Editor’s Picks: Lunar New Year Movies

Guest blog by Asian American Film & TV curator, Anderson Le

Have you checked out the extensive collection of Lunar New Year films on the Asian American Film & TV destination to celebrate the Year of the Pig? The “Lunar New Year Movies” collection contains short films from indie filmmakers of the Asian diaspora and Chinese feature films, ranging genres from action, suspense and thrillers to romance and comedy. Say “Asian American” into your X1 Voice Remote to check out these films, as well as the entire Lunar New Year collection on Asian American Film & TV!

  1. The Assassin”: From legendary Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien comes one of his greatest films. A female assassin receives a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in eighth-century China.
  2. The Ark of Mr. Chow”: Starring Honglei Sun as the titular Mr. Chow, a group of bright teenagers are recruited for a special college program for young geniuses, only to find themselves socially awkward among their more normal peers.
  3. The Devotion of Suspect X”: Based on a Japanese bestseller, this Chinese-set murder mystery follows a cat-and-mouse relationship between a relentless detective and his equally clever former classmate who’s protecting the guilty.
  4. Drug War”: From legendary Hong Kong director Johnnie To and starring stalwart Hong Kong superstar Louis Koo. A drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation.
  5. Go Away Mr. Tumor”: An imaginative woman copes with a debilitating form of cancer by remaining optimistic and spending time with her friends. Starring Chinese superstar, Baihe Bao (“Monster Hunt”) and “Into the Badlands” star Daniel Wu.
  6. Kung Fu Killer”: A martial arts instructor from the police force (“Ip Man” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s” Donnie Yen) gets imprisoned after killing a man by accident. When a vicious killer starts targeting martial arts masters, the instructor offers to help the police in return for his freedom.
  7. The Village of No Return”: It is an unusual day for the remote and isolated Desire Village when a mysterious Taoist priest brings magical equipment that can erase one’s memory. Since then, all the villagers have forgotten their past, living “happily ever after,” while the dangerous plot behind their back is just about to be unveiled.


Come back each month when you want to know what to watch. Remember, if you’re unsure, just say “Asian American” into your X1 Voice Remote to discover more Asian American content. There’s more entertainment waiting for you!


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