Malaysian moviegoers are simply spoilt for choice with so many festive flicks to choose from this Chinese New Year.
After being conspicuously missing from last year’s Chinese New Year lineup, blockbuster filmmakers Jackie Chan and Stephen Chow are back to wow moviegoers with fresh material in 2019.
Even Hong Kong funnyman Wong Cho Lam is joining the fray with a musical which is also his directorial debut.
Here are eight rib-tickling Chinese New Year comedies to catch in local cinemas this year.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (now showing)
Cast: Eric Tsang, Teresa Mo, Ivana Wong, Wong Cho Lam
Director: Wong Cho Lam
Hong Kong comedian Wong Cho Lam makes his directorial debut with this Chinese musical comedy which is an adaptation of the 1996 off-Broadway musical of the same name. Centred around love and relationships, this song-and-dance extravaganza is touted to feature some 60 actors, many of whom will play multiple roles.
Kung Hei Pat Poh (now showing)
Cast: Gigi Leung, Miriam Yeung, Dada Chan, Chui Tien You, Tan Han Jin
Director: Pang Ho Cheung
Pat Poh is a chat group that comprises six female and two male friends. Once very close, the members grew apart when one girl had an affair with another girl’s boyfriend, and one of the girls wrote a tell-all book divulging the secrets of everyone’s romantic affairs. But, when one of the them gets into trouble, the rest cast aside their grudges and come to her rescue.
The Knight Of Shadows: Between Yin And Yang (Feb 4)
Cast: Jackie Chan, Elane Zhong, Ethan Juan, Lin Peng, the Luu triplets
Action star Chan proves that the pen is mightier than the sword by playing Pu Song Ling, a legendary brush-wielding demon hunter who works together with a group of friendly monsters to defend humanity from an inhuman invasion.
The New King Of Comedy (Feb 5)
Cast: Wang Baoqiang, Yao Chen, Jelly Lin, Bruce Leung
Director: Stephen Chow
Making a last-minute entry into the festive slot is Chow’s much-anticipated film which is said to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his 1999 film King Of Comedy. It is said to mirror the plot of the original movie which was about a man who is passionate about acting but struggles to even get cast as an extra in a film.
Amazing Spring (Feb 5)
Cast: Jack Lim, Joey Leong, Cedric Loo, Sharon Yang Pan Pan, Law Ka Ying
Director: Nick Wong
The tale is set in a village called Dai Dei, which is full of quirky old folks, who love to sing and dance. A city dweller stumbles upon the village and then freaks out when he finds himself stuck in the neighbourhood. The local movie famously made the headlines last year for a fire incident which landed 31 actors in hospital.
A Journey Of Happiness (Feb 5)
Cast: Joyce Cheng, Lo Hoi Pang, Alex Lam, Jerry Lamb, Aniu Tan Kheng Seong, Lin Min Chen
Director: JY Teng
A dysfunctional Hong Kong family of four decide to go on a road trip vacation in Malaysia. During the eventful journey, they encounter all sorts of crazy characters who help to bring colour into their dreary lives.
A Lifetime Treasure (Feb 5)
Cast: Sammo Hung, Louis Cheung, Ivana Wong, Richard Ng, Teddy Robin, Lam Suet, Bruce Leung
Director: Andrew Lam
Living peacefully in an elderly home managed by a retired doctor and a young nurse are five retirees – a pickpocket, a detective in a wheelchair, a spy for the British secret service, a swimmer and a Chinese opera actress. Their peace is about to be shattered when a gangster pops in to seek revenge.
Killer Not Stupid (Feb 5)
Cast: Jay Shih, Amber An, Lin Yu Chih (Na Dou), Gadrick Chin, Ryan Lian, Apple Chan, Lin Mei Hsiu, Shin Lung
Director: Jack Neo
Singaporean filmmaker Neo goes to Taiwan to shoot for the first time. In this action-comedy, two assassins decide to complete one last mission before they retire for good. Along the way, they meet several flamboyant characters including an ex-classmate who models himself after 1970s Taiwanese hearththrob Chin Han and a drug lord’s daughter who only loves all things pink.