The biographical film on national badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s life is proving to be a smasher among Malaysians
‘Lee Chong Wei: Rise of the Legend’ hit cinemas on 15 March after a special early screening of the extended version on 9 March at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Sinchew reported that the biopic had garnered a whopping RM2.1 million at the local box office based on earnings from yesterday, 19 March.
Directed by Teng Bee, best known for hit films like 'Kepong Gangster' and 'Kepong Gangster 2', the film narrates the untold story of how a young boy in Perak grew up to become a national sports hero
Teng told theSunDaily that the film took almost three years to complete, with a budget of RM7 million.
"I hope the film will pay tribute to the sports legend (Chong Wei) who has inspired us all, especially Malaysians with his fighting spirit," he said.
Meanwhile, producer Josiah Chieng said the 133-minute movie highlights the "Malaysia Boleh" spirit while encouraging Malaysians to excel in everything they do in life.
An audition was held early last year to look out for potential candidates to play the role of a young Lee Chong Wei and other roles that were influential in the life of the badminton ace
Out of the thousands who auditioned, 13-year-old Jake Eng was cast to play the young Lee while aspiring actor Tosh Chan was tasked to play the adult Lee.
The movie, produced by CB Pictures in collaboration with Mahu Pictures also stars Datuk Rosyam Nor who plays Datuk Misbun Sidek, Mark Lee (Lee's father), and Yeo Yann Yann (Lee's mother).
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