Evidently, not the most famous category of films coming out of Asia, since the genre has been associated with Italy and Hollywood almost completely. However, in the vast plethora of movies coming out of the continent, there were bound to be some productions in the genre, which, as we are about to see, come from a number of different countries. Manchuria has always been a place to shoot these films for the Japanese and the Koreans, but lately the Indonesia landscape has been also used, for a couple of films. India and Thailand also have their share of films in the genre.

Evidently, the category stretches the term a bit, and goes beyond the basic elements of guns and desert settings.  Here are 15 of the finest samples, in chronological order

1. Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa, 1961, Japan)

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2. The Drifting Avenger (Junya Sato, 1968, Japan)

3. Break Up The Chain (Lee Man-hee, 1971, S. Korea)

4. Shanghai Express (Sammo Hung, 1986, Hong Kong)

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5. Majestic Lion (K. Muralimohana Rao, 1990, India) 

6. East Meets West (Kihachi Okamoto, 1995, Japan)

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7. Tears of the Black Tiger (Wisit Sasanatieng, 2000, Thailand)

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8. Dynamite Warrior (Chalerm Wongpim, 2006, Thailand)

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9. Sukiyaki Western Django (Takashi Miike, 2007, Japan)

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10. The Good, the Bad, the Weird (Kim Jee-woon, 2008, S. Korea)

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11. Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf (Kurando Mitsutake, 2009, Japan)

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12. Let The Bullets Fly (Jiang Wen, 2010, China)

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13. Unforgiven (Lee Sang-il, 2013, Japan) 

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14. Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Mouly Surya, 2017, Indonesia)

15. Buffalo Boys (Mike Wiluan, 2018, Indonesia)

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