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500 million Chinese viewers to see Malaysian way of life

Saturday September 27, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: Over 500 million viewers in China will be able to feast their eyes on typical Malaysian scenes when the new TV drama series Tale of Twin Cities hits the small screen via the China Central Television (CCTV) channel next Monday.

The RM6mil series, which tells the tale of twin sisters separated at birth, was mostly shot in Beijing but features Malaysian backdrops like Dataran Merdeka, Petronas Twin Towers, Taiping Lake Gardens, Malacca town and the Penang beaches.

The 30-episode series is a joint venture between CCTV, VL Film Productions and Tourism Malaysia subsidiary Pempena.

Pempena Sdn Bhd executive director Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said the company invested RM600,000 in the drama with the aim of drawing more Chinese tourists to the country.

“I’m very happy that the production is now complete and China citizens will be able to know more about our country,” she said in an interview with The Star, adding that CCTV was “a big market” to tap.

VL Film Productions chief executive officer Datuk Vincent Lye said he was satisfied with the airing of the show on CCTV 1, calling it “the best and most cost-effective way” to advertise Malaysia.

“For 30 hours, the Chinese will be able to see what Malaysia looks like and link the places with the story.

“I can’t think of a better way to promote the country,” he said, adding that one of the scenes in­­cluded a character cycling through the federal capital’s famous Pe­­taling Street to Istana Budaya.

He said the show would be screened in China before Malaysia to take advantage of the republic’s one-week natioanl day holiday.

Lye’s team is still looking for a suitable slot to air the show here and said it would be most likely be shown over RTM2, hopefully by this year.

The series revolves around twin sisters Tang Yin and Tina, each living different lives in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur before they bump into each other in Malaysia.

Chinese star Shu Chang plays both sisters while local actor Wilson Tan plays Tina’s love interest.

Others in the cast include Chinese actors Qian Shiyi, Zhang Li and Malaysian Ng Kok Eng.

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