The Kid From The Big Apple Movie Review

Grandpa and grandma are like stars, not always seen but forever there… How does this relate to you? I lost my grandparents some years ago but I still think that they are watching and protecting me from above. I wish I can turn back the clock and spend more time with them. Watching the The Kid From The Big Apple movie brings back lots of good old memories when I was a kid and remind us about the importance family values, so much more to relate to till I can’t hold back my tears.

The Kid From The Big Apple

Imagine what will happen when the older and younger generation collided? When East and West meet, plus there are from different culture and speak different language. The Kid From The Big Apple a must watch heart-warming comedy. The whole movie is fully shot in Malaysia by our well-known director Jess Teong.


It’s a movie for all ages, as you watch the movie it somehow remind us of the little things in life that we have gone through as a kid and also adults. As for the older generation, they also find it hard to adapt with the young generation that is always on their smartphone and also stubborn. 

Sarah (Tan Qin Lin) and her mother Sophia (Jessica Hester Hsuan) 

The movie started with Sarah (Tan Qin Lin), a girl raised in New York. She was sent to Malaysia by her mother Sophia (Jessica Hester Hsuan) to stay with her conservative grandpa, Gen (Ti Lung) for a few months. While her mother, were away in China to concentrate on her fashion project.

Sarah played by Tan Qin Lin

This was Sarah’s first visit to Malaysia. It was difficult for Sarah and Gen to get along with each other initially. Sarah started as a stubborn and spoilt brad who refused to listen and respect her grandpa. As time goes by, both were able to compromise, adapt and learn from each other.


Throughout her days in Malaysia, Sarah also learned why her grandpa, Gen and mother, Sophia have not seen each other since she was born. Plus why they care so much about their cultural traditions.


The supporting cast played an important role to make the movie alive. I like Ah Bao’s character and his broken English. Plus Aunty Ming’s chatty and busy-body character sometimes resembles the auntiness that we encountered.

Sarah (Tan Qin Lin) and her grandpa Gen, (Ti Lung / Tommy Tam)

Overall I truly enjoyed watching this movie and will go to the cinema with my family to watch again. Be warned to bring along hankie or enough tissue because we will expect lots tears.


The Kid From The Big Apple is a must watch 2 hours heart-warming comedy that will be released in the cinemas on 10th March 2016. A movie about family love, bonding and the ending is good. Plus it also won many awards at the Macau International Movie Festival, defeating other tough competition at the festival including Wilson Yip’s Ip Man 3 and Dante Lam’s To The Fore.

The Kid From The Big Apple

Not only that this movie also gained its recognition in the Big Apple at Hollywood movie scene. The Kid From The Big Apple is an official finalist in the 2014 Hollywood screenplay contest, and an official finalist in the New York screenplay contest. Hopefully they will win and make Malaysian proud. Check out this movie trailer below. 



The Kid From The Big Apple
Rating: 9/10
Released Date: 10 th March 2016
Directed by: Jess Teong
Produced by: Three Productions Sdn Bhd
Cast: Tommy Tam (Ti Lung), Tan Qin Lin, Tan Jason, Jessica Hester Hsuan, Ling Tang, Kelvin Leong and Lenna Lim.

For more information about The Kid From The Big Apple, please visit their Facebook Page

29 comments:

  1. I would be watching this Thursday....

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  2. another touching movie? looking forward to this!

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  3. It's a really touching movie, and I really appreciate this movie since most of the Malaysians can relate to it. Will definitely watch the movie when it's on screen.

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  4. I heard so much about the movie. guess i should consider watching it

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  5. Sounds like worth to watch! I am so wanna watch this.

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  6. heart warming movie, feel like wanna buy ticket watch in cinema~

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  7. I really love this movie and I second the opinion everyone should watch this as this movie is really so worth it

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  8. its been some time since i last watch a family story like this

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  9. I watch the trailer and it was quite funny and touching as well! A Good family movie to watch =D

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  10. This is going to be an emotional roller coaster ride. I can't wait to watch it soon!

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  11. Aww, that movie by how you're describing it seems like a beautiful movie . I would like to see it someday.

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  12. I don't mind watching with subtitles all the way, it sounds like a relatable movie for our society today. Loves!

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  13. Saw many people comment this movie as sad and touch movie. Is it?

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  14. Looks like a beautiful, emotional movie. Need to watch!

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  15. Still haven't watch it yet, wish to watch it with my bf, for this meaningful movie.

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  16. Looks very heartwarming with the potential of many heartstrings being pulled. Gotta bring my tissue box. :)

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  17. wow seems like another good production from Malaysia, looking forward to watch it in cinema!

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  18. Okay I will watch this movie soon.. look so fun and down to earth

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  19. Reviews look good but not sure whether it will be aired in Singapore.

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  20. My mum and I likes Jessica very much :) so this movie is gonna be a must watch to both of us...ha...ha,..cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

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  21. look like a very nice movie to watch :) very heart-warming indeed. i wanna watch too!

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  22. Don't have this movie at Thai. Certainly will watch it when back to Msia. :)

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  23. Waaa nice movie! I love the family theme. Lot of moral! <3

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  24. we love the movie too! Must go watch with the whole family in the cinema again

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  25. I like this heart-warming movie too, another great local production after the Ola Bola :)

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  26. I watched this movie.. I cried.. Hahaha..
    I miss my grandma the most, even though she's gone for 16 years.
    But that first sentence you wrote at the top, it certainly resonates with me..

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  27. Brilliant...simple and poignant...Malaysian cinema has come a long way

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  28. The hardest thing in this world is doing the simpliest thing but at top notch quality . This movie is simply simple and nice ..

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  29. The hardest thing in this world is doing the simpliest thing but at top notch quality . This movie is simply simple and nice ..

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