Published On: Fri, Jan 20th, 2023

The Best Movies To Watch This Chinese New Year

A close up of the Asian-American actor Awkwafina in the film The Farewell. She is lit by neon lights and looking up at the sky

The Chinese calendar might not be the only lunisolar calendar in the world, but it is the most widely known lunisolar calendar in Western culture. It was adopted by other countries in East and Southeast Asia, including Korea and Vietnam, and is still used by Chinese communities across the world. This Chinese New Year—the year of the Rabbit—begins Sunday, January 22 (on the modern Gregorian calendar), and celebrations continue for 15 days (16, if you count New Year’s Eve). Here are eight great movies to help you celebrate!

Reunion Dinner (2022)

A woman on the the left and a man on the right, sitting at a table full of platters, eating in a scene from 'Reunion Dinner'
(Golden Village Pictures)

A comedic drama that takes place during the Chinese New Year, Reunion Dinner is about a soon-to-be-married couple named Chaoyang (Lawrence Wong) and Zi Hong (Cya Liu), who work at the same advertising agency in Singapore. When a client asks them to livestream their family’s reunion dinner, they realize their parents have still not met each other. The title refers to the Chinese New Year tradition in which families reaffirm their bonds over a festive meal. Things get complicated when Chaoyang, who is estranged from his mother, rents a family to make a better impression on his client. The situations become increasingly absurd—while staying consistently cute—in this dual language Mandarin-Singaporean film featuring an ensemble cast of Chinese and Singaporean performers.

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