USA Netflix has the biggest film directory of all Netflix regions. Among them are some great Korean, Japanese, and Chinese dramas that you’ll want to get your hands on. But finding movies and TV shows on Netflix is notoriously difficult. You need to beat the platform’s recommendation algorithm that suggests relevant films based on your previous choices and other unknown factors.

The huge amount of content on USA Netflix makes it somewhat overwhelming to choose from, especially if you are just getting started with the platform. But the good news is that there’s a secret way of browsing loads of titles on the platform to get whatever it is you are searching for.

But before we get to that, let’s have a brief look at how Netflix’s secret recommendation system works.

What is the Netflix algorithm?

Netflix uses its algorithm to recommend movies and TV shows to users. In fact, more than 80% of films and shows that you watch on the platform are discovered through Netflix’s recommendation system. So while you’re thinking that you’re deciding on what to watch, you’re actually just selecting from a range of choices made for you by an algorithm.

The recommendation system functions by summing up data gathered from various places. Suggested rows are customized according to your search and viewing habits – that’s how you can usually tell when someone has been using your account as their film taste will impact the overall look of your Netflix.

Algorithms are utilized to study and master browsing habits automatically, through a technology called machine learning. So basically, each time you hit the play button and watch a show or film for a while, the platform gathers data that informs and updates the future recommendations for you.

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Finding Asian films on USA Netflix

If you’ve just developed your love for Asian drama, it might be hard to find those films on Netflix. The platform will keep pushing on you films and shows that are similar to things you’ve watched before. Luckily, you can uncover thousands of Asian movies and TV shows with an easy trick.

As it turns out, Netflix has a highly specialized catalog of subgenres of films and shows – so specialized that “Movies Starring Matthew McConaughey” and “Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life” are both real subgenres. Until recently, that catalog was hidden from users, but a wave of recent news coverage has surfaced it for all of us to enjoy.

All you need to do is sign into Netflix, and key in into the browser’s search box to find a comprehensive list of all films or shows that correspond to that genre in the library. Note that XXXX needs to be replaced by the number corresponding to what you’re looking for. So, for example, 67879 will take you to all Korean movies.

Keep in mind that regional differences might cause some codes not to work or restrict the results you get.

Codes  for Asian subgenres

There are secret codes for just about any genre, but if you’re looking for Asian movies and shows, you’ll be interested in these:

  • Asian Action Movies (77232)
  • Southeast Asian Movies (9196)
  • Korean Movies (5685)
  • Korean TV Shows (67879)
  • Japanese Movies (10398)
  • Chinese Movies (3960)

Haven’t found what you’re looking for?

If you still can’t find the film you want to see, it might be due to geo-blocking. Due to content licensing and copyright law, Netflix catalog differs from country to country. According to this list, the USA Netflix’s catalog has 5,087 films and TV shows, whereas Japan and South Korea, which have 2651 and 956 respectively. While Asian markets have less content overall, they are likely to have more movies and TV shows produced locally and geared towards the local audience.

If you want to unlock more Asian movies, consider using a VPN to bypass geo-blocking. VPN, short for Virtual Private Network, hides your real IP address and connects you to a server in a different country. That “tricks” Netflix into thinking you’re accessing the site from a different location.

Note that Netflix has imposed a VPN ban to prevent location hopping and currently, not all VPNs work on the platform. Experiment with a few providers who offer a free trial until you find a VPN that works on the streaming platforms of your choice. It’s highly unlikely that a free VPN will be able to bypass the block so you’ll need to invest in a paid subscription.


  1. I just recently discovered my love for Asian films and I just can’t get enough. I think I saw every movie that I could find on my Netflix library already. I was glad that I had Surfshark, which meant I could access other libraries and search for additional movies, but this article was also really helpful, I’m gonna search for the movies by subgenre for sure now! Thanks a lot!

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