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Media Round-Up: ‘Banglasia’ Chosen For New York Asian Film Festival
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Media Round-Up: ‘Banglasia’ Chosen For New York Asian Film Festival

by Deric EctJune 11, 2015

Making headlines today, the banned Namewee film Banglasia was selected to premiere at the New York Asian Film Festival and will screen tomorrow night. Here is a compilation of trivia and quotes connected to the good news.


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Namewee also makes an appearance in the movie.

Namewee, Director of Banglasia

“You’ll be the first batch of Malaysians to witness history in the making since it’s banned in Malaysia, so it’s going to be a very meaningful occasion.” – Malaysia-Today

“I wanted to direct a film that I feel strongly about through the only way I know how, by being fun and entertaining. I hope more Malaysians will come support this film and watch it with me on my very first trip to New York.” – Malay Mail Online

“Banglasia was heavily criticised by LPF and KDN, and we have received 31 official notes and orders to re-shoot the movie. Obviously we cannot afford to re-do the filming process as all 31 notes issued by LPF are 90% of the film itself.” – Free Malaysia Today

Shakhawat Hossain Nirab plays the Bangladeshi which the title refers to.

Bangladeshi Shakhawat Hossain Nirab is the lead in Banglasia.

Fred Chong, Producer of Banglasia

“It is never easy to produce a feature film no matter how many times you’ve done it. I always believe that every film has it’s very own life.”

“Banglasia is a wonderful and meaningful movie directed by the very talented Namewee, it’s a great honour that this film is selected for the New York Asian Film Festival and I hope the audience will enjoy the film and learn more about our country.” Malaysia-Today

Goran Topalovic, New York Asian Film Festival Director

“This is the second movie by Namewee we’ve screened, and our audience loves his irreverent approach to filmmaking, his refusal to compromise, and his go-for-broke sense of satire.”

“While Banglasia makes fun of issues that are of great concern to Malaysian audiences, Americans can definitely identify with them too.” The Star


Fun Facts

1. Among those starring in Banglasia are Saiful Apek, Dato’ David Arumugam, and Namewee himself.

2. The film reportedly cost RM2,000,000 to make.

3. Banglasia previously premiered at the Osaka Asian Film Festival in March, where it screened twice.

4. Running at 92 minutes in length, the film is Namewee‘s fourth after Kara King, Hantu Gangster and his breakout smash, Nasi Lemak 2.0.

6. Namewee’s last film, Hantu Gangster, was a Malay film that made RM3.45 million at the box office and starred the likes of Amber Chia, Farid Kamil and Dato’ Jalaluddin Hassan.

7. Petaling Street Warriors (in which Namewee appears in) was released on the same day as Ombak Rindu, and is claimed to have been a box office hit although FINAS does not list the film (Nasi Lemak 2.0 does not show up either) in their database for unknown reasons.

8. Producer Fred Chong is the CEO of Prodigee Media, a multi-award winning media entertainment company based in Kuala Lumpur, with regional offices in Beijing, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

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Deric is contributor and former managing editor of The Daily Seni.
2 Comments
  • FilmBah
    June 11, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I think there’s a small mistake here.

    Petaling Street Warrior was directed by James Lee and Sampson Yuen. Namewee only appeared in it.

    After “Nasi Lemak 2.0”, “Hantu Gangster”, Namewee then directed “Kara King” (2013) (this was listed in FINAS).

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