The Journey


  • 2013
  • Malaysia
  • 103 mins
  • Chinese

Feature Film Competition

Chiu Keng Guan
Heng Yee Jia
Ben Andrew Pfeiffer, Lee Sai Peng, Joanne Yew Hong Im

Uncle Chuan is an old-fashioned and conservative man staying alone in Cameron Highlands leading a lonely retired life. His only hope is to reunite with his only daughter Ah Bee, who will be returning from overseas after graduation to stay together as a traditional family. Finally Ah Bee comes back, but brings her foreign boyfriend Benji with her with plans to marry. Uncle Chuan vigorously opposes the marriage due to Ben’s frivolous behaviour but he fails to change his daughter’s mind. At the end, Uncle Chuan agrees to their marriage reluctantly, with a condition to be fulfilled- their wedding ceremony must be a Chinese ceremony.

Chiu Keng Guan has been actively involved in Malaysian film and TV production for more than 20 years following his graduation from SAITO College and Kuala Lumpur College of Art, where he majored in Art Design and Fine Art. He continued studying in a Film Directing Course at the Beijing Film Academy. Upon completion of his studies and returning to Malaysia, Chiu began his media career as freelance director for drama series, TV Commercial and MV. Chiu currently holds the position of Channel Support Manager for Astro Chinese Language Business


2013 Taiwan Tao Yuan Film Festival (Taiwan) – World Premiere & Audience Choice Foreign Film
2014 4th Beijing International Film Festival (China) – China Premiere
2014 16th Udine Far East Film Festival (Italy) – European Premiere
2014 17th Shanghai International Film Festival (China)
2014 12th World Film Festival of Bangkok (Thailand) – Thailand Premiere
2015 17th Seoul International Youth Film Festival (Korea) – Korean Premiere
2015 27th Malaysian Film Festival (Malaysia) – Malaysian Box Office Film Award, Best Non-Malay Film, Best Actor, Best Cinematography

About Winter Film Awards

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