[Watch] 2022 China Film Festival to Promote Bilateral Ties and Features Malaysian Director Chiu Keng Guan’s Film

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The inaugural Chinese Film Festival 2022 will foster close ties between Malaysia and China.

Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said the four-day festival is not just a platform for filmmakers and producers from the two countries to exchange ideas.

He said it also identifies opportunities for cooperation in the development of the film industry.

2022 marks the 48th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China. The Malaysia-China relationship is essential for economic reasons, cultural initiatives, creativity and innovation that become similarities and cross-cultural communication.

Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin on Malaysia-China relations through the film industry.

He said so in a recent speech at the 2022 China Film Festival.

Zahidi, also an MP for Padang Besar, said the ministry will continue to be committed to supporting local creative talents and ensuring they can penetrate the international film market.

Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Ouyang Yujing also graced the launch of the festival.

He noted that there is a long tradition of cinematic collaboration between China and Malaysia.

People have become more accessible and closer to each other through movies. Films help enormously to increase mutual understanding between people.

Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Ouyang Yujing on enhancing Malaysia-China people-to-people understanding and friendship.

The ambassador added that the films would let people learn about the history and extraordinary achievements of Chinese films over the past 100 years.

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The 2022 China Film Festival, themed “China Film Centennial—The Inheritance of Films,” is taking place at Dadi Cinema from September 15 to 18.

18 excellent Chinese films and two Malaysian films will be presented to the public, including newly produced and restored classics.

The festival kicked off with the screening of On Your Mark, which marked Chiu Keng Guan’s directorial debut in China.

The film topped the Chinese box office on its opening day with RM8.7 million from 9,000 theaters.

Chiu is well known to Malaysians for his film Ola Bola, inspired by the Malaysian national football team which qualified for the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Ola Bola wowed audiences at the 2016 Shanghai Film Festival and a Chinese producer approached Chiu with the script for On Your Mark

Each ticket to the Chinese Film Festival costs RM10 and each film is screened only once at the Dadi Cinema in the KL Pavilion.

Chinese films include Cliff Walkers, Hi Mom, A Writer’s Odyssey, Leap and The Wandering Earth.

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