Bunohan is a movie that is starting to gain popularity regarding its greatness long before it is even screened in cinemas.
Since the movie trailer was shown on Youtube last year, local movie lovers and activist start to feel that it would bear its own standard in local and international film industry.
It is proven true.
Even earlier the movie was sniffed out by Universal Pictures who successfully obtained distribution rights.
Since it was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, September last year, the movie produced by Nandita Solomon also managed to penetrate several other festivals including the 2011 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, 2011 Sao Paolo International Film Festival, Palm Spring International Film Festival, 2011 Asia Film Festival in Bali, 2012 Rotterdam International Film Festival and the 2011 Fantastic Fest in the United States of America.
Besides that, Bunohan's impressive storyline which features Faizal Hussein, Zahiril Adzim, Pekan Ibrahim, Bront Palarae, Nam Ron, Wan Hanafi Su, Sofi Jikan and many more has been marketed successfully in nearly 30 countries including United Kingdom (UK), France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
The latest, this movie was also highly praised by Rembau Member of Parliament who is also UMNO Youth Leader, Khairy Jamaluddin.
In an interview with a newspaper recently, its director Dain Said described Bunohan as a manuscript born from a sincere heart and is also close to his heart.
What more, raised in Tumpat, Kelantan, Dain was very impressed with tomoi activities which became a mandatory activity and generates economy from tomoi clubs.
"It could be said that Bunohan was born from my experience and perception when I was small who saw how tomoi activity which actually has a metaphor behind the definition of violence that is often labeled as.
"It really connects their family ties through business at the same time giving me an idea to write this manuscript.
"Maybe some do not know, Bunohan is also a place in Kelantan," he said telling that the story of Bunohan was already in his mind since five years ago before he directed his first movie, Dukun.
However said Dain, the tale of tomoi is not the backbone to Bunohan's narrative story but actually shows family relationship between three siblings played by Faizal, Zahiril Adzim and Pekin Ibrahim.
Bunohan is a story about Adil who was involved in a deathly tomoi competition in Thailand, however he was saved by his best-friend, Muski. Because he violated the rules, Adil is hunted by Ilham, a killer hired by the organizer of the illegal competition.
Muski brought Adil back to their hometown, Bunohan. Without realizing it, Ilham is his step-brother who has not return to his hometown since he ran away as a teenager, after his parents divorced. Ilham tracked Adil to Bunohan.
There, Adil's older brother, Bakar also returned to the hometown with an excuse of taking care their father who is sick. Actually, he has an evil agenda.
Wow…actually I am quite excited when I read the comments, trailer and the movie's storyline.
Could it be true that Bunohan is this century's greatest Malay movies?
Watch it in cinemas starting this March 8…. -Syahril A. Kadir (mynewshub.my)
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