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10 Asian Movies to Watch with Mom on Mother's Day
Below are ten films that can be enjoyed as an at-home movie date with mother dearest!
A spunky mom (Shinohara Ryoko) "harasses" her moody teenage daughter (Yoshine Kyoko) with awesome lunchboxes filled with messages in this Japanese comedy about the steadfast love and growing pains of being a parent and an adolescent. Now's a good time to thank your mom for all the time and effort she's put into feeding and nagging you!
Brother of the Year
Sibling rivalry never grows old in Witthaya Thongyooyong's family and romance comedy about an immature brother (Sunny Suwanmethanont) who is determined to thwart his fussy sister's (Urassaya Sperbund) love life. Easy on the eyes, this Thai blockbuster is perfect for sharing a hearty laugh with your mom – while tattling on your siblings about all the annoying things they've done over the years!
Though the mother-daughter misunderstanding at its core may be slightly somber, Yim Soon Rye's calming manga adaptation about a young woman's (Kim Tae Ri) life of farming and cooking simply soothes the mind and excites the palate. There's also a two-part Japanese adaptation, but the Korean film's shorter length and brighter tone sets up more chances to ask your mom to pass on some recipes and wisdom.
McDull, Me and My Mum
Mum knows best, especially McDull's mum! The sixth film in the beloved Hong Kong series about the animated piggy sees McDull all grown up as the revered private detective Bobby Mak. All his achievements are possible because of the boundless love, sacrifices and energy of his mother, the headstrong and resourceful Mrs. Mak who can accomplish just about anything if it's for the sake of her son.
Remember when you were a jealous, tantrum-throwing, pint-sized terror with the most vivid of imagination? Rest assured, your mom totally does! Hosoda Mamoru's magical and moving Oscar-nominated animation about an inquisitive and emotional young boy dealing with the arrival of a baby sister – and a teenage sister from the future! – will awaken many precious memories about both being a parent and being a kid.
A granny magically transforms into her 20-year-old self and takes on life anew in Hwang Dong Hyuk's delightful fantasy comedy that is oh so full of heart and music. Besides the Korean hit starring Shim Eun Kyung, there are also Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese remakes of the film that are all entertaining in their own ways.
Mission Possible: Kidnapping Granny K
Imagine a Home Alone-type comedy, except with a rich and feisty Korean granny making her three bumbling kidnappers suffer through schemes and slapstick. With the ever awesome Na Moon Hee doling out the sass, this hilarious film is filled to the brim with laughs, thrills and some life lessons.
After getting dumped by her fiance, a woman (Kangana Ranaut) goes on a solo European honeymoon in this inspirational comedy about finding oneself. Besides the supportive message and the celluloid tourism, this Bollywood film also has, of course, catchy scenes of song and dance. Enjoy a mini dance party with mom for every musical sequence!
Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain... From the dreams and fights of the eighties to the touching reunion in the present day, Kang Hyung Chul's nostalgic comedy-drama follows a group of fearless high school friends and their ups and downs, then and now. Ask your mom about her rebellious young days and high school besties!
If you're angling for something more action-oriented and fist-pumping, this old-school Hong Kong classic from Corey Yuen brings the goods. The legendary Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock deliver kickass action as cops who take down their foes in bone-crunching fight sequences while sporting very 80s hair and fashion.
Published May 7, 2020