KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Chong Wei has not only achieved success at the world stage in badminton but his biographical film, titled “Lee Chong Wei: Rise Of The Legend”, also made history following recognitions by the Malaysia Book of Records and Asia Book of Records.
The world premiere today, attended by 20,000 people at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, is the biggest ever in Malaysia and Asia.
The World No 2 hopes that the movie, which will be released in cinemas nationwide on March 15, will inspire young players to emulate his success and become among the best in the world.
Chong Wei still finds it hard to believe that his life story has been made into a movie.
“I hope this film will inspire youngsters to succeed at the world stage.
“This film is proof of my sacrifices for 19 years in the sport.
“Everything I did was for the sake of the nation.
“I hope this film will inspire parents to encourage their children to take up badminton seriously and work hard for success,” said Chong Wei.
At the National Stadium, the fans watched the special 133-minute director’s cut version of the movie on a giant LED screen, measuring 40m wide and 17m tall. The official cinema release runs for only 110 minutes.
Among those who attended the movie premiere were Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, BA of Malaysia president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria, Misbun Sidek, Datuk Seri Jalani Sidek and Rahman Sidek.
Directed by Teng Bee, Lee Chong Wei: Rise Of The Legend is a biographical film on Chong Wei’s challenging life before he became one of the best shuttlers in the world.
The movie also focuses on his relationships with the various people who helped him along the way, from his parents Lee Ah Chai (played by actor Mark Lee) and Khor Kim Choi (actress Yeo Yann Yann), first coach Teh Peng Huat (Alvin Wong), his future wife Wong Mew Choo (Ashley Hua), and former national player Misbun (Datuk Rosyam Nor).
Chong Wei is played by Jake Eng as a primary school student and Tosh Chan as a young adult.
Nabila Razali and Priscilla Abby sang the theme song, titled “Cahaya Juara” at the premiere.