I watched the locally produced movie "Sepet" (a truly 100% Malaysian film) on the first night of Hari Raya Aidilfiltri (aired on the tube on Astro @ Channel 4, TV Ria).
I will say I hardly watch Malay movie cos of the "quality", but this one is different ~ this is one of the Greatest Malaysian Movie :) This film won few prizes, including the Best Asian Film Award at the 18th Tokyo International Film Festival 2005, the best ASEAN feature film awards at the Ninth Malaysian Video Awards 2004, the 27th Creteil International Women Directors Festival in France 2005, the best film in the 18th Malaysian Film Festival 2005, the Global Chinese Golden Arts Awards, and the Anugerah Era 2005.
The storyline is simple, and yet a very touching story ~ a classic love story between two young lovers, a Chinese VCD seller (Ah Loong aka Jason) and a Malay girl (Orked), both from totally different backgrounds ~ fell in love, and how they cope with family and society pressure.
The actor and actress are excellent and they speak a variety of languages and dialects. Malaysian English, Malay, Cantonese and Hokkien are used swiftly without any oddity. The 'rojak' (mixture) dialogue used in the script made them so real. That's how we, Malaysians, talk in real life. This film is simple and natural and not dressed up in some Hollywood fakeness. Normal cheap T shirt, plain baju kurung and even sarung. That's how Yasmin Ahmad(director cum script writer for sepet)directed this movie. She made the movie exactly like the life of an ordinary Malaysian, together with the ups and downs that come with it. It also emphasizes on the relationships of people of different races in Malaysia ~ something real and familiar to each and everyone of us.
A Malaysian movie that is really WORTH watching :)