Radio station 988’s A House Of Happiness has finally secured a nationwide theatrical release date in China.
After clearing China’s censors last week, the family-oriented comedy is set to screen in 2000 cinemas across China on April 5.
A House Of Happiness, 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 Lomo Pictures producer Aron Koh, the movie will soon be screening at film festivals as well. “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.”
The movie was scripted by Ryon Lee and helmed by new director JY Teng, who are both gearing up to promote it in China early next month.
The festive flick, which is 988’s first full-length feature film, made its premiere in Malaysian cinemas on Feb 15. It is now playing into its third week, and has earned more than RM2.1mil so far.
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 who living in a small town. Ng plays Uncle Shui, a elderly ice-cream seller who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Chu portrays his long-suffering caregiver.
Supporting acts include Malaysian actors Steve Yap, Lim Ching Miau, Thian Siew Kim, Louisa Chong, Ong Tee Chuan, and 988 deejays Chan Fong, Cheryl Lee, Hau Min, Danny One, Jason Poon, Cynthia Tan, Sean Lee, Piao Min, and Cassey Soo.
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.