GENTING HIGHLANDS, Feb 25 — The soon-to-be opened 20th Century Fox theme park at Resorts World Genting in Pahang is now home to the first Bona Cinema outside China.
The cinema is owned by the Bona Film Group, currently China’s largest film distributor.
The group’s chairman and general manager Yu Dong personally flew into Malaysia from China for Bona Cimena’s opening ceremony as well as the special screening of “Operation Red Sea”.
“My vision for the Bona Cinema is not only for Resorts World Genting. I also plan to open on in Kuala Lumpur and other states in Malaysia too.
“I’m honoured to collaborate with Resorts World Genting to open the first Bona Cinema outside of China,” he said.
Yu said the group has considered Resorts World Genting as an ideal location to open its first cinema given the strength of Malaysian Chinese entertainment market and synergies with the upcoming 20th Century Fox theme park.
Special showcases and potential film festivals are being planned in Malaysia.
Resorts World Genting is a well-known tourists destination in China.
“It is a world class resort with many entertainment options for people from all walks of life,” Yu added.
The glitzy event last night was also attended by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak and Genting Malaysia chairman and chief executive Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay.
Also claiming the spotlight during the red carpet event was “Operation Red Sea” director Dante Lam, producer Candy Leung along with local actors and celebrities.
The grand event kick started with a lin dance performance followed by a multi-cultural traditional dance by Istana Budaya’s Muhibbah dancers.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was also held to mark the opening of the cinema by Salleh, Yu, Lim and other VIPs.
Bona Cinemas at SkyAvenue currently has four cinema halls in operation.
Additional two halls—a 48-seat VIP theatre and a 250-seat IMAX theatre—will be opening in the second half of this year.
Equipped with state-of-the-art projection technology, Dolby Atmos surround sound systems as well as comfortable seats, Bona Cinemas in Resorts World Genting will showcase a full range of films from Hollywood blockbusters, Chinese historical epics as well as Malaysian films.
Guests were then invited to watch a special screening of “Operation Red Sea”, which was co-produced and co-funded by Bona Film Group.
The film, which stars Zhang Yi, Du Jiang, Huang Jingyu, Hai Qing and Prince Mak, is based on a true story about a China-lef evacuation mission during the 2015 Yemeni Civil War.
The film made its debut on Feb 22 in Malaysia and has received great reviews.
In China, the film is currently ranked No. 2 grossing CNY1.7 billion (RM1.05 billion) at the box office.