What To Watch On Netflix For Chinese New Year 2021
Greet the Year Of The Ox with guilty pleasures, romance and action
Crazy Rich Asians
This romantic comedy film follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore, not realising that Young is actually the scion of one of the country's wealthiest families and a highly eligible bachelor.
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The Ghost Bride
Adapted from Malaysian author Yangsze Choo's novel of the same name, it was Netflix's first Mandarin original series. Directed by Malaysians Ho Yuhang and Quek Shio Chuan, the series takes place in Melaka during the 1890s where Li Lan finds herself linked to the afterworld after receiving a proposal to become the ghost bride to the deceased son of a wealthy family.
The action-packed 2008 Hong Kong martial arts film based on the legendary Ip Man stars the Donnie Yen in the title role. Ip Man finds himself in the chaos of the Japanese invasion of China and must find a way to survive. If you like it, then catch the two sequels, which are also on Netflix.
Us & Them
The heartbreaking story of Jiangqing (Jing Boran) and Xiaoxiao (Zhou Dongyu) who meet on train and instantly form a bond until the pressures of the big city catch up to them and threaten to pull them apart. The movie is the directorial debut of renowned Taiwanese singer-actress Rene Liu.
The Wandering Earth
China's third highest-grossing film of all time, The Wandering Earth is loosely based on a novella by China's first Hugo Award winner, Liu Cixin. The story follows a looming collision with Jupiter with Earth, and the fate of the latter lies in the hands of a few unexpected heroes.
The Karate Kid
After moving to Beijing with his mother, Dre (Jaden Smith) decided to take up martial arts to defend himself against bullies. A remake of the classic 1984 movie, it also stars Jackie Chan as the kung fu teacher.