18 July 2012

The Little Nyonya

The Little Nyonya achieved extremely high ratings during its initial run, with an average of 993 000 viewers per episode and peaking at 1.67 million viewers on the final episode. In adittion, the series achieved the highest viewership rating in Singapore in 14 years.

The Little Nyonya drama serial was broadcasted overseas, mostly in the Asian region Malaysia, Cambodia, France, Philippines, Myanmar, United States(US), Vietnam, China, Thailand, and Hong Kong.


About Little Nyonya

"The Little Nyonya". You all should watch it, most of the people is crazy about this drama like me too. 

I really like Jeanette Aw character in this drama a lot. She is awesome, she really carry this character very well. It touches every people heart who watch this show.

The story line is about the culture of the Baba and Nyonya, and it goes like this....The story spans over 70 years, from the 1930s till the present day.

Huang Juxiang is born into a large Peranakan family where her mother is a mistress. She is gentle, beautiful and a fantastic cook. Due to a serious illness when she was 9 years old, Juxiang becomes a deaf-mute. Because of her handicap, she is ostracized by people. Right before the Japanese Occupation in Singapore, she is forced to marry Charlie Zhang, a rich Peranakan, and become his mistress. Juxiang resists the marriage and runs away from home. She then meets Yamamoto Yousuke, a young Japanese photographer, and after overcoming many obstacles, they finally get married and Juxiang gives birth to a daughter Yueniang. During the World War, Juxiang is tortured and both she and her husband die, leaving behind their 8-year-old daughter.

The Little Nyonya available on DVD...
The orphaned Yueniang eventually walks to her grandfather's house on her own. Under the supervision of her grandmother, she learns to cook Peranakan dishes and sewing. She grows up looking exactly like her mother and is exceptionally beautiful. After the war, her maternal relatives who ran away to England to seek refuge return home. Yueniang ends up leading the life of her mother – always discriminated against, beaten up and tortured. She puts up with all these in order to protect her grandmother.

Yueniang's pretty looks incurs jealousy from her cousin and attracts the attention of many rich Peranakans. However, she only has eyes for penniless driver Chen Xi. Chen Xi actually comes from an educated and wealthy family. Yueniang's kindness, purity and persistence move Chen Xi and he falls deeply in love with her, and hides his identity to be with Yueniang. Unfortunately, their relationship is filled with many obstacles and difficulties. Under pressure from his family, Chen Xi is forced to marry Yueniang's cousin instead. Yueniang is then sold to a butcher, Liu Yidao.

Jeanette Aw is The Little Nyonya...

Yueniang is unwilling to accept the fact that her life is always manipulated by others and decides to end her own life. Yueniang's strong personality impresses Liu Yidao and they become sworn siblings instead. Yueniang decides to choose her own path in life. She begins learning how to run a business and in the process, she is framed and ousted from her business. Despite the odds, she manages save her declining family business. Sadly, her love life has yet to begin a new chapter with no news about her love interest, Chen Xi.

Malacca have become more popular because of this movie. A lot of Singaporean purposely come Malacca to see The Baba and Nyonya Heritage MuseumMuzium Warisan Baba dan Nyonya house and eat Nyonya kuih (Nyonya delicacies) .

Anyway I really love historical places and their story. :)



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Yueniang (Jeanette Aw; centre) teaching her best friend Huang Yuzhu (Joanne Peh) how to cook while Ah Tao (Huang Hui), her loyal maid, looks on. The Little Nyonya took pains to depict the Peranakan culture as authentically as possible. – Photos courtesy of Ntv7








Cerita yang dilakukan dengan penuh kajian dan dilakukan dengan kemas, cantik dan teliti. Drama 34 episod ini menceritakan tentang kaum Peranakan, Baba dan Nyonya. Ia telah mengambil masa setahun untuk melakukan kajian. Dari masakan, kuih-muih, kebaya, jahitan manik, pinggan mangkuk sehingalah kepada lagu Dondang Sayang, semuanya dipaparkan dalam drama ini.



