Many Singaporeans are going to take leave on February 7 and 8 – and chances are, you’re one of them! That’s because Chinese New Year falls on the February 5 and 6 (Tuesday and Wednesday), so taking Thursday and Friday off will give you an ultra long weekend. That uber holiday is the perfect opportunity to catch some of the hottest films in cinemas, since everyone in the family will be free to head to theatres. You could even create your own Lunar New Year film festival and watch a whole series of movies.

Here are some of the best flicks that will be screening during Chinese New Year. Here’s our challenge to you: do you think you can catch all nine movies during the Chinese New Year period (February 4-10, we’re being generous by including February 9 and 10!)? Check out our specially curated Chinese New Year “film festival” and take a picture of all your ticket stubs and tag us on Instagram if you do!

 

1. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Who doesn’t love Toothless the dragon (besides his enemies)? If you’re a fan of the Night Fury and his human master Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), then you have to catch the final film of the How To Train Your Dragon trilogy. Toothless finally gets a girlfriend (or is it a she-dragon friend?) just like how Hiccup has had Astrid (America Ferrara) all these years, they discover the Hidden World where all dragons come from, and you even get to see Toothless’ dragon babies and Hiccup’s human kids! How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a fitting finale to the trilogy and there’s nothing better than seeing the characters you grow up with having a happy ending.

Sniff. We’re already tearing at the thought that there won’t be any more How To Train Your Dragon movies after this.

 

2. Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Alita: Battle Angel. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

If you’re a fan of female warrior robots, then you’ll have heard of deadly android Alita from Alita: Battle Angel! This cyberpunk live-action film features an all-human cast, with the exception of the computer animated super robot Alita. Alita: Battle Angel is based on the Japanese manga/anime series Gunnm, and it’s been James Cameron’s dream to release the film (it was first announced in 2003). We finally get to see the Titanic and Avatar director’s dream on the big screen, and Alita: Battle Angel is going to be amazing!

 

3. Killer Not Stupid

Killer Not Stupid Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Killer Not Stupid Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The irrepressible Jack Neo is back with another hilarious comedy – Killer Not Stupid! Singapore’s most famous director brings his unique brand of slapstick humour to assassins with Killer Not Stupid, a movie that shows us that not all killers are heartless (or stupid). Shot in Taiwan, the film sees a bevy of Taiwanese stars like Mandopop duo Awaking member Jay Shih and actress-singer Amber An in lead roles. Looks like our dear Jack Neo is spreading his wings with this Taiwan-Singapore production, and we could do our national duty to support his funny film Killer Not Stupid this Lunar New Year!

 

4. The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang

The Knight Of Shadows: Between Yin And Yang. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The Knight Of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

If Jack Neo isn’t your cup of tea, then maybe Jackie Chan is! The legendary pugilistic actor stars as a legendary demon hunter in fantasy adventure film The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang. In The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang, humans and demons live in separate worlds – but the barrier between dimensions has collapsed, leaving the mortal realm ripe for an invasion from vicious, bloodthirsty demons! Fortunately, demon hunter Pu Songling (Jackie Chan) is here to protect us alongside a motley crew of friendly demons… as well as an inhuman demon hunter! The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang promises to be an epic tale of humans, monsters, love, and action – perfect for your Chinese New Year entertainment!

 

5. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Can you hear the screams of excited kids everywhere as their favourite toys come to life in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part? You don’t even have to worry about whether your kids are old enough to play with Lego to catch this movie, because it features Duplo invaders who threaten our heroes in Bricksburg! The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part takes place five years after the defeat of Lord Business in the first film and sees dastardly new villains rising from far flung dimensions! In reality, they actually come from the human character’s younger sister’s bedroom. But that doesn’t mean they’re any less deadly! After watching The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, you know your kids are going to want that new Lego set.

And so will you.

 

6. Integrity

Integrity. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Integrity. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

If you were a fan of the Infernal Affairs trilogy (who isn’t?), then you’ll want to catch the next big Hong Kong crime drama blockbuster – Integrity! Produced by the same folk who did Infernal Affairs, the film stars Nick Cheung and Karena Lam, who play a couple that meets with terrible tragedy. Sean Lau also stars in Integrity as a police investigator. It’s also the first in a planned trilogy, which means that we’ll get to see more tests of Integrity for the next two years!

Heroic police officers, devious smugglers, a tangled web of syndicates and conspiracy, blurred lines between duty and friendship – what more could you ask for from Integrity?

 

7. The New King of Comedy

The New King of Comedy. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The New King of Comedy. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Ready for one of the most meta films in cinema yet? The New King of Comedy is directed by the King of Comedy himself, Stephen Chow! The bittersweet comedy is actually about a new queen of comedy, Dreamy (E Jingwen), who’s an aspiring actress with a discouraging family. It sees her climb to become The New King of Comedy when she lands the movie role of her dreams. Unfortunately, it also means she must give up everything that’s important to her if she wants to become famous. Will she choose her family or will she embrace being The New King of Comedy? You’ll need to watch all the way to the end to find out.

If you haven’t noticed, The New King of Comedy is actually a rather poignant drama that’s hidden inside a film comedy. Told you it was meta!

 

8. Pegasus

Pegasus. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Pegasus. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

While waiting for the next Fast & Furious instalment, check out Pegasus this Chinese New Year – an action comedy about former racing champion Zhang Chi (Shen Teng) who must return to the fast and furious world of auto-car races. It isn’t just about sexy cars and high octane action though. Pegasus centres around the relationship between a father and his young six-year-old son, and the bond between family. Will Zhang Chi fly high once more? Will he truly be a Pegasus this Lunar New Year? The answer awaits in your nearest Golden Village cinema.

 

Do you think you can catch all eight films during the Chinese New Year holidays? We reckon that you should get a head start now if you want to have bragging rights for watching all eight movies. So get started on your Lunar New Year “film festival”, and let us know if you managed to catch them all!

 

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Credits: Golden Village Cinemas

 

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