Military History Movies Worth A Damn: Asian Top 5 List

1. City of Life and Death (2009)

This gritty epic from 2009 depicts the Rape of Nanking by the Japanese Imperial Army in 1937 during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The majority of the movie is in black and white which adds to the authenticity and historical realism. Chinese with English subtitles.

2. Back to 1942  (2012)

A Chinese Made War film that tells the tragic story of the great Henan Famine of 1942-43 and the invasion of mainland China by the Japanese. It stars Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins. (Chinese with English subtitles.)

3. Assembly (2007)

Set in 1948 during the Chinese Civil War, this Chinese made war film is action packed. In true Asian fashion, some of the battle scenes are a bit over the top, but it is still a good movie. (Chinese with English subtitles.)

4. My Way (2011)

One of the most unique and amazing Foreign World War Two movies in recent history, My Way is a Korean made film that is based on the true story of Yang Kyoungjong, a Korean who was conscripted into the Japanese Imperial Army, The Soviet Red Army and the Wermacht (German Army) during World War Two and was captured by the Americans on D-Day. (Korean with English Subtitles.)

5. The Admiral, Roaring Currents (2014)

The film mainly follows the famous 1597 Battle of Myeongryang during the Japanese invasion of Korea (1592-1598), where the iconic Joseon admiral Yi Sun-sin managed to destroy a total of 31 of 133 Japanese warships with only 13 ships remaining in his command. The battle, which took place in the Myeongryang Strait off the southwest coast of the Korean Peninsula, is considered one of the greatest victories of Yi. (Korean with English Subtitles.)