Tourism boost for Sarawak

Lee (seated, centre) witnessing the signing of a deal to.produce a China-Sarawak film to be shot in Miri city as well as Mulu and Niah national parks. Seated on the left is Miri-based production director Oliver Yong and seated on the right is China Global Business Club International director Chen Yu Her. — Stephen Then/The Star

MIRI: A romance movie spanning mainland China and northern Sarawak is in the pipeline, with the movie to prominently feature scenes in Miri city, Mulu National Park and Niah National Park.

Called Blue Tears, the movie will be the first film jointly produced by China and Sarawak.

There are also plans to have the movie made available online.

Sarawak Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said the movie will be a tremendous boost for Sarawak in that it will give widespread publicity about this state, especially the northern tourism hubs of Miri, Mulu and Niah.

He witnessed the signing of the deal for the film between China-Malaysia Universal Television Company (Msia) and Global Business Club International Group China at a hotel here yesterday.

“This movie is going to feature the beautiful Miri city and its nearby beaches as well as the wonders of Mulu and Niah.

“The movie will also feature our multiracial composition and multireligious harmony.

“This project is not only good for tourism but it also speaks volumes of the excellent bilateral and historic ties between Sarawak and China,” he added.

The movie will feature famous stars from China including Ringo Yu, who featured in Jackie Chan’s Police Story movies.

Yu also starred in the Karate Kid movie. Also starring in the film will be Sun Wei, who stars in five major dramas shown on Beijing TV.

Blue Tears is about a young man in China called Ling Fu Sheng who once sailed to Miri and fell in love with a local native girl named Katrina.

However, because Katrina’s parents were not supportive of their relationship, the couple could not commit their love to each other and so Ling returned to China where he eventually got married and raised a family.

Nevertheless, he could not forget Katrina and in his old age, he told his grandson about Katrina.

The grandson then embarked on an adventure to try to locate Katrina but in the process, he fell in love with a local Sarawak beauty as well.

The movie will start shooting in Miri next month.

Sarawak Tourism Board will be providing support and auditions are underway to find locals to fill certain roles.

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