Expect new box-office records to be set over the coming week as we celebrate the Lunar New Year and families look to cinema for an escape – for an hour or two – from the world outside, if not from each other. Since the 1950s, canny film studio heads have rolled out their big guns over this period in an effort to cash in on the festive spirit, packing their productions with stars and – more recently – throwing all caution (and often good taste) to the wind when it comes to humour or any semblance of a plot. But it would be churlish not to join the feast. Even when it comes to film, the Lunar New Year is a time to indulge in some guilty pleasures, and we’ve thrown a few of those into the mix when choosing the top 10 Lunar New Year films for your enjoyment. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) Director: Lau Kar-leung Perhaps not what you expected first up, but martial arts master Lau Kar-leung’s film hit cinemas over the Lunar New Year in 1978 and blew audiences away, thanks mostly to the performance of its star, Gordon Liu. He plays a martial… Read full this story
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