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 ...
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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.Written by
I was hesitate to watch this local production movie, but after a few rounds of good comment and some push from my kids and wife, I finally gave in and step into the cinema for a Malaysian movie. I must say this is a good piece of work reflecting the meaning of life in a typical Malaysian community, the importance of filial piety, treasuring friendship transcending races, "just do-it" attitude and make your own dream come true.
It is fun to see new faces across the country border in making this movie a must-see. I must say, my tears drop when they finally made the hot air balloon and release it. I must mention that the cinematography have been improved very much and the Cameron Highland scenery was superb. Although various language and dialects are used, but this is reflecting the real Malaysian life.
Double thumbs up for Director Chiu! I hope he can keep up the expectation and bring even more surprised for next Chinese New Year movie.
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