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YesAsia 2018 Bestsellers - Movies

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The below rankings are based on sales of movie releases on from January 1 to December 31, 2018.


1. Manhunt 2. Chasing the Dragon 3. A Taxi Driver 4. Legend of the Demon Cat 5. Real

6. The Brink 7. Monkey King 3 8. Paradox 9. Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds 10. Brotherhood of Blades II


Hong Kong action still holds a special place among Asian cinema fans. Manhunt, John Woo's highly anticipated return to the action genre, is our best-selling film of 2018. With its superstar team-up of Donnie Yen and Andy Lau, Hong Kong crime action drama Chasing the Dragon follows closely behind in second place. Zhang Jin vehicle The Brink, Wilson Yip's SPL installment Paradox, wuxia prequel Brotherhood of Blades: The Infernal Battlefield and Wu Jing's record-setting Wolf Warrior II are also all action entries, and Chapman To's karate-themed drama The Empty Hands sneaks into the top ten with hints of action. Special effects fantasy epics Legend of the Demon Cat and The Monkey King 3 rank high in the top five, while Golden Horse winner The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful emerges as the lone Taiwan representative.

1. Manhunt 2. Chasing the Dragon 3. Legend of the Demon Cat 4. The Brink 5. Monkey King 3

6. Paradox 7. Brotherhood of Blades II 8. The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful 9. Wolf Warrior II 10. Empty Hands


A Taxi Driver, Jang Hoon's award-winning blockbuster about the Gwangju Uprising, raked in over 12 million admissions in Korea in 2017, and it's our top-selling Korean film of 2018. Korea's biggest film of 2017-2018, Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, comes in third after Real, the notorious psychological crime drama starring Kim Soo Hyun. Park Chan Wook's erotic thriller The Handmaiden charts in the top ten for the third consecutive year alongside a varied mix of star-driven films like Ryoo Seung Wan's The Battleship Island, buddy cop comedy Midnight Runners and romantic remake Be With You.

1. A Taxi Driver 2. Real 3. Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds 4. Handmaiden 5.
Battleship Island

6. Midnight Runners 7. Memoir of a Murderer 8. Villainess 9. Be with You 10. I Can Speak


Last year's #1 selling film, Shinkai Makoto's animated blockbuster Your Name, holds on to the top position amongst Japanese releases. Fellow anime entry A Silent Voice also stays in the top ten for the second straight year. Kitano Takeshi's final installment of his Outrage series comes in second, while blockbuster manga adaptation Gintama and Harada Masato's Sengoku epic Sekigahara share third place. Kore-eda Hirokazu claims three spots in the top ten with Japan Academy Prize winner The Third Murder and the Blu-ray releases of his early classics After Life and Maborosi.

1. Your Name 2. Outrage Coda 3 (tie). Gintama 3 (tie). Sekigahara 5 (tie).
Third Mirder

5 (tie). After Life 7. My Teacher 8. Let Me Eat Your Pancreas 9 (tie). Maborosi 9 (tie).
A Silent Voice

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Published January 7, 2019

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