I was wondering because you often mention about Hollywood and the lack of Chinese men getting the girl. Can you think of any other movies to recommend where a foreign girl gets together with a Chinese or even an Asian male. All I can think of is Shanghai Kiss, Mao’s Last Dancer and the other one Ramen Girl is in Japan so it’s kind of not the same.
My friend told me about a movie aired on CCTV in Chinese about a rich American woman who falls for a peasant Chinese man but she forgets the name of it. Do you happen to know it?
B, I can do more than think of those movies — I’ll give you a list with a quick synopsis of each, including the titles you mentioned above.
Not sure what that CCTV movie is. But maybe by the time you work through this list, we’ll get an answer from someone (readers?).
A few criteria I used to choose the films. The man must be Chinese or Chinese-American. It should be obvious the couple is in love, or married (sorry, guys, but Romeo Must Die and Kiss of the Dragon just don’t cut it). No ultra-campy cult films, either (but if that’s your style, try Mighty Peking Man).
The true story of Bruce Lee — which includes his romance and eventual marriage in the US with a Caucasian woman.
A mistake at the adoption agency sends a Chinese baby to an African-American family. But when he grows up and goes to South-Central LA to find his roots, everyone thinks he’s “acting black.” Along the way, he finds love with an African-American girl (reminds me of Jo Gan).
Based on the story of Gertrude Wagner-Du, who met her Chinese husband in Vienna and followed him to China. But when he’s captured in the wake of the Communist takeover, she must learn how to survive in a foreign land, on her own.
A Silicon-Valley Chinese-American executive returns to China for the first time in 30 years, with his Caucasian wife in tow — and his son has a Caucasian girlfriend. Think family culture clash, with Chinese characteristics.
A French teenager in Indochina falls into an illicit love affair with an older Chinese man (played by a young and sexy Tony Leung).
The incredible story of Li Cunxin, a poor rural Chinese who eventually becomes an internationally famous ballet dancer — and happens to romance a Western woman along the way.
Chinese in-laws getting you down? You might enjoy this story of family conflict between a Chinese father-in-law and Western daughter-in-law. She hates having him around the house, he hates the way she raises kids and keeps the home up. You get the idea.
Two parallel stories in Beijing — including one of a Western woman who falls in love with a Chinese chess master — capture the essence of international romance and conflicting cultural traditions.
A struggling Chinese-American actor goes to Shanghai ostensibly to sell his grandmother’s estate, but ends up discovering his own identity. (He has a Caucasian girlfriend in the movie, played by Hayden Panettiere of Heroes).
What are your favorite movies featuring romance between Chinese men and Western women?
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