Lee Chong Wei joins 20k badminton fans for World Premiere of the “Lee Chong Wei” film

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Lee Chong Wei talks to the 20k fans. (photo: Bernama)
Lee Chong Wei talks to the 20k fans. (photo: Bernama)

Kuala Lumpur: Lee Chong Wei, his wife and two children have joined over 20,000 fans at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur to watch the world premiere of his biopic – “Lee Chong Wei: Rise of the Legend” on Friday.

The movie was projected to a special-built giant 40M x 17X LED screen, and the event has made it into the Asia Book of Records and the Malaysia Book of Records as the largest movie premiere ever in both Asia and in Malaysia.

Lee Chong Wei, his wife - Wong Chew Choo and his two children attend the movie premier. (photo: Bernama)
Lee Chong Wei, his wife – Wong Chew Choo and his two children attend the movie premier. (photo: Bernama)

This ‘Lee Chong Wei: Rise of the Legend’ was a 133-minute extended version, highlighted Lee’s emotional ride from a poor kid that has gone from barely able to afford to buy a badminton racket, to how he relied on his self determination to eventually emerge as the World No. 1 badminton player.

Lee jokingly said to the 20,000 fans in the stadium Friday night: “I’m kind of nervous today, because even during the tournament, I have never been cheered and supported by such a large group of audience.”

The Sidek brothers – Misbun, Jalani and Rahman (from left) attend Lee Chong Wei's movie premiere. (photo: Bernama)
The Sidek brothers – Misbun, Jalani and Rahman (from left) attend Lee Chong Wei’s movie premiere. (photo: Bernama)

“I would like to thank everybody who attend and support this movie. In fact, even if I am already 36 years old, I am still committed to playing competitive badminton, it’s because of the fans. They have given me the support and confidence I need to keep moving forward,” said Lee.

The special-built giant 40m X 17m LED screen National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur Sports City, Bukit Jalil. (photo: Bernama)
The special-built giant 40m X 17m LED screen National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur Sports City, Bukit Jalil. (photo: Bernama)

Lee also hoped the movie could inspire the next generation of young badminton players would one day surpass his own achievements.

The giant 40m X 17m LED screen has turned the stadium into a mega cinema. (photo: Bernama)
The giant 40m X 17m LED screen has turned the stadium into a mega cinema. (photo: Bernama)

Directed by Teng Bee, the movie will be released at 130 cinemas all over Malaysia on March 15.

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