If you don’t know what to do with your ang bao money as you usher in the Year of the Goat this 19 February, why not spend it on a movie day at the cinema with your friends and family?
Take your pick from these 8 movies that are just perfect for a Chinese New Year movie outing.
This is expected to be one of the CNY movie hits of this year. It stars Jackie Chan, whose 2012 film “CZ12” grossed over USD5.5 million in Malaysia alone. Directed by Daniel Lee, it features a stellar lineup of cast, which includes Hollywood stars John Cusack and Adrien Brody, as well as Korean star Choi Si-won. Produced with a record-breaking budget (for a Chinese production) of USD65 million, the movie tells the story of an enslaved commander named Huo An, who later meets a Roman general on the run, and together embark on a thrilling journey. “Dragon Blade” is set for release on 19 February 2015.
Triumph In The Skies
If romance is your cup of tea, this adaptation of the famous Hong Kong TV series of the same name is a must watch. Directed by Wilson Yip and Matt Chow, the movie revolves around the glamorous lives and romantic escapades of the pilots and flight attendants in the fictional Skylette Airways. The star-studded cast consists of Julian Cheung, Francis Ng, Charmaine Sheh, Louis Koo and more. “Triumph In The Skies” lands in cinemas on 19 February 2015.
From Vegas to Macau 2
Last year’s “From Vegas to Macau” was GSC Movies’ highest-grossing CNY movie at USD3 million. This year, director Wong Jing and main actor Chow Yun-Fat return in “From Vegas to Macau 2” to possibly break the record. Chow leads a cast which includes Nick Cheung, Carina Lau, Shawn Yue and Kimmy Tong. The movie is the fifth instalment in the “God of Gamblers” movie series. “From Vegas to Macau 2” takes a gamble in cinemas on 19 February 2015.
King of Mahjong
Hong Kong actor Chapman To and Singapore’s very own Mark Lee pair up as mahjong buddies in this Singaporean CNY movie. Chapman plays a yong tau fu seller named Ah Fatt, who is forced to return to the world of mahjong by Mark Lee’s Ah Shun, who has been a World Series Championship winner for the past 10 years. Directed by Malaysian director Adrian Teh, the movie features familiar actors like Eric Tsang, Lo Hoi Pang, Super Girl’s Cheronna Ng, Venus Wong, Mimi Chu, Adrian Tan, Michelle Ye and Lenna Lim. “King of Mahjong” starts dealing on the big screen from 26 February 2015.
12 Golden Ducks
Last year, Sandra Ng amuses moviegoers with “Golden Chickensss”, and this year she brings them “12 Golden Ducks”. Sandra even takes it one step further by turning herself into the opposite sex. The comedy star transforms herself into a washboard abs-baring male in a story that revolves around a group of gigolos struggling to survive the economic downturn. “12 Golden Ducks” struts into cinemas on 26 February 2015.
An Inspector Calls
Louis Koo stars as the titular inspector who investigates the death of a suicide victim by searching for clues using his keen sense of observation. This Cantonese movie adaptation of a British play of the same name is directed by Herman Yau and Raymond Wong. The latter is also part of the movie’s cast. Other stars that round up the cast are Teresa Mo Sun Kwan, Gordon Lam and Eric Tsang. This movie is perfect for those who like a little mystery during the festivities. “An Inspector Calls” opens on 19 February 2015. In the meantime, check out Donnie’s Yen’s surprising performance in the movie here.
Lucky Star 2015
Here’s another film for moviegoers who are looking for a big laugh this festive season. The comedy follows a Wong Cho-lam look-alike who is invited to perform at a birthday party of a local tycoon. As they say, the more, the merrier; the film features an ensemble cast made up of the likes of Eric Tsang, Wong Cho-lam, Ella Chen, Dada Chan Ching and Yuen King-Tan. Keep your eyes peeled and see if you can spot cameo appearances by stars such as Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse, Chow Yun Fat, Julian Cheung and more. “Lucky Star 2015” shines in cinemas on 19 February 2015.
My Papa Rich
If you have ever been so broke you could not afford to celebrate CNY, then you would know exactly how it feels like to be in Yang’s shoes. This film tells the story of a widower named Yang who upon realising he has no means of celebrating the coming New Year, takes up a rich friend’s offer and becomes a millionaire for a month. “My Papa Rich” opens in cinemas on 19 February 2015.