Pull up a chair and grab a packet of groundnuts – there’s so much to watch this Chinese New Year.
BETWEEN countdown concerts and blockbusters, there are many exciting TV programmes lined up for this Lunar New Year. Here’s a rundown of what to watch:
OneRepublic In Moscow
(iConcerts HD, HyppTV Ch 603, 2pm)
This “Front Row Centre Series” displays Grammy-nominated OneRepublic’s boundless energy as they offer rousing performances of their biggest hits. From Apologize and Say (All I Need) to Stop And Stare and Mercy, the band perfectly blends pop and rock in these tracks off of their debut CD, Dreaming Out Loud.
House Of Fury
(ntv7, Astro Ch 107 / HyppTV Ch 107, 3.32pm)
Former secret agent Teddy Yu is a chiropractor who thought he left his past behind him. He teaches his two kids martial arts, but his past soon catches up with him when a rogue agent demands to know the whereabouts of Dragon, another agent. Together with his children, Yu must work to stop this rogue agent. Starring Stephen Fung, Gillian Chung, Anthony Wong and Daniel Wu.
(Wah Lai Toi, Astro Ch 311 & Zhi Zun HD, Astro Ch 310, 8pm)
Mercenary team leader Asian Hawk is on his final mission where he has to recover 12 bronze statue heads of the Chinese Zodiac from Old Summer Palace. Hawk, assisted by a Chinese student and a Parisian lady, will stop at nothing to collect the missing artifacts which were looted by foreigners in the 1800s. The cast includes Jackie Chan, Kwon Sang-woo, Liao Fan, Yao Xing Tong, Zhang Lan Xin and Laura Weissbecker.
The homegrown ntv7 Chinese New Year production revolves around the life of an elderly man who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. His five children then unite to help their ailing father recall his memories using music therapy. The two-hour telemovie blends comedy, music, drama, love and family ties in a compelling storyline. Cast includes Leslie Chai, Debbie Goh, Ong Ai Leng, Kyo Chen and Adrian Tan.
Let The Bullets Fly
(TV2, Astro Ch 102 / HyppTV Ch 102, 10pm)
Set in warlord-infested China in 1919, the film tells the tale of a bandit who poses as the governor of a small town. Soon, he finds himself at odds with a local mobster who is obviously bent on protecting his turf. A violent series of mind games – both complex and deadly – ensues between the two crooks, sometimes with hilarious results. Stars Jiang Wen, Chow Yun-Fat, Carina Lau, Ge You, Chen Kun and Zhou Yun.
The Sorcerer And The White Snake
(TV3, Astro Ch 103 / HyppTV Ch 103, 10pm)
A naive young herbalist falls in love with a thousand-year-old White Snake disguised as a woman, but a sorcerer discovers her true identity and battles to save the man’s soul. Mayhem ensues in this epic battle of supernatural powers. Action director Ching Siu-Tung helms this fantasy film based on a Chinese legend. Cast includes Jet Li, Huang Sheng Yi, Raymond Lam, Charlene Choi and Wen Zhang.
(8TV, Astro Ch 708 / HyppTV Ch 108, 10pm)
Liu Jin-xi (Donnie Yen), a village craftsman, has his quiet life irreversibly shattered when two notorious gangsters arrive at the local store. Having single-handedly defeated the troublesome duo, Liu comes under investigation by a detective who is convinced that the shy hero has been trained in martial arts by one of the region’s most vicious clans. In the process, he inadvertently draws the attention of the Chinese underworld. This Peter Chan flick also stars Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tang Wei.
Our Idiot Brother
(Sundance Channel HD, Astro Ch 438, 11.30pm)
While Ned Rochlin may be that sibling who hasn’t gotten his life together yet (having been incarcerated and then kicked off his farm by his ex-girlfriend), he is still somehow perennially upbeat. Rochlin’s sisters Liz, Miranda and Natalie may consider him the “idiot brother”, but when he moves into their homes (and lives!), they come to realise that Ned really isn’t such an idiot after all. Stars Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer.
Back To The Streets S2
(Asian Food Channel, Astro Ch 703, 12.00pm)
Watching chef Malcolm Goh mark his students’ papers is not Malaysian radio DJ Tham Zher Peen’s idea of a good time, so she entices him away from work with promises of a delicious Chinese New Year feast! They head to Restoran Lee Hong Kee – with Goh dressed as the god of fortune! – and enjoy a meal of poon choi and lap mei fan. Goh enjoys the rice dish the most, and so he decides to use it as his inspiration for the dish of the week.
Once Upon A Time
(Wah Lai Toi, Astro Ch 311 / Zhi Zun HD, Astro Ch 310, 1.30pm)
Six thousand years ago, when the Emperor was the sole ruler of the kingdom, many poor people were unhappy as they were bullied by the rich. One day, a rebellious group attacks the palace to overthrow the Emperor. The devoted Prime Minister, Lord Turtle, pushes the Emperor, Eunuch Tok and Yu-Fa into a forbidden room to protect them. They are whisked off to the future … to the year 2013! Hilarious encounters ensue as the three of them try to find a way back to their era. This Malaysian-made movie stars Jack Lim, Gan Mei Yan, Vivian Tok, Jeff Chin and Royce Tan.
TVB 46th Anniversary Gala
(Wah Lai Toi & Zhi Zun HD, 4pm)
This star-studded gala may very well be the biggest party that TVB has ever hosted! Veteran artists Liza Wang, Eric Tsang, Carol Cheng and Nat Chan, together with other stars like Wayne Lai, Kenneth Ma, Linda Chung, Raymond Lam, Myolie Wu, Moses Chan and more make an appearance! The two-and-a-half-hour show features dance and acrobatic performances, a magic show, a soccer segment as well as musical collaborations.
(TV2, Astro Ch 102 / HyppTV Ch 102, 10pm)
A Hong Kong detective, who suffers from a fatal accident, gets a new lease on life thanks to a mysterious medallion. Little does he know that it has also given him superhuman powers and immortality! First, he must protect this medallion from falling into the clutches of the wrong people. The cast includes Jackie Chan, Lee Evans, Claire Forlani, Julian Sands and Christy Chung.
Sally Is Ultimately Yours Concert 2012
(Wah Lai Toi & Zhi Zun HD, 10pm)
Semi-retired Cantopop diva Sally Yeh made her glorious comeback to the stage in September 2012 with a series of concerts at the Hong Kong Coliseum, where she was a fixture back in the 1990s. With Sally’s heartfelt love songs and groovy dance numbers, the highly anticipated concerts brought back many memories for her fans.
The Conmen in Vegas
(SCM Legend SEA, HyppTV Ch 226, 10pm)
King, the king of gamblers, along with his buddy Skinny Dragon and Dragon’s cousin, Smarty, swindle a huge amount of money from the wicked Big Eye Man’s underground casino. Somehow, before they can enjoy the money, Man’s gang shows up unexpectedly and takes the trio off to meet with senior government officials. They are then enlisted to capture a conman in Las Vegas! Andy Lau, Alex Man and Kelly Lin star in this Wong Jing film.
(AEC, Astro Ch 301, 10.30pm)
The young Gao lives in a unique neighborhood located on the rooftop of a row of buildings. It may be considered a slum by many, but for Gao, it is a home filled with much warmth. Gao works in a traditional medicine hall with two other friends. They often get into fights with Hong, the notorious neighbourhood bully. A love story unfolds when they save Xin, a famous actress, but the vengeful bully could spoil things for them. Stars Jay Chou (pic), Eric Tsang, Xu Fan, Li Xin’ai, Alan Ko and Wang Xueqi.