The holiday movie season in Asia is on a different schedule than the US. Naturally. Big-budget movies come out in early October to hit the National holiday in China, and then around late January and early February for the Lunar New Year. As the year winds down, most of the blockbuster C-movies have already been released, with a few biding its time for a December premiere for the Christmas season. One movie looks particularly cute to me, the Bakmin (Raymond) Wong produced Magic to Win (開心魔法), which looks and sounds like an Asian inspired Harry Potter crossed with The Sorceror’s Apprentice.
The movie stars Bakmin himself, Wu Zun, Louis Koo, Wu Jing, Tonny Jan, Yan Li, and introducing a brand new fresh-faced leading lady Karena Ng to the acting world. Bakmin has compared her to Angelababy, which to me is not a comparison any starlet ought to aspire to. Have a look at some movie stills and the just released English-subbed teaser below. This would be the perfect movie to watch on a flight.
Dude, Bakmin, Lion-O called and he wants his mane back.
I expect to see a lot of hand-conjuring action from these magicians.
Mmmnnn, nerdy Louis…..I like.
LOL, did Wu Zun forget he was in a magic-themed movie and suddenly decided he was in the Asian Star Wars remake? He looks great holding a light saber, no doubt, but sometimes I just want to pat him on the head.
Newbie actress Karena Ng definitely looks promising from the stills alone. She has the “it” factor without looking bitchy and slightly full of herself. Looks-wise she reminds me of a young Anita Yuen.
Apparently the movie is about Karena’s character discovering she possesses magic powers, and she finds herself part of the magic world she never knew existed, and joins forces with the men to win a worldwide magic competition. Think God of Gamblers except with magic instead of black jack. When done right, HK movies can do these competition movies like no other.
Teaser for Magic to Win (English-subbed):
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