At first, there were at least 14 movies estimated to hit the big screen for the Lunar New Year holidays, also known as Spring Festival in China. As the date draws closer, it looks we will have one of the most overcrowded film releases compared to previous years.
Having comedy greats headlining, Crazy Alien and Pegasus seem poised to win though Stephen Chow’s The New King of Comedy is also one to watch for. Personally, I’d be curious to see China delve into sci-fi with The Wandering Earth or catch some good old Jackie Chan action-comedy in The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang.
Title: The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Starring: Jackie Chan, Ethan Ruan, Elaine Zhong and Austin Lin
Plot: A wholesome and legendary tale that follows Pu Songling as he fights monsters and solve murder cases.
Starring: Shen Teng, Johnny Huang, Yin Zheng and Yin Fang
Plot: A has-been racer takes on the herculean effort of making a comeback thus starting him on a journey full of laughable catastrophes.
Title: The Wandering Earth
Genre: Science Fiction
Starring: Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie and a special appearance by Jacky Wu
Plot: The sun is dying and the humans on earth have constructed a large propeller in search for a new home. A team of astronauts embark on a dangerous journey into space to secure the future of the human race.
Genre: Crime Suspense
Starring: Sean Lau, Nick Cheung and Karena Lam
Plot: When an important witness disappears, ICAC investigator Chan King-chi goes to great lengths to find him but encounters a series of unexpected events on the way back to Hong Kong.
Title: Crazy Alien
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction
Starring: Huang Bo and Shen Teng
Plot: A hysterical story that follows a man and his friend who wants to get rich as they get caught in an unusual inter-species battle.
Title: The New King of Comedy
Starring: Wang Baoqiang and E Jingwen
Plot: Similar to King of Comedy, the story follows a person’s dream to become a star.
Title: Overall Planning
Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction
Starring: Huang Cailun and Zhang Huiwen
Plot: The story takes place inside an old English hotel where mysterious guests arrive and strange events begin to occur, disrupting the strict routine of the hotel manager.