Asian Film Online is a multi-part online streaming video collection of more than 1,000 narrative feature films, documentaries, and shorts. With Asian voices addressing Asian issues, and through works selected by Asian film experts, the collection offers highly relevant perspectives and insights. Its themes—such as modernity, globalization, national identity, female agency, inequalities in opportunity amid social and political unrest, and cultural and sexual identity—are central to any meaningful discussion of Asian culture.
Whereas tracking down these hard-to-find films individually is a time-consuming, expensive, and complicated process, Asian Film Online brings this trove of high-quality resources straight to your library in one cost-effective, easy-to-use online interface.
This series is valuable for scholarship in Asian studies, Middle Eastern studies, political science, postcolonial theory and criticism, anthropology, and linguistics. The works also explore a wide variety of cinematic styles and techniques relevant to the study of film, literature, and the visual and performing arts.
Asian Film Online: Volume I features more than 600 hours of film from across the region. More than 75 percent of these titles stream exclusively in Asian Film Online, and more than 60 percent are award winners. Twenty-four countries are represented, with a strong concentration on China, India, Iran, South Korea, and Southeast Asia.
The collection features internationally acclaimed directors as well as those rarely seen outside their native countries. Filmmakers include:
Other highlights of Volume I include:
Launched in 2014, Volume II is growing to deliver 500 additional hours of film along with 5,000 pages of text focused on the featured films and filmmakers. The second volume features works from 70 countries across Asia, including more in-depth coverage of Turkey, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, and Vietnam.
Highlights from Volume II include:
Asian Film Online is available on Alexander Street’s online interface, and provides an array of features to enhance teaching and learning.
Asian Film Online is a multi-part online collection of streaming video available to libraries via annual subscription or one-time purchase, with pricing scaled to your institution. Volumes are available individually or as a series.
This resource will be beneficial to those interested in Asian and Middle Eastern studies and the study of film. It will also facilitate interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences. A trial is recommended to determine cost-effectiveness. Summing up: highly recommended.K. T. Wei, emerita, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign CHOICE