9 Asian movies to watch with family (or alone) this Thanksgiving weekend
Thanksgiving dinner is over and the kitchen is all clean, which means it's K-drama time! But wait, your family is still around and you can't totally neglect them. Here are 9 Asian movies to watch with your family (or alone), whether you're in the mood for something touching, romantic, or funny.
For something touching, watch:
Starring Kris Wu and Liu Yi Fei
Former EXO heartthrob Kris Wu (Mr. Six) and Liu Yi Fei (White Vengeance) star in a romantic drama that proves if someone was destined to be in your life, even time can’t tear them away. Su Yunjin (Liu Yi Fei) is a struggling high school student from a regional town. Cheng Zheng (Kris Wu) is a rich heir and the star student who sits behind her. The heir falls in love with the likeable Su Yunjin and decides to pursue her, even after they graduate and start living in different cities. Eventually, after they have graduated from their university, Su Yunjin finally accepts Cheng Zheng’s love, and the two move in together. However, the lovebirds soon realize they may have jumped the love gun; with way too many differences in both their backgrounds and their personalities, the two prove incompatible and drift apart. Years later, Su Yunjin and Cheng Zheng have established successful careers and end up moving into the same neighborhood. Different relationships, different circumstances and different times mean a lot has changed, but Su Yunjin and Cheng Zheng are still not quite able to settle into their new lives because, perhaps, it is as if they never moved on from each other. Can they rekindle what they once had because their love was never gone or, just like last time, will they come to the bitter realization that true love was never there to begin with?
A stubborn and ill-tempered old man (Park Geun Hyung) begins to change when he falls for Geum Nim (Yoon Yeo Jung), a sweet lady that runs a flower shop with her daughter. The only problem is, Geum Nim’s daughter (Han Ji Min) is dead set against her mother’s potential new relationship. Can the two overcome the obstacles around them and find another chance at love?
Si Eun (Lim Soo Jung), an aspiring horse jockey, has been best friends with her favorite horse Chung Doong ever since she was a child—leaving her devastated when her kindrid spirit is sold to another ranch. As fate would have it, Si Eun and Chung Doong are reunited a few years later, and they waste no time in galloping towards their dream of forging a legendary partnership.
For something romantic, watch:
Shu Qi (A Beautiful Life, If You Are the One 2) and Eddie Peng (Honey and Clover, Sound of the Desert) star in a romantic comedy that shows if you can’t find love, it will find you. Sheng Ruxi (Shu Qi) is a career-driven, thirty-something Shanghai bachelorette, whose name even rhymes with the slang term “sheng nu,” or “leftover woman.” Her mother (Tiger Mom alum Pan Hong), worried about Sheng not having found the right spouse yet, pushes her daughter to be with Dr. Bai (1911 actor Xing Jiadong). Unfortunately, Sheng Ruxi finds the doctor oddly annoying and has no real wish to settle down with him, but she does want to meet that special someone. Meanwhile, joining her company is Ma Sai (Eddie Peng), her handsome new 25-year-old colleague who she decides she wants to spend the rest of her life with, much to the chagrin of her mother. And while he doesn’t share her mother’s opinion, Sheng Ruxi also doesn’t receive support from her father (veteran actor Shih Chieh King), who instead tries to explain to her that she doesn’t need to be nervous about her age and should not rush into anything. Sheng Ruxi, however, is worried that time is running out and realizes that if she doesn’t make her move with Ma Sai now, the chance may never come again. Can our increasingly nervous bachelorette win this battle of the heart or will she once again attend another wedding and leave as the last woman standing?
Starring Yang Mi and Li Yifeng
Yang Mi (Les Interpretes) and Golden-Horse winner Li Yifeng star in a romantic drama that shows how difficult it is to love someone when you have left them, but even tougher is to truly leave them if you ever loved them. Su Xingyu (Li Yifeng) is known as the “Prince of Pop Music.” Tian Xin (Yang Mi) is an agent at the company that represents the pop music nobility. Five years ago, Su Xingyu was a rookie actor and Tian Xin a rookie assistant. They had a budding relationship but distance and time simply meant it wasn’t to be. Now, years later, the two meet once again, this time as star and manager. However, falling in love isn’t that simple. Not only did their relationship last end on decidedly unlovely terms, there’s the added complication that Xingyu cannot be in a relationship right now for the sake of protecting his idol status. Will the two, who perhaps once felt they could be something special, be able to rediscover that flame, or does falling in love like a star mean you never ride off into the sunset?
Former K-pop idol-turned-radio DJ Shin Jin Ah must find a way to revive her failing show with an overbearing boss who won't stand for her diva-like ways.
For something lighthearted and funny, watch:
EXO’s Park Chan Yeol ( Salut d’Amour, Roommate), Girls’ Generation’s Seo Joo Hyun (Scarlet Heart: Ryeo) and Yuan Shan Shan (Beauties of the Emperor, Palace) star in a South Korean-Chinese collaboration that proves being an idol is actually really hard when you have to live with your biggest anti-fan. Fang Miao Miao (Yuan Shan Shan) is a struggling journalist working for a magazine in Shanghai. One day, she sees the extremely popular Hallyu star Hou Zhun (Park Chan Yeol) at a nightclub. At that time, however, the star in question is in a potentially compromising position with fellow idol Ai Lin (Seo Joo Hyun). Immediately, as is the case with reporters, Miao Miao snaps some pictures. And, as is the case with celebrities whose careers can go south very quickly, Hou Zhun destroys the evidence. However, fearing both the destruction of his image and potential fallout with Ai Lin’s boyfriend and fellow star Gao Xiang (8090 member and Ice Fantasy alum Jiang Chao), Hou Zhun goes a bit overboard and also uses his industry connections to get the struggling reporter fired. Since that day, Miao Miao becomes Hou Zhun’s biggest anti-fan, engaging in protests against him both in person and online. But, as fate would have it, the rivalry between the idol and his most ardent follower actually creates its own fan following, and the two are approached to take part in a reality show where they have to be a couple. Jobless and soon to be homeless, Miao Miao accepts having to live with the man she hates. Eventually, as their physical distances evaporate, their emotional closeness grows. But can this Hallyu idol and anti-fan ever accept each other as partners in life, or will their marriage end up being as fake as reality television?
Joseon's top detective is tasked with a secret mission to find out who's behind a series of brutal murders. But as he investigates further he is forced to go off the grid – where no one can help him.
Kim Chi Ho (Kim Woo Bin), Lee Dong Woo (Lee Joon Ho) and Kang Gyung Jae (Kang Ha Neul) have been best friends since high school, but can their close bonds survive the challenges of growing up? Amidst shifting priorities, these friends learn important lessons in love and life, proving that while girls and work can be confusing at any age, it's especially challenging when you're a 20-year-old guy.
Which of these movies will you be watching with your family this weekend?