The Journey (2014 Malaysian film)

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The Journey (一路有你 or Yī lù yǒu nǐ)
Official poster shows hot air balloon represents a journey with the film's title in Mandarin characters at centre, credits, and release date at bottom.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byChiu Keng Guan
Produced by
  • Choo Chi Han
  • Heng Yee Jia
Screenplay by
  • Ryon Lee
  • Chan Yoke Yeng
Starring
  • Ben Andrew Pfeiffer
  • Lee Sai Peng
  • Joanne Yew Hong Im
Music byAlex San
CinematographyEric Yeong
Edited byGwyneth Lee
Production
company
Wohoo Pictures Production
Distributed byAstro Shaw
Release date
  • 30 January 2014 (Malaysia)
  • 20 March 2014 (Singapore)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryMalaysia
Language
  • Mandarin
  • English
BudgetRM3 million[1]
Box officeRM16.87 million[2]

The Journey (一路有你 or Lù yǒu nǐ) is a 2014 Malaysian comedy-drama film directed by Chiu Keng Guan and written by Ryon Lee.[3] The film stars Ben Andrew Pfeiffer, Lee Sai Peng and Joanne Yew Hong Im. The story follows a father that finally allows her daughter to wed an English lad with a condition that he shall follow him on a journey around the nation to deliver their wedding invitation.[4][5][6] The Journey was also invited to be screened at the 16th Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy.[7]

The Journey won four awards from six nominations on 27th Malaysian Film Festival (including Best non-Malay language film). As of 2018, The Journey is currently ranked the third-highest grossing Malaysian film of all-time behind Polis EVO and Abang Long Fadil 2.[8][better source needed]

The movie is also available in original and dubbed-in-Malay versions on Astro First

Plot[edit]

Uncle Chuan (Lee Sai Peng) is a conservative father with a rigid set of rules. When his daughter Bee (Joanne Yew) returns home after spending most of her formative years in England with her fiancée Benji (Ben Pfeiffer), Uncle Chuan refuses to give his blessing. With cultural differences and a language barrier that could potentially damage the union between Benji and his loved one, he feels that something must be done quick. Uncle Chuan reluctantly allows them to marry but on one condition — the wedding ceremony has to be in the traditional way.

Despite their lack of understanding towards one another, Benji and Uncle Chuan embark on a nationwide journey to hand-deliver wedding invitations to the latter’s childhood friends. Throughout the journey, the two learn valuable lessons about accepting each other’s differences.

Cast[edit]

  • Ben Andrew Pfeiffer as Benjamin Harris/Benji
  • Lee Sai Peng as Goh Chee Chuan
  • Joanne Yew Hong Im as Goh Bee Yong

Supporting Cast

  • Siow Ho Phiew as Lian Pak Cik
  • Lim Yew Beng as Lim Dan
  • Khok Eng Loy as Tan Ah Kao
  • Lim Yen Seng as Choo Chong Meng
  • Tan Boon Hua as Cheong Dong Kin
  • Chong Nyuk Ling as Lim Kee Huat
  • Yeoh Ah Seng as Chew Hok Heng
  • Hui Swee Meng as Khow Soon Choy
  • Sherry Aljefri as Fatimah Binti Ahmad
  • Charlie Chang as Low Boon Cheng
  • Huan Yong as Rambo Chew
  • Ng Chooi Hong as Auntie Gao
  • Justin Ng Zi Xuam as Choo Chee Hin

Production[edit]

Principal photography were held on various locations across Malaysia. These include the Cameron Highlands, Chew Jetty and Pinang Tunggal Railway Bridge in Penang (the latter which has since been dismantled), Aur Island, Kuala Lumpur, Baling in Kedah, Ipoh, and Sabah.

The film also features a real life Chingay procession in Johor Bahru, in which director Chiu had to incorporate into the film due to its small budget.[9]

Release[edit]

Home media[edit]

The Journey was released by Multimedia Entertainment in DVD formats on 20 March 2014. Alternatively, the film was also released shortly after finishing its theatre run on Astro's on-demand film service Astro First, Mandarin & Malay Language which included a behind-the-scenes documentary namely Chasing for Dream as an additional bonus feature. The film was also released in Singaporean theatres on the same day.[10]

Reception[edit]

Box-office[edit]

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.[11] By the 11th day, it had grossed a total of RM6.6 million.[12] 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).[13] As of 16 February, 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.[14] 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.[15] On the fourth weekend ending 23 February 2014, The Journey officially became the highest grossing local production ever in Malaysia's box office history, having amassed a gross of RM12.92 million[16][17], beating the previous record holder, KL Gangster's RM11.74 million.[18]In its final thearetical run, the film raked in a total of RM16.87 million.[19]That achievement would later be surpassed by 2015's Polis EVO with its collective gross of RM17.74 million.[20]

Accolades[edit]

Award Year Category Nominee Result
2014 Malaysian Book of Records Outstanding Arts and Entertainment Award[21] The Journey Won
Malaysia Film Festival[22][6] Box-Office Film The Journey Won
Best Actor Frankie Lee Sai Peng Won
Best Cinematography Eric Yeong Won
Best Non-Malay Language Local Film The Journey Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Behind the Scenes of 'The Journey'". Variety. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  2. ^ "MALAYSIAN BOX OFFICE 2014". Finas.
  3. ^ "The Journey official website". 24 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  4. ^ "The Journey filem Cina Nusantara". KOSMO!. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  5. ^ Syafique Shuib (6 September 2015). "MFF27 Lelaki Harapan Dunia wins Best Film Fazura bags Best Actress trophy". Astro Awani. Astro Awani Network. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  6. ^ a b Erny Suzira (7 September 2015). "75-year-old Frankie Lee wins Best Actor at FFM 27". Cinema Online. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  7. ^ "'The Journey' to premiere at prestigious film festival in Europe". Astro Awani. Astro Awani. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Highest-grossing Malaysia film".
  9. ^ Krich, John (9 April 2014). "The Journey to the Top of Malaysia's Box Office". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones and Company, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  10. ^ "《一路有你》票房达1716万 纪录片《拼一个梦》开播". Variety. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 22 Mar 2014.
  11. ^ "《一路有你》开画票房创新高,6天突破370万". Variety. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  12. ^ "《一路有你》,一路长虹!". Variety. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  13. ^ "全民电影《一路有你》创760万票房,刷新大马中文电影票房纪录". Variety. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  14. ^ "《一路有你》大卖980万!千万票房仅"一步距离"". Variety. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  15. ^ "票房破1070萬 擬提早登陸新加坡". Variety. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  16. ^ "FILEM THE JOURNEY". Malaysian Review. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 2015-11-29.
  17. ^ "Cipta Sejarah & Kutip RM12.92 Juta – Filem Cina Tempatan, The Journey, Tapau Filem Melayu". Ohbulan.com. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 2015-11-29.
  18. ^ "大馬最賣座本土電影 《一路有你》1292萬破紀錄". Variety. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 24 Feb 2014.
  19. ^ "MALAYSIAN BOX OFFICE 2014". Finas.
  20. ^ "MALAYSIAN BOX OFFICE 2015". Finas.
  21. ^ "'The Journey' Awarded by Malaysia Book of Records". Astro Shaw. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  22. ^ "MFF27: 'The Journey' wins 4 trophies, including Best Director and Best Actor". Astro Awani. 6 September 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2017.

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