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Chinese New Year in Hong Kong (and Mainland China these days) has traditionally been the busiest time of the year for cinemas. Frequent to casual moviegoers go to cinemas in flocks to soak up whatever films are playing during the long break. Going to see movies with family or large groups of friends is considered to be one of the CNY’s many bonding festivities, a tradition that dates back to more than 70 years ago. 

Hong Kong’s film industry is renowned for capitalizing on films during this festive occasion. Every year, a selection of local Chinese New Year comedies emerge (most productions are HK-based, though many of them within recent years are co-produced with Mainland China companies). These films follow a fairly straight forward formula: an ensemble of celebrities, slapstick comedy that appeals to all ages, a villain whose antics usually involve terrorizing a family or destroying their business, the occasional song and dance routine, and most importantly, a happy ending that brings everyone back together. The movies tend to have very predictable plot elements and themes revolved heavily around family, romance and karma.

The writing and production value of these movies won’t win them any awards, but these films tend to be some of the highest grossing films of the year, occasionally even beating the domestic ticket sales of summer blockbusters. What sells, is the vibe of going to a packed cinema with a group of non-serious moviegoers – all of whom are really just there to have a good time with their loved ones! 

This Chinese New Year’s main movie offerings include:

1. Hotel Deluxe (百星酒店); Directed by Vincent Kok

Official Synopsis:
Brand new “Hundred Stars Hotel” is a well-equipped five-star hotel located at Qiandao Lake, Hangzhou.

However, this hotel is run by a group of incompetent staff including OK (Ronald Cheng) the Assistant Manager, Pacino (Chapman To) the Chief Bartender, Peach (Sandra Ng) the Head of Housekeeping and Sammy (Janelle Sing) the Receptionist. Rumor has it that a mysterious hotel detective will arrive soon and define the rating of “Hundred Stars Hotel”. In order to match the five-star standard, harsh Cruella (Teresa Mo) has been appointed as the Hotel Manager to restructure the hotel.

Cruella takes the chance to develop “Hundred Stars Hotel” as the shooting location for a big budget movie. Two leading actresses Marilyn (Karena Ng) and Audrey (Lynn Xiong) stay in the hotel and they are arrogant and too hot to handle. OK is assigned to serve Marilyn and gradually Marilyn falls in love with OK. Meanwhile, Paris (Fiona Sit), the daughter of a tycoon and a very good friend to OK, is also staying in the hotel. Paris has to get married in order to inherit her father’s huge assets. OK finds a handsome but nerdy Security Guard Mark (Yu Bo) to be her fake groom and a fake wedding ceremony is about to begin. However, Peter Chan (Raymond Wong), Paris’ uncle who is also one of the heirs, is craving for the wealth and trying all means to ruin the wedding. When OK knows Paris will go back to U.S. for good after the wedding, OK finally realizes Paris is indeed the one he loves. OK proposes to Paris and Paris accepts, the fake wedding becomes a real one!

Cruella and Peach suspect a countryman Jim (Jim Chim) is the mysterious hotel detective. They do their very best to please him with overwhelming services. In the meantime, the rest of the staff are organizing the wedding ceremony of Paris and OK, and protecting them from Peter’s conspiracy. Finally all of them discover that Jim is not the mysterious hotel detective but Mark, who joins the hotel as the Security Guard, secretly monitors the services of the hotel. Mark is touched by their positive attitude and classifies “Hundred Stars Hotel” as a Five-Star Deluxe.

 

2. Journey to the West: Conquering The Demons (西遊.降魔篇) (2D/3D); Directed by Stephen Chow

Official Synopsis:
This is a world plagued by demons, causing its human inhabitants unspeakable suffering. Young demon-catcher Xuan Zhang, fearlessly guided by the belief “give myself for the greater cause”, risks his all and catches a water demon, a pig demon and the king of all demons the Monkey King. He makes them his disciples, and reforms them with love. Meanwhile, Xuan Zhang himself discovers the true meaning of the Greater Love. In order to rescue the world, and for redemption from their own sins, the four of them, without any regrets, start on the hellish journey to obtain the Buddhist scriptures from the West….

 

3. I Love Hong Kong 2013 (2013我愛HK 恭喜發財); Directed by Chung Shu Kai

Official Synopsis:
The story takes place in the 1970’s until modern times, in which all families are happily prepared and welcome the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. However, a traditional restaurant in Yau Ma Tei faces a terrible problem. At last, everything is solved with the neighbours’ kind support and assistance, resulting in a happy ending.

 

Be sure to take advantage of the CNY and check out these films while they are still playing! Furthermore, IAFT wishes you a HAPPY YEAR OF THE SNAKE!

