Reincarnation: Asian Movies


Reincarnation seems to have captured the imagination of many and the idea receives regular mentions in feature films, popular books, and popular music.

Feature films from Asia which depicts the theme of reincarnation. The Asian culture has a different perspective of the subject from the Western world.


ReligionTo understand reincarnation, we need to understand the nature of our mind, and how our body and mind are separate entities. Understanding how our body and mind are separate entities, we can understand how even though the body disintegrates at death, the continuum of the mind remains unbroken. Instead of ceasing, the mind simply leaves the present body and goes to the next life.


Asian Movies: Reincarnation

Asian Movies with the theme of Reincarnation
Dream Lovers (1986) UR
When a symphony conductor meets a woman at an exhibit, his sense of deja vu is so overwhelming, that he decides they must have a shared past together. Indeed, they discover that they were lovers 1,000 years ago, and realize they are destined to become lovers again.
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Reincarnation of Golden Lotus
An abused woman (Joey Wong) in Hong Kong experiences flashbacks from a prior life when she was Golden Lotus, a beautiful woman in ancient China. As she tries to interpret these visions, she realizes that both versions of her are being victimized. She begins reenacting incidents from the past in her modern life and preparing to stand up to her abusers in both time periods. Wilson Lam, Lap-Man Sin and Eric Tsang also star in this erotic thriller.
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Running on Karma (2003) NR
Biggie (Andy Lau) is a bodybuilder who has the ability to see what people were in their past lives -- a talent he uses to catch dangerous criminals being sought by his new friend Yee (Cecilia Cheung), a beautiful police inspector. Unfortunately, Biggie's next vision is of Yee's death, and he must decide whether it's worth tampering with the course of events to save his friend.
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Valley of Flowers  (2006) NR
Milind Soman, Mylène Jampanoï and Naseeruddin Shah head the cast in this spellbinding allegorical yarn about daring Himalayan highwayman Jalan (Soman) and his gang, whose fortunes change after crossing paths with a mysterious beauty (Jampanoi). Director Pan Nalin weaves passion, mortality and reincarnation into a haunting tale that captured the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature at the 2007 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
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Karma: Platinum Edition 
Karma: Platinum Edition (1981) NR
Sarah (Vilma Santos) is assaulted by Eric (Ronaldo Valdez) on the eve of her wedding. Years later, their paths cross again, and the coincidence leads them to a shocking discovery: They are in fact reincarnations of Enrico and Guada, illicit lovers who lived 60 years ago. Are they destined to follow the path of the long-dead couple … and with what effects on their present-day marriages? Ruel Vernal and Tommy Abuel co-star.
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The Restless (Joong-cheon) (2006) NR
After his beloved fiancée is killed by demons, Yi Gwak (Woo-sung Jung) joins the royal demon-hunting squad and distinguishes himself as a great hero. And though Yi eventually falls in battle, his adventures are just beginning. His spirit is whisked away to Joong-cheon, a place between heaven and earth where souls await reincarnation -- and where the final, epic clash between the forces of good and evil will be played out.
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The Myth (2007) NR
Martial arts legend Jackie Chan stars as Jack, a world-renowned archaeologist who has begun having mysterious dreams of a past life as a warrior in ancient China. When a fellow scientist asks for Jack's help in locating the mausoleum of China's first emperor, the past collides violently with the present as Jack discovers his amazing visions are based in fact.
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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) UR
Under the care of his dedicated sister-in-law (Jenjira Pongpas), terminally ill Uncle Boonmee (Thanapat Saisaymar) spends his final days reminiscing about his past lives with the recently arrived ghost of his dead wife (Natthakarn Aphaiwonk) and his long-missing son (Geerasak Kulhong). Directed by celebrated Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, this free-floating fantasy took home the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
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Jade Warrior (2006) PG-13
Jade Warrior uses the Sampo and elements of the Kalevala to weave together two drastically different time periods into a tale of reincarnation. When Finnish blacksmith Kai (Tommi Eronen) unlocks a mysterious box, he's whisked back to a previous life in ancient China where he must battle a horrific demon in order to free all of humanity from its enslaving clutches. Meanwhile, Kai fights for the love of female warrior Pin Yu (Jingchu Zhang). Filmmaker Antti-Jussi Annila melds similar tales from Chinese and Finnish mythology in this innovative martial arts epic.
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Bungee Jumping on their Own
Two college coeds cross paths and quickly experience a connection with each other, but eventually end up separated by tragedy. 17 years later, one of them, now a teacher with a spouse and child, meets a new student who somehow seems hauntingly familiar. But the student is the same sex, and only 17 years old...
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