Chiu Keng Guan tells us his journey towards becoming Malaysia’s most bankable film director.
"My mother is a film star. My father is a film director. And so, I started making films by age eight,” declared Chiu Keng Guan, director of The Journey, and currently the most bankable filmmaker in Malaysia.
Then with a hearty chuckle, he continued cheekily, “I’m just kidding. That’s not my story. It was part of a speech I heard recently. It’s something like Steven Spielberg’s story – he started making movies at a very young age.”
With The Journey recently becoming the all-time top-grossing local film, Chiu has plenty of reasons to laugh. The movie collected RM17.17mil at the Malaysian box office in 56 days, having started screening on Jan 30, and dethroned KL Gangster, which had held the record of RM11.74mil since 2011.
The Journey also closes the chapter on Chiu’s acclaimed family-oriented Lunar New Year Trilogy, which started with 2010’s Woohoo! and was followed by The Great Day in 2011. Chiu’s directorial debut, Woohoo! recorded RM4.2mil in box office takings and became the most successful local Chinese movie at the Malaysian box office at that time.
Great Day made RM6.5mil at the local box office and won him the best director award at Malaysia’s inaugural Golden Wau Awards last October.