Astro Shaw, which had a fantastic last year with a string of hit local movies like BoboiBoy, Sangkar, and Pusaka, is set to take on 2020 with its first international production, 'The Garden of Evening Mists'(TGOEM).

Adapted from Malaysian writer Tan Twang Eng's critically acclaimed novel of the same name, the film, directed by Taiwanese helmer Tom Shu-Yu Lin and co-produced by HBO Asia, will be releasing in theatres nationwide on Jan 16.

The historical romance depicts the story of Teoh Yun Ling, who seeks solace in the rolling hills of Cameron Highlands in Pahang, after being embittered from the atrocities of World War II in Malaya. There, she meets Nakamura Arimoto - the mysterious owner of Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and he accepts her as an apprentice so that she can build a garden in homage of her beloved sister who perished in a labour camp.

What follows is a forbidden love affair between the two main characters, played by Malaysian actress Sinje Lee, and Japanese model cum actor Hiroshi Abe.

Other big names in TGOEM include Taiwanese actress Slyvia Chang, Scottish actor John Hannah of the Mummy trilogy fame, and English actor Julian Sands, among others.

The film had its movie premiere at the 24th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) under the 'A Window on Asian Cinema' category on Oct 4 last year, and was also screened at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival as a "Gala Presentation".

It was also honoured with 9 nominations at the 56th Golden Horse Awards, the most prestigious and time-honored film awards in the world of Chinese language cinema for; Best Narrative Feature, Best Director, Best Leading Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Makeup & Costume Design, Best Original Film Score, and Best Film Editing.

TGOEM has earned rave reviews, with Oscar-winning director of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon & Life of Pi, Ang Lee saying "I really hope to see more films like this."

The Hollywood Reporter dubbed the movie a "sturdy, well-mounted historical romance."

So mark your calendars on Jan 16 to catch this historical masterpiece on theatres nationwide!

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