BEIJING: Lee Chong Wei: Rise of the Legend is hitting the cinema screens in China on Friday.
The film will be screened at 8,000 cinemas nationwide, making it the first wholly Malaysian movie to enter the Chinese market.
Directed by Teng Bee, the inspiring biopic of national shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei scored an impressive box-office since it premiered in Malaysia on March 15, raking in more than RM6mil so far.
“Getting a film screened at China’s cinema is no easy task. There are many restrictions and requirements, especially this one as it involved Chinese badminton legend Lin Dan.
“It took us almost a year to pass all examining and censoring procedures,” said Teng, adding that the film was not just about Lee but the never-give-up spirit of a sportsman.
The director said the screening would be a big encouragement to Malaysian productions.
There will be a special screening session here on Friday. However, the Olympic medallist will not be able to attend as he is undergoing treatment for a respiratory-related disorder in Taiwan.
Congratulating the production team, Malaysian’s ambassador to China Datuk Zainuddin Yahya said Lee was respected for his humble attitude and strong fighting spirit.
“I hope through this movie, the Chinese will be able to know more about Lee, understand the Malaysian spirit while promoting cultural exchanges between the people of both countries,” he said.