Opening This Week: Chinese New Year Special

All's Well, End's Well 2009 (2009)
Starring: Louis Koo, Sandra Ng, Ronald Cheng
Director: Vincent Kok
Writers: Vincent Kok, Min Hung Fung
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Hong Kong release: 22 January
M'sia release: 23 January
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes
Rated in Msia: U

I didn't know this before but
All's Well, End's Well 2009 is the fourth installment tot he franchise. The first movie came out in 1992 and the last one was more than 10 years ago in 1997. They have always been CNY movies.

Having a family tradition where no sibling is allowed to get married before the eldest sister, Kei (Ronald Cheng) hires Koo Chai (Louis Koo) who is a womanizer to woo Kei's eldest sister Sandra (Sandra Ng) into falling in love and marrying Koo Chai. When he's got Sandra hooked in and falling in love for him, Koo Chai falls in love with another woman and breaks Sandra's heart as well as dashing any hopes of Kei getting married anytime soon.

The Wedding Game (2009)
Starring: Fann Wong, Christopher Lee, Saiful Apek
Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham
Writers: Dennis Chew, Desmond Sim
Country: Singapore
Language: Mandarin, Hokkien, English, Malay
Singapore/Malaysia release: 25 January
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes
Rated in Singapore: PG
Rated in Msia: PG-13

Interestingly, this film was partly shot in Malacca. And it also features our very own '
Cicakman', Saiful Apek.

Jack Fang (Christopher Lee) proposes to Vikki Tse (Fann Wong) on live television in front of a public audience. Vikki says yes and they get married. What people don't know is that the two celebrities have despised each other from the moment they met. The marriage was just a publicity stunt arranged by their managers to up their status and popularity. When fans and media start to find the truth wrong, things start to go downhill.

Red Cliff: Part 2
Starring: Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Vicky Zhao
Director: John Woo
Writers: John Woo, Guanzhong Luo
Country: China
Language: Mandarin
China release: 8 January
Msia release: 23 January
Genre: War, Drama, History, Action
Runtime: 2 hours 16 minutes
Rated in Msia: PG-13

Red Cliff will be released in two versions. In Asia, it will be split into 2 parts, the first of which was released in the middle of last year. Outside of Asia, only one drastically shortened, 2 1/2 hour version will be released. Having a budget of $80 million, Red Cliff is the most expensive Asian movie ever.

Based on the Chronicle of the Three Kingdoms, the film focuses on historical figures like Cao Cao, Zhou Yu, Liu Bei and Sun Quan in the early 3rd century. Warlord and Prime Minister Cao Cao convinces the Emperor Han that the only way to unite China is to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu and Wu. The leaders of both kingdoms, Liu Bei and Sun Quan become allies in the fight against Cao Cao's army which outnumbers the armies of Xu and Wu combined. The only chance they have is to take the battle to sea where Cao Cao has little experience.

I hope this preview gave you guys some really good info on some Chinese films out in time for the New Year. Have a good one everybody!

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Gong Hei Fatt Choi

Happy Chinese New Year of the Ox

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