Masidi urges Finas to help Sabah film sector during ‘Rise of Lion’ launch
Published on: Tuesday, May 24, 2022
From left to right: Phoong, Susan, Masidi, Xin, Chua and Lim hitting the drum, cymbals and gong to mark the launch of “The Rise of Lion”.
Kota Kinabalu: Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun has urged the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) to continue assisting in the development of the film industry in Sabah. He said Sabah has many talented filmmakers but it is not easy to produce a film in the state. “We have many talented Sabahans who want to produce films, but it takes more than passion to do so because they need facilities and equipment,” he said.
Therefore, Masidi hopes that Finas will continue to help local filmmakers in Sabah. “Even odds, we can do as well as, if not better than, filmmakers in West Malaysia,” he said during the premiere of a local production, “The Rise of Lion,” at the City Mall here on Saturday. last. He said Sabahans should be proud of the film’s producer and director, Michelle Xin, who overcame the challenges. He said the state government will continue to support the development of the local film industry. Meanwhile, Xin said the film was inspired by the beautiful natural landscapes, diverse cultures and hospitality of the people of Sabah.
“I wanted to produce a film that showcases racial harmony between ethnic groups in Sabah,” she said, adding that “The Rise of Lion” was her first film. She admitted producing a film was no small feat, especially during the pandemic. “The Rise of Lion” chronicles the inspiring journey of a young Sino Kadazan boy, JJ, pursuing his lion dance dream in the big city of Kota Kinabalu. JJ’s passion and persistence ultimately allow a restless lion dance troupe to regain their former glory and take it to the next level. The film was shot in six districts including Kota Kinabalu, Kota Belud, Papar, Putatan and Penampang and showcases the unique features, food, natural landscapes, cultures and hospitality of Sabah. Male and female leads Ng Jinn Jou and See Hui are both Sabahans, as are cast members Ricky Ricardo Lee, Lucas Wong and Melissa Wong. The film’s theme song was also composed by a Sabahan.
Also present at the film’s premiere were Sabah Air Chairman Kenny Chua, Luyang Phoong MP Jin Zhe, WSG Group General Manager Datuk Susan Wong, Melissa Wong, China Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman of Kota Kinabalu (KKCCCI) Datuk Michael Him represented by his vice-president. president Andy Lim and Kapitan Li Su Fook. * Follow us on Instagram and join our Telegram and/or WhatsApp channels for the latest news you don’t want to miss.
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