If you ask most Malaysians, most of them will tell you that they’ve watched ‘Avengers: Endgame’ within the first week of its release. Or countless times that they’ve rewatched the Star Wars series. But how many of us can name more than 5 Malaysian made movies?
We've come up with a list of 6 different movies that are made in Malaysia that everyone should be watching this Merdeka season!
A romantic comedy, or romcom, Sepet's tale follows the story of a relationship between a Chinese boy, Jason, and a Malay girl, Orked and the different pressures and challenges that have to face in our Malaysian society.
If you’ve been looking for a good Malaysian movie to watch, Sepet is a great choice. The movie has won multiple awards including one from the Tokyo International Film Festival and also from France’s Créteil International Women’s Film Festival.
The movie itself is part of a trilogy, with sequels - ‘Gubra’ and ‘Mukhsin’.
The highest-grossing Mandarin language film from Malaysia, The Journey tells the story of a conservative father and his adventure with his daughter's British fiancee across Malaysia. Throughout their journey, their relationship starts out awkwardly but as they face different obstacles, they soon understand each other’s cultures and differences.
Another one that won, no only the hearts of Malaysians but also critics, the movie took home multiple awards during the 2014 Malaysia Film Festival.
A change of tone in terms of the seriousness of the movie, Jagat is set in the 1990s and follows the coming of age story of a Malaysian Indian boy who faces many hardships, including an abusive father and relative who are gangsters and drug addicts.
The movie seems to have huge connotations toward the lives of the Indian kids within our country and the challenges they face. The fact that the director, Shanjhey Kumar Perumal described the film as semi-autobiographical goes to show how hard it is for them.
If you're a Malaysian and you haven't heard of Ola Bola, then you’ve been missing out!
The story of our 1980's national football team is probably one of the most famous moments in Malaysian history. Ola Bola does a wonderful job of telling the story of the journey that each team member had to face in their own lives to persevere and qualify for the Olympics.
The film won an award at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival for Best Original Theme Song. One to watch every year during Hari Kebangsaan and Malaysia Day!
Puteri Gunung Ledang
A classic and another one of the more popular ones in this list, Puteri Gunung Ledang tells the epic Malaysian legend of a princess who was said to have lived on top of Gunung Ledang, and a Sultan’s journey to win her heart.
Considered as one of the earliest movies to have put our Malaysian Film Industry on the map, it won multiple awards at the Asia Pacific Film Festival and at Singapore’s Asian Festival of First Films during that time.
If you're looking to watch a classic Malaysian legend, this is one movie to watch!
A lesser-known Malaysian movie, Chemman Chaalai is as old as Puteri Gunung Ledang. The movie tells the story of a young Malaysian girl named Shantha and her family who lives within a remote estate. Shantha dreams of pursuing education but faces many challenges within her own family and societal pressure as an Indian girl.
Chemman Chaalai has received international acclaim all around the world and was also screened during multiple film festivals including the Rotterdam, San Francisco, Pusan, Barcelona, Fukuoka, Bangkok, and Nantes International Film Festivals.
Your binge-watching session is sorted out for the week! If you’re still looking for more inspiration movies to watch, here’s Digi’s short film for our Independence Day this year.