By ZAI KAMAL
Planning a trip to the cinemas during the Chinese New Year holidays?
Here are some CNY releases – from family drama to laugh-out-loud comedy, Hong Kong flicks to Malaysian films – that cater to every movie fan out there.
Money is never enough for Ah Huang, now, or 26 years ago when this Singapore comedy first made its debut.
In the third instalment, he is once again in debt. He turns to his lifelong friends, Ah Qiang and Ah Hui for help.
They agree to lend him money, which Ah Huang uses to build an illegal business. But when the business becomes successful, Ah Huang refuses to repay the money to his friends.
Jack Neo, Mark Lee and Henry Thia reprise their roles.
In this comedy, Jack Lim plays Cheng, a poker player who has the power to see through lies. However, he’s unable to read his nemesis Wei, a five-time World Poker King champion and owner of a casino.
Cheng and Wei decide to face-off in a poker championship but days before the event, Cheng’s power is unexpectedly transferred to a simple-minded guy, Huang. Can Cheng train Huang in time to beat his enemy?
Malaysian rapper Namewee and Hong Kong actor Philip Keung co-star
The title of the movie refers to Taiping in Perak, where it is the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia, as it receives the most rainfall.
It is here that a family of five breaks apart when the father tries to control his three children from realising their dreams.
This local Cantonese film, directed by Tunku Mona Riza, stars Chew Kin Wah, Susan Lankester, Fabian Loo, Wilson Lee and Pauline Tan.
A group of old friends come across a magical mahjong set that sends them back in time on a quest to unearth a hidden treasure.
They are given a time frame, from sunset to sunrise, to complete the mission before they return to their old, weary bodies.
These friends are not only going on search for the treasure but are determined to right some wrongs from the past during this expedition.
Eric Chen, Freddie Ng and Sam Chong headline this local fare.
Former wrestler Mui has fallen on hard times. In order to get some cash, he plans a major heist in Hong Kong. Although the heist is a success, the stolen cash disappears when his two best friends unintentionally disrupt his plans.
Now, the three plan to get the money back, all the while evading being captured by a policewoman who is determined to put them behind bars. Aaron Kwok, Gordon Lam and Richie Jen star in this Hong Kong action-comedy.
First released in 2022 on streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar, this US animation is re-released on the big screen specially for this market but this time dubbed in Cantonese in conjunction with Chinese New Year.
Thirteen-year-old Mei Lee is conflicted between being a dutiful daughter and the changes of adolescence. Growing pains, you know?
But if that’s not challenging enough, Mei Lee transforms into a giant red panda when she gets overly excited. Uh-oh.
When it was released in 2022, Table For Six was a huge success despite the fact we were still in the middle of a pandemic.
It is a no-brainer then that a sequel was immediately ordered.
The original cast such as Stephy Tang, Louis Cheng, Ivana Wong and Lin Min Chen reprise their roles in the sequel (Dayo Wong opted out this time around).Marriage is supposed to be a happy affair, but not when you’re in the Chan family.
Three couples in the family decide to tie the knot, at the same time! This causes friction within the family. How are they going to solve this conundrum?
Sunny Chan is back in the director’s seat for this comedy.
The Movie Emperor
Andy Lau leads this satirical comedy where he plays a popular film star, Lau Wai Chi, who decides to shake things up by taking up an obscure role as a poor farmer in an indie film.
In order to fully get into character, he goes to the countryside to get a taste of what it is like to be a pig farmer only to rub the people at the village up the wrong way.