The Spring Festival holidays were prime time for the Chinese movie market, and the theme songs of the films have also become popular among cinema goers. On today's edition of Countdown we listen to the top five melodies.
No.5 "72 Tenants of Prosperity" "HAPPY EVERY YEAR" - BY ALL STARS
The song is performed by over a hundred actors in the movie, making it a new record for singers for one song. Heavyweight Hong Kong entertainers and young talents such as Kate Tsui, Stephy Tang, Raymond Lam, and Linda Chung give excellent performances in not only the film, but also the music video. The festive song has become a new favorite in karaoke.
No.4 "Big Soldiers" "RAPE FLOWERS" - BY JACKIE CHAN
"Rape Flowers" is a Northern Chinese ballad. The simple tune and action star Jackie Chan's mellow voice successfully deliver a soldier's homesickness and tiredness of war. The song is an ode to peace instead of war.
No.3 "14 Blades" "14 BLADES" - BY SA DINGDING
The young and talented diva Sa Dingding is one of the most controversial Chinese singers in the international music field. She blends world music with traditional Chinese folk music and stringed instruments, and conveys a mysterious message.
No.2 "Hot Summer Days" "HOT!" - BY JACKIE CHAN
Just like its name, "Hot!" is a Latin tempo song presented by Hong Kong pop legend Jackie Chan. He has been absent from the music world for two years and all his fans are looking forward to his new album. The last time Jackie sang for a movie was "Perhaps, Love" four years ago, in which he plays the leading role.
No.1 "Confucius" "EULOGY OF ORCHID" - BY FAYE WONG
With only 64 Chinese characters, the theme song, in Chinese "You Lan Cao" is adapted from ancient poet Han Yu's eulogy on orchids that resonated with iconic philosopher Confucius. After a 5-year hiatus, the pop queen of China, Faye Wong, has returned, singing the theme song of the blockbuster. Faye Wong's soothing, ethereal voice was considered perfect for conveying the lofty spirit of the song.
NOTE: The article says "Jackie Chan" at No. 2 but it's actually Jackie Cheung!