In conjunction with Malaysia Day, we asked some of our favourite local personalities to name their pick for a Malaysian movie that they think everyone should watch. From a film about autism to an interracial love story, Malaysians have plenty to choose from.
Syafie Naswip, actor
I would recommend OlaBola. It’s a great Malaysian film with a multiracial cast and features different languages spoken by its characters. It’s rare to see a Malaysian movie like that. I think we need more movies like OlaBola.
M. Subash Mannan, producer, director, actor
Great Day. It is simple yet so meaningful, and as natural as it should be.
Lawrence Ong, actor
Sepet. It’s achingly, beautifully, quintessentially Malaysian. It’s a simple story yet is full of depths, reflecting how we are enslaved by race, language, culture, religion, belief and ideas on life.
I respect and admire Yasmin Ahmad, and wish I could tell honest and spiritually-rich stories as an actor.
Pekin Ibrahim, actor, director
Since I can only pick one then it should be Hantu Kak Limah Balik Rumah because it’s a great comedy.
Kaameshaa Ravindran, actress
Jagat is an amazing movie! It was inspiring to see a Malaysian director with courage to tell a story like that.
Jasmin Michael, actress
I have two top picks. One is Maravan, a crime movie about kidnapping that serves to remind us to protect our loved ones. The other movie is OlaBola because it is encouraging to see how people would do their best just to achieve the impossible.
Owen Yap, news presenter
Redha highlights the plight of parents with autistic kids. It’s a beautiful story depicting how the parents face and endure the challenges with the kid.
Chiu Keng Guan, director
I love Sepet. I love all of Yasmin (Ahmad)’s movies but Sepet was the first one I watched. It offered something different at that time and it tells a Malaysian story. She told the story in such a relatable way. You feel like any of the characters can be your friends.