Movies to Watch for Chinese New Year

What better way to enjoy the Chinese New Year holiday than to watch a movie? And the best choices are those movies that showcase the rich Chinese culture, history, tradition, and mythology.

Here are some movies for your viewing pleasure for the Lunar New Year:

Jiang Ziya

The film centers on the popular Chinese figure, Jiang Ziya, who was a Chinese noble who contributed to the Shang overthrow. The plot is based on the classic novel, Investiture of the Gods, which depicts a mythological and fictional literary version of Ziya as a Taoist adept in Chinese folk religion and Taoism. The film itself is one of the greatest movies that incorporates various existing Chinese myths. 


The Knight Shadows: Between Yin and Yang

Chinese New Year wouldn’t be complete without a Jackie Chan movie, let alone one that’s family-friendly and reflects the Chinese martial arts. The exciting action-comedy movie shows the journey of a legendary demon hunter that is asked to investigate mysterious disappearances from a small village. Upon tracking down the ones responsible, he soon discovers that beasts are entering the world and sets out to save humanity.


Red Cliff

Red Cliff is a historical action-drama that depicts the final days of the Han dynasty of China. Two genius war generals meet and make a strong alliance to form an army that will fight against a power-hungry general that plans on taking over their kingdoms. The film gives its audiences outstanding action-packed war sequences that also dramatized military strategist Sun Tzu’s famous treatise, The Art of War.



Jet Li stars as the nameless protagonist of the movie, which is based on the story of Jing Ke’s assassination attempt on the King of Qin during the Warring States period of ancient China. The King of Qin dreams of uniting all of China’s warring kingdoms and ending the war. However, three assassins vow to kill the king before that happens. And that’s where the lead protagonist comes in and tries to protect the royal. Viewers can take in entertaining Chinese martial arts scenes, too.


Want more films to watch? Check out these Chinese-centric Filipino movies.

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