Blue Tears

The grand shooting ceremony of online movie “Blue Tears” was held this morning at Marriott Resort & Spa’s poolside. Blue Tears is a Malaysia-China joint production by Global China Film (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and The Global Business Club (China). It is a love story with the main actor from China and the main actress from Miri. The online movie is targeted at over 650 million internet users in China.

Marriott Resort & Spa

Marriott Resort & Spa

Banner for the event

Banner for the event

Billboard for the event

Billboard for the event

The main stage for the event

The main stage for the event

Lion dance

Lion dance

Registration

Registration

Registration

Registration

Registration

Balloons at the registration counter

A China singer singing the theme song of Blue Tears

A China singer singing the theme song of Blue Tears

The main actress Clara Wong performing a song

The main actress Clara Wong performing a song

The main actor and actress

The main actor and actress

The director of the movie

The director of the movie

MCs for the event

MCs for the event

Sarawak deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg officiated the ceremony which was attended by local dignitaries including Y.B. Datuk Lee Kim Shin, Y.B. Dato’ Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew, Miri Mayor Adam Yii and Mr Oliver Yong (the Chairman of Global China film (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd as well as a delegation from China.

Arrival of Sarawak deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg

Arrival of Sarawak deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg

Sarawak deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg giving an angpow to a lion

Sarawak deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg giving an angpow to a lion

Mr Oliver Yong making his welcoming speech

Mr Oliver Yong making his welcoming speech

The director and the cast

The director and the cast

The VIPS

The VIPS

Prayers for smooth shooting of the movie

Prayers for smooth shooting of the movie

Prayers for smooth shooting of the movie

Prayers for smooth shooting of the movie

Sarawak deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg officiated the ceremony

Sarawak deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg officiated the ceremony

VVIPS

VIPS

Y.B. Datuk Lee Kim Shin delivering his speech

Y.B. Datuk Lee Kim Shin delivering his speech

Sarawak deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg delivering his speech

Sarawak deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg delivering his speech

Souvenir for Sarawak deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg

Souvenir for Sarawak deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg

Souvenir for Y.B. Datuk Lee Kim Shin

Souvenir for Y.B. Datuk Lee Kim Shin

Dancers comprising participants from various ethnic groups in Sarawak performed at the ceremony. I overheard some visitors from China standing near me commenting that the dancers looked so lovely in their traditional costumes.

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Dancers from various ethnic groups

Dancers from various ethnic groups

The tourism industry in Sarawak is growing at a much slower pace where compared to Sabah and many states in West Malaysia. It is hoped that the movie will boost the tourism industry in Sarawak especially in Miri as several scenes in the movie will be shot at Tusan Beach, Mulu National Park, Niah Caves and Miri City itself.  Sarawak Tourism Board is one of the sponsors of the movie.

The shooting of the movie is expected to be completed within three to four months and is scheduled to be screened both online and in cinemas by end of March next year.

We can only keep our fingers crossed. If the movie becomes a big bit, it can truly boost tourism in Sarawak especially in Miri. Look at what Winter Sonata did to Jeju Island in South Korea.

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