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The Star, Saturday June 10, 2006


Movie on Dr Sun’s ties with Penang

THE historical ties between Chinese nationalist Dr Sun Yat-Sen and Penang will take centre stage in a movie that is expected to begin shooting here in August.

The film producer Goh Mai Loon said the movie funded by foreign investors would involve international stars from China, Taiwan and Malaysia.

“I will leave it to the investors to disclose their names and the movie’s title later.

A photo of Chinese leader
Dr Sun Yat-Sen.

“The actors will also comprise Malays and Indians as we need to depict a multiracial Penang,” she said in an interview.

She said the movie would be an eye opener to many, especially Malaysians, who may not know the decisive role Penang had played in changing the history of China.

Goh said Penang was chosen as the operations base by the Father of Modern China for his successful Wuchang Uprising which led to the liberation of China in 1911.

“We will dramatise the emotional moment when Dr Sun shed tears when begging his supporters here to help finance his revolutionary cause for the last time after nine unsuccessful uprisings.

“A total of 8,000 Malayan dollars was raised on the spot. A key contributor Goh Say Eng had actually sold off his house to fund Dr Sun’s cause,” she added.

She also said the movie would centre around the romance between Dr Sun and his second wife, Chen Cui Fen, who shared his vision to overthrow the Qing Dynasty.

“This brainy beauty was his faithful companion, lover, confidante and bomb maker. She even smuggled guns and secret messages to him here,” she added.

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