On Point: 2010 is 4707 in the Chinese Calendar
The Year of Tiger which is also known by its
formal name of Geng Yin
Chinese New Year Film Series
MOCA presents a series of Lunar New Year Films from Hong Kong and mainland China that celebrate the New Year. New Year Films originated in Hong Kong in the early 1980s with the success of Security Limited (1981) directed by Michael Hui. The movie became exemplary in the genre called “he sui pian,” or New Year celebration movies, which typically have two main features: the stories have something to do with the Chinese New Year and the films are crowd pleasers with comic entertainment.
Renowned Chinese actors and directors such as Maggie Cheung, Jackie Chan, Tony Leung, Stephen Chow, Chow Yun Fat, and Won Kar Wai have all participated in “he sui pian” in their early careers. With their slapstick quality and specificity to the New Year, these films are often overlooked by the mainstream. MOCA invites the community to revisit some of the iconic films of this genre.