Are you looking for movies like Eat Pray Love that will make you feel like traveling? Traveling helps you expand your mind and see things from different perspectives. Like many twenty-somethings, Liz in Eat Pray Love travels to Bali, India and, Italy in search of herself after realizing that she isn't passionate about her life anymore.
Asian Movies Like Eat Pray Love
East Asian countries like South Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan are the perfect places for female travelers looking to explore something completely new in search of themselves. Not only do they have centuries of history and amazingly hospitable people, but they are also one of the safest cities in the world. If you plan to visit these cities, watch these 12 movies to learn more about the East Asian countries' cities, culture, history, and lifestyles.
In this post, I'll share 12 Asian movies and Netflix series that you'll enjoy if you enjoyed Eat Pray Love. These movies and series will take you to different cities in Asia and show you how people eat, pray, love, and many more.
1. Crash Landing on You (Netflix series/ North and South Korea)
This series is about a thriving South Korean businesswoman who ends up in North Korea while paragliding due to a tornado blowing her over to North Korea. A North Korean patrol officer finds her and helps her hide in a small town in North Korea.
The premise of Crash Landing on You was inspired by an actual event where a South Korean actress accidentally sailed to North Korea. If you are curious about how North Korean cities look, this series describes average North Koreans' lives realistically. The screenwriter hired a North Korean defector turned writer to help develop the series.
2. Hometown Chachachacha (Netflix series/South Korea)
The series takes place in a small seaside town, completely different from the well-known capital of South Korea, Seoul. The story is about two people who move back to their small hometown after struggling to making it in Seoul. It's fun to see the contrast between Korea's cosmopolitan city and the cute little coastal town.
The story starts off extremely cheerful but gets really sad in the last couple of episodes. Get ready to cry your eyes out if you stick till the end.
Spoiler's alerts: the two fall in love and accept their traumas and differences in the past.
3. Crazy Rich Asians (Movie/Singapore)
The movie is about a New Yorker, Rachel, visiting her boyfriend Nick's homeland, Singapore, where she finds out he is one of the country's wealthiest families. Watching this movie will please your eyes and ears; everything about this movie is beautiful, from the places on the island to the wedding.
4. Finding Mr. Right 2 (Movie/Macao)
The movie takes place in Macau, where Jiao works as a casino hostess. Over a few years, Jiao and Daniel send each other over 84 letters, each believing the other to be a Chinese person living in London.
Macao, a vibrant casino city now, was once a Portuguese colony, and the past influence of colonization is still visible in some parts of the city. I'm sure that you'll enjoy the love story set in Asia's Vegas.
5. Memoir of Geisha (Movie/Kyoto)
Some say the movie is based on a real story, while others disagree. It's about a young girl who lives in a poor fishing village sold to a geisha house in Kyoto by her father in the late 1920s. She tries to escape, rebel, then changes her mind and begins to want to be a geisha.
6. Lost in translation (Movie/Tokyo)
John, an American movie star, visits Tokyo for an advertisement for a whiskey brand and meets an American girl, Charlotte, who is in Tokyo to accompany her photographer husband. John and Charlotte explore Tokyo together, both unhappy with their current marriages and going through life crisis.
8. Us and Them Houlaide women (Movie/Beijing)
The movie is about two strangers who met on the train back home to Beijing, becoming friends. The story is told between the past and the present, finally merging to the present timeline to reconcile with the past.
If you are looking for a realistic and emotional that's not so cheesy, this movie is for you!
9. Taipei exchanges (Movie/Taipei)
The movie is about two sisters who open a café in Taipei, which becomes a bartering location.
10. Parasite (Movie/South Korea)
You've probably heard of this movie, if not watched already. Parasite was everything everyone was talking about a couple of years ago. It became the first non-English language film to win the Academy Award for Best picture.
The movie is about the Kim family, struggling in poverty, schemes to get hired by a wealthy Park family, later getting into trouble. With a shocking ending, the movie leaves you thinking about class conflict, social inequality, and wealth disparity which is prevalent in many capitalist societies, including Seoul.
In this movie, the Kim and Park families are a parasite to each other, Kim living off Park's wealth and Park depending on Kim's labor.
Note: Although this is not exactly like Eat Pray Love in terms of leaving you feeling warm, I decided to add this as it's one of the best Korean movies of all times. (Don't watch this if you are not in to thrillers.)
11. The Thieves (Movie/HK)
The movie is about South Korean burglars joining a heist in Hong Kong.
12. Assassination (Movie/Shanghai)
Assassination is a South Korean espionage action film with the 8th highest-grossing movie in Korean film history. If you are curious about East Asian history, you'll love this movie.
The movie is about a resistance fighter who tries to murder a pro-Japanese business person during Japan's rule over Korea.
I hope you enjoyed the list of Asian movies like Eat Pray Love. Although traveling internationally has become difficult due to the pandemic, watching these movies will expand your mind and help you experience secondhand what life is like in
different countries and even living in different centuries.
East Asian cities like Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo have been gaining more and more popularity over the past decade as well as all things Korean culture, so invite some friends over and watch these movies/series together!!
Let me know in the comment section below which movie you are looking forward to watching!