Asian Dramas with English Subtitles on Amazon Prime

These series are included at no cost with an Amazon Prime subscription. Please note that I am not including series available in Apps or Channels, i.e. DramaFever, etc. I am also not including movies, etc., that are not included for free with a Prime subscription.

Last Updated: May 30, 2018

Chinese Drama

Empresses in the Palace Director’s Cut [Hou Gong Zhen Huan Zhuan, 2011-12]
An epic tale of love, betrayal, and scandal told form the inside of the imperial harem during the Qing Dynasty. Don’t forget the director’s cut condenses a like 70+ episode drama into only six.

Based on the life of author and actress, Xin Wang, the drama follows a model who was once under the spotlight, but is now buried under a mountain of problems.
Season 1 | Season 2

Hero Dogs [Shén Quǎn Xiǎo Qī, 2017]
Since this is 42 episodes, I am going with this being the second season in which lifeguard Bao Yu partners up with Meng Mei and her Hero dog Xiao Qi to help small dogs.

Hot Girl [2016]
Dilraba Dilmurat stars as a rebellious girl who enrolls in a bodyguard school helmed by Ma Ke. The grueling program helps transform her into a legendary bodyguard.
Season 1 | Season 2

Inference Notes [Tui Li Bi Ji, 2017]
An idol with a hidden personality joins forces with a genius young detective to solve mysterious crimes around their school while fighting against a secret organization known as Poker.

Ip Man [2013]
Kevin Cheng stars as the storied martial artist Ip Man in this first-ever television drama chronicling the master’s life and struggles in 1900s China.

Love Mr. Right [Love, Just Come/Ai Lai De Gang Hao 2017]
An orphan with a superior sense of smell joins forces with a grandmother diagnosed with dementia to help her dream of producing her son’s perfume come true. Birth secrets, betrayals, and true love abound.

Nothing Gold Can Stay [Na Nian Hua Kai Yue Zheng Yuan, 2017]
Zhou Ying is sold to a powerful family, but she runs away and is taken in by the Wu family due to her business acumen. She marries into the family and struggles to continue the business after her husband’s death. Her former master has reformed his ways and tries to win her heart. While Zhou Ying finally falls for Shen Xing Yi, they are faced with political upheaval.
[**Only episode 50 is available out of 74…wtf**]

The Queen and the Eunuch: The Pleiades [Cang Qiong Zhi Mao/Sokyu no Subaru, 2010]
An impoverished country youth performs self-castration for reward money to cure his mother. He travels with his friend and little sister to The Forbidden City where he enters the palace as a eunuch and becomes greatly favored by Empress Dowager Ci Xi.

Think Before Marry [Think Before You Marry/Xiang Ming Bai Le Zai Jie Hun, 2015]
Two strangers become roommates after being betrayed by their partners. When their parents find out, they are forced to marry. They do so without any hesitation only to find out marriage is not as easy as it would seem.

Japanese Variety/Reality/Documentary

Hitoshi Matsumoto Presents Documental
10 comedians are pitted against each other. Each must bring a million yen participation fee. The comedian that can stay the longest in a closed room without laughing is the winner.

Invisible TOKYO
With the increase of social networking, what are the impacts? This documentary explores entertainment and the ever-connected world of social media.

Shiori Tatetsu’s Bread Baking Class
Interested in baking? Check out these short episodes which help you learn to make things like petit break, bacon and shrimp bread, tea bread, and more.

Uchimura Summers Second
From Amazon: “Uchimura Teruyoshi and Summers feature guest as MCs to present a haphazard and improvised ‘clamorous, happy-go-lucky variety show.’”

Japanese Drama

All About My Siblings [Wakamono Tachi, 2014]
Tsumabuki Satoshi, Eita, Mitsushima Hikari, Emoto Tasuku, and Nomura Shuhei star as siblings in  this drama which follows the lives, relationships, and issues five siblings face as they live together.

Amazon Riders [Kamen Rider Amazons, 2016]
This is a stand alone series in the popular Kamen Riders franchise that is definitely not meant for children. The Amazon Project aimed to grow artificial lifeforms into humanoids. An accident occurs setting four thousand test subjects with a penchant for human flesh free. The Kamen Riders must rush to the rescue.

Businessmen vs. Aliens [Uchu no Shigoto, 2016]
A group of six people are drafted into protecting the earth from imminent alien invasion. They lack team spirit and a sense of responsibility and believe persuasion is the best route towards prevention.

Crazy for Me [Kokoro ga Pokitto ne, 2015]
This drama stars the awesome Fujiki Naohito, Abe Sadao, and Mizuhara Kiko. Abe is a man who quit his job due to stress. His wife leaves him and he is living on the streets until antique furniture store owner Fujiki takes him in. Abe’s days are less stressful, but single-minded woman Mizuhara who loves his boss interrupts his peaceful days.

