PETALING JAYA: Radio station 988’s maiden flick A House of Happiness is spreading its happiness across the South China Sea.
After clearing China’s censors last week, the family-oriented comedy is set to screen in 2,000 cinemas across the country on April 5.
The movie, originally filmed in Cantonese, has been re-titled Feng Kuang Zhe Yi Nian (This Crazy Year) and dubbed in Mandarin for release in China.
According to producer Aron Koh in an interview, the movie will also make its rounds at film festivals.
“Both the Beijing and Shanghai Film Festivals are keen on A House of Happiness. There will be promo tours in main cities like Beijing and Guangzhou,” said Koh.
The movie was scripted by Ryon Lee and helmed by new director JY Teng.
Both of them are gearing up to promote it in China early next month.
A House of Happiness premiered in Malaysia on Feb 15 and has so far earned more than RM2.1mil at the box office.
Its cast is led by veteran Hong Kong actor Richard Ng, and Ipoh-born Hong Kong-based comedian Mimi Chu, who play an old couple living in a small town.
Ng plays Uncle Shui, an elderly ice-cream seller who is suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Chu portrays his long-suffering caregiver.
Supporting acts include 988 deejays such as Chan Fong, Cheryl Lee, Hau Min and Danny One.
A House of Happiness is jointly presented by Be World Class Management, HK Media and 988, produced by Lomo Pictures Sdn Bhd and sponsored by Gamuda Land, Bee Cheng Hiang and Cuckoo.
988 is part of Star Media Radio Group.