The Most Successful Asian Films of 2016

Hi, guys! Here's the list of the highest-grossing Asian films of 2016 (according to the official sources). If you haven't watched them yet, make sure to at least check them out! 

Do not forget to also take a look at:

*Note: animated films have been excluded on purpose.



Shin Godzilla is the remake of the famous classic that revolves around a giant creature that awakens and starts destroying Japan. ($75,398,709)

Nobunaga Concerto: The Movie is the sequel to the drama of the same name, based on a manga. ($36,187,594)

Assassination Classroom: Graduation is the sequel to the popular supernatural series based on the manga of the same name. ($31,352,921)



The Mermaid is a love story between a businessman and an assassin mermaid who is sent to kill him. ($526,848,189)

The Monkey King 2 is the sequel to the famous 2014 film of the same name. It is based on a classic novel "Journey to the West"; the Chinese love it. ($185,402,420)

From Vegas to Macau III is the last film in the trilogy about the con-men Mark and Ken. ($172,104,369)

*The same titles (in the same order) apply to Hong Kong as well!


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The Tenants Downstairs is the story about a landlord who spies on his tenants by installing secret cameras in their apartments. ($130 million)

David Loman 2 is the sequel to the comedy film about an ordinary man who accidentally becomes a gangster. ($170 million) 



Train to Busan is the popular action movie about zombies that take over the train to Busan and a group of passengers who must fight them to survive. ($80,466,363)

A Violent Prosecutor follows Byun Jae-Wook, a brilliant prosecutor who gets framed for a murder he did not commit and seeks revenge. ($66,640,605)

The Age of Shadows is a political drama about an anti-Japanese organization that fights for Korean independence. ($53,926,613)



Grace is about a girl called Grace and her brother who plan to kidnap an Internet idol. ($938,941)

Joking Jazz 4G is a comedy about a hipster who is pretending to be a monk and his adventures with friends. ($2,491,991)

Khun Phan is a historical film about an officer who is on a mission to take down a corrupted governor. ($2,167,502)

Sources: wikipedia, boxofficemojo

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    Anjaly May 12, 2017

    Watched mermaid and monkey king. Busan train nd assassination classroom sounds interesting.

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    sagwao_o Mar 5, 2017 - edited

    I was glad Train for Busan was in my country's theaters. I've seen the ad in a train station when I took the highspeed train ;) I don't really like zombie movies but I wanted to see Gong Yoo so I decided to watch it and surprise, this movie is different from the American zombie movies. It was very touching! I also enjoyed Nobunaga Concerto. I started the drama and discovered the movie had just been translated. So I enjoyed both the drama and the movie. It's a nice way to learn about Japanese History.

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      Nor Mar 6, 2017

      thanks for sharing! i wanted to watch this but I really don't like horror movies so your comment put me a bit at ease ^-^

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    PickyMcpickleton Mar 5, 2017

    I watched Violent Prosecutor but didn't know it was highly watched. Was a standard movie, nothing to write home about.

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    Toomuchdrama Mar 4, 2017 - edited

    You can include Indian movies as well....Dangal, Neerja, Kapoor and sons, Pink, etc were great movies

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      Ceki Mar 5, 2017

      Unfortunately, Indian films are not part of MDL's database :/

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      Toomuchdrama Mar 7, 2017

      I know...but I think they should include them...I mean the shows are bad but I think the audience here would enjoy Indian movies.

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    Malu Mar 3, 2017 - edited

    So, 2016 was Gong Yoo's year! I'm interested in The Age of Shadows and The Monkey King, also a little curious about Grace. I'll try them this week. Great article! Thank you!

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      Diefenbaker Mar 3, 2017

      The Age Of Shadows was really, really good. If you are into that genre, I highly recommend it.

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    RayRay Mar 3, 2017 - edited

    I can't wait to watch Train To Busan!!

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      Chavs Mar 3, 2017

      you can watch it on kissasian

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      AmberSteininger Mar 3, 2017

      subs on kissasian for Train To Busan are so bad they're unwatchable unfortunately

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      IzzyDramaLover Mar 3, 2017

      Yeah I watched it from Kissasian and the subs are bad :/...try site and see

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      bmore Mar 3, 2017

      subs were great on DramaCool or Dramanices

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    John Mar 2, 2017

    train to busan is an amazing movie

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    Mighty_Brosia Mar 2, 2017

    Nobunaga Concierto is love... Really enjoy the series and this movie... very very funny.. :)

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    kura2ninja Mar 2, 2017 - edited

    One of these days I really need to watch The Mermaid. It looks nuts--just my kind of thing.

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      Chavs Mar 3, 2017

      you can watch it on kissasian

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    Panda Mar 2, 2017

    Gong yoo in 2 movie hit 133million$$$
    for the killaz and 100 dolla billaz

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    JoaBar Mar 2, 2017

    I enjoyed Train to Busan :D

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    EmaChan Mar 2, 2017

    Nobunaga concerto was my favorite movie for 2016 ❤❤ happy to know that he was so successful ^^

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    I haven't seen Shin Godzilla

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      John Mar 2, 2017

      My little brother has seen it and he loved it.

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    NewKDramaAddict Mar 2, 2017

    Seen 7! Must admit I laughed continuous watching Shin Godzilla!!!

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    atslipinbag Mar 2, 2017

    Wow only watched 1, need to watch more.. Usually inticed by dramas more.
    Thank you for the list .like the poster of grace

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