Asian feature films submitted for the 94th Academy Awards –

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film has been called one of the most prestigious awards in cinema. This year, Asian films have had a strong showing with two movies nominated and four more submitted to be considered by the committee. Expert opinions on which will win vary greatly, but what is certain is that there are many exciting foreign language films coming out this year from Asia.

The “asian awards 2021 winners” is a list of the Asian feature films submitted for the 94th Academy Awards. The list includes the year, country and title of each film that was submitted.

Asian feature films submitted for the 94th Academy Awards –


These are the Asian films that have been nominated for the Academy Awards’ International Feature Film category, which will be held on March 27, 2022.

In the International Feature Film Category this year, 93 nations submitted films. They are from 14 different countries, 14 of which are from Asia (East Asia, South Asia & Southeast Asia). The final five candidates will be revealed on February 8th, 2022, after a shortlist of fifteen finalists is released on December 21st, 2021. Despite having strong titles, the Philippines failed to submit films for the first time in 15 years.


Asian-feature-films-submitted-for-the-94th-Academy-Awards-%E2%80%93Abdullah Mohammad Saad’s film Rehana ( ) was released in 2021 and runs for 107 minutes.

After witnessing a sexual assault in which she knows both the victim and the offender, an associate professor at a local medical college finds herself in a tough situation. (IMDb)




1639086571_178_Asian-feature-films-submitted-for-the-94th-Academy-Awards-%E2%80%93Pawo Choyning Dorji’s Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom () – 2019 | 110 minutes

Lunana, a little community of just 56 inhabitants perched at 4,800 meters above sea level, is home to the world’s most distant school. Ugen, a city dweller who was born in Thimphu’s capital, has a good profession as a teacher, but he can’t give up his dream of becoming a musician in faraway Australia. He is forcibly relocated to Lunana as he prepares for retirement and immigration. He can hardly handle the toilet without toilet paper and the severe cold of the night as he treks over the Himalayas for days and nights to reach the hamlet. The ostensibly school building lacks a chalkboard and is heaped high with dust. Despite the inherent poverty, the youngsters are eager about pursuing their aspirations via school, and the adults are exceedingly courteous. After that, he encounters a lovely yak herder. (2021) (BIKY) (BIKY) (BIKY) (BIK




1632964419_24_22-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-26th-Busan-InternationalKavich Neang’s White Building () – 2021 | 91 minutes

The White Building was formerly seen as a symbol of Phnom Penh’s successful urbanization and modernity. Residents are fleeing one by one as the building deteriorates. As the destruction and relocation grow more near, the tensions between them are mounting. The plot revolves on Samnang, a young guy, and his father. Samnang wishes to earn a livelihood as a hip-hop dancer, but she must accept the harsh fact that this is impossible. Meanwhile, his father makes futile attempts to negotiate on behalf of the inhabitants with the authorities. Director Kavich Neang based on his personal experiences in creating and directing this production as a former inhabitant (he was born and raised in this unique building). Last Night I Saw You Smiling (2019), his last documentary, caught his neighbors in a loving light, while White Building goes further into the interior atmosphere of the family and neighborhood. White Building earned the CJ Entertainment Award and the Arte Award at the 2016 Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Project Market, and it is the first Cambodian film to be accepted to Venice Orizzonti. (BIFF 2021 – BOO Kyunghwan)




1633620023_212_54th-Sitges-Film-Festival-%E2%80%93-Asian-Presence-%E2%80%93Zhang Yimou’s Cliff Walkers () – 2021 – 120 minutes

In the early 1930s, four Chinese Communist Party spies trained by the Soviets must carry out a mission in Harbin. Zhang Yimou puts his flair for the most plastic action at the service of an espionage picture set in Japanese-controlled Manchuria with the Qing dynasty’s complicity and beneath a cover of snow that blankets the screen in whiteness (SITGES 2021).



Hong Kong

1639086573_757_Asian-feature-films-submitted-for-the-94th-Academy-Awards-%E2%80%93Jimmy Wan’s Zero to Hero () – 2021 | 102 minutes

This film is based on the true life of So Wa Wai, a Paralympic medalist. It educates audiences that even those who “fail on the starting line” may win if they keep trying. (Filmaffinity)




1637960214_630_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-32nd-Singapore-InternationalP.S. Vinothraj’s Pebbles () is a 2021 film with a running time of 74 minutes.

Pebbles, directed by Nayanthara and produced by her, depicts a tumultuous day spent by a little kid with his alcoholic father. The video follows a man as he drags his kid between villages in Madurai’s sweltering deserts in pursuit of his wife, who may be escaping his violence. The kid, on the other hand, merely wants to get his baby sister some new toys. Will the youngster preserve his innocence while his father rushes the countryside, causing confrontations with other hot-headed men?

