East Asia (incl. China, Japan & Korea)

See also:

SOAS Databases


China Academic Journals (CAJ)

Well used database, with English language interface, provides full-text access to Chinese journals, many of which include English abstracts.


Duxiu (读秀) is a huge content-based databases covers Chinese publications from the early 1930s to the present.


CiNii [サイニィ] = NII論文情報ナビゲータ

The database provides bibliographical citations (including 4 million full-texts) of Japanese scholarly journals published in Japan.

Zassaku Plus = 雑誌記事索引集成データベース

Index database for Japanese magazine and periodicals from the Meiji Era to the Present.



The comprehensive journal collection covering major Korean scholarly journals.

KISS (Korean-studies Information service system)

Another popular database contains scholarly articles from 1,200 research institutions in Korea.

General resources
ASIA general

Sancho does Asia
Useful website covering films from various counties in Asia.

Asian Media Wiki
Fairly new resource for Asian films, including cast lists, images. Especially useful site if you are interested in TV dramas and films from Korea & Japan.


China Central Television
China Central Television or Chinese Central Television, commonly abbreviated as CCTV, is the major state television broadcaster in mainland China.

Chinese Film
Chinese Films is website governed by China Radio International and the Film Bureau of China. It is the first English website to focus on Chinese films and it will offer

The China Beat
Examines media coverage of China, providing context and criticism from China scholars and writers.


NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute
This is the website of the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, NHK (Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai) culture research institute. The website offers abstracts or full text of the research and the survey conducted at the institute.

Japanese Film Database
Japanese Film Database managed by Japan Foundcation and UNIJAPAN. It provides search for information on Japanese films (by title, casts and staff) and film companies.

UNIJAPAN is a non-profit organisation by the Japanese film industry. You will find information on film festivals & film industry in Japan.

National Film Centre, Japan

The national institution for the preservation and research of films in Japan

Midnight Eye
It is a site from non-commercial initiative. The site has very comprehensive index about Japanese film & directors.

Toronto J film Pow Wow

It is a blog run by The J-Film Pow-Wow. The chief  Editor is Chris MaGee, the co-Director of The Shinsedai Cinema Festival in Canada. The blog provides comprehensive Japanese film reviews in alphabetical order.


Chinese Taipei Film Archive
Chinese/ Taiwanese Film archive centre. The website is in Chinese.

South Korea

Korea Broadcasting System
English website of Korea’s influential media organization KBS.

Korea Film Biz Zone
A comprehensive database for Korean films industry. The site runs by Korean Film Council.

Korean Cinema Today
Web magazine in English published by Korean Film Council. It includes news, interviews, column and box office records in Korea.

Korean Film Archive
A non-profit organisation that collects, preserves and restores visual materials produced in Korea. The site has a searchable archives that goes back 1919.

Busan International Film Festival
Official website for Busan International Film Festival in Korea.

The London Korean Film Festival
The official website for Korean Film Festival annually held in London. The site offers festival programme and information.

Darcy’s Korean Film Page
Launched in 1999, the site has grown to provide a comprehensive introduction to Korean cinema.

North Korea

Rodong Sinmun ("Newspaper of the workers")
Archive of Rodong Sinmun is available via Korea News Service(KNS).