Heart-warming CNY Comedy “Lucky Billion Dragon” To Bring Laughter to Audiences

An opportunity to give back to the community via a charity dinner.

The Lunar Year of the Water Rabbit is upon us soon. What better way than to spend quality time with your loved ones watching a heartwarming short film over dinner? “Lucky Billion Dragon” (幸運億龍) tells the story of Yi Long, who lost his father at a young age, due to his mother’s mahjong gambling addiction.

sshhh...filming of Lucky Billion Dragon in progress at Sip & Chill Café
sshhh…filming of Lucky Billion Dragon in progress at Sip & Chill Café

Synopsis
On the one hand, he hated his mother for her compulsive gambling which caused the death of his father, and made him despise everything related to gambling while he was growing up. On the other hand, he acknowledged that his mother had raised him single-handedly despite the formidable challenges.

Scene 9, Take 8 of Lucky Billion Dragon
Scene 9, Take 8 of Lucky Billion Dragon
filming in progress
filming in progress

Over time, a strong bond was forged between mother and son. Although career-wise, Yi Long was merely a keh leh feh (茄喱啡 – movie extra), those were peaceful days and he cherished every acting opportunity that came his way. Yet, just when Yi Long thought that gambling was now a fragment of his past, little did he know that it was coming back quietly for a revisit.

filming in progress
filming in progress
Richmond reviews the take
Richmond reviews the take

What is the situation for Yi Long and his mother, Loren? What part does gambling play in their lives? Will Yi Long continue to be filial to Loren or will their initial conflict rear its ugly head again? Your guess is as good as mine. Obviously, we need to watch “Lucky Billion Dragon” to know the conclusion.

mahjong parlour
mahjong parlour

The production of Lucky Billion Dragon
“Lucky Billion Dragon” is written by award-winning Ipoh-born videographer Richmond Than, who is also the director of this short film. Taking just one month to write from mid-December of last year, there are twelve scenes that will be shot over three days, from 6th until 8th January, 2023. Two of the most prominent locations are Sip & Chill Café (吹水站) and Wisma Chin Woo (怡保中国精武体育会), both in Ipoh.

crew, cast, and sponsors of Lucky Billion Dragon pray for a smooth filming process
crew, cast, and sponsors of Lucky Billion Dragon pray for a smooth filming process

Although Richmond initially wanted a drama-style movie, he changed direction to comedy, based on the timing of the year. Additionally, in the spirit of Chinese New Year, Richmond is creating an opportunity for movie-goers to give back to the community via a charity dinner that will be hosted on 19th Jan, 2023 @ 7pm at Ipoh Super HLT Restaurant.

crew, cast, and sponsors of Lucky Billion Dragon group photo
crew, cast, and sponsors of Lucky Billion Dragon group photo

For a donation of RM100 per person, guests get to attend the premiere of the 20-minute short film over a delicious Chinese course dinner. Donations received, after the deduction of costs, will be channelled to Persatuan TCM Harapan Baru (新希望善心中医院). For ticket enquiry and reservation, contact Richmond Than directly at +6016-563 1086. The team targets to raise RM10,000 with a minimum of 30 tables.

Richmond Than's parents visit to give their blessings
Richmond Than’s parents visit the set to give their blessings

“Lucky Billion Dragon” is the maiden production for Richmond’s new film company, Billion Dragon Entertainment. Ipoh born-and-bred, Richmond ties his ambition to be a filmmaker with his love for his home city, bringing the spotlight to Ipoh via his artistry to highlight the city’s best eats. Aptly so, as Ipoh is currently being promoted as the city of “Limestone, Music and Arts” by the Ipoh City Council and Perak State Government.

veteran actors Chen Hong (L) and Yap Ah Foong (R)
veteran actors Chen Hong (L) and Yap Ah Foong (R)

With Richmond’s debut as a movie director, “Lucky Billion Dragon” brings together a cast of 17 Malaysian actors and one Singaporean, helmed by veteran actors Chen Hong (陈鸿) and Yap Ah Foong (叶雅凤). The producer is Don Hoe, while the production house is CBM Production (M) Sdn Bhd (茶煲仔).

Richmond Than makes his debut as a film director with Lucky Billion Dragon
Richmond Than makes his debut as a film director with Lucky Billion Dragon

This is the chance to donate to a worthwhile cause while having a jolly good time over delicious food and the camaraderie of family and friends in the spirit of Spring Festival. Secure your ticket to the premiere of “Lucky Billion Dragon” (幸運億龍) NOW. Contact Richmond Than at +6016-563 1086.

Video: Shooting of “Lucky Billion Dragon” (幸運億龍)

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