Movies Not to Miss: April 2017
Writer: Casey Lee
Which of these are you going to watch?
April starts with 'A', and do you know what else also starts with an 'A'? Action and Asian. That is the name of the game, and in some cases, there's even going to be lots of Asian action for this month's releases.
While the Hollywood train is still chugging out blockbusters to meet your weekly quota to the cinema, there is an outstanding lineup of Asian movies that are allocating some of your extra time to see, if not already anticipated.
So if you haven't put on your 'A' game to watch any movies in the cinema this month, here's our movies not to miss this April!
Smurfs: The Lost Village
The Smurfs are back, but not quite the same way as before. Say what you liked about the live-action animation hybrid that brought the happy blue people back on the big screen, but they feel right at home in this fully animated reboot of the franchise with little blue people and their small white caps. When a depressed Smurfette finds a map that leads her to find a lost village of Smurfs, Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty join in on her adventure and have to find the village before the evil Gargamel does. Pop singer Demi Lovato will give her voice as Smurfette, and there's even a cameo by Gordon Ramsey.
General Release Date: 6 April
An undercover cop inside a drug ring discovers the real mastermind to be a man known as 'Old Eagle'. After informing his handler of Old Eagle's identity who is someone known to the handler from an incident 8 years ago, they both set out to bring down the entire drug operation. "Infernal Affairs" directing and screenwriting duo Alan Mak and Anthony Pun make their first 'made in China' production outside of Hong Kong, delivering what is a promisingly high stakes and high octane action thriller. Mainland stars Huang Xuan and Zu Feng will be the law enforcers trying to bring down Duan Yihong's operation.
General Release Date: 6 April
The Fate of the Furious
Thought to have been set for life and away from the heist life, Dom finds himself seduced back into the life he left behind by a mysterious woman, and even having to betray the ones that matter to him the most. This will be the first instalment in "The Fast and Furious" series without the late Paul Walker, which probably meant that the franchise is once again about ready to switch gears into a new direction. Changing out director James Wan with "Straight Outta Compton" director F. Gary Gray, the returning crew are greeted with an even more prolific cast, introducing Charlize Theron, and Helen Mirren into the franchise. But we all know that we are not here to see them, but are eager to find out how the dynamics of the people in the driving seat; the family, will change with Dom's betrayal.
General Release Date: 13 April
Officer Cheung is the bomb disposal expert of the Hong Kong police force who learned his trade from a fugitive serial bomber seven years ago. When a new series of bombings happen in the city with threats that there would be more, Cheung sets off to disarm every one of them to protect the city. Initially marketed as a project with Andy Lau acting as a producer, Lau eventually found himself inside the bomb disposal suit as its main star, reuniting him with director Herman Yau since 1999's "Fascination Amour". This intense game of cat and mouse also stars Jiang Wu's as the mentor turned criminal bomber.
General Release Date: 20 April
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
After saving the galaxy a few months ago, the newly minted Guardians of the Galaxy are traveling to the outer reaches of the cosmos while trying to stay together as a family, until the question of Peter Quill's true parentage comes up. It has been a quick 2 years since the first volume of the "Guardians of the Galaxy". While we were distracted with new origin stories for the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we can't wait to hang back with Starlord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and baby Groot. Director and writer James Gunn makes his second outing for this bunch of cosmic misfits, while he introduces Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So put on your headphones and play that mixtape because the galaxy is going to need savin' again, with old allies, new nemesis, and shocking revelations.
General Release Date: 27 April
Baahubali: The Conclusion
After learning the truth of his heritage as the son of Bahubali, Shiva seeks to take his rightful place on the throne of the Mahishmathi empire. If superheroes flying across space and battling out of proportion aliens isn't how you fly, then you might have been following this Indian epic of kings and warriors from last year that is reaching its climatic conclusion here. Initially planned to be made back-to-back with last year's opener, "Baahubali: The Conclusion" grew to be its own beast that director S.S. Rajamouli required an equally massive budget to let it stand on its own, and "Baahubali: The Conclusion" seem to have lavishly spent every penny of it to look this good. It will also be the first Indian film to be released in 4K format, if your nearest cinema can handle the projection.
Cinema Online, 01 April 2017
General Release Date: 28 April