P.S. VINOTHRAJ’s Tiger Award-winning film—inspired by his sister’s life—is a metaphor for a society worn out by a stale machismo’s impotent rages. It gives an urgency to tackling toxic masculinity as a complete societal malady. Pebbles signals the coming of a significant cinematic voice by unfolding with rapid narrative economy and outstanding camerawork, including a beautifully crafted nine-minute tracking shot. SGIFF 2021 SGIFF 2021 SGIFF 2021 SGIFF 20




1632964421_356_22-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-26th-Busan-International2021 | 96 minutes | Yuni by Kamila Andini

Yuni, a high school student, has a purple obsession. Her family, which lives in the countryside, is not wealthy, so she understands the importance of obtaining a scholarship to continue doing what she loves – studying at a university. She is not, however, a flawless person. She would take minor items if they are purple, and she has enlisted the help of a buddy to create poems for her in order to boost her grades in literature, her one weak subject. Despite this, her peers and even other men see her as attractive and intelligent. She is now unable to determine what she really desires. Bad news begins to travel in the little community as she continues to refuse propositions. Yuni, directed by Kamila Andini, is a charming picture on the surface, but it’s the critical point—the perspective underneath the conservatism and sexism—that elevates it to masterpiece status. (BIFF 2021 – PARK SUNGHO)




1632899465_260_22-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-26th-Busan-InternationalRyusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car () is a 2021 film with a running time of 179 minutes.

A film based on Murakami Haruki’s short tale of the same title from his book Men Without Women. Hamaguchi takes the story’s core, showing a protagonist who hides his gloom and loneliness in a corner of his heart, and embellishes it with a plethora of details in his own unique way. Through individuals speaking various languages putting together a play, he gets a step closer to the mysteries of the world. While having sex, the protagonist’s wife has a tendency of making up tales. She develops one of them into a TV drama screenplay and establishes herself as a successful television writer. The protagonist discovers of his wife’s infidelity one day, but she dies before he can question her why. He is invited to a theatrical festival two years later, when he gets together performers of all ethnicities to portray Uncle Vanya. There, he discovers a chance to plunge into the depths of his own heart. (BIFF 2021 – NAM Dong-chul)




1639086577_469_Asian-feature-films-submitted-for-the-94th-Academy-Awards-%E2%80%93Muzzamer Rahman’s Hail, Driver! (Prebet Sapu) – 2020 | 82 minutes

Aman chose to become an illegal e-hailing driver when his father died. Aman attempts to comprehend life in Kuala Lumpur via driving. (Mubi)




1639086578_718_Asian-feature-films-submitted-for-the-94th-Academy-Awards-%E2%80%93Wayne Peng’s Precious Is the Night () – 2020 | 80 minutes

A murder mystery set in 1960s Singapore, with a doctor in his thirties as the central character. The doctor becomes embroiled in a web of deception, sex, and lies after making home visits to a strange rich family. (IMDb)



South Korea (South Korea)

1639086579_79_Asian-feature-films-submitted-for-the-94th-Academy-Awards-%E2%80%93Ryoo Seung-Escape wan’s from Mogadishu () – 2021 | 121 minutes

The workers and families of both the South Korean and North Korean embassies in war-torn Somalia in 1991 had the same goal: to flee Mogadishu. (IMDb)




1639086579_349_Asian-feature-films-submitted-for-the-94th-Academy-Awards-%E2%80%93Chung Mong-The hong’s Falls () – 2021 | 129 minutes

Xiao Jing, a high school student, starts a home quarantine when a classmate tests positive for Covid-19. Her mother, Pin-Wen, is requested to take a leave of absence by her employer. The already tight mother-daughter connection gets much more strained when they are confined together. Pin-Wen is admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with a mental condition after a series of bizarre events. Xiao Jing realizes her mother is really sick only then. A shadow of hardships hovers over their future as they deal with illness, unemployment, and family debts. Mental illness forces the lives of the mother and daughter to swerve in unexpected ways, but it also untangles threads that have been knotted around their hearts for a long time. Pin-Wen learns that the only one who can catch her if she falls is her daughter.




1633620039_861_54th-Sitges-Film-Festival-%E2%80%93-Asian-Presence-%E2%80%93Banjong Pisanthanakun’s The Medium () – 2021 | 130 minutes

A documentary crew follows Nim, a shaman residing in Northern Thailand’s Isan region, and comes across her niece Mink, who is exhibiting peculiar symptoms that seem to be shamanic inheritance. The crew chooses to follow Mink in the hopes of capturing the shaman bloodline being passed down to the next generation, but her strange behavior escalates. BIFAN 2021 (BIFAN) (BIFAN) (BIFAN) (




1639086582_441_Asian-feature-films-submitted-for-the-94th-Academy-Awards-%E2%80%93Trn Thành’s Dad, I’m Sorry (B già) – 2021 | 128 minutes

It revolves on Sang, an elderly motorcyclist who lives in a low-income HCMC area. Sang, despite his poverty and sickness, is always willing to put his family first. (IMDb)





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