Malaysian movie director Sam Quah Boon Lip’s Sheep With out A Shepherd is now the 10th top-grossing home movie of 2019 in China, and nonetheless going sturdy at CNY1.17bil (RM690mil).
The field workplace takings for Quah’s thriller thriller surpassed the billion yuan mark not too long ago, making him the primary Malaysian filmmaker to achieve that landmark.
The 112-minute mainland Chinese language launch is the characteristic movie directorial debut of the 34-year-old filmmaker who hails from Penang.
Additionally identified in Mandarin as Wu Sha (误杀), Sheep With out A Shepherd exceeded CNY1bil (RM590mil) on the mainland Chinese language field workplace simply 30 days after its launch on Dec 13,2019.
The movie additionally made the highest-grossing opening (Dec 13-Dec 15) with roughly RM130mil, in response to knowledge from Asian movie and cinema consultancy Artisan Gateway.
Rave evaluations from 500,000 moviegoers has given it a excessive 9.5 score on high Chinese language ticketing platform Maoyan.
New movies usually get to play for a month in mainland Chinese language cinemas, however Sheep With out A Shepherd had been doing so properly on the field workplace that it was granted an prolonged theatrical run of one other month till Feb 12.
This implies the movie will get to profit from a profitable market throughout the week-long Spring Pageant break from Jan 24 to 30.
Sheep With out A Shepherd is the Chinese language remake of Drishyam, a 2013 Malayalam-language thriller which topped the Indian field workplace and gained quite a few accolades in India. It has since been remade into 4 different Indian languages: Drishya (2014) in Kannada, Drushyam (2014) in Telugu, Papanasam (2015) in Tamil and Drishyam (2015) in Hindi.
The story was additionally remade in Sinhalese language as Dharmayuddhaya (2017), earlier than getting its 2019 Chinese language remake.
The plot revolves round two households struggling to return to phrases with a tragedy. A schoolboy violates a schoolgirl and tries to blackmail her with a video however she unintentionally kills him and her mom hurriedly buries him.
For the reason that boy’s mom is a police chief and his father is a politician, the authorities quickly come knocking on their door. So, the woman’s father endeavours to guard his household by devising an alibi with concepts pieced collectively from crime films.
The film forged boasts a star-studded line-up together with Chinese language-American actress Joan Chen and her daughter Audrey Hui, mainland China actors Shawn Xiao Yang, Tan Zhuo, Zhang Xiran, Hong Kong actors Philip Keung and Paul Chun, and Taiwanese actors Julian Chen and Jag Huang.
The Chinese language remake has been nominated for Prime Rated Chinese language Film on the sixth Douban Movie Annual Awards and Greatest Function Movie on the 2019 Chinese language Younger Technology Movie Discussion board whereas Quah has obtained a nomination from the Youth Movie Handbook Award for Greatest New Director on the 2020 Prime Ten Chinese language Movies Pageant.
Quah isn’t any stranger to accolades. His earlier work The Free Man (Zi You Ren in Mandarin) bagged a slew of awards at Taiwan’s 2014 Golden Bell Awards (an annual Taiwanese tv manufacturing award present), specifically for Greatest Mini-Collection/TV Film, Greatest Writing, Greatest Directing, and Greatest Sound.
It additionally nabbed the Jury Award for Greatest Overseas Brief on the 2014 Eugene Worldwide Movie Pageant and bagged the Award of Excellence for Brief Movie at The IndieFest Movie Awards 2015, and and was (one among ten brief movies) shortlisted for a Dwell Motion Brief Oscar on the 88th Academy Awards.
Sheep With out A Shepherd is at present taking part in at Malaysian cinemas.