KUALA LUMPUR: The gala premiere of the country’s first Cantonese art film, The 3rd Generation, was held at the Golden Screen Cinemas in MidValley Megamall on Thursday night.
The movie, based on an old Chinese saying that wealth cannot be retained beyond the third generation, traces the rise and fall of the fictitious Chan family in Malaysia from the turn of the 20th century to the present day.
It also captures the traditions and social complexities of Chinese immigrants seeking their fortune in a foreign land and how they try to uphold these traditions among future generations.
The 3rd Generation, directed by C.L. Hor, boasts an all-Malaysian cast – including veteran actor Cheng Kam Cheong, international models Amber Chia and Carmen Soo, rising singer Nicholas Teo and new talents I-Fun, Melvin Sia and Paul Khoo.
The RM1mil film was shot in Penang last October and completed in 28 days.
The premiere's guest-of-honour Nori, daughter of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, commended everyone who lent a hand in producing the film.
“It is heartening to know we have such enterprising talents in Malaysia. This was truly a Malaysian effort. And as you know, Penang, which provided the backdrop for the film, is the hometown of my father’s family,” she said.
She was also delighted to note that the resurgence of batik, initiated by her late mother Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood, has made its way into movies, with most of the costumes in The 3rd Generation, designed by Eric Choong, featuring batik motifs.
Nori said she hoped the movie would make the country proud at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, to which it has been submitted for consideration.
Chia, like Teo, makes her acting debut in The 3rd Generation, playing his wife Susan.
“All of us had a great time and we really worked hard to bring the director’s vision to life,” said the 23-year-old beauty.
“Watching the movie, it brought back a lot of wonderful memories for us and we have come away from the experience richer in knowledge and with friendships forged.”
The 3rd Generation opens nationwide on Thursday.