22 Jun – After announcing the debut of his Chinese movie last week, it was revealed that Malaysian director Chiu Keng Guan's "On Your Mark" has recently topped China's box office.
The movie, which was released on 18 June, received RMB 13.65 million (RM 8.7 million) on opening day, and went on to collect more than RMB 37 million (RM 24 million) for the next two days - becoming the number one movie in China on its opening day.
Said Chiu, "As a Malaysian filmmaker, I am thrilled for the overwhelming support received over the opening day in Chinese cinemas. I hope this film continues its success in China and I look forward to its premiere in Malaysia soon."
"Astro Shaw congratulates Chiu on the success of his film 'On Your Mark' in China and we are honoured to have the opportunity to be part of this film," said Head of Astro Shaw & Nusantara VP, Raja Jastina Raja Arshad. "We remain committed in supporting local creative talents by giving them a platform to showcase their productions, and we hope Chiu's success inspires more filmmakers to take their films and the Malaysian film industry to greater heights."
Chiu, known for his Malaysian box office movies like "The Journey" and "Ola Bola", recently made his first film in China with a Chinese-centric cast including Wang Yanhui, Marco Zhang, Gong Beibi, Feng Wenjuan and Li Junhao.
The film revolves around a father and a son - the latter who dreams of becoming a marathon runner, and the former who stands in his way after realising that his son may have inherited a disease that causes blindness as was suffered by his late wife.
The movie is slated for release in Malaysia later this year, with Astro Shaw as the local distributor of the film.