Romantic Asian Films to watch this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and if you’re like me, all you’ll want to do is cuddle up on the sofa munching on your favourite takeaway and watching romantic films all night long. After watching some of my favourite romantic films until death (my apologise Bridget Jones, you will not be coming out this Valentine’s Day!), I decided to broaden my horizon and see what the far East had to offer me, here I present to you the some of the best Asian Romantic Films.

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  1. First Love
    Country: Thailand
    Release Date: 2010
    IMDb rating: 7.7/10
    Plot: Also going under a title ‘A Little Thing Called Love’ and based on a true story, the plot follows the life of a 14 year old girl Nam, who falls in love with her senior of tenth grade P’Shone and tries desperately to win his attention.
    First Impressions: This films looks really cute but some of the acting looks slightly stiff.

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  2. No Breathing
    Country: South Korea
    Release Date: 2013
    IMDb Rating: 6.5/10
    Plot: A gifted swimmer rediscovers his talent by entering a competition against his long-time rival after being in a swimming slump
    First Impressions: This looks like a live-action of the very popular anime Free! Iwatobi Swim Club. This is definitely on my must-watch list!!

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  3. Secretly, Greatly
    Country: South Korea
    Release Date: 2013
    IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
    Plot: Three undercover North Korean agents live happily in South Korea while waiting for their order. One day, an unexpected order arrives, but it’s not what they expected.
    First Impressions: From the description, this films seems slightly ominous. Watching the trailer the synopsis doesn’t give anything away and there is more to this film than meets the eye.

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  4.  I’m a Cyborg, But that’s okay
    Country: South Korea
    Release Date: 2006
    IMDb Rating: 7.1/10
    Plot: A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people’s souls.
    First Impressions: I’ve seen this advertised a lot at my local video store and I’ve always been intrigued by the cover but never read the back. Seems like a serious plot with serious themes, however in the trailer they touch upon them with absolute care.

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  5.  My Little Bride
    Country: South Korea
    Release Date: 2004
    IMDb Rating: 7.2/10
    Plot: A teenage girl tries to continue her normal social and school life, after her grandfather forces her into an arranged marriage with a man in his twenties.
    First Impressions: This is a serious issue for young girls around the world, how they’ve managed to turn a serious topic into a romantic film I don’t know. I am intrigued to find out though.

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