Radio station 988’s first full-length feature film A House Of Happiness has picked up its very first award.
It was named Best Cantonese Film at the Maple Leaf Award of the 6th Vancouver Chinese Film Festival, which was conducted at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby, British Columbia on July 21.
One of four Malaysian films screened in competition, A House Of Happiness was the only Malaysian film to win an award at the film festival which was organised by the Vancouver Chinese Film Festival Association. The other three are Haunted Hotel (2017), Show Me Your Love (2016), The Dream Boyz (2015). All four films are penned by scriptwriter-cum-director Ryon Lee.
A House Of Happiness is helmed by first-time director JY Teng, and produced by 988’s Chan Fong and Lomo Pictures’ Aron Koh.
Elated by the win, producer Koh is hopeful for the film to reach a wider audience. “Now, we have to bring the film to more film festivals. We want to travel to more countries to share with more people. We hope to make more films with 988 in future.”
In the family-oriented flick, veteran Hong Kong actor Richard Ng and Ipoh-born Hong Kong-based actress Mimi Chu portray two adorable senior citizens who can never see eye to eye.
Major supporting acts include Malaysian actors Louisa Chong, Steve Yap, Lim Ching Miau, Thian Siew Kim, Ong Tee Chuan, and 988 deejays Cheryl Lee, Hau Min, Danny One, Sam Mak, Anson Kow, Jason Poon, Cassey Soo, Cynthia Tan, Sean Lee and Piao Min.
Originally released in Malaysia in Cantonese, A House Of Happiness was also released in China last month, where it was dubbed in Mandarin and retitled This Crazy Year for the mainland audience.
Apart from Malaysia and China, A House Of Happiness has also played in other Chinese-speaking countries like Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
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