Netflix rings the Lunar New Year In With A Hǔmongous Roar this auspicious season with a hǔat collection of roaring titles. The Year of the Tiger brings an abundance of entertainment for all you cool cats and kittens with, comedies, romance, bold action-packed shows, and iconic Hong Kong classics.
Check out these 8 Hǔat shows that might bring you luck and fortune this festive season:
1. “Once Upon A Time” (三生三世十里桃花)
Romantic fantasy drama “Once Upon A Time” is your purrfect match this Lunar New Year. A story of forbidden love, Liu Yi Fei stars as a goddess from the Heavenly Realms, Bai Qian, who falls in love with her master, Mo Yuan, despite her best efforts to resist the charms of the great God of War. Their union however was not fated to last as the only way to defeat the Tribe of the Demon King was for Mo Yuan to sacrifice himself. This leaves Bai Qian alone through all of eternity until fate takes a mysterious twist.
2. “Bleeding Steel” (机器之血)
“Bleeding Steel” stars Malaysia’s favourite martial arts star, Jackie Chan, who is notorious for bringing big hǔat energy to our screens. The action legend returns as special agent Lin Dong who is assigned to protect a scientist and his invention from falling into the hands of a deranged, genetically-enhanced villain. He soon discovers that his missing daughter may be involved in the dangerous biochemistry experiment.
3. “Buddy Cops” (刑警兄弟)
Hong Kong action comedy film “Buddy Cops” will sure make you go hǔhǔ and haha thanks to its raunchy and goofy tone. Starring Bosco Wong, comedian King Kong Li, Kate Tsui, and Charmaine Fong, “Buddy Cops” follows two bumbling police officers who loathe each other but suddenly become stepbrothers and must now work together on a new case.
4. “Zero to Hero” (媽媽的神奇小子)
The heartwarming film “Zero to Hero” is based on the true story of record-breaking Hong Kong runner So Wa-wai who won 12 Paralympic medals between 1996 and 2012 despite battling with cerebral palsy. This sweet tale starring veteran Sandra Ng has won the hearts of many and was selected to represent Hong Kong for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards. The film chronicles the Paralympian’s relationship with his mother as they overcome hurdles, sending the powerful message that you can still come out on top despite starting at a disadvantage.
5. “Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures” (金枝玉叶)
The suspenseful period drama “Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures” follows a determined Qing dynasty princess, played by Wang Herun, with a vendetta against her family as she navigates the treacherous terrain of romance. Strong-headed women, elaborate costumes and with many twists and turns in the plot within the Forbidden City, this series will be sure to hook you in.
6. “Light the Night” (華燈初上)
The year is 1988, and everything is big — the shoulder pads, the perms, and earrings the size of door knockers. “Light the Night” tells the stories of the mamasans and hostesses of a popular Japanese night club and their paramours, whose entanglements turn out to be just as dramatic as the vintage fashion they sport. Prepare for a unique genre mash-up of a murder mystery thriller and an emotionally intense drama with captivating character backstories. The series features talented Taiwanese actors Cheryl Yang, Yo Yang, Rhydian Vaughan, and Derek Chang.
7. “Green Snake” (白蛇2：青蛇劫起)
This animated fantasy film is one for the Tiger parents and their lovable cubs (13+). With the help from a mysterious masked man, Verta the green snake-demon sets out to rescue her sister Blanca the White Snake from the demon-slaying monk Fahai. While trying to free her sister from Fahai’s clutches, Xiao Qing winds up in a dystopian city and meets a mysterious man who can’t recall his past life.
8. “The Falls” (瀑布)
Starring Alyssa Chia and Gingle Wang, “The Falls” is a gripping Taiwanese film that focuses on the mother-daughter relationship of divorced mother Pin-wen and her teenage daughter Xiao Jing that takes an unexpected turn when having to quarantine together during COVID-19. Their dynamic shifts when they are forced to confront their personal obstacles and relationship tensions within the bounds of home confinement.
Check out the Netflix Lunar New Year collection now available at www.netflix.com/888