#48/49 (Feb 2014)

2013 has left us for good. And it’ll probably be another year till I break my vow not to over-drink. It seems like nursing themother of all hangovers has been my way of welcoming each year – maybe in my warped sub-conscious mentality, it means that things will only get better in the days and year to come. Well, I’m Chinese, and we believe in auspicious stuff and ‘excuses’ for everything… Don’t judge!

Talking about auspicious stuff, Lunar New Year is around the corner and this year’s CNY blockbusters menu isserving up some interesting horoscopic delicacies.

Some thinkingmust have gone into casting Donnie Yen as the The Monkey King. Sandra Ng is planning another round of roasting in Golden Chickensss; and horsing around in the year of the horse may just turn sticky in Horseplay, starring Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Kelly Chen, and Ekin Cheng.

Of course, it’s also the season for the fun and hilarious act of tossing yu-sheng, and we think it’ll be rowdier fun to include Jack Neo’s The Lion Men while shouting Huat Ah! Huat Ah! Huat! – starringAh-Niu and JoyceCheng, the daughter of thelate comedy queen Lydia Sum.

Then there’s the yearly ensemble act of Raymond Wong and team in Hello Babies to either get you into the act of procreation, or make you swear by the act without any by-products… Whichever makes you happy, heh.

And for the god of gamblers, there’s From Vegas To Macau – starring Chow Yun-Fat and Nicholas Tse. Seriously, what more could anyone want in the upcoming Year of the Horse besides striking that 10-million lottery pot?

Maybe you could read through our extensive almanac of almost a hundred filmstowatchoutforin 2014 – including our exclusive coverage of blockbusters like Robocop and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – and use some of that hong bao money for movie tickets!

Oh wait, we Chinese believe it’s good luck to toast to the Lunar New Year as well. And I strongly believe the Year of the Horse will definitely gather speed after that very important hangover. Yum seng, everyone! The vow can wait till the Year of the Duck.

Gong Xi Fa Cai, and see you at the movies!

Royston Loh