6 Asian-Led Movies and Shows We Recommend On Netflix!

In honor of Lunar New Year, we are rounding up 6 Asian-led movies and shows on Netflix that you need to add to your watch list!

Always Be My Maybe

If you love rom-coms, this is the movie for you! Chinese and Vietnamese-American Ali Wong and Korean-American Randall Park star as childhood sweethearts Sasha and Marcus who are reunited after 15 years and feel the old sparks of attraction. But famous chef Sasha and hometown musician Marcus struggle to adapt to each other’s worlds.


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The Half of It

With Chinese-American Leah Lewis as the lead, this movie focuses on the story of a shy, straight-A Chinese-American student. The school jock acquires her help to woo a girl whom, secretly, they both desire. As the pair works together, they find themselves connecting and learn about the nature of love.


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Street Food Asia

This docu-series explores street food in nine vibrant cities in Asia, from Thailand to Taiwan to Singapore. Each episode focuses on one city, with archival footage and face to face interviews as we get the opportunity to hear the stories of the people who craft the delicious fare.


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Bling Empire

Reality TV addicts, this one’s for you! This Netflix series follows the lives of widely wealthy East Asian and East Asian-American socialites living in Los Angeles. Each episode is focused on the fun seekers as they go all out with parties, glamour and drama. Netflix has confirmed that the show has been renewed for a second season, and we can’t wait to devour more of the drama.


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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

This one is for rom-com lovers and bookworms alike. Based on the book of the same name, the movie follows a teenage girl whose secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life. Lara Jean, played by Vietnamese-American actress Lana Condor, deals with the fallout of her crushes finding out about her secret love for them. But she might also find love along the way.

Kim’s Convenience

This sit-com is one of our favorites. Set in Toronto, the five season series follows the members of a Korean-Canadian family while they run a convenience store, dealing with customers, each other and the evolving world around them. With actors Simu Liu, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Janet Kim, and Jean Yoon as the lead characters, this is one show that cannot be skipped.

If you are looking for even more Asian-led movies and shows to binge in preparation of Lunar New Year, be sure to check out Netflix’s Lunar New Year Collection!

About the Author

Justina Ibarra

Justina Ibarra is a senior at Biola University, majoring in Studio Arts with a concentration in graphic design.