CNY Flashback: Chinese New Year Movies

Someone told me that the Hong Kong movie industry was the first to come out with festive movies. As it is, there would be a special movie produced just for Chinese New Year. For years, Chinese in Malaysia and I suppose, in the whole world are fed with Clifton Ko's comedy All's Well, Ends Well ( 家有囍事 Jia You Xi Shi) series. The movies contain lots of very silly but good-natured humour which draw in the crowds. The original All's Well, Ends Well was released in 1992 and stars big names like Stephen Chow Sing Chi, Maggie Cheung, the late Leslie Cheung, Raymond Wong, Sandra Ng and Teresa Mo. Since then, there has been All's Well, Ends Well 1997, 2009 and 2010. This year, Shaws Brother had jumped into the bandwagon and had come up with the comedy, 72 Tenants of Prosperity inset) which used the 1973 Chor Yuen's , The House of 72 Tenants as the blueprint. The latter is a serious movie which is adapted from a stage play created in Shanghai in 1945. It broke all records and inspired the use of Cantonese dialect in the Hong Kong film industry. Before that, most movies from Hong Kong were in Mandarin. Judging from the response to the 72 Tenants of Prosperity, I would believe that there would be more 72 Tenants movie to come...

The All's Well, Ends Well movies...





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