CNY Movies: a Unique Genre of Films

(Some CNY movies have begun showing in Hong Kong. Photo by Mary Lee)

Chinese New Year (CNY) is right around the corner and there’re many ways to celebrate this traditional holiday. A popular method among Hong Kongers is to enjoy a CNY movie with family and friends.

The Chinese version of Christmas movies, CNY movies are usually comedies with plots set during the festival period. Seen as feel-good films that promise a good laugh, CNY movies attract millions of theatregoers across Asia every year.

Film studios are also keen on pumping out movies during the CNY as the holiday is one of the top weekends in terms of box office of the year. According to a report by China Daily, China will become the world’s largest market for films by 2020. But a lucrative opportunity doesn’t guarantee great films, so here are three classic Hong Kong CNY movies that we enjoy.

  1. All’s Well, Ends Well (1992)

A classic of the genre, All’s Well, Ends Well is a comic romance that follows the Seung brothers, as the three of them look for love. Starring hit talents such as Steven Chow, Leslie Cheung and Sandra Ng, All’s Well, Ends Well was a huge hit that led to two sequels released in 1997 and 2009.

  1. All’s Well Ends Well, Too (1993)

Don’t be confused by the title, the All’s Well Ends Well, Too is a different CNY movie that is seen as a cult favourite. Loosely based on Chinese literature classics, Water Margin and Peking opera, Hua Tian Cuo, All’s Well Ends Well, Too is a comedy that depicts the adventures of the Chow siblings, as their mother sends them away to a partner in life.

  1. 72 Tenants of Prosperity (2010)

A CNY film with inspirations from the Hong Kong movie, House of Tenants, 72 Tenants of Prosperity is a relatively recent CNY movie that enjoyed success in the local film market. The film features numerous stars to play the 72 tenants and follows the tenants’ daily lives to depict social issues of Hong Kong.

CNY movies are great fun to watch with loved ones. So why not avoid the crowd and have a great time at home watching one of our suggested CNY films?

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