The Chinese guy called in the morning and asked me to spend the day with him.
I said okay. We then decided to meet at Citta Mall, Subang which is currently my favorite hang out place.
I like the place despite more than half its units are without tenants because there are not too many people there. I don't really like crowded places.
The mall is also supposed to be environmentally friendly. Minimum air-conditioning.
By the time I arrived at 2pm, the guy was already there and had bought movie tickets.
The show was at 3.30pm.
To kill off time, we hang out at a restaurant at the ground floor.
We shared a plate of fried shrimp with garlic bread. I was drinking gingerbread milkshake while he was drinking his usual beer.
It was pleasant.
He mostly talked about his time with family and friends during the Chinese New Year celebrations.
I just talked a bit about my work. I'm more a listener than a talker.
Then we went for the movie.
It's The Journey
Reputedly, the best local movie ever made.
It's basically about this Chinese girl who came back to her hometown in Cameron Highlands with her ang moh boyfriend. They wanted to get married there and with the blessing of her father.
Well, you can read more details of the movie at the link I gave up there.
My opinion was that the movie was relatively good.
But, I think it's a bit over rated, if the critics decide to consider it as the best Malaysian movie ever made.
Honestly, I think the thing about the movie which really stands out was that it makes Cameron Highlands looks very beautiful.
The rest were about the same standard as the late Yasmin's movies.
But then again, I'm not really a professional movie reviewer. I'm sure many out there disagree with me, of which I'm fine with it.
After all, the cinema was packed. That means a lot of people really like this movie.
It's the first time I watched a movie in Citta Mall where the theatre was full. Normally, it's hardly half filled.
And the movie which was meant for CNY audience have been playing in cinemas for more than two weeks.
The audience were almost exclusively Chinese.
The thing about Malaysian Chinese cinema goers was that, they will make the effort to support any locally produced Chinese movies which were decently made....and for some, even the badly made ones.
And when there is one which is a bit better then the rest like The Journey, they will go all out to pack the cinemas where it's playing.
The Chinese guy is one of those. He will watch every local Chinese movies in the cinema, no matter the quality.
And for this movie, at one point I saw him wiping his tears.
He was holding my hand throughout the movie. So sentimental leh...
I was like....hey, this movie was not even sad, okay.
But when I check later with a Chinese friend, she said she cried many times throughout the movie.
"You were not touched by the movie because you are not Chinese la," she said.
Probably she was right.
But then again, I hardly cry watching a movie.
I do wonder if the movie would have been such a mega hit if the Chinese girl's ang moh boyfriend character be replaced by a Malay guy character....