EKSTENSIUM.COM- Netflix features a large number of films from countries such as Japan, China, and Korea, from superhero films and space adventures to heartwarming stories about life.
Even though the following films are live-action, many of these have a strong anime vibe and are sure to be loved by otaku. Here are six Netflix movies that should be on your watch list!
6 Best Movies from East Asia on Netflix for Anime Genre Lovers
1. Hot Gimmick: Girl Meet Boy
Hot Gimmick Story: Girl Meets Boy, based on the popular shojo manga by Miki Aihara, this film was released in 2019 and is a Japanese teenage romantic drama directed by Yuki Yamato.
The story of this film centers on a 16-year-old girl who is passive and insecure named Hatsumi Narita, who eventually becomes the dream of three men: her older brother Shinogu Narita, popular model Azusa Odagiri, and her own neighbor Ryoki Tachibana.
Hot Gimmick is filled with teen drama and addresses issues such as school bullying, depression, and family dynamics. If you enjoy romance anime series with complicated relationships like Peach Girl and Scum's Wish, then this film is a must-watch.
Psychokinesis is a superhero comedy film from South Korea released in 2018 and directed by Yeon Sang-ho, who is best known for his films such as Train to Busan.
This film tells the story of a character named Shin Roo-mi, who runs a popular fried chicken restaurant but is forced to close due to a dispute with a property company run by the mafia named Tae-san.
One night, Roo-mi is forcibly evicted from her restaurant and home by a group of thugs hired by Tae-san, and a violent act ensues that causes Roo-mi's mother to be rushed to the hospital. When Roo-mi's mother dies in the hospital, a meteor falls hitting a mountain in Seoul.
One day, Roo-mi's father, Shin Seok-heon, drinks the mountain water where the meteor fell and suddenly his father gains psychokinetic powers. Seok-heon uses her powers to help Roo-mi and her neighbors defend their home from Tae-san.
This superhero comedy film will appeal to fans of One-Punch Man and Samurai Flamenco, and Shin Roo-mi's father character can be compared to anime father characters such as Daikichi Karachi from Bunny Drop and Kōhei Inuzuka from Sweetness and Lightning.
3. The Yin-Yang Master: Dream Of Eternity
The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity is a Chinese fantasy genre film released in 2020 directed by Guo Jingming and the film's story is based on the novel series Onmyōji by Baku Yumemakura.
Master Qing Ming and Master Yin-Yang were assigned to travel to the Imperial City to stop the Evil Snake demon that had possessed the Empress' body from appearing and causing havoc in the city.
This fantasy film is filled with demon hunting actions, just like in the anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and Jujutsu Kaisen. The romantic bond between Master Qing Ming and Master Bo Ya could be compared to the relationship between Wei Wuxian and Lan Zhan in Mo Dao Zu Shi (Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation).
4. 37 Seconds
37 Seconds is a Japanese film released in 2019. Written and directed by Hikari, the story in this film focuses on the life of Yuma Takada, a 23-year-old woman who has cerebral palsy and has a dream to become a magic artist.
One day, Yuma submitted his work to an erotic manga editor but was rejected due to his lack of experience with sex. The editor told Yuma that he had to resubmit the manga once he gained experience in romance.
37 Seconds has a similar story to A Silent Voice in terms of what it is like to live as a person with a disability. Yuma constantly faces struggles not to be accepted in society, but his world opens up when he befriends an old woman named Mai and teaches her how to be feminine.
Yuma's relationship with Mai is like that of Tsukimi Kurashita and Kuranosuke Koibuchi in Princess Jellyfish, where Kuranosuke helped Tsukimi gain confidence.
5. Us And Them
Us and Them is a Chinese romantic drama film released in 2018 and directed by Taiwanese singer-actress Rene Liu. This film explores the relationship between two individuals, Lin Jianqing and Xiaoxiao Fang, who come from the same rural town and strive to achieve their dreams together while living in Beijing.
However, they face economic hardships which greatly affect their relationship as a couple. This film has a plot between the past and the present, the past is displayed in full-color while the present is depicted in black and white.
Us and Them show viewers the joy of being young and falling in love, this film also presents the challenge of "becoming an adult", which is similar to the storyline of Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You.
This film also exposes the audience to the harsh reality of poverty, so fans of Tokyo Godfathers and Binbō Shimai Monogatari will likely find Us And Them a story that is also very touching for them.
6. Space Sweepers
Space Sweepers is a South Korean film with a space theme and released in 2021, the film is directed by Jo Sung-hee. In 2092, the earth's entire landmass will be nearly uninhabitable.
To save humanity, the company UTS builds a home for humanity orbiting in space, and this place also replicates natural resources such as those on Earth.
However, only a few human beings are chosen to live and become citizens in this new human home, while the rest of the human population must survive on Earth whose conditions are already polluted.
To maintain order in space, UTS regulates taxes and imposes harsh rules and penalties for non-citizens. Many non-citizens become sweepers in space and clear debris in space in exchange for money.
The film's story focuses on the space scavenger crew from the Senguri (Victory) spacecraft. The crew happens to find a child in a space car floating in orbit and go on an adventure to return the child to his father.
This film has stories like the anime Cowboy Bebop and Astra Lost in Space. Like the story in Cowboy Bebop, the characters of these space sweepers are very selfish and unkind, they tend to only care about themselves and are willing to sacrifice others to achieve their goals.
However, the crew members of the space scavenger finally changed their minds when they met the young money girl they met, eventually they became humble, selfless, and wanted to save the world like the story in Astra Lost in Space.