‘Tis the Season to Be Streamin’
Here at Asian Crush, we’ve got a little bit of everything for movie lovers of to check out this holiday season. Whether you’re sitting on the couch binging on eggnog, relaxing by the fire, or rocking out at a New Year’s Eve party, here is a selection of fun titles that the family can enjoy this December.
Kicking off the 2015 Asian Crush holiday collection is one of our most beloved titles. This 2001 romcom made Cha Tae-hyun one of the biggest heartthrobs in Korean movies, and millions fell in love with his dream girl, Jun Ji-hyun. Feel the love this holiday with MY SASSY GIRL.
One of the biggest Korean comedies of 2010, this film follows a dating agency, run by Uhm Tae-woong, that stops at nothing to find its customers the perfect fit. When a shy woman played by Song Sae-byeok falls for Ryu Hyun-kyung’s Seon-ah, Uhm puts his star-studded team in motion to make the magic happen.
A depressed man’s repeated suicide attempts don’t necessarily seem like fodder for a holiday favorite. Yet HELLO GHOST finds humor and hope in darkness. This tear-jerker, a smash hit in South Korea, follows Cha Tae-hyun as Sang-man, transformed by his ability to see ghosts when he survives a nearly fatal bridge dive. Slowly, Sang discovers the truth of the family haunting him, coming to see the world from a new perspective.
If you’re not home for Christmas, this emotional journey will remind you to give the ‘rents a ring. MY MOTHER, THE MERMAID stars Jeon Do-yeon (SECRET SUNSHINE) as Na-young, whose family life has become strained in the face of career drive. Following a tragedy, Na develops the ability to go back into time, returning to when her father and mother fell in love.
Who said the holidays can’t come with a little heartbreak? Grab the tissues for CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST, the story of the fated romance between Da-rim (Shim Eun-ha) and the terminally ill Jung-won (Han Suk-kyu). Korean audiences swooned for AUGUST, which took home numerous awards upon its 1998 release, including the Jury Prize at the Grand Bell Awards, as well as Best Film and Best Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards. Fall in love with CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST all over again this holiday season on Asian Crush. Note: We apologize in advance if it gets a little dusty in here.
The holiday season is all about giving, and this 2011 Hong Kong romcom has something for everyone. Cinephiles? It’s directed by Johnnie To, one of the foremost auteurs in contemporary HK cinema. Starstruck? It’s got Louis Koo and Daniel Wu, two of the biggest names in HK movies. A sucker for romance? There’s the love triangle between Koo, Wu, and Gao Yuanyuan, filled with corporate drama, heartbreak, and passion, all on the eve of financial crisis. Intrigued? Check out DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART this holiday season on Asian Crush!
Got a thing for cute animals? (*Who doesn’t?) Check out PENGI AND SOMMI, the adventure of baby penguins on the adventure to adulthood in the arctic, as they brave the hardships to find their place as Emperors.
Got blockbuster fever this holiday? Looking for some fun for the whole (modern) family? SCANDAL MAKERS, South Korea’s biggest hit of 2008, will fit the bill. AC favorite Cha Tae-hyun stars here as a DJ whose life is transformed by Park Bo-young, a woman who turns out to be his… well, let’s just say there’s a scandal, as Nam learns to grow up and put together the branches of his family tree.
The holiday love train keeps rollin’ with number nine on our list. Ko Chen-tung plays the titular “wolf,” a heartbroken photocopy clerk, trapped in urban loneliness. One day, he meets a quiet woman, played Chien Man-shu, who shows him the light of love in the big city.
Before she became the muse of MATRIX masterminds the Wachowskis, Korean actress Bae Doona starred in SAVING MY HUBBY. The lighthearted adventure stars Bae as a former volleyball star going through the motions of a dull home life. But when a gang of kidnappers enter the picture, kidnapping her husband, Bae’s sent on an adventure of high stakes and major butt whuppin’.
Last but not least this holiday season, for the quirky at heart, comes ADRIFT IN TOKYO. The aimless Takemura finds himself making an unusual agreement with bookie Fukuhara, one that involves the two of them taking a trip through Tokyo filled with twists and turns bizarre and revealing.