Helmed and written by Jess Teong, the heart-warming Malaysian film “The Kid from the Big Apple” (我來自紐約), cinched 4 awards at the 2015 Macau International Movie Festival and 2 awards at the 2016 Malaysian Film Festival.
According to the Malay Mail Online, a sequel for the film, titled “Before We Forget” (当我们在一起), is expected to be released at the end of 2017.
“I like to write and direct a movie about life; something real. So when it comes to the matter, you can’t avoid love, relationship, and the complication behind it,” said Teong.
“The Kid from the Big Apple”, which made over RM6 million in ticket sales, was Teong’s debut film and it tells the tale of 11-year-old Sarah from New York City, who was forced to stay with her grandfather in Malaysia. Though Sarah and her grandfather didn’t get along at first, their bond deepened over time. The film features themes like filial piety and culture.
Child actors Sarah Tan and Jason Tan will reprise their roles as Sarah and Ah Bao respectively while local actress Debbie Goh and Hong Kong star Shaun Tam will be added into the cast. Filming is set to start in mid-November.