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THIS is the season when trees sparkle and carols play non-stop in shopping malls. It is also the season for laughing out loud in the nation's multiplexes.
Welcome to the winter holiday of movie-going, also known as the biggest season for China's film industry.
This year's crop of so-called "New Year greetings pictures" (hesui pian) amount to two or three dozen. These movies will be competing for cinemagoers' attention and what's left of "the red envelopes" from the joyous occasion of ringing out the old and ringing in the new.