Apple embraces Chinese New Year season with new video and Apple Music playlists

'The Daughter' is a touching short film appropriate for the Chinese New Year season. — Picture courtesy of Apple
'The Daughter' is a touching short film appropriate for the Chinese New Year season. — Picture courtesy of Apple

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — Apple returns with more Chinese New Year-centric creative offerings including a short clip by Oscar-nominated director Theodore Melfi and Apple Music playlists created by the likes of Malaysians Datuk Michelle Yeoh and Gin Lee.

Melfi's The Daughter features celebrated China actress Zhou Xun as well as another Oscar nominee in cinematographer Lawrence Sher, in a film shot on the iPhone 11 Pro.

It showcases themes that would resonate at this time of the year: hope, love and reconciliation. You can watch the video here.

For inspiration to create your own holiday films, you can check out the behind the scenes video with the crew and actress to show how this touching story was brought to life by iPhone 11 Pro.

For some local flavour, local influencer and vlogger Jason Goh (more popularly known as Smashpop) had his own video for Chinese New Year, with some excellent iPhone video tips. Get a better handle on taking slow-mo, wide-angle as well as low light video. Watch it below:

 

 

Apple included Malaysians Datuk Michelle Yeoh and Gin Lee in their special CNY playlist feature. — Picture courtesy of Apple
Apple included Malaysians Datuk Michelle Yeoh and Gin Lee in their special CNY playlist feature. — Picture courtesy of Apple

For Chinese New Year music, our very own Datuk Michelle Yeoh has a personalised Apple Music playlist you can listen to here.

Yeoh's playlist includes the 1985 charity single We are the World that she considers her personal theme for 2020, alongside throwback pop and beloved classics. 

“My family loves singing, especially my mum, so most of these songs are her favorite karaoke songs! Every time I listen to them, it brings a lot of beautiful memories. I have been traveling and working abroad for the last few years, but the memories of celebrating Lunar New Year with my family never fade.”

Yeoh has even shared the following greeting for her fans: “Live long, healthy, and prosper! I am Emperor Philippa Georgiou.”

Malaysian-born Hong Kong success Gin Lee also offers up her favourite tunes for the season here.

"New Year’s music needs to be New Year’s songs, because they give out those festive vibes." She said 恭喜恭喜 (Gongxi Gongxi) was her favourite song and also her choice of personal theme song for 2020.

Gin Lee also appreciates classic Chinese New Year Greetings such as "May you achieve all your heart's desires".

"It’s such a joyous and happy occasion when your wishes come true," she said.

Both stars are part of a special project where C-pop stars and celebrities of Chinese descent will be featured daily, starting today.

Look out for bargains on the Apple iTunes to rent or buy to keep you entertained during the holidays, also starting today.

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