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YesAsia 2013 Bestsellers - Movies

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The below rankings are based on sales of movie releases on from January 1 to December 31, 2013. Sales of all editions and versions of the same title are summed up to determine the total sales and ranking of each title.


1. The Grandmaster 2. CZ12 3. Cold War 4. Saving General Yang 5. Journey to the West

6. Rurouni Kenshin 7. Drug War 8. Blind Detective 9. The Guillotines 10. Last Tycoon


Action was the name of the game in 2013, as the genre dominated the chart with six films. Wong Kar Wai's highly anticipated epic The Grandmaster was the top film of year, showing that the auteur is still a huge draw for audiences worldwide. Popular Hong Kong stars Jackie Chan, Andy Lau and Stephen Chow also remained big names, though young stars show it's their time for the spotlight with The Guillotines, Saving General Yang and Tai Chi Hero landing on the chart.

1. The Grandmaster 2. CZ12 3. Cold War 4. Saving General Yang 5. Journey to the West

6. Drug War 7. Blind Detective 8. The Guillotines 9. Last Tycoon 10. Tai Chi Hero


Animation once again dominated the Japanese movie bestseller chart in 2013 with animated films taking up six of the top ten spots. Rurouni Kenshin fans clearly looked forward to seeing their favorite swordsman in live-action, as the popular manga series' first feature became the best-selling Japanese film. Studio Ghibli remained a favorite of film fans, with three of the studio's remastered Blu-rays landing on the list. Helter Skelter, Sawajiri Erika's return to the film world, also aroused the curiosity of many, becoming the second best-selling live-action film on the list.

1. Rurouni Kenshin 2. Evangelion: 3.33 3. Helter Skelter 4. Wolf Children 5. Lesson of the Evil

6. Princess Mononoke 7. Outrage Beyond 8. Porco Rosso 9. Garden of Words 10. Kiki's Delivery Service


Korea's highest-grossing film of all time The Thieves fittingly also made off with the top spot on our Korean movie bestsellers. It's joined by other star-driven big players like A Werewolf Boy, Berlin File, Masquerade and Tower, all of which pulled in over five million admissions at the Korean box office. Besides the obvious blockbuster suspects, films with idol leads – Kim Jae Joong's hitman comedy Code Name: Jackal and Rain's aerial actioner R2B: Return to Base sold particularly well – while Confession of Murder and A Company Man nailed the crowd-pleasing cross-section of crime action genre with K-Drama heartthrobs.

1. The Thieves 2. A Werewolf Boy 3. The Berlin File 4. Code Name: Jackal 5. Masquerade

6. The Tower 7 (tie). Confession of Murder 7 (tie).
A Company Man
9. R2B: Return to Base 10. New World

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Published January 10, 2014

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