8 festive movies to watch during Chinese New Year

(Clockwise from top left) Chilli Laugh Story, Kung Fu Cult Master 1, Kongsi Raya and Nasi Lemak 1.0. Photos: Handout

If you're planning to go to the cinemas during the festive break, you'll be spoiled for choice as there are many releases in conjunction with the Lunar New Year.

Have a roaring good time with movies ranging from comedy and drama to romance and kung fu.

Nasi Lemak 1.0 (in cinemas Jan 27)

This prequel has a time travel/fantasy element to it where Hero Huang (Namewee) gets transported to ancient Melaka after an intense cook-off with his nemesis Lan (Dennis Lau).

The ensemble cast in the movie includes AC Mizal, Karen Kong, Saiful Apek, Delimawati and Alleycats' David Arumugam.

Reunion Dinner. Reunion Dinner.

Reunion Dinner (Jan 31)

Chaoyang and Zi Hong have been dating for more than a year but neither has met each other's parents. Well, that's about to change as a client has requested for a livestream of their reunion dinner as a gimmick to promote its product.

However, Chaoyang is worried what Zi Hong (and the viewers) would think of his mother as she works as a mama-san! So, he device a tricky plan – he hires a fake family as a front. Hilarity ensues.

Story Of Yangxi Palace's Lawrence Wong leads the cast in this Malaysian-Singaporean film which also includes Mimi Choo and Mark Lee. Turn to page 4 for more on Reunion Dinner.

Kung Fu Cult Master 1 (Feb 1)

Based on the classic wuxia novel, The Heaven Sword And Dragon Saber by Louis Cha, this movie is the sequel to the 1993 film which was headlined by Jet Li.

Under Xie Xun's tutelage, Zhang Wuji finally masters a divine martial arts technique. Zhang, however, realises that the only way he can take revenge is to seize power.

It takes Zhang 20 years before returning to exact his revenge. He is no longer indecisive and distracted by romance as he's dead set on doing whatever it takes to become the King.

Raymond Lam, Donnie Yen and Louis Koo star in this kung fu period piece directed by Wong Jin.

Ah Girls Go Army.Ah Girls Go Army.

Ah Girls Go Army (Feb 1)

Set in Singapore in the near future, when women are recruited into national service. The film follows a group of Gen Z teens as they train under the fierce leadership of Sergeant Chow and Lieutenant Roxanne.

Jack Neo, who helmed the popular Ah Boys To Men films, directs this comedy starring Apple Chan, Belle Chua and Samantha Tan.

Kongsi Raya (Feb 3)

Jack, a Chinese chef working in his family restaurant, is in love with Sharifah who is a TV producer for celebrity chef father. However, Jack's father objects to the relationship.

The situation gets even more intense when the two families challenge each other in a cooking match on TV! Jack and Sharifah must find a solution before this problem escalates.

This local film stars Harith Iskander, Erra Fazira, Qasrina Karim, Wilson Lee and Chew Kin Wah.

Small Town Heroes.Small Town Heroes.

Small Town Heroes (Feb 3)

Hero's mother sends him to an orphanage in a small town to stay for a short spell and promises to bring him home before Chinese New Year.

There, Hero meets mischievous Feng and the two quickly form an unbreakable bond.

When Hero's mother does not pick him up as promised, the duo sets out from the small town to Penang in hopes of finding Hero's mother.

Layla Sania, Jack Lim, Phua Chandler and Roger Shak star in this Malaysian film directed by Ryon Lee.

Table For Six (postponed until further notice)

A family reunion dinner turns awkward when Bernard invites his new girlfriend to join in the festivity. Unbeknownst to him, she happens to be his brother Steve’s old flame.

To make matters worse, Steve’s part-time girlfriend Meow also turns up for dinner! Now, that's a recipe for disaster

This Hong Kong production stars Dayo Wong, Stephy Tang, Louis Cheung Kai Chung and Ivana Wong.

Chilli Laugh Story (postponed until further notice)

What's Chinese New Year without a family comedy from Hong Kong featuring actors such as Sandra Ng, Ronald Cheng and Gigi Leung.

In this outing, Coba turns his mother's homemade chilli sauce into an online sensation. All this is thanks to families who eat in more these days, rather than dining out due to the pandemic.

Frictions are definitely part and parcel of any kind of family business as Coba discovers. Every little small decision is met with contempt. So much so that long-hidden family problems start to bubble up to the surface.

Edan Lui from Hong Kong's top boy band Mirror co-stars in this spicy comedy.

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