PETALING JAYA: Metrowealth International Group chief executive officer and movie producer David Teo has taken a significant step towards establishing himself as one of the prime movers of the local film industry.
After churning out a series of blockbusters, Teo now has a deal with several film producers in neighbouring countries to be a distributor of their movies in the country.
“We have worked out strategic partnerships with film producers in Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia to bring in their hit movies,” said Teo, the producer of top grossers like Hingga Hujung Nyawa, Cinta Kolestrol, Mami Jarum and Jutawan Fakir.
He will be distributing Indonesia’s hit movie Kiamat Sudah Dekat in July.
“We are starting off with Indonesian movies,” added Teo.
The movie, directed by former actor turned producer Deddy Mizwar, features Andre Stinky, Deddy Mizwar, Ayu Pratiwi, Dewi Yull, Chintami Atmanegara and Muhammad Dwiki Riza, popularly known as Riza “Oreo”.
Kiamat Sudah Dekat garnered several awards at the 17th Bandung Film Festival, including Best Actor for child actor Riza “Oreo”.
Demi Gisela Citra Sinema produced the movie, which tells the story of a rocker named Fandy (Andre Stinky) who finds love in the most unpredictable situation.
A total stranger accidentally smacked Fandy with an ice cream and while giving chase to the stranger, he found the girl of his dreams, a religious girl, who was the daughter of an imam.
Teo will be releasing three local movies this year – Lady Boss starring Ning Baizura, Erra Fazira, Saiful Apek and Yusry of KRU; Main-main Cinta starring singer Misha Omar and Adam of AF2, and Anak Mami Kembali featuring Waheeda, Farid Kamil and veteran actress Azean Irdawaty.
Teo said he was happy that the film industry was thriving.
“When I first started, I made a loss on my first three movies – Syukur 21, No Problem and Mendam Berahi.”
Teo has produced more than 20 movies since 2000.
Metrowealth’s next project is Tipah Tertipu, a song popularised by Ruffedge and a popular phrase taken from the hit love story Ali Setan, which starred Azmil Mustapha and Fauziah Ahmad Daud.
“We expect to begin shooting in early June. It should be a highly entertaining comedy similar to our last blockbuster Jutawan Fakir (with Saiful Apek and Kuman), which grossed more than RM2.5mil two years ago,'' he said.