About Us

Ever wanted to get into Asian cinema, but had questions or concerns like:

  • Where do I start?…
  • I’m just looking for a quick flick to watch with friends or my significant other…
  • I want to learn more about the world of Asian film…
  • I’m searching for a review to see if a movie is awesome, or just plain sucks…

If you’ve ever thought any of the statements above, we got your back.

We here at the Asian Filmist (AF) are about anything and everything Asian cinema.

Whether you’re just stepping into the world of Asian cinema, or breathe this stuff daily, feel free to talk to us. We’ll be there for you to tell you what’s good.

(Check out our intro video below)

Let us also watch the horrific, bad Asian movies and slam them in our reviews, so you can avoid them and see the good ones instead. And of course, we’ll be going in-depth about Asian cinema, allowing everyone to learn while enjoying the ride.

AF will be covering films from East Asia and Southeast Asia. Some of these countries include: Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

While India may be considered part of Asia too — South Asia — we won’t be covering Indian cinema. We have nothing against Indian films, as we watch them from time to time, but we’d rather concentrate on films from East Asia and Southeast Asia instead.

In addition, we’ll be covering any Western remakes, USA-Asia collaborations, or films inspired off Asian lore (such as the terrible Dragonball Evolution.)

Currently, we are two person site sharing our love for Asian cinema. Every once in awhile, we also have feature contributor’s works.

Check out our bios below, and welcome to AF!

Video editor & main writer

Raymond Arcega

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Follow Ray on Twitter and chat with a fellow cinema nut. He also tweets about tokusatsu, assorted geekery, and life and adventures in Japanland.

To contact him, email him at: raymond.arcega[@]asianfilmist.com

Here’s some of his favorite Asian movies.

  • Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (2013/Japan)
  • Hard Boiled (1992/Hong Kong)
  • Summer Wars (2009/Japan)
  • Tom Yum Goong (2005/Thailand)
  • Swing Girls (2004/Japan)
  • Tampopo (1985/Japan)
  • A Ghost of a Chance (2011/Japan)
  • The Thieves (2012/Korea)
  • Shaolin Soccer (2001/Hong Kong)
  • Oldboy (2003/Korea)

And here are some random, fun facts about him.

  • Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, CA, but currently lives in Japan
  • A huge fan of tokusatsu, including Kamen Rider, Garo, and Godzilla
  • Will indulge in just about any outing if it involves karaoke
  • A casual fan of anime, video games, and Japanese music
  • A fan of movies from not only Asia, but all countries
Editor in Chief & CEO

Jason Yu

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Jason is all about Asian films, as he especially likes the horror, thriller, crime, and war genres. For some odd reason, he likes bad movies too. When he's not watching Asian movies, he's playing video games or working in the Korean music industry as media in Seoul, Korea. If you're interested in Korean music, check out his other site at Popsori.

To contact him, email him at: jason.yu[@]asianfilmist.com

Here’s some of his favorite Asian movies.

  • A Tale of Two Sisters (2003/Korea)
  • Snowpiercer (2013/Korea)
  • Always Sunset on Third Street series (2005-2012/Japan)
  • My Sassy Girl (2001/Korea)
  • Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War (2004/Korea)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988/Japan)
  • Letters from Imo Jima (2006/USA & Japan)
  • Oldboy (2003/Korea)
  • Infernal Affairs (2002/Hong Kong)
  • The Thieves (2012/Korea)

And here are some random, fun facts about him.

  • Really likes bad movies and can talk for hours about them
  • First got into Asian movies in the late 90s, but truly got hooked upon watching My Sassy Girl
  • Originally from Sacramento, CA, but also has lived in Japan and Korea
  • Also is a big fan of eSports, K-pop, and video games
  • Loves to high-five people