Bilal – Sourav Sarangi
    • Bilal – Sourav Sarangi
    • Bilal – Sourav Sarangi
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    • 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 important role in his family.
  • CHAR… the No-Man’s Island – Sourav Sarangi
    • CHAR… the No-Man’s Island – Sourav Sarangi
    • CHAR… the No-Man’s Island – Sourav Sarangi
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    • Rubel wants to join school but reality forces him to smuggle across the River Ganges between India and Bangladesh. The same river eroded his home. Now he lives on Char, an island within this river which starts eroding now.
  • Why Not Coming Back – Hui Dapeng
    • Why Not Coming Back – Hui Dapeng
    • Why Not Coming Back – Hui Dapeng
    • $2.99$139.00
    • Most of the remains of the Chinese expeditionary soldiers who fought in Myanmar have not been properly preserved even until today. When can they return home and rest in peace?
  • 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 from parents. However, she still has to forget sadness and grows up in pain and joy with her brother.
  • The Sichuan Army Veteran Peng Guochen – Jiang Nengjie
  • The Ninth Grade – Jiang Nengjie
    • The Ninth Grade – Jiang Nengjie
    • The Ninth Grade – Jiang Nengjie
    • $2.99$139.00
    • 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 change their own destiny?
  • Miners, the Horsekeeper and Pneumoconiosis – Jiang Nengjie
  • 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 before he dies?
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