Cinema of Asia  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Sometimes West Asians are thought of as Middle Eastern, and thus are not classified as Asian cinema, although Iran and Afghanistan are often included. North Asia is dominated by Siberian Russia, and is thus considered European cinema. Central Asia is usually grouped with the Middle East. East Asian cinema is typified by the cinema of Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, including the Japanese anime industry and martial arts action films of Hong Kong. South East Asian cinema is typified by the cinema of Thailand and other South East Asian countries. Central Asian and Southern Caucasus Cinema is typified by Iran and Tajikistan. West Asian cinema is typified by Turkish cinema and Cinema of Israel. Bollywood, the film industry of India, is the biggest in the world in terms of tickets sold and films made. It makes action films, adventure films, romantic films, comedies, horror films and many other types. Mainly 'Masala' films are made here.

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Notable Asian film directors:

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