For the Chinese New Year festive season of 2014, The Journey is undoubtedly crowned as the most popular movie. It recounts the relationship between a Caucasian youngster Benji and his Cameronian future father-in-law, Uncle Chuan. From trying to overcome the linguistic barrier to discussing the wedding rites, it’s a touching story told through intricate dramatic artistry.
To illustrate to the students the challenges they faced and ways of breaking through in line with the Masters Train Masters teaching philosophy, Miss Chinese Malaysia 2007 Joanne Yew, who played Bee, Ben Andrew Pfeiffer that played her boyfriend Benji, as well as director Chiu Keng Guan and the singer of the theme song, local songbird Geraldine Gan were here in The One Academy for a wonderful sharing.
For director Chiu, who only found his opportunity to venture into movie making after working in the TV programming industry persistently for over a decade, chances to unleash one's passion and creativity are hard to come by unless one first establishes himself by proving his capabilities. It is noteworthy that after studying Advertising and Fine Arts, he graduated from The One Academy’s affiliated college in China, the prestigious Beijing Film Academy (BFA) where he majored in Film Directing.
From Cameron Highlands, Uncle and Ben embarked on a cross country journey to deliver wedding invitation to buddies. Various amazing scenes, for instance the seaside village in Sabah, as well as unique local practices, such as the deity worshipping in Clan Jetties, Georgetown and temple procession in Johor Bahru, were also interspersed throughout their journey, making it easier for the audience to relate to this movie.
Joanne revealed that she had dreamt of acting since her childhood days, and good interpersonal communication helped a lot in landing one in those precious opportunities. Nodding in agreement, Ben highlighted that perseverance and a positive attitude were vital in bracing rejections and failure, in the search of a lasting satisfactory achievement. As for Geraldine, she recounted that only succeesfully founded her singing career after countless practices and numerous attempts at competitions within and beyond the country.
As of 23 February, 2014, The Journey which deployed many fresh actors and actresses to handle prominent leading roles has become the all time no. 1 movie of Malaysia, achieving a box office collection of RM12.92 million, surpassing the RM11.74 record held by KL Gengster since 2011. The Journey has reassuringly proven that local films could win the hearts of many too, if one puts in effort and strive for the highest quality in everything he endeavours.