Watchlist: Top 8 Films to Welcome 2021

The Con-Heartist
The Con-Heartist

2021 is finally upon us. Have you made your New Year resolutions

For one, I know I am planning to catch the latest blockbusters in theatre after the long gruelling period of time at home. The immersive experience in cinematic theatre indeed takes film watching to a whole new level. Let’s start the year by supporting local theatres with our family and friends! 

Here’s a list of films perfect to start your January with.

The Rescue (Mandarin)

Starring Eddie Peng, The Rescue is the third instalment that pays homage to Chinese public personnel. While the first film, Operation Mekong (2016), features the policemen, the second film, Operation Red Sea (2018), showcases the navy’s prowess, The Rescue illustrates the personal and professional lives of personnel from China Rescue & Salvage, the Chinese Ministry of Transport. 

Captain Gao Qian (Eddie Peng) leads a team to search for survivors after an explosion at sea. The film has succinctly accentuated the perils of the job as these professionals put their lives on line for their duty.

In theatres 31 December 2020.

I Remember (Mandarin)

A romance film, I Remember stars Angelababy as Xi Man and Lee Hong Chi as Fei Li. “A love with time limit”, the plain Fei Li has one day to get close to his crush, Xi Man. When the two embark on a company trip to Finland, Xi Man gets into an accident and suffers from temporary amnesia. Under the dazzling aurora, can Fei Li’s dream come true as he attempts to get Xi Man to fall in love for real? 

In theatres 31 December 2020.

Andre and His Olive Tree (Local)

A documentary on Taiwanese Michelin-starred chef André Chiang, Josiah Ng’s film illustrates the final days of his famous two-Michelin-star restaurant. The relentless chase of Michelin stars and the idea of ‘perfection’ has André thinking about the path of his life. After closing his restaurant for good in search of ‘true perfection’, André now focuses on what is truly important in life.   

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“I’m happy in the kitchen with no star ranking, expectation, goals. You are just cooking.” – André Chiang

In theatres 14 January 2021.

The Con-Heartist (Thai)

A romantic comedy film by the director, Mez Tharatorn, of I Fine..Thank You..Love You, The Con-Heartist stars the suave Nadech Kugimiya as Tower and the beautiful Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul as Ina. 

After entangling in a swindle where Ina caught Tower red-handed, Ina proposes a deal. Now, Tower has to help Ina to con her ex-boyfriend, Petch, who has landed Ina red in debt. The mission escalates when Tower decides to reach for the sky, attempting to con millions of dollars instead. 

During the operation, Ina’s heart is moved by Tower. Will Ina’s heart be fooled twice or is this con-heartist here to stay? 

In theatres 21 January 2021.

Breaking News in Yuba County (US)

Starring Allison Janney, Mila Kunis, and Regina Hall, Breaking News in Yuba County is a comedy-drama film. 

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After catching her husband in bed and causing him to die from a heart attack, Sue Buttons (Allison Janney) quietly buries his body while she becomes famous for having a missing husband. 

In an attempt to prolong her newfound fame, she meets different characters that turns her world upside down. From evading a wanna-be mobster, local police woman, and her half-sister who is desperate for a breaking story, Sue Buttons must keep her cool and hide the truth behind her husband’s disappearance. 

In theatres 28 January 2021.

Life is Beautiful (Korea)

A musical drama film, Oh Se-yeon (Yum Jung-ah) makes a strange birthday request. It is to find her childhood sweetheart. Her husband, Kang Jin-bong (Ryu Seung-ryong) reluctantly agrees to join her on this journey. Wandering across the country, the film features popular music from the 1970s to 2000s.

And, life is full of magic, love, and joy. 

In theatres January 2021.

Seobok (Korea)

Featuring a stellar cast of Park Bo-gum, Gong Yoo, and Jang Young-nam, Seobok is a sci-fi thriller film that stars Park Bo-Gum as the titular human clone. 

Entrusted with a secret mission to transfer humanity’s first cloned human, former intelligence agent Ki-hun (Gong Yoo) reluctantly re-enters the battlefield. However, as Seobok possesses the secret to eternal life, he is wanted by various forces. 

Encountering numerous life-threatening situations, danger is further fuelled when the two repeatedly butt heads due to their conflicting views. Ultimately, both the man and the human clone are forced to make choices. 

In theatres January 2021.

New Year Blues (Korea)

Four different couples spend a week over New Year’s Eve, each couple facing different problems as they struggle to overcome their pain.

#Revive the Thrill of Romance

Ji-ho (Kim Kang-Woo) and Hyo-young (Yoo In-Na) grapple with new love after their failed marriages.

#Refresh from the Burned-out Past

Meeting each other in a new place, the heartbroken Jin-ah (Lee Yeon-Hee) meets Jae-hun (Yoo Yeon-Seok) who has left Seoul behind too. 

#Reset your Love Translator

An international couple with an upcoming wedding, Yong-chan (Lee Dong-Hwi) and Yaolin (Chen Duling) face marriage woes as Yong-chan is swindled out of his savings.

#Remember the Moment She Said “Yes”

Paralympic snowboarder Rae-hwan(Yoo Teo) proposes to his girlfriend, Oh-wol (Sooyoung). They are a perfect match yet they hesitate. 

In theatres January 2021. 

 

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