Chinese New Year 2020: A Guide To What Movies To Catch During CNY
Are you planning to celebrate the Year of the Rat at the cineplexes?
Between Jan 23 and Jan 30, you can splurge your ang pows on new movies starring Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, Will Smith and Eddie Peng. But if you prefer to stay home, Netflix has a good selection of cinematic treats as well. Here’s a round-up of what to expect.
Update: The coronavirus outbreak in China has forced producers to cancel the domestic releases of several major movies — including Jackie Chan’s Vanguard, the Eddie Peng-starring disaster thriller The Rescue, the action-comedy Chinatown Detective 3, and the animated Jiang Ziya: Legend of Deification — to contain the spread of the disease.
The cancellations also affected said movies’ international releases, forcing local exhibitors and distributors scrambling for replacement titles. See the updated guide below.
We know what you’re thinking: Why can’t these movies be released here first? Chinese regulations prohibit a Chinese-produced movie to be released overseas before its premiere in China. (The government will make an exception for film festivals.)
Another reason: piracy. Chinese producers are concerned that early international releases might make it easier for pirated recordings from overseas markets to leak back into the Chinese market.
If you’re staying home, there’s no shortage of stuff to watch on the various streaming services. (Psst: On Netflix, key in ‘888’ in the search bar for the collection of CNY TV shows and movies)