Chinese New Year is not just about food, it is about having company, gathering with family and friends, as well as having a good time for great movies.

Typical CNY movies genres include movies about comedies, family, action, and gambling, to match the joyous and prosperous festive season. Here’s a list of some of the movies you don’t want to miss this CNY.

1. Love From Kampung (今年不回家)

A very heartfelt story, “Love From Kampung” is a movie that will fill your heart with love. The movie tells the story of a group of long-time friend who have been not been going back to their kampung (village) to celebrate Chinese New Year for many years. Upset and disappointed, the group’s parents decided to visit their children in the city.

Release Date: January 26, 2017
Genre: Drama
Cast: Jack Lim, Jeff Chin, Emily Chan, January So

2. Journey To The West 2: Conquering The Demons

“Journey To The West 2” is a sequel to the 2013 film, Journey to the West. The film tells the story of the adventures Tang Monk and his three disciples on a journey to the west.

Release Date: January 28, 2017
Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy / Fantasy
Cast: Kris Wu, Lin Gengxin, Yao Chen, Lin Yun, Wang Duo

3. Kung Fu Yoga (功夫瑜伽)

Jack, a Chinese archeology professor join hands with Indian professor Ashmita and assistant Kyra to locate lost Magadha treasure, starting their adventure in a Tibetan ice cave. They find the remains of the royal army that had vanished together with the treasure, only to be ambushed by Randall (Sonu Sood), the descendent of a rebel army leader. They make their way to Dubai to obtain the diamond from the ice cave that is being auctioned. Jack and his team travel to a mountain temple in India, using the diamond as a key to unlock the real treasure.

Release Date: January 26, 2017
Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy
Cast: Jackie Chan, Aarif Rahman, Lay, Shang Yuxian, Sonu Sood, Amyra Dastur

4. xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage

Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage is thought to be long dead but he has come out of self-imposed exile and secretly returns to action along with his newly recruited cohorts. They are set to face a deadly alpha warrior, Xiang, and his team as they race to recover a dangerous and unstoppable weapon known as Pandora`s Box.

Release Date: January 26, 2017
Genre: Action
Cast: Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Tony Jaa, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Nina Dobrev, Ruby Rose, Toni Collette

5. Cook Up A Storm (决战食神)

“Cook Up A Storm” centres around the rivalry between a Michelin-starred chef (played by Jung Yong Hwa) who was trained in France and a small town chef (played by Nicholas Tse) who is best known for his Cantonese style street food. However their rivalry takes an unexpected turn when they find out a common foe and combine their skills in a fusion of East and West.

Release Date: February 2, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Nicholas Tse, Jung Yong Hwa, Tiffany Tang, Michelle Bai

6. The Fortune Handbook (财神爷)

Su Fu, a good for nothing brother-in-law tries to steal an age old Chinese pastry recipe from his own brother-in-law in a bid to sell it and get rich quickly. Things quickly take a turn when a God of Fortune sees his plan and decides to turn his life upside down.

Release Date: February 2, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Christopher Lee, Mark Lee, Li Nanxing, Vivian Lai

7. Lucky Fat Man (我要发达)

Chow Chong Fat (played by Bob Lam) and Wat Kam Heung (played by Mak Ling Ling) are entering their 10th wedding anniversary. Fat is an accountant and handy man in Heung’s family restaurant. He is always ordered around by his wife’s family members. The only thing that brings Fat out of his rigid and boring life is the reunion with his dream lover Ceci (played Natalie Tong). Without any joy in life, Fat purchases a lottery ticket which surprisingly won him the first prize of HKD$20 million. But this is just the start of a whole exciting story.

Release Date: February 2, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Bob Lam, Natalie Tong, Mak Ling Ling, Tommy Wong

Read also:
5 Healthy Eating Tips at Lunar New Year;

Yee Sang or Yu Sheng? The Story Behind this CNY Tradition

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