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Since October is upon us and Halloween is right around the corner, you might be in the mood for some spooky Asian dating ideas. How about a Chinese horror movie night with your lucky lady?
Although the kung fu genre might very well be China’s most popular, the country has released some of the scariest horror flicks to date. You might not have heard of these films, but here are five scary movies to get started with:
- A Chinese Ghost Story – This 1987 movie is actually a romantic horror film based loosely on the writings of Qing Dynasty scribe Pu Songling. It was popular at its time of release, so it is pretty easy to find. It stars Joey Wong, Leslie Cheung and Wu Ma.
- The Lonely Spirit in an Old Building – Produced by several teachers at the Beijing Film Academy, this 1989 film is a classic Chinese horror movie. It was banned at the time due to it scaring an old man to death.
- Painted Skin – This movie isn’t particularly frightening, but it is a demon tale with a whole lot of kung fu mixed in. This 2008 film starring Betty Sun, Zhou Xun, Chen Kun and Donnie Yen is based on a short story by Pu Songling.
- The Phantom Lover – This 1995 movie is a remake of the classic Chinese horror movie Song at Midnight (1937). It is heartbreakingly beautiful, haunting and a little scary.
- The Game of Killing – Starring Xiao Ran Li, Jia Song, Fan Liao, and Roy Cheungk, this 2004 movie seems like it might just be about four hit men getting together on Fridays for poker, but what’s lurking in the shadows?
Just remember, Asian dating doesn’t have to be any different from other kind of dating. No matter what cultures or countries you are both from, chances are everyone loves movie night!
If you’re going to date Chinese girls, you might want to learn a thing or two about the most romantic Asian movies. Most people think that every Asian movie is about Kung Fu or martial arts or that the majority of them are scary horror flicks. The truth of the matter is that many of them are pretty romantic – perfect for a movie night with Chinese girls.
If you want to know what to put on your Netflix, read on…
- Comrades, Almost a Love Story (Hong Kong, 1996) – Directed by Peter Chan Ho-sun, this film is based on the book of the same name and follows a pair of star-crossed lovers who tempt fate and take chances to see if their love will stand the test of time.
- Farewell My Concubine (China, 1993) – Spanning a 50-year period, this film directed by Chen Kaige is filled with passion, intrigue, and heartache. This sensual story about a Peking opera star tormented by a broken heart and unfulfilled desire is the only Chinese movie to ever win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
- The Love Eterne (Hong Kong, 1963) – This musical film directed by Li Han-hsiang draws plenty of inspiration from The Butterfly Lover and tells the tale of a girl dressed as a boy who is deeply in love with her best friend. It’s a magically sweet movie.
- Spring in a Small Town (China, 1948) – This movie, which was remade in 2002, is one of the most romantic Asian films out there. Directed by Fei Mu and set in China as it recovers from war, the film follows a couple that struggles to stay together even after their initial passion has fizzled out. The underlying themes are resilience and commitment.
- You are the Apple of My Eye (Taiwan, 2011) – Although this movie might appeal more to teens, it is worth watching. It’s the sweet story of the girl everyone wants but only one boy can make a move. It reminds us of what love is really all about: surprise, excitement, and fun.