selepas merdeka, rakyat mungkin mahu filem fantasi / seram / eskapism. so, dalam tahun2 tu, keluarlah filem orang minyak tiga buah dan filem ikan duyung.. tahun ni, 50 tahun kemudian, entah sebab apa (deja vu agaknya), kita balik pada fantasi seram eskapism.. later in this year, akan keluar satu filem orang minyak dan filem ikan duyung lagi.. :)
Although being French and I don't speak a single word of Malay, I have about 25 Malay movies on VCDs, all of them Fantasy and Horror like the Pontianaks. My attention to Malay movies was curiously beginning with an American book, Walt Lee's "Reference Book to Horror Fims" published in 1972. For years I tried to get these movies. Finally with the event of video I was able to watch them, and most of them are quite remarkable. I also contributed to the Filemkita site in sending complete cast/credits for some of these movies...I have heard that some important movies like the first and second "Pontianak", both directed by Balkrishna Narayan Rao, are considered as "lost", but it seems curious as they were seen in a number of countries (including, apparently, America).I have also a great number of Indonesian movies (and Asian too, in general)...
I'm a Malay Singaporean presently residing in Europe & being overseas heightens one's cultural awareness & homesickness sometimes needs a cure for movies from back home which I have tried to collect but unfortunately, not all are available. I love everything the Malay movie industry has to offer but I just wished they'd make solid dramas like they did back in the 80s with movies like Esok Untuk Siapa & Esok Masih Ada etc. The only recent movie I've seen is Puteri Gunung Ledang & it is amazing work! I'm glad they included Rahim Razali - I loved his work in Abang. I have yet to read your whole blog but as a fellow Malay, I wish you all the best & hopefully see your name up in lights one day!
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