5 Chinese-Centric Filipino Movies to Watch


Looking for something to watch? We wanted to show you Filipino films that are based on Chinese practices and culture!

Here are some notable ones:

Feng Shui (2004)

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Feng Shui is a Chinese practice that has to do with spirits and energies so some people may have thought it was the perfect practice to make a horror film out of, and that they did. It stars Kris Aquino, and it’s quite a standout that she even did a recent parody ad of this film for Shopee.


Ghost Bride (2017)

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This is another old Chinese practice turned into a horror film. In an effort to save her family from homelessness, the main character agrees to become the wife of a wealthy but dead Chinese businessman.


Mano Po (2002)

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Our list wouldn’t be complete without one of the most popular local films to showcase Chinoy life. With stars like Maricel Soriano, Richard Gomez, Kris Aquino, and Eddie Garcia, this film has become a must-watch movie for Pinoys and Chinoys alike.


Ako Legal Wife: Mano Po 4?! (2005)

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Yes, we know that Mano Po has a few more films in the franchise that we didn’t include in this list, but why did this spin-off get a shout out? While the other Mano Po films focus on the more serious, heartfelt inner workings of Chinoy families, this one pokes fun at Chinese stereotypes and traditions that some people just don’t understand.


Crying Ladies

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For some, Chinese tradition may dictate that the more tears and wailing at a funeral, the more loved the recently deceased was. For several people, hiring actors became normal to fill in for missing family members who were too busy to attend the funeral. This film focuses on the lives of three women who fill this role.


Want more movies to add to your list? How about movies based on Chinese mythology? Check them out here.

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