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Thursday January 30, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Thursday January 30, 2014 MYT 6:37:21 AM
by michael cheang
Dawn of the rise of the Monkey King: Martial arts superstar Donnie Yen plays the titular Monkey King in this big CNY release.
From beings of legend to figures of Lego, here’s what to expect at the cinemas this season.
Ah Beng: Mission Impossible (now showing)
Cast: Jack Lim, Jeff Chin, Gan Mei Yan
Distributor: Ram Entertainment
Just as everyone is preparing for the festive season, security guard Ah Beng (Lim) receives a call from his company. He is asked to cancel his Lunar New Year holiday for a “simple” mission, which infuriates him. However, Ah Beng immediately changes his mind when he discovers that the mission promises a handsome reward of one million ringgit!
The Monkey King
Cast: Donnie Yen, Chow Yun-Fat, Aaron Kwok
Director: Cheang Pou-Soi
Distributor: GSC Movies
Martial arts superstar Donnie Yen plays the titular Monkey King Sun Wukong, a monkey born from a heavenly stone who acquires supernatural powers. This first instalment in a trilogy of live-action 3D movies is actually a prequel to the classic Chinese literary work Journey To The West, telling the origin of Sun Wukong and ending with his imprisonment for his crimes under the Five-Peaked Mountain.
Director: Chiu Keng Guan
Cast: Ben Andrew Pfeiffer, Lee Sai Peng, Joanne Yew Hong Im
Distributor: Mm2 Entertainment Sdn Bhd
Uncle Chuan (Lee) is an old-fashioned and conservative man staying alone in Cameron Highlands, leading a lonely retired life. When his only daughter Ah Bee (Yew) returns home from studying overseas and announces that she is marrying her foreign boyfriend Benji (Pfeiffer), Chuan reluctantly agrees under one condition – that Benji accompanies him on a journey all over Malaysia to deliver the wedding invitations to his 11 ex-primary schoolmates in person.
From Vegas to Macau
Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Nicholas Tse, Chapman To, Tian Jing
Director: Wong Jing
Chow Yun-Fat returns to the poker table in a role that brings to mind his iconic God Of Gamblers movies. Chow plays Hendrick, a renowned gambler who has left behind his troubled past to work as a security consultant for a casino. When super hacker “Show Hand” (Tse) unwittingly gets Hendrick’s daughter Charlie involved with a mafia boss named Ko, the two generations of swindlers must work together to bring down the bad guy and save Charlie.
Cast: Raymond Wong, Eric Tsang, Sandra Ng, Alex Fong Chung-Sun, Raymond Lam Fung, Karena Lam
Director: Vincent Kok
Distributor: Lotus Five Star
A film about two married couples of different ages and backgrounds, and how they deal with issues related to procreation. One couple decides not to have children in order to maintain their peaceful lifestyle, while the other is still trying for a baby after many years of marriage. Their lives changed forever when a wealthy uncle is diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease, and they find out that they would only inherit his vast fortune under one condition – that they have a baby.
Director: Matt Chow
Cast: Sandra Ng, with cameos by Ivana Wong, Nick Cheung, Louis Koo, Ronald Cheng, Anthony Wong etc.
In this follow-up to 2002’s Golden Chicken and 2003’s Golden Chicken 2, Ng reprises her role as Ah Kam, a “mamasan” who manages a stable of high-end prostitutes. On the surface, she embraces the prosperity of the “New Hong Kong”, but like many middle-class HK citizens, she laments the loss of the old Hong Kong that once belonged to the people. When her old flame, over-the-hill mob boss Gordon (Anthony Wong), is unable to cope with the new Hong Kong, the kind-hearted Kam takes it upon herself to help him rebuild his life.
Director: José Padilha
Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel
Distributor: Sony Pictures
A remake of the cult 1987 hit, this updated version features a star-studded cast, and revolves around good cop and family man Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) being turned into a part-man, part-robot police officer by money-grubbing multinational conglomerate OmniCorp.
Huat Ah! Huat Ah! Huat! (Opens Feb 6)
Cast: Aniu, Joyce Cheng, KK Wong, Marcus Chin
Director: Tan Boon Huat
An inspirational comedy about a village lad with autism named Ah Huat (Aniu), who is inept at expressing himself. A typical down-to-earth lad trying to earn an honest living through hard work, Ah Huat lives by the motto of staying true to himself, and goes through a rite of passage in order to achieve success and find happiness.
The Lego Movies (opens Feb 6)
Director: Phil Lord
Voice cast: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman Emmet is an ordinary, happy little mini-figure who is mistaken for the Special, a Master Builder who can save the Lego universe from the evil Lord Business (Ferrel), who wants to superglue all the Lego pieces together. Helping Emmet on his quest to stop Lord Business is Vitruvius the wizard (Freeman),
a girl with a wild style named,
well, Wildstyle (Banks) and Batman (Arnett). Based on the trailer, our money is on this being the funniest movie featuring Batman ever.
Bullets Over Petaling Street (opens Feb 13)
Cast: Debbie Goh, Chen Han Wei, Irene Ang, Jeffrey Cheng, Steve Yap
Directors: Sampson Yuen, Ho Shih Phin
An action comedy about a movie star named Angel (Goh) who unwittingly becomes the leader of a triad in Petaling Street and becomes involved in an intense election war with three other gangs.
Dodging assassins and
facing up to dangerous gangsters, Angel has to adapt to her new
role while trying to rekindle her relationship with her ex-boyfriend Xie Da Xiang (Chen).
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Entertainment, Entertainment, Chinese New Year, Ah Beng, Bullets Over Petaling Street, The Monkey King, Donnie Yen, The Journey, From Vegas To Macau
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