Saturday, March 10, 2018

Lee Chong Wei - Rise of the Legend - World Premiere review



I am sure everyone from Malaysia knows Datuk Lee Chong Wei - a professional badminton player and a national hero. For those who do not know, the Wikipedia page is right HERE.

Even though I am not a big fan of sports or badminton, but the two most important men in my life, my dad, and my boyfriend are both regular badminton player and a huge fan of Datuk Lee Chong Wei. 

When the official news for Lee Chong Wei's biopic was announced, my dad was really excited about it and even told me that he wanted to watch the World Premiere at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur (now I know where I got my fangirl DNA from). Additionally, this ‘Lee Chong Wei: Rise of the Legend’ was a 133-minute extended version, which is exclusively for World Premiere only. 

However, the World Premiere ticket is a bit too expensive if all 6 of our family members were to go. 

Just when my dad was about to give up and stick back to the original plan of watching the movie on regular cinema, I received a text from my boyfriend that one of his friend is offering us a few complimentary tickets to the World Premiere. My dad rejoices and even make sure that he had no other appointments on that day just so he can go watch his favorite sportsmen on big screen.





One of the must-do-thing for a fan - taking photos everywhere! Look at him, trying to stay calm but is all excited from the inside!



The movie premiere occupied over a quarter of the stadium, with more than 20,000 audiences coming not only from Malaysia but even from China. The movie was projected to a special-built giant LED screen, and the event has made it into the Asia Book of Records and the Malaysia Book of Records as the largest movie premiere ever in both Asia and in Malaysia.


Me, my boyfriend and boyfriend's friend posing for the photo. (P/s: Thank you again for the tickets! :D)

The film's actors and crew, sponsors, and even Lee Chong Wei and his family were presented at the World Premiere. I was amazed by one of the actor, Tosh Chan who played the young adult version of Lee Chong Wei. He looks so much identical to the real person! 

Overall, the movie has a great balance between fiction and fact when paying a tribute to legendary sportsmen. Although I find the script slightly simple and dull, but the badminton sports action was portrait in a dramatic yet realistically way so that regular audience will not feel bored watching it.


After the movie, we went to mamak for supper as usual. My dad and my boyfriend were chit-chatting non-stop about the movie and the badminton scene in general. Whereas for me, I get to enjoy my favorite cup of tea tarik (I ordered two of it) and made a new friend with a stray cat who passed by our table... 

Yes, you can imagine how bored I am lol.

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