7 Movies To (Re)Watch Now While We’re Under Movement Control Order
From a family-comedy to a classic romance to an action packed film, this is our selection of local movies to (re) watch now that you’re stuck at home.
1. Puteri Gunung Ledang
Puteri Gunung Ledang (meaning ‘The Princess of Mount Ledang’) is a romantic fantasy about Hang Tuah’s failure to win the hand of a foreign princess for his king – largely because of their own forbidden love. Director Saw Teong Hin explores the themes of duty, individualism, and loyalty.
Gorgeous cinematography and costume design make this period drama a treat for the senses.
Dain Iskander Said’s Bunohan is a dark thriller about three brothers born on the Malaysia-Thailand border. Unfolding in a seedy underworld, it’a an everyday saga of greed, cruelty, ruthlessness, and violent revenge.
Nominated for 25 awards at the 2013 Malaysian Film Festival 2013, it won eight.
3. The Journey
Malaysia’s highest grossing film, The Journey is about the clash between a traditionalist patriarch and his daughter, whose choice of a Caucasian husband offends him. The couple embarks on a road trip to deliver the wedding invitations, albeit reluctantly on the fiancé’s part.
Promoting bonhomie, mutual understanding and multiculturalism, this film is an intimate, uplifting celebration of similarities and differences.
PASKAL, or Pasukan Khas Laut, is an elite unit in the Royal Malaysian Navy. The movie was inspired by the true events of PASKAL’s Lieutenant Commander Arman Anwar, and his team’s mission to rescue a tanker, MV Bunga Laurel, that was hijacked by Somalian Pirates in 2011.
Directed by Adrian Teh and produced by Asia Tropical Films and Golden Screen Cinemas, with a whooping budget of RM10 million (US$2.4 million), PASKALis the most expensive Malaysian film ever made.
5. Ombak Rindu
Ombak Rindu—one of Malaysia’s most romantic and sensational films to date. A story about two people from two different worlds, forced to face many obstacles before finding happiness. After being sold by her own uncle at a nightclub, Izzah befriended Hariz who later bought her from the nightclub owner with a high price to take her out of that hell hole. Upon Izzah’s request, Hariz agreed to marry her, with the condition that everything must be kept secret.
Meanwhile, Hariz is forced by his mother Sufiah to marry his childhood friend Mila Amylia, a famous model and actress. The film earned Maya the Best Actress award at the 25th Malaysian Film Festival and Anugerah.
6. Ola Bola
Set in the 1980s, Ola Bola is an uplifting fictional tale about an unlikely multicultural team of footballers who have to overcome their disagreements and personal struggles for a chance at international success. Inspired by true events, this original story by Chiu Keng Guan is a celebration of the glorious days when the entire nation stood as one behind their triumphant national team.
7. Petaling Street Warriors
A fusion of the absurdly funny and the ludicrously improbable, James Lee and Sampson Yuen Choi-Hin’s Petaling Street Warriors is analogous to Hong Kong’s more famous Kung Fu Hustle (2004).
Based on a legend about a deposed emperor who fled China to escape assassins hired by his usurping uncle, the film proposes that the ineffectual and clumsy protagonist is directly descended from the august Ming dynasty. A quirky tale of mysterious maps, Japanese ninjas, Qing warriors, and slick martial arts moves, Petaling Street Warriors is also a classic comedy.