Singapore iTunes store to offer Chinese New Year-themed games, movie discounts

A still from the movie Kungfu Hustle.
A still from the movie Kungfu Hustle. PHOTO: COLUMBIA TRISTAR

SINGAPORE - Some of the best-selling Chinese movies will be going for a steal at Apple's iTunes store in Singapore during Chinese New Year, which falls on Feb 8 and 9.

Movie titles, such as All's Well Ends Well, Kungfu Hustle, Drunken Master and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, will be available for 48-hour rent for 98 cents instead of the usual $4.98.

Some games on sale have also been modified by their developers to include monkeys as characters in line with the Year of the Monkey.

Among them are free games Shooty Skies, a retro arcade flyer-shooter game, and multi-player role-playing strategy game Clash of Kings. The former features a monkey shooting banana rockets, and a monkey king flying and transforming into other animals. Clash of Kings, on the other hand, features a monkey king warring with monkey monsters.

These promotions and Chinese New Year-themed offers will end on Feb 11.

Chinese New Year songs, some of which are original production, will also go on sale. They are performed by Taiwanese singer Khalil Fong, and veteran Taiwanese songwriter Jonathan Lee.

Apple Music subscribers will also get to listen to specially-curated Chinese New Year playlists featuring songs by Mando-pop stars Jay Chou, JJ Lin and Jam Hsiao.