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YesAsia 2022 Bestsellers - Movies

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The below rankings are based on sales of movie releases on from January 1 to December 31, 2022.


1. Showbiz Spy 2. Battle at Lake Changjin 3. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness 4. Raging Fire 5. Kungfu Stuntmen

6 (tie). Thor: Love and Thunder 6 (tie). G Storm 8. Battle at Lake Changjin 2 9. Eternals 10. Your Name Engraved Herein


The influence of Hong Kong mega boyband MIRROR extends to cinema with the comedy Showbiz Spy, starring member Anson Lo in his film debut, handily coming up as YesAsia's top-selling film of 2022. Both installments of the war epic The Battle at Lake Changjin, directed by the trifecta of Tsui Hark, Dante Lam and Chen Kaige, landed in the top ten. Benny Chan's final film, Raging Fire, which ranked ninth among Chinese films in 2021, rose to the top five in 2022. It's followed by the documentary Kungfu Stuntmen, and other Hong Kong films like G Storm, Time and Drifting. Coming-of-age queer drama Your Name Engraved Herein is the only Taiwan film represented, and Stanley Kwan's 2001 gay classic Lan Yu closes the list with its remastered Blu-ray release.

1. Showbiz Spy 2. Battle at Lake Changjin 3. Raging Fire 4. Kungfu Stuntmen 5. G Storm

6. Battle at Lake Changjin II 7. Your Name Engraved Herein 8. Drifting 9. Time 10. Lan Yu


Besides winning many awards in 2022, Hamaguchi Ryusuke's Drive My Car was also our top-selling Japanese film of the year. The film sequel to the hit BL series Cherry Magic! followed closely behind in second place, while the film sequel to What Did You Eat Yesterday? came in ninth. There were four animated works in the top ten: the first Sword Art Online: Progressive movie and Hosoda Mamoru's Belle at #3 and #4, plus returning blockbusters Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train and Your Name. The two Midnight Diner films also returned to the top ten.

1. Drive My Car 2. Cherry Magic! 3.
SAO Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night
4. Belle 5.Cube

6. Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train 7. Midnight
8. Midnight
Diner 2
9 (tie).
What Did You Eat Yesterday?
9 (tie). Your Name


After ranking in the top six for Korean films in 2020 and 2021, the steady-selling police comedy Extreme Job climbed to #1 in 2022, edging out Kore-eda Hirokazu's Broker and the police crime drama The Policeman's Lineage. The top ten covers an impressive range of genres including historical biopic (Lee Joon Ik's The Book of Fish), political thriller (Steel Rain 2), mystery thriller (Recalled), disaster film (Sinkhole), family drama (Three Sisters) and occult thriller (The Cursed: Dead Man's Prey). The 1960 seminal classic The Housemaid came in seventh with its new Blu-ray edition.

1. Extreme Job 2 (tie). Broker 2 (tie). Policeman's Lineage 4. Book of Fish 5. Steel Rain 2: Summit

6. Recalled 7 (tie). Sinkhole 7 (tie). Housemaid 9. Three Sisters 10. The Cursed: Dead Man's Prey

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Published January 5, 2023

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