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YesAsia 2021 Bestsellers - Movies

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The below rankings are based on sales of movie releases on from January 1 to December 31, 2021.


1. Shock Wave 2 2. Eight Hundred 3. Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train 4. Cliff Walkers 5. Black Widow

6. Deliver Us From Evil 7. Find Your Voice 8. Fatal Visit 9. Shock Wave 10. Dear Tenant


Andy Lau is king with three films in our top ten bestsellers! The evergreen superstar's crime thriller Shock Wave 2 was our #1 film of 2021, and its 2017 predecessor also returned to the top ten right behind Andy's inspirational drama Find Your Voice. Guan Hu's blockbuster war epic The Eight Hundred and Zhang Yimou's spy thriller Cliff Walkers ranked high as expected as our second and third biggest Chinese films. Fatal Visit entered the top five on the power of stars Sammi Cheng and Charlene Choi, while Raging Fire, Benny Chan's last film starring Donnie Yen and Nicholas Tse, made the top ten cut even though it was released fairly late in the year. Classic Hong Kong films are always steady sellers, and John Woo's A Better Tomorrow actually came in eighth in 2021. It's not all action and genre though, thanks to award-winning Taiwan dramas Dear Tenant and My Missing Valentine.

1. Shock Wave 2 2. Eight Hundred 3. Cliff Walkers 4. Find Your Voice 5. Fatal Visit

6. Shock Wave 7. Dear Tenant 8. A Better Tomorrow 9 (tie). Raging Fire 9 (tie). My Missing Valentine


Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train slayed the box office to become Japan's biggest film of all time, so it's no surprise that it was also our best-selling Japanese film of 2021. Eternal favorite Doraemon claimed three spots with the 3D Stand By Me Doraemon series and its annual 2D entry. With the fourth and final film of the Rebuild of Evangelion series coming out theatrically this year, all three previous entries made it into our top ten. Shinkai Makoto's Weathering with You and Your Name also continued to sell well, leaving Iwai Shunji's Last Letter as the only live-action film in the top ten.

1. Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train 2. Stand By Me Doraemon 2 3. Evangelion: 1.11 4. Your Name 5.Evangelion: 3.33

6. Evangelion: 2.22 7. Weathering With You 8. Doraemon: Nobita's New Dinosaur 9. Last Letter 10. Stand By Me Doraemon


Hong Won Chan's brutal action thriller Deliver Us From Evil starring Lee Jung Jae and Hwang Jung Min was the top-selling Korean film of 2021. It's followed by the sci-fi actioner Seobok starring Gong Yoo and Park Bo Gum. Two Kang Dong Won-led futuristic dystopian action thrillers – Kim Jee Woon's Jin-Roh remake Illang and Train to Busan sequel Peninsula – appear in the top ten. Voice of Silence, featuring Yoo Ah In in an award-winning performance, came in fifth, and Ryoo Seung Wan's Escape from Mogadishu closed out the top ten. Four films that ranked in the top ten in 2020 stayed on the chart: Parasite, Extreme Job, The Negotiation and EXIT.

1. Deliver Us From Evil 2. Seobok 3. Illang: The Wolf Brigade 4. Parasite 5. Voice of Silence

6. Extreme Job 7. Negotiation 8. EXIT 9. Peninsula 10. Escape from Mogadishu

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Published January 6, 2022

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