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    From durians to Donnie Yen: Festive movies to watch this CNY

    THE STAR – Planning an outing to the cinema during Chinese New Year (CNY)? Here are some festive films for your consideration.

    SAKRA

    Donnie Yen’s new wuxia film tells the journey of a courageous leader of a group who learns that he may not be who he thought he was.

    The revelation puts him at odds with the other members and his loyalty is now being questioned as there are whispers that he is from a traitorous clan.

    This movie is adapted from the best-selling novel, Demi-Gods And Semi-Devils by Louis Cha.

    WHAT! THE HEIST

    Considering it is a Chinese New Year flick, shouldn’t it be titled Huat! The Heist?
    This comedy revolves around a criminal by the name of Godfather who breaks out of jail and is put to work by his boss, Lottery Heist.

    A promotional image for ‘Little Sunshine’. PHOTO: THE STAR

    He recruits an actor to join his team where their job is to swap lotto balls to claim the jackpot prize of USD100 million.

    But when Godfather realises his boss is ready to kill him once he completes the mission, he has to come up with a different plan.

    This joint production between Malaysia and Singapore stars Mark Lee, Jack Lim and Jaspers Lai.

    LITTLE SUNSHINE

    Little Sunshine is a story about a young boy who is lazy and overweight.

    He becomes depressed when his parents send him for extra tuition class. However, when his parents promise him a smartphone if he does well in school, he works hard and earns the prize.

    Now, another problem crops up – phone addiction!

    A GUILTY CONSCIENCE

    Looking for a serious movie this CNY? Then, check out this Hong Kong legal drama which tells of the story of an unjust case of an international supermodel suspected of abusing her daughter.

    Starring Dayo Wong, Louise Wong and Fish Liew.

    MA, I LOVE YOU

    When Mei Ling discovers that her daughter Kiki wants to further her studies in France, she takes it upon herself to learn French and earns more money so that she can accompany Kiki.

    Directed by Ola Bola’s Chiu Keng Guan.

    THE KING OF MUSANG KING

    After her husband leaves her, Mei Lan continues to tend to her durian plantation, with hopes that her children will continue the business.

    Mei Lan’s childhood friend, Mao Shan confesses his feelings for her but just then, her husband returns.

    Starring Jack Neo, Yeo Yann Yann and Mark Lee in his second CNY movie this year.

    SOMEDAY OR ONE DAY

    This Taiwanese movie is the remake of the hit TV series released in 2019. The three leads from the TV show, Alice Ko, Greg Hsu and Patrick Shih reprise their roles in the movie.

    This fantasy romance tells of a woman who is struggling to deal with the death of her boyfriend. She then receives a mysterious cassette that gives her the ability to travel back in time.

    Can she change her late boyfriend’s fate?

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