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Chinese New Year Movies

Movies provide us a chance to escape from the reality outside and pump up the mood of bringing in a brand new year, from comedy films to martial arts blockbusters with these Chinese New Year Movies.

About Chinese New Year

Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year (because the dates of celebration follow the phases of the moon), is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.

The annual 15-day festival in China and Chinese communities around the world begins with the new moon that occurs sometime between January 21 and February 20 according to Western calendars. Festivities last until the following full moon.

When is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year in 2022 is on Tuesday, February 1. Keep reading for a 2022: A Guide To Usher In The Year Of The Tiger.

Since the mid-1990s people in China have been given seven consecutive days off work during the Chinese New Year. This week of relaxation has been designated Spring Festival, a term that is sometimes used to refer to the Chinese New Year in general.

Celebrations to usher out the old year and bring forth the luck and prosperity of the new one, therefore, often include firecrackers, fireworks, and red clothes and decorations. Another way to celebrate would be by watching Chinese New Year movies.

What is a Chinese New Year movie?

A Chinese New Year movie refers to films usually released during the Chinese New Year period. It is a film that varies in the genre (fantasy, comedy, action, animation, and the like) but whose style is generally relaxed and humorous.

It is focused on the horoscope animal, theme, and other attributes for the upcoming year, taking these New Year ideas and presenting them in a modern and exciting way.

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A recent tradition, it has become a popular way to celebrate the New Year. In recent years, attendance at screenings for such films has grown during the holiday.

  • Stream Asian-made films – Even though Lunar New Year is one day out of the year, there are ways to support Asian culture all year round.
    Personally, I love nothing more than a good movie night, and there’s not a shortage of incredible Asian American filmmakers in Hollywood. Gather your friends, buy some moon cakes from your locally owned Asian bakery, and put on The Farewell by Lulu Wang for some fun times.

Whether you’re looking for a way to celebrate Lunar New Year yourself or want to learn more about how others celebrate around the world, here are the best Chinese New Year movies you can stream right now.

Chinese New Year movies

Here is a list of our favorite Chinese New Year movies.

The Tiger
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Choi Min-sik, Jeong Man-sik, Jeong Seok-won (Actors)

The Tiger

An ex-sharpshooter for the Kingdom of Korea is hunting the country’s last tiger. But Japanese forces and vicious local poachers also seek “The Four-Legged Mountain Lord,” and will stop at nothing to claim their prey.

Two Brothers
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Guy Pearce, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Freddie Highmore (Actors)

Two Brothers

This heartwarming story follows playful twin tiger cubs through their carefree young lives in a jungle to their separation, reunion and remarkable adventure as they find their way back home.

Life of Pi
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu (Actors)

Life of Pi

A shipwreck leaves a boy lost at sea aboard a lifeboat with a massive Bengal tiger in Ang Lee’s visually stunning Oscar(R)-winner. 

The White Tiger

A rich Indian family’s ambitious driver uses his wit and cunning to escape from poverty and rise to the top as an entrepreneur. | Stream on Netflix

The Jungle Book
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba (Actors)

The Jungle Book

In Disney’s live-action epic adventure directed by Jon Favreau, Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known

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Burning Bright

A thriller centered on a young woman and her autistic little brother who are trapped in a house with a ravenous tiger during a hurricane.

Mowgli

Human child Mowgli is raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own, but the fearsome tiger Shere Khan doesn’t take a liking to him.

But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins. | Stream on Netflix

Sherni
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Vidya Balan, Sharat Saxena, Vijay Raaz (Actors)

Sherni

A jaded forest officer (Vidya Balan) leads a team of trackers and locals intending to capture an unsettled tigress, while battling intense obstacles and pressures, both natural and man-made.

Chinese New Year movies for kids

Here is a list of our favorite Chinese New Year movies for kids.

The Jungle Book
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba (Actors)

The Jungle Book

In Disney’s live-action epic adventure directed by Jon Favreau, Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known.

The Big Trip
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Drake Bell, Pauly Shore (Actors)

The Big Trip

From a writer of MADAGASCAR comes this funny, outrageous adventure about a gang of misfit animals on a exciting quest to return a panda cub to its family when a stork accidentally delivers it to the wrong place.

The Tigger Movie
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jim Cummings, Nikita Hopkins, Ken Sansom (Actors)

The Tigger Movie

Tigger goes looking through the hundred-acre-wood to find his family.

Aladdin
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin (Actors)

Aladdin

Climb aboard the magic carpet in Disney’s animated masterpiece Aladdin, now part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection. Experience the timeless tale featuring Academy Award®-winning music (1992: Best Original Song, Best Original Score), nonstop action and unforgettable characters.

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Let Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie show you a whole new world!

The Jungle Book - Animated (1967)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Bruce Reitherman (Actors)

The Jungle Book

Join Mowgli on an adventure to learn “The Bare Necessities” of life.

Mowgli

Human child Mowgli is raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own, but the fearsome tiger Shere Khan doesn’t take a liking to him.

But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins. | Stream on Netflix

Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Lena Headey (Actors)

The Jungle Book

A story about a boy raised by animals in the jungles of India.

The Jungle Book 2
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment, Mae Whitman (Actors)

The Jungle Book 2

Mowgli must decide whether to live in the village or the jungle.

Chinese New Year movie activities for kids

We all know that horoscope animals highlights Chinese New Year. So to indulge more of the celebration, here is a Build a Tiger & Tiger Crown Activity for you and your kids of all ages.

Build a Tiger & Tiger Crown Activity Contents:

  • Build a Tiger Activity
  • Tiger Crown Making Activity
  • Optional Stickers

What You’ll Need:

  • Build a Tiger & Tiger Crown Activity templates
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape

How to Build a Tiger & Tiger Crown Activity

It will be easy for your little one to make this easy cut and paste tiger craft on their own because we included a photo guide on the upper right corner of the page for the Build a Tiger activity. Here’s a fun Tiger & Tiger Crown the kids can use.

Build a Tiger Activity

  1. Print out the printable.
  2. Cut the parts from the Build a Tiger Activity.
  3. Stick the parts that match based on the guide using double-sided tape.

Tiger Crown Activity

  1. Print out the page.
  2. Cut them using the outline provided.
  3. Stick the ends together using tape.
  4. Then crown it to the tiger head on the previous page.

Click here to download this printable.

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