The Chinese New Year is just around the corner. We can almost hear exclamations of, “Kung Hei Fat Choi,” the loud banging of drums for the dragon dance, and pleasantries from gifting boxes of tikoy to friends and relatives. While Filipino Chinese families will go traditional and ceremonial on February 16, many Filipinos would most likely head to Binondo to join in the festivities or rediscover the Chinese cuisine deeply-embedded in the Filipino food culture.
If you can’t handle the crowd in Binondo, however, (and really because you’re content with munching on pan-fried tikoy coated with egg), you might want to try binge-watching movies with Chinese cultural themes. Whether you will be in the comfort of your own home, sitting in the backseat of a car on your way to a far-flung relative, or at a mall waiting for your friend, you can click your iflix app open and access hundreds of movies and shows.
Here are 5 movies we think you should watch on iflix to celebrate the Chinese New Year:
1. Sukob (2004)
Filipinos picked up the belief that bad luck will come when two siblings marry or when an immediate relative died within a year from a similar Chinese superstition. No other film shows the horrific and unfortunate events caused by defying this belief better than Sukob, which stars Kris Aquino and Claudine Barretto. Watching this horror classic will definitely bring back memories for you, especially that eerie bell sound.
2. The Way of the Dragon (1972)
If you’re looking for some fantastic, neck-slicing action, we have Bruce Lee to turn to. The icon catapulted Chinese martial arts into worldwide fame with his epic movies. One of his famous movies is the Way of the Dragon, an action-comedy film about a man who defends his relatives in Italy against gangsters pressuring them to sell their property to the syndicate. When Japanese and European martial artists proved to be weaklings, the syndicate boss hires American martial artist played by Chuck Norris and their showdown takes place in Rome’s famous Colosseum. We swear, Bruce Lee was the original lodi.
3. Feng Shui (2004)
The movie Feng Shui and all its iconic subjects — the lotus feet, the bagua — as well as Kris Aquino (again) and her screams, is another must-watch horror flick. The movie is about a woman who acquires an antique bagua that’s supposed to bring good luck according to Chinese tradition. When unfortunate events start to occur and upon consultation with a Feng Shui expert, they find out that it is cursed by its former owner. What’s supposed to bring fortune now bringing death at every turn. We can already imagine popcorn scattered all over the place from all the jump scares.
4. Rush Hour (1998)
You may or may not have been born yet (I was just a tiny, one-year-old baby then) when the first Rush Hour movie was a blockbuster hit, but this film can still work its charm. Starring the “biggest mouth of the West” Chris Tucker and “the fastest hand in the east” Jackie Chan, the story revolves around the two working together to save a Chinese diplomat’s daughter who was kidnapped in Los Angeles. The movie is a riot of comedy and action, fitting the festive spirit of the Chinese New Year perfectly.
5. The Ghost Bride (2017)
The Ghost Bride is a horror-thriller from Kim Chiu, who plays the role of Mayen. Its story revolves around a mysterious Chinese tradition called “ghost wedding”, where a “ghost bride” will be married to a wealthy but deceased Chinese man in return for a huge sum of money. She accepts the offer but finds herself battling the dead man’s ghost who begins to endanger Mayen’s family. We’re living for Alice Dixon’s ghost bride proposal to Mayen.
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