I’ve been waiting to watch this ‘The Kid From The Big Apple‘ movie. Written and directed by Jess Teong, this Malaysian movie had won 4 awards at the recent 7th Macau International Movie Festival, which include Best Writing, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Newcomer.
Sarah (played by Tan Qin Lin), a 11-year-old girl who grew up in New York, forced by Sophia, the mother (played by Jessica Hester Hsuan) to come back to Malaysia and stay together with her conservative grandpa Gen (played by Ti Lung) while Sophia need travels to China for her busy fashion career.
To me, this movie is about communication and understanding between generation, father and daughter, grandpa and granddaughter. Director Jess Teong brings out the message through a light and easy way, hence the movie is not boring to watch but remember to have extra tissues just in case.
The way how grandpa treats arrogant and ignorant Sarah with unconditionally love and patient despite the differences in cultural and language really touches me, and reminds me of my late grandma.
My grandma was a traditional old-fashioned person as well. I remember being forced to eat Tang Yuen (glutinous rice ball) during festive seasons although I hate the texture. Now that I’ve grown up and understand what the true meaning behind Tang Yuen is, how I wish to have it together with my grandma again.
A special world for you and me, a speical love one can’t see. You are like the star, not always seen but never leave. Aww… how I miss my beloved grandma now.
Besides the 3 main characters, I also like the interactive between Ah Bao and his mother, Aunty Ming. The chemistry between them is amusing, definitely another highlight in this ‘The Kid From The Big Apple’ movie.
Another great heartwarming and moving movie that’s shot entirely in Malaysia, remember to catch this ‘The Kid From The Big Apple‘ movie at major cinemas 10th March 2016 onwards.
More photos at FOOD Malaysia facebook page, a Malaysian food blogger since 2010