The Dancing Detective Dekadance [Sennyu Keiji Idol Deka Dance, 2016]
Nakamura Aoi plays a rookie detective who dreams of a life like the hot-blooded crime dramas only to be disappointed when he is assigned to the entertainment division where he ends up undercover as part of an idol group.

Detective vs. Detectives [Tantei no Tantei, 2015]
A woman chooses a career as a private detective to get to the bottom of what happened when her younger sister was killed.

Doctors’ Affairs [Ishitachi no Renai Jijou, 2015]
Saito Takumi stars as a surgeon who balks hospital convention by focusing on the welfare of patients and not the bottom line (aka making money). He falls in love with a senior surgeon and awkwardly pursues her.

Doctor X Surgeon Michiko Daimon [Doctor X: Gekai Daimon Michiko]
Doctor X is a female surgeon who works as a freelancer and battles with hospitals, authority, and more to save her patients’ lives. This series has had 5 seasons, a special, and a spinoff (Doctor Y, I believe).
Season 1 (2012) | Season 2 (2013) | Season 3 (2014) | Season 4 (2016) | Season 5 (2017)

Doctor Y Surgeon Hideki Kaji [Doctor Y: Gekai Kaji Hideki]
The spin-off of the popular Doctor X series follows surgeon Kaji Hideki, the “wizard of laparoscopy,” played by Katsumura Masanobu.
Season 2 (2017)

Fukuyado Honpo ~ Kyoto Love Story [The Fukuyadou Family Shop, 2016]
This drama follows three sisters, their romances, love of family, and sacrifices made to project the tradition of their traditional Japanese sweets shop with a 450-year-old heritage.

Galileo [Season 1, 2007]
An awesome jdrama pairing Fukuyama Masaharu (as brilliant physicist nicknamed Galileo) with Shibasaki Kou (a rookie detective). The two join forces and use Galileo’s brilliance to solve crimes no one else can.

The Girl’s Speech [Gakko no Kaidan, 2015]
Haruna Tsubame is a girl flying under the radar in her school until one day she is forced to become student president. She is approached by Shizukui Kei who uses her to speak against the corruption in the school.

Happy Marriage [Hapimari, 2016]
Fujioka Dean stars as a wealthy businessman who hires an office lady who works nights at a club due to debt (Seino Nana) to marry him.

Heat [2015]
A real estate company is working on an urban development project worth billions. A worker chooses to go undercover as a volunteer firefighter to try to learn who owns the land so that they can buy it and go through with the project, but he soon bonds with his fellow volunteers and tries to move the project elsewhere.

The Hours of My Life [Boku no Ita Jikan, 2014]
Miura Haruma stars as a fourth year university student desperately seeking a job. He finally gets work at a furniture store and a girlfriend, only to be diagnosed with ALS which will ultimately kill him. He struggles to overcome adversity and explore what is left of his life.

I am Reiko Shiratori! [Shiratori Reiko de Gozaimasu!, 2016]
When a young man saves Shiratori Reiko from being bullied, she only has eyes for him. Oddly, though, she rejects him in high school and follows him to college where her pride gets in the way of her feelings. Can they finally have a successful relationship?

Lady Girls [Otona Joshi, 2015]
Shinohara Ryoko stars as a woman with a successful career, but disastrous love life. Put in charge of developing a romance game, she approaches a successful romance writer and the two do not hit it off at all. Can Shinohara mature and find love?

Love Relationship [Koinaka, 2015]
When an indecisive man is reunited with his first love who disappeared the summer of their third year of high school, can he finally get the courage to pursue her or will her relationship with another man and the reason behind her disappearance keep them apart?

Massage Detective Joe [Massage Tantei Joe, 2017]
Joe is a masseuse who is also an introvert. His boss forces him to do house calls where he always winds up getting involved in murder cases that he helps solve through…massage?

My Little Nightmare [Akumu-chan, 2012]
A Gackt drama. Yep. Kitagawa Keiko is a teacher with a false smile who is able to influence her own dreams (she has lucid ones). A child transfers to her class who has nightmares that come true. Originally unwilling to help, Kitagawa ends up coming to the aid of her student.

Painless: The Eyes for Signs [Mutsu ~ Mieru Me, 2015]
Nishijima Hidetoshi stars as a doctor who leaves behind hospitals to open his own little clinic. He is gifted with special sight that allows him to see the underlying cause of his patients’ illnesses as well as when someone is about to commit a crime. This has Ito Atsushi (a detective) coming to him for help.

Rainbow Rose [Koisuru maison ~Rainbow Rose~, 2012]
Kang Ji Young’s father runs off with another woman, so her family opens up their house to borders from around the world to make ends meet. Friendships and romance bloom.

Ramen Loving Girl [Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles, 2015]
A live action adaptation of a manga series by Naru Narumi, this series follows Koizumi as she hunts for delicious ramen restaurants.

