Celebrating Chinese New Year is not a complete affair without watching some Chinese New Year festive movies and reconnecting with your relatives over them. Crowding around the TV and enjoying CNY snacks while watching the movie will prove to become a yearly affair. One good thing is – when your relatives’ mouths are full of food and their minds are focused on the movie, you get less invasive questions about your relationship status and other personal matters. Score!
God of Gamblers (or From Vegas to Macau)
Gambling and CNY celebrations are almost synonymous with each other. Chow Yun Fatt is also the long-standing celebrity who appeals to all ages and his celebrated role as the God of Gamblers is nothing to be scoffed at. The series has also become a Chinese New Year staple, with the third movie bringing together the other Heavenly Kings Andy Lau and Jacky Cheung.
Soccer, or football, is a sport that can bring together all kinds of people. Coupled with the household name Stephen Chow, this action comedy will get everyone hyped up, despite the slightly nonsensical plot that Stephen Chow movies are known for.
CZ12 (or Chinese Zodiac 12)
The movie allowed Jacky Chan to lay claim to the Guiness World Records for “The most stunts performed by a living actor” and “The most credits in a movie”. Although the festive ties to the Chinese Zodiac are weak at best, the movie is still suitable for a CNY gathering as Jacky Chan is an actor who is surely recognisable by people of all ages.
The movie might not be a funny comedy but it definitely fits the CNY mood with its theme of Chinese patriotism. Although Westerners are usually portrayed as villainous characters, we are sure that the usual Singaporean audiences can take it with a pinch of salt. The action-packed scenes and intense plot pace will keep everyone at the edge of the sofa.
The classic Stephen Chow movie never fails to disappoint. The inspirational rise of the protagonist to become that of a kungfu expert is bound to send everyone into peals of laughter. At the same time, the team spirit of the mysteriously talented community that is protecting their turf from the gangsters will warm all hearts.
The Magic Touch
Michael Hui and Leon Lai partner up in this light-hearted comedy that pokes fun at the traditional Chinese beliefs in fortune-telling, while the mystery of the case keeps the audience interested in the ending.
The movie is a mix of genres, including sci-fiction, action and comedy. Although we are doubtful about the originality of taking several leaves from the books of famous video games like Street Fighter, Mario and Dragon Ball Z, the appearance of the Heavenly Kings Andy Lau and Jacky Cheung is enough to get this movie shortlisted.
Aces Go Places
The action comedy stars Sam Hui and Karl Maka as the classic comedy couple of thief and police. Their stunts and witty comedic actions will prove to be hits with relatives of all ages.