Chinese New Year’s Day is one of the biggest days of the year for movies, if not the biggest in China. Most of the big budget movies filmed by huge directors are released during this period and some of them end up being the #1 movies of the year when it comes to box office gross (notably: Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons ($215 million) and The Mermaid ($553 million), both by Stephen Chow).
The movies coming out on CNY 2017 have already been announced!
Updated: You can find all the compiled MVs for the movies released here.
Kung Fu Yoga
Director: Stanley Tong
Starring: Jackie Chan, Aarif Lee, Lay Zhang, Sonu Sood, Amyra Dastur
Plot Synopsis: Jack (Jackie Chan) is a renowned professor of archaeology who teams up with an Indian professor to find a treasure in Tibet.
You can see some shots of the movie in this Jackie Chan trailer:
The Village of No Return
Director: Chen Yu Hsun
Starring: Shu Qi, Wang Qianyuan, Eric Tsang, Tony Yang, Lin Mei-Hsiu
Plot Synopsis: A very strange event take place and turns a sleepy rural village’s life upside down–all while waiting for a railway to come.
Director: Lu Zhengyu
Starring: Lu Zhengyu, Amber Kuo, Fan Wei
Journey to the West 2: Demon Chapter
Director: Tsui Hark
Producer and Writer: Stephen Chow
Starring: Kris Wu, Lin Gengxin, Yao Chen, Jelly Lin, Bao Beier, Mengke Bateer, Huang Bo, etc
Plot Synopsis: Tang Monk brings 3 disciples along with him on a journey to the West. On the outside, everything seems harmonious but tension is present beneath the surface; and their hearts and minds are not in agreement. After a series of demon-capturing events, the monk and his disciples gain mutual understanding of each other’s hardships and unease, and finally resolve their inner conflict, to work together to become an all-conquering demon exorcising team.
The cast is now dubbed as the “tallest Journey to the West team” in history. Tang Monk and his three disciples are all over 184 cm. (Kris – 187, Lin Gengxin – 186, Wang Duo – 184, Bateer – 211)
This is the first collaboration between Tsui Hark and Stephen Chow and both are legends in the film industry (and the box office). They have about $1.5 billion in box office gross together. Tsui Hark has wanted to film the movie for over 20 years and even wanted Brigitte Lin (90s) and Leslie Cheung (00s) to star as Tang Monk but the technology wasn’t ready for the story he wanted to tell at those times.
Buddies in India
Director: Wang Bao Qian
Starring: Wang Baoqiang, Vikramjeet Virk, and Shruti Sodhi
Synopsis: Buddies in India’ is an upcoming Chinese-Indian action comedy written and directed by Wang Baoqiang. Designed as a modern take on ‘Journey to the West’, the film follows a young man and his three friends as they travel to India to track down his father’s will.
Cook Up a Storm
Director: Ye Weimin
Starring: Tse Nicholas, Tang Yan, and Jung Young Hwa
Synopsis: A cooking competition between a small town chef and a Michelin awarded chef.
Duckweed (aka: Ride the Winds, Break the Waves)
Director: Han Han
Starring: Deng Chao, Eddie Peng, and Zhao Liying
Synopsis: The film tells the emotional story about the reconciliation between a father and his son. Ah Lang, a youth from a small town, thinks that his father Ah Zheng never understood his occupation and life. In a fateful occurrence, he is able to experience his father’s legendary and interesting life in the past.
The Game Changers
Director: Gao Xixi
Starring: Peter Ho, Huang Zitao, Gul Nazar
Synopsis: An adaptation of Shanghai Bund, the movie is set during the gang wars of 1930’s Shanghai.