Rebound [2011]
Aibu Saki stars as a woman rebounding from svelte to chubby along with her broken heart. She comes to help out a baker with bad eyesight and packs back all the weight she lost when she was rejected. Can she figure out true happiness and love while she struggles with weight and her love of desserts?

Silver and Gold [Gin to Kin, 2017]
Based on a manga of the same name, Silver and Cold follows Morita Tetsuo as he goes from illegal gambling to the seedy underworld of illegal brokerage to overcome Hirai Ginji whom he admires for his bad side and ability to obtain wealth.

Sunshine Sento-Sake [Hiru no Sento Zake, 2016]
Utsumi Takayuki is a 42-year-old salesman who is constantly on the bottom of the sales pyramid who takes joys in ditching his work to go to bath houses followed by bars.

A Taste of Honey [Mitsu no Aji, 2011]
Eikura Nana stars as a young woman whose obsessive first love sends the man, his wife/girlfriend, and the man who crushes on her lives into a tailspin.

Tokyo Girl [Tokyo Joshi Zukan, 2016]
Mizukawa Asami stars in this drama that follows the life of a woman living in Tokyo. This drama is based on a column “Tokyo Women’s Campaign” which was serialized in 2015 by magazine Tokyo Calendar.

Tokyo Vampire Hotel [2017]
On her 22nd birthday, Manami (Tomite Ami) is suddenly embroiled in a struggle between two vampire clans, the Dracula and Neo Vampire. She ends up at a hotel where a huge matchmaking event is taking place. A man suddenly declares it is the eve of the apocalypse and only those in the hotel will survive.

Vampire Heaven [2013]
Oomasa Aya and Honda Tsubasa star as two vampires on the run from their world since an evil baron wants Oomasa for his bride. Unfortunately, the two girls fall for the same mortal. What shall become of them? Full recaps here.

Who Killed Daigoro Tokuyama? [Tokuyama Daigoro wo Dare ga Koroshitaka?, 2016]
One morning students find the body of their homeroom teacher inside the classroom and hide the body. What is behind this mystery? Who is the murderer?

Korean Reality/Variety

Olala School [2013]
A show where new celebrities show up to school.

Swaggers Made in USA [2015]
Four former contestants of Show Me the Money compete against each other for a chance to work with famous hip hop produces in the US to release an album.

Korean Drama

Employment War [Choiyeobjeonjaeng, 2014]
This is a comedic web series depicting the lives of five young men and women as they struggle to find a job in Noryangjin-dong, Seoul.

THE IDOLM@STER.KR [The Idolmaster KR, 2017]
This drama is based on Bandai Namco Entertainment’s The Idolmaster videogame series. 11 girls train hard and compete to become idols.

Infinite Power [Muhandongryeok, 2013]
2AM’s Im Seulong stars as an unemployed man whose goal is to be employed by a large company. He meets a man who has created an engine which generates infinite power that helps him realize his dreams. Of course, he must have a love interest in the form of a girl staying at his boarding house.

Love, Lost in Memory [Love in Memory/Sarang, Gieoke Meomulda, 2018]
Brain hacker Loe partners with aspiring actress Ha Ri and NSCI agent Min Young to protect a precious technology and solve a murder case.

Momo Salon [2014]
Lizzy from Orange Caramel stars as an up-and-coming hair stylist who opens her own salon only to have it become the mail-holding hub for busy neighbors.

Paparazzi Girlfriend [Nae Yeochin-eun Paparachi, 2016?]
Se Na has dreams of becoming a war correspondent, but is stuck chasing celebrities for gossip. This earns her the disapproval of her boyfriend and she becomes even more conflicted when her boss asks her to not just chase, but spy on celebrities.

The Slave Hunters [Chuno, 2010]
Jang Hyuk stars as a man who was born into a good family, but fell from grace and is now a slave hunter, barely seen as better than the slaves they hunt.

Thunder Store [Thunderstruck Stationery/Byeorakmateun Munbangu]
When an old-fashioned stationery store is struck by lightening, a group of six outcast children from Thunder Elementary School become superhero detectives.
Season 1 (2013) | Season 2 (2014)

Immortal Goddess [Bulmyeolui Yeosin, 2016]
This drama follows the premise of what would happen if a vampire could age and die? Yuri is a vampire with a disease that makes her age. She comes into contact with a debt-ridden film director and develops sympathy for him which eventually turns to love. When a woman with a hidden agenda arrives, can their romance (and Yuri herself) survive?

Taiwanese Drama

Running Man [Tao Hun Yi Bai Ci, 2017]
Xu Da Cai is becomes a father-to-be after a one-night-stand. Not wanting to take responsiblity, he decides to run away before his wedding. He is granted a pair of magical dice that allow him to travel to parallel dimensions, but he always ends up caught. Is there any escape from this unwanted destiny?