18 Exciting Asian Directors to Watch Out for in 2023

Bong Joon-Ho once said: “Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”

Whether you’re a long-time fan of foreign cinema or looking to discover new directors whose filmographies you can dive into, here are 18 Asian directors to watch out for in 2023.

After a ten-year wait, Hayao Miyazaki is coming out with his first movie since The Wind Rises — and it’s also said to be his last. It's entitled, "How Do You Live?"

Hayao Miyazaki, Japan

A critically acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer, Wong Kar-wai is another big name making an exciting return to the limelight after a ten-year wait.

Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong

Nuri Bilge Ceylan, is a Turkish director, screenwriter, actor, and producer known for films exploring existentialism and the human experience.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey

Giddens Ko is a storyteller first and foremost, having started out as a novelist — who, at his peak, was publishing a book per month for 14 months — before becoming a filmmaker.

Giddens Ko, Taiwan

His films and TV shows explore themes of vengeance and violence but also of humanity, told in twisting narratives and gorgeous visuals.

Park Chan-wook, Korea

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