 
Chris Ng, Executive Director

I Love Hong Kong 2013 Poster

Chinese New Year in Hong Kong (and Mainland China these days) has traditionally been the busiest time of the year for cinemas. Frequent to casual moviegoers go to cinemas in flocks to soak up whatever films are playing during the long break. Going to see movies with family or large groups of friends is considered to be one of the CNY’s many bonding festivities, a tradition that dates back to more than 70 years ago. 

Hong Kong’s film industry is renowned for capitalizing on films during this festive occasion. Every year, a selection of local Chinese New Year comedies emerge (most productions are HK-based, though many of them within recent years are co-produced with Mainland China companies). These films follow a fairly straight forward formula: an ensemble of celebrities, slapstick comedy that appeals to all ages, a villain whose antics usually involve terrorizing a family or destroying their business, the occasional song and dance routine, and most importantly, a happy ending that brings everyone back together. The movies tend to have very predictable plot elements and themes revolved heavily around family, romance and karma.

The writing and production value of these movies won’t win them any awards, but these films tend to be some of the highest grossing films of the year, occasionally even beating the domestic ticket sales of summer blockbusters. What sells, is the vibe of going to a packed cinema with a group of non-serious moviegoers – all of whom are really just there to have a good time with their loved ones! 

This Chinese New Year’s main movie offerings include:

1. Hotel Deluxe (百星酒店); Directed by Vincent Kok

Official Synopsis:
Brand new “Hundred Stars Hotel” is a well-equipped five-star hotel located at Qiandao Lake, Hangzhou.

However, this hotel is run by a group of incompetent staff including OK (Ronald Cheng) the Assistant Manager, Pacino (Chapman To) the Chief Bartender, Peach (Sandra Ng) the Head of Housekeeping and Sammy (Janelle Sing) the Receptionist. Rumor has it that a mysterious hotel detective will arrive soon and define the rating of “Hundred Stars Hotel”. In order to match the five-star standard, harsh Cruella (Teresa Mo) has been appointed as the Hotel Manager to restructure the hotel.

Cruella takes the chance to develop “Hundred Stars Hotel” as the shooting location for a big budget movie. Two leading actresses Marilyn (Karena Ng) and Audrey (Lynn Xiong) stay in the hotel and they are arrogant and too hot to handle. OK is assigned to serve Marilyn and gradually Marilyn falls in love with OK. Meanwhile, Paris (Fiona Sit), the daughter of a tycoon and a very good friend to OK, is also staying in the hotel. Paris has to get married in order to inherit her father’s huge assets. OK finds a handsome but nerdy Security Guard Mark (Yu Bo) to be her fake groom and a fake wedding ceremony is about to begin. However, Peter Chan (Raymond Wong), Paris’ uncle who is also one of the heirs, is craving for the wealth and trying all means to ruin the wedding. When OK knows Paris will go back to U.S. for good after the wedding, OK finally realizes Paris is indeed the one he loves. OK proposes to Paris and Paris accepts, the fake wedding becomes a real one!

Cruella and Peach suspect a countryman Jim (Jim Chim) is the mysterious hotel detective. They do their very best to please him with overwhelming services. In the meantime, the rest of the staff are organizing the wedding ceremony of Paris and OK, and protecting them from Peter’s conspiracy. Finally all of them discover that Jim is not the mysterious hotel detective but Mark, who joins the hotel as the Security Guard, secretly monitors the services of the hotel. Mark is touched by their positive attitude and classifies “Hundred Stars Hotel” as a Five-Star Deluxe.

 

2. Journey to the West: Conquering The Demons (西遊.降魔篇) (2D/3D); Directed by Stephen Chow

Official Synopsis:
This is a world plagued by demons, causing its human inhabitants unspeakable suffering. Young demon-catcher Xuan Zhang, fearlessly guided by the belief “give myself for the greater cause”, risks his all and catches a water demon, a pig demon and the king of all demons the Monkey King. He makes them his disciples, and reforms them with love. Meanwhile, Xuan Zhang himself discovers the true meaning of the Greater Love. In order to rescue the world, and for redemption from their own sins, the four of them, without any regrets, start on the hellish journey to obtain the Buddhist scriptures from the West….

 

3. I Love Hong Kong 2013 (2013我愛HK 恭喜發財); Directed by Chung Shu Kai

Official Synopsis:
The story takes place in the 1970’s until modern times, in which all families are happily prepared and welcome the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. However, a traditional restaurant in Yau Ma Tei faces a terrible problem. At last, everything is solved with the neighbours’ kind support and assistance, resulting in a happy ending.

 

Be sure to take advantage of the CNY and check out these films while they are still playing! Furthermore, IAFT wishes you a HAPPY YEAR OF THE SNAKE!

 
– Chris Ng, Executive Director

I Love Hong Kong 2013 Poster

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