PENANG: Penang is rich in folklore that can be used in films while the state itself is ideal as a setting for movies, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.
“Penang offers so much because of its cultural diversity, and with many historical events that had taken place, it is extremely rich in stories,” he said.
Dr Koh cited two films that were shot in Penang – Indochine, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1992, and 20th Century Fox’s Anna and the King in 1999.
He was speaking before a spe- cial screening of the country’s first Cantonese art film The 3rd Generation at GSC Gurney Plaza on Tuesday.
The RM1mil film directed by C.L. Hor featured an all-Malaysian cast and crew and was shot in Penang in October 2004.
Dr Koh lauded production company Blackbox Pictures Sdn Bhd’s initiative to make the film in Penang, saying it had fur- ther exposed the state to filmdom. The company’s chairman Datuk Seri Kee Yong Wee said rights to the film had been sold in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Golden Screen Cinemas Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Koh Mei Lee said the film would be submitted for the Cannes Film Festival.