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The Journey (2014)
 (บรรยายอังกฤษ) 
 
   
 

Director:Chiu Keng Guan Producer:Choo Chi Han Story by:Ryon Lee Cinematography: Eric Yeong  

Running time:1h 43min Country:Malaysia Language:Chinese / English Genre:Comedy, Drama, Family  

 Subtitle:English  Starring: Sai Peng Lee ... Uncle Chuan, Ben Pfeiffer ... Benji, Joanne Yew ... Bee

 
 

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"The Better Half " เพลงประกอบภาพยนตร์

ร้องโดยนักแสดงนำ Ben Andrew Pfeiffer 

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รางวัล:2 wins & 2 nominations.

 

 

ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards 2015

Nominated
AIFFA Award
Best Supporting Actor
Sai Peng Lee 
 

Malaysian Film Festival 2015

Won
Best Actor
Sai Peng Lee 
Won
Best Cinematography
Eric Yeong 
 

Winter Film Awards 2016

Nominated
Award of Excellence
Best Original Score
Keng Guan Chiu (director) 
 
 

Storyline
The Journey is a cross-continental story that explores the idea of culture, not just as tradition but as an expression of love. When Bee (Yew) returns to Malaysia for the first time in a decade - she introduces her conservative father Uncle Chuan (Lee) to her happy-go-lucky British fiancé, Benji (Pfeiffer). With Benji''s lack of cultural understanding and comprehension of Chinese traditions, Chuan opposes their marriage. Unexpected circumstances ensue, and Chuan reluctantly submits to their union, on the condition that their wedding adheres to Chinese tradition. Part of that tradition is that Chuan must invite all of his childhood friends personally. So the quintessential odd couple, Benji and Chuan, embark on a cross country adventure to deliver the invitations. Despite language barriers and initial hesitation from both parties, the two men come to realize that their priorities are essentially one and the same.

User Reviews

Emotionally poignant and genuinely funny, THE JOURNEY is a must-see movie for all Malaysians.

30 January 2014 | by caseymoviemania
Before I first went to watch THE JOURNEY in the cinema, I have little knowledge about this movie at all. But to my surprise, this locally-made production has totally exceeds my expectation, at which THE JOURNEY truly deserves its recognition as one of the best Malaysian-Chinese movies ever made. And bear in mind, this is only Chiu''s (his full name is actually Chiu Keng Guan) third directing effort following his back-to-back success of 2010''s WOOHOO! and 2011''s GREAT DAY.

WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

After spending a decade living with her aunt to study art in England, Bee (Joanne Yew) has finally returns home to Cameron Highlands. She also brought back her British fiancé, Benji (Ben Andrew Pfeiffer) to introduce him to her conservative father Uncle Chuan (Frankie Lee) and hoping to seek his blessing for their upcoming marriage. At first, Uncle Chuan opposes to his daughter''s marriage because he doesn''t get along with Benji well. However, he ends up agreeing anyway except with one condition -- their wedding ceremony has to be done in the Chinese tradition. Soon, Benji is tasked to bring along Uncle Chuan on a long motorcycle journey across the country to deliver the wedding invitations to Uncle Chuan''s 11 ex-primary schoolmates.

THE GOOD STUFF

Chiu''s direction is sharp and meticulous to detail, especially the way he depicts the Chinese culture and tradition with such authenticity. His regular screenwriter, Ryon Lee, successfully combined the universal themes of culture, hope, love, friendship and unity within his screenplay that everyone can relate to. Eric Yeong''s cinematography, which is shot on locations across six states in Malaysia (Cameron Highlands, Ipoh, Penang, Kedah, Melaka and Johor) are wonderfully captured with such sheer beauty it''s like watching a travel channel. The panoramic and idyllic view of the Cameron Highlands setting is especially worth a special mention here.

For the acting department, Chiu has certainly took a huge gamble by casting actors with little or no experience in acting at all. However, his gamble proves to be surprisingly rewarding. 73-year-old retiree Frankie Lee is perfectly cast as the conservative and stubborn father Uncle Chuan. He pairs well with Australian stage actor Ben Andrew Pfeiffer, who delivers an impressive performance as Benji. Watching the way they argue against each other because of their cultural and ideological differences are simply both entertaining and heartfelt. Miss Astro Chinese International Pageant 2007 Joanne Yew, in the meantime, is not only photogenic but also acted well as the estranged daughter Bee. As for the rest of the supporting actors, all of them have their equal share of limelight.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT(S)

The brief but wonderful scene where Bee uses a black marker to draw caricature of her father, Uncle Chuan and her fiancé, Benji riding motorcycle together on the car window.

THE BAD STUFF

Throughout the duration, I was surprised by the mesmerizing result of this movie. In short, THE JOURNEY is pitch perfect that I hardly find a flaw within.

FINAL WORDS

Like the title itself, this is one cinematic journey worth exploring for. No doubt THE JOURNEY is a rare gem of a local movie not to be missed this Chinese New Year. By the way, make sure to stay for the end-credits music video featuring Ben Andrew Pfeiffer singing a wonderfully cheeky song that combines English and Chinese languages.


The Journey (一路有你) is a 2014 Malaysian Chinese film directed by Chiu Keng Guan. The film is known for being the highest grossing Malaysian film as of July 2014. The Journey won the Best non-Malay language local film and Best Cinematography while its leading actor, Frankie Lee was coveted the Best Actor award becoming the oldest winner of that category in 27th Malaysian Film Festival .

Box office

The film grossed RM2.2 million at launch, easily setting the record for best opening weekend by a Malaysian Chinese production. It went on to gross RM3.7 million after 6 days of release. By the 11th day, it had grossed a total of RM6.6 million. The film was a critical success and with good word of mouth, it officially became the highest grossing local Malaysian Chinese movie production on 12 February 2014 with a gross of RM7.6 million, surpassing the previous record which was held by Ah Beng: Three Wishes (RM7.56 million). As of 16 Feb, the film had grossed RM9.8 million, making it the first local Malaysian Chinese movie production set to break the RM10 million barrier. Local cinema operators added additional screens to meet the high demand which resulted in sold out screenings across the Klang Valley, Penang and Johor. On 20 Feb, the film was only RM0.2 million behind Ombak Rindu, grossing a total of RM10.70 million, the first local Chinese production to hit the RM10 million milestone. Owing to the tremendous success of the film in Malaysia, the production company contemplated an earlier release of the film in Singapore.  On the fourth weekend ending 23 February 2014, The Journey officially became the highest grossing local production ever in Malaysia''s box office, having amassed a gross of RM12.92 million, beating the previous record holder, KL Gangster''s RM11.74 million.  As of 17 March, the film had raked in a total of RM17.16 million.




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