Award-winning Director, Jess Teong, Shares What to Expect in Her Upcoming Sequel

Published by Samentha James @ 19/09/2017

As we venture further into this era of modernisation, the gap between the young and old grows even more apparent. Technology seems to have taken place of actual human connection and we are all too caught up in the race to worldly success to realise it. This is the exact premise of Three Pictures Sdn Bhd’s sequel to the award-winning 2016 film, The Kid From The Big Apple.

Jess Teong, the film’s director, stresses that The Kid From The Big Apple 2: Before We Forget projects values such as the importance of building a solid family connection and to show love before time robs you of it. Most times, when things go off the rail, it’s usually our family that offers unconditional support to get back on track.

“On a day to day basis, face-to-face communication has been drastically reducing. Through this movie, we hope to remind our audience on the importance of family and to encourage them to be expressive with their love before it’s too late,” stated Jess Teong. 

The renowned director with a keen eye to detail credits the film’s inspiration to her close personal relationship with her family as well as her own observations within our Malaysian society and culture.

There’s no doubt that Jess Teong has successfully set a high standard for Malaysian films – however, this ambitious filmmaker clarifies that this is merely a bonus for her and the team as they produce films purely on the basis of love and passion; not for the means of setting standards or comparisons.

Set to be released nationwide on November 16, the sequel picks up where the first film left off with Chun Gen (Ti Lung) moving into his new family house but the sentimental flow is taken a notch higher this time around. It doesn’t take the family long to realise the risk of one forgetting the loving memory of family members is, indeed, terrifying.

All in all, The Kid From The Big Apple 2: Before We Forget is a film that invites the entire family to put away their mobile devices and come together to experience a truly simple yet inspirational, heart-warming film.