Local film producers are expected to collaborate with the foreign film industry
PETALING JAYA: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry (K-KOMM) hopes that more local film producers will collaborate with the foreign film industry, in improving the creativity and quality of Malaysia’s creative industry.
Its Deputy Minister, Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said that this could also ensure that local films are in the international arena, in line with the ‘ Road To Oscars ‘ initiative.
“The Ministry is implementing the ‘ Road To Oscars ‘ program, where we want the films we release to be of good quality and have an international touch.
“Today, we are very grateful to Hundred Years Popcorn Production Sdn Bhd, for having collaborated with Korea for the production of the film The Lord Musang King . At the ministry level, we give support and hope that the National Film Development Corporation of Malaysia (Finas) will help as much as possible ,” he said.
He said this at the press conference for the pre-launch of the movie The Lord Musang King here, today.
Elaborating on the film, Zahidi said that the film also became a platform in promoting Malaysian tourism by highlighting interesting locations and the Musang King durian fruit.
“This is also an effort by Malaysians to promote Musang King abroad by making a film that has a touch of tourism and a local fruit campaign,” he said.
He also said that the Korean entertainment industry, which is so popular and has a place all over the world, is also an advantage for this film.
“Many Malaysians have been influenced by the Korean entertainment industry for a long time. By introducing the mixture of Korean and Malaysian culture to the world through the movie ‘ The Lord Musang King ‘, I believe it will spark interest in local content and culture at the international level and create demand for Malaysian product,” he said.
The Malay-language action film produced by Hundred Years Popcorn Production Sdn Bhd was produced by Executive Producer, Ong Peng Chu, Associate Producer, Datuk Seri Zaienal Abidin Omar and Producer Eddie Chow and directed by Korean director Lee Moon Ho.
The film, which involved a production cost of RM2.5 million and involved 95 percent of the local crew and actors, is expected to be shown in the middle of next year.
In another development, Zahidi denied the claims of a non-governmental organization (NGO) that asked the government to stop the installation of 5G telecommunications towers in areas near housing, because it is alleged to be able to affect health.
“There are no health problems, there are no reports that 5G will harm health,” he stressed.
source – BERNAMA