02 July 2012

Filem dan Pelancongan

Pengembaraan Mr Bean dalam filem Mr. Bean's Holiday diselitkan dengan panorama yang begitu indah di Perancis...


MASIH ramai lagi yang belum mengetahui filem sebenarnya boleh mempromosikan pelancongan sesebuah negara.

Kaedah mempromosikan pelancongan ini sebenarnya telah lama dilakukan oleh negara Barat terutamanya di Britain.

Kaedah ini secara tidak langsung telah memberikan pulangan yang baik kepada industri pelancongan sesebuah negara itu kerana mereka melihat filem adalah satu medium yang paling berjaya untuk menaikkan bilangan pelancong ke negara mereka.

Paling ketara adalah menerusi filem Mr. Bean's Holiday yang berjaya mempromosikan tempat menarik di Perancis.

Walaupun filem ini tidak keterlaluan jika dikatakan menyajikan lawak yang telah diulang-ulang menerusi siri-siri Mr Bean selama ini, namun keindahan panorama di sepanjang perjalanan Mr Bean untuk ke Festival Filem Cannes membuatkan penonton juga teruja ingin merasakan sendiri pengalaman tersebut.

Menurut satu kajian yang telah dikeluarkan melalui sebuah majalah pelancongan terkenal di Britain, selepas penayangan filem/movie tersebut pada Ogos 2007, peningkatan jumlah pelancong yang mengunjungi Perancis meningkat sebanyak 45 peratus berbanding sebelumnya.

Ini satu petanda bahawa filem yang dahulunya ingin diberi tajuk French Bean ini telah berjaya memperkenalkan industri pelancongan di Perancis.

Dengan mengambil watak Mr. Bean yang sudah menjadi ikon lawak Britain dan mempunyai pengikutnya sendiri, filem ini dilihat sebuah filem pelancongan paling berjaya dalam sejarah.

Bukan itu sahaja, jika kita perhatikan setiap filem serta drama Korea yang menjadi satu fenomena baru di negara kita ketika ini, sebenarnya turut mempunyai agenda pelancongan mereka tersendiri.

Setiap shot dan babak yang ditampilkan dalam setiap filem serta drama mereka, kita sering sahaja disajikan dengan keindahan tempat mereka sehinggakan kita sendiri sebagai penonton mempunyai keinginan untuk bertandang ke sana.

Begitulah kehebatan filem, bukan sahaja sebagai medium hiburan semata-mata, namun pengisian sebenarnya memberi makna yang tersendiri.

Namun, paling sedih apabila kita menonton drama dan filem kita, bukan sahaja tidak pernah untuk mempromosikan sebarang tempat pelancongan yang menarik negara kita, malah memperbodohkan budaya kita sendiri.

Lihatlah filem kita ketika ini, hanya mampu memaparkan tentang masalah keluarga, budaya Melayu yang diporak-perandakan dan paling menyedihkan adalah mengenai kepercayaan karut dengan paparan cerita hantu yang...

Kementerian Pelancongan serta agensi-agensi pelancongan yang berkaitan tidak pernah mencuba berganding bahu dengan mana-mana produksi filem agar kaedah penghasilan filem pelancongan.

Mungkin mereka masih samar atau tidak mengetahui kuasa filem yang sebenarnya atau mereka sendiri memang tidak pernah mengambil tahu tentang peluang yang terbentang luas di hadapan mereka.

Negara kita yang begitu kaya dengan keindahan panorama serta tempat pelancongan yang begitu menarik tidak digunakan sebaik mungkin oleh pengarah filem Melayu selama ini.



Rowan Atkinson star as Mr. Bean in Mr. Bean's Holiday...






Sumber: Universal Pictures, Universal Studios, Mr. Bean's Holiday, Rasdan Utusan, Farihan(Han) @gotomelaka.blogspot.com