“The Journey” is a beautiful, warm film that will make audiences think about culture, tradition and love. Every single Malaysian should not miss as it is a really nice movie with touching moments. It is a local movie so the story’s main location was set in Malaysia.
The story revolves about an ordinary “uncle” that lives in Cameron Highlands, Pahang. On Chinese New Year eve, Uncle Chuan (Frankie Lee) had attended a villager’s wedding. He then felt disappointed because of the way it is arranged is lacking a grand banquet. After being pushed by his neighbours, he promises to hold a grand wedding banquet when her daughter gets married, attended by all his old classmates or, in else, he would be “struck by lightning”.
When Bee (Joanne Yew) comes back to Malaysia after studying art in England, she introduces her conservative father Uncle Chuan to her British fiancé, Benji (Pfeiffer). Benji’s lack of knowledge about Chinese customs and traditions and Uncle Chuan’s inability to communicate with him had caused friction between the two parties. Uncle Chuan is against their marriage.
Finally, Uncle Chuan gives his blessing to both of them. Uncle Chuan agrees to the wedding on one condition, it’s to have a traditional Chinese wedding banquet. In addition, Chuan must invite all of his childhood friends personally. So, Benji and Uncle Chuan embark on a cross country journey to find and invite his old friends to the wedding.
During the journey, both men teach and learn new things from each other despite language barriers. The journey has changed Benji. It gave him a new perspective on life and even invited his parents, who he had not seen for years. He was well prepared to settle down and wanting to be a daddy now. With amazing shots and wonderful story, this is one of the best Malaysian made movies.