Asian Dramas and Movies on Netflix US–August 28,2018
I am excited for some reason for a new Thai lakorn hitting Netflix on Saturday! I like action flicks and series, but sometimes find them to be a bit boring and lagging. Anywho, check out the new dramas and movies on Netflix from Asia.
Recently added we have 2 States, a movie starring Alia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor, and Amrita Singh, about two graduate students seeking familial approval for their marriage only to have the families clash over cultural differences. Looking for some action? in Baaghi, a martial artist must travel to Bangkok to rescue the woman he loves from his romantic rival. Check out Bioscope, an anthology of short films starring Nina Kulkarni, Suhas Palshikar, and Kushal Badrike.
Love Andy Lau? Check him out in Casino Tycoon. When Japan invades Hong Kong, a young man flees to Macau and rises to the top of the city’s casino business. The movie also stars Joey Wang and Chingmy Yau. You can also check out its sequel, Casino Tycoon 2, in which our thriving mogul must do his best to keep his family and empire safe from a former partner and massive fraud scheme.
Care for something a little darker? Check out Conjuring Spirit starring Phuong Mai, Quang Su, and Hoang Phyc Nguyen. A novelist moves to an old building where she receives a music box and encounters a strange spirit after her husband’s betrayal. In Doubles Cause Troubles Carol “Do Do” Cheng and Maggie Cheung star as bickering cousins forced to navigate both sides of the law after a tenant in their flat dies under suspicious circumstances.
Speaking of Dickens (see below), you can catch an adaptation of his novel Great Expectations with Fitoor starring Aditya Kappor, Katrina Kaif, and Tabu. In this movie, a young artist falls for a wealthy woman well versed in the art of breaking hearts. Looking for another classic literary adaptation? The bard’s Hamlet is given new life in Haider starring Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, and Shraddha Kapoor. Shakespeare’s story unfolds amid Kashmiri culture and history.
On the eve of her wedding, city girl Veera is kidnapped. While traveling through the countryside, the Veera finds herself feeling more emancipated in Highway, starring Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhatt, and Durgesh Kumar. In Holy Man 2, starring Apisit Opasaimlikit, Suthep Po-ngam, andPhichet Iamchaonaa, former rap musician Joey Boy is a monk who takes another father’s place at a rural temple where a crisis is underway involving a nearby stone query. Holy Man 3, starrning Krissada Sukosol, Natee Aekwijit, and Yaokyake Chernyim, follows two new monks (one a former rock star seeking peace) as they join a temple plagued by thieves stealing holy relics.
Lau Ching Wan, Alex Fong, and Carman Lee star in Lifeline, a late 90s movie following a Hong Kong firefighting crew as they take on rescue missions and navigate their own personal dilemmas. In Little Dragon Maiden, a young man seeking to improve his combat skills falls for a woman with mystical powers only to have his past stand in the way of their love. A murdered cop comes back as a ghost to join forces with a rookie cop to solve the mystery of his own death in Look Out, Officer starring Stephen Chow, Bill Tun, and Stanley Sui-Fan Fung.
Time for more Stephen Chow! To prove himself to the woman he has a crush on, a delivery boy learns kung fu from a charlatan to fight his archrival in love in Love on Delivery. Lau Ching Wan, Carman Lee, and To Tsung-Hua star in Loving You. A cop struggling in a loveless marriage finds a chance at redemption when an incident leaves him wounded.
Interested in a Bollywood anime? The 2013 Mahabharat features an all-star voice cast in this movie where two brothers encounter a singing bird who treats them to a musical reinterpretation of India’s most epic ancient tales. I have fallen in love with Japanese dramas centered on mahjong, so I kind have been interested in finding more movies and dramas with this theme. In Mahjong Heroes, characters from all walks of life come head-to-head in a tournament using various playing styles.
Craving something epic? Hrithik Roshan, Sonakshi Sinha, and Pooja Hegde star in Mohenjo Daro which follows a courageous villager who moves to Mohenjo Daro, falls for the daughter of a priest, and must face a tyrant. Looking for something more silly? Olivia Cheng, Alfred Cheung, and Hu Chin star in Mr. Virgin, a movie where a young man ignores a feng shui master’s warning and decides to marry before 30 causing a series of mishaps to curse his life.
Nicholas Tse, Stephen Fung, and Joey Yung star in 2001 flick My Schoolmate, the Barbarian which follows a brainy private school student who is transferred to a school where classmates settle scores with fistfights. Have you see the previous two Oh My Ghost movies? You can now catch the third installment starring Kohtee Aramboy, Yingsak Chonglertjetsadawong, and Jaturong Mokjok. After a body is found, a vengeful paranormal presence begins to affect Taew, Mod Dum, and Cartoon’s business.
Still craving some classic Andy Lau? Check him out in the ‘83 movie On the Wrong Track which also stars Yim Chau-Wah, and Wai Yee Chan and follows two teen brothers who end up getting caught up in gang life which has dangerous repercussions on their family and friends. How about more kung fu? Lung Ti, Mai Te-Lo, and Leanne Liu star in Opium and the Kung Fu Master where a man works with his kung fu students to protect their village from crime, especially opium dealers. Meenakshi Dixit, Indrajeet Soni,and Bharat Jadhav star in P Se PM Tak which follows a down-on-her-luck prostitute who gets caught up in an elaborate scheme orchestrated by two local politicians.
Is it sad that I mainly know Sammo Hung from his guest role on Walker, Texas Ranger? Anywho, catch him in Painted Faces, a dramatized rendition of the rigorous study students undergo at Master Yu’s Peking Opera School (of which Sammo studied at in his younger years), which was a cradle for future Hong Kong stars. In the mood for a political Indian satire? Check out Aamir Khan, Anuskha Sharma, and Sanjay Dutt in PK which takes on state corruption in India.
Danny Lee, Hui Siu-Hung, and Lam Suet star in Shark Busters which follows a cop caught up in a media storm over his own mounting debt which leads him to take on the loan sharks behind a sinister scheme. In Tamasha, two strangers who meet while on vacation sense a connection between each other, but keep their real identities secret. Years later they cross paths once more. The Bare-Footed Kid stars Aaron Kwok, Lung Ti, and Maggie Cheung. A penniless orphan is caught between a corrupt competitor and his family friend’s business.
The Mad Monk stars Stephen Chow (yes, here he is again), Maggie Cheung, and Anthony Wong Chau-Sang. To avoid punishment, an arrogant god must reform three mortals and contend with a demon. Action mixes with comedy in The Young Vagabond starring Liu Chia-Hui, Wong Yu, and Jason Pai Piao. To avenge his master, a wine-loving youth hones his skills to fight a powerful thief in a life-or-death match. Somchai Kemglad, Pitchanart Sakakorn, and Chinaradi Anupongphichart star in The Unborn Child which follows a couple and their young daughter as they are haunted by a malicious presence linked to a temple and a series of abortions.
On September 1, Thai drama Monkey Twins will begin streaming. The drama stars Phakin Khamwilaisak aka Tono Phakin, Sumret Meungput, and Alisa Kunkwaeng. Combining Muay Thai and Khon dance, a fighter scarred by the past joins forces with a determined cop to battle an organized crime ring.
On September 2, find Tammy Chen, James Wen, Peggy Tseng, and Denny Huang in A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities. In this drama, a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner from Taipei swaps apartments with a Taiwanese-American programmer in San Francisco. The two women pursue love and dreams. And, despite the title, this drama has no connection to Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities.