Beautiful, profound, and heartbreaking. Those were the words used to describe Pulang, the epic love story that has unexpectedly emerged as a shining example of how great Malaysian films have the potential to be.
Having raked in RM1 million in the box office within the week of its release, Primeworks Studios CEO Ahmad Izham Omar - who also co-wrote the screenplay - revealed that reception for the movie on its second week was already better than the first.
The movie also opened in Brunei, with plans to expand to more international screens in the near future. Pulang will also be competing at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in Brisbane, Australia.
What makes the movie even more compelling is that it's a labour of love inspired by a true story Ahmad Izham heard from his father Omar Othman
To be exact, it was about his grandfather Othman, a seaman who left his wife and son to sail around the world in search for a better future for his family.
The movie stars Remy Ishak as Othman, Puteri Aishah, Erwin Dawson, Azrel Ismail, Datuk Jalaluddin Hassan, and Alvin Wong.
In the two weeks since its release on 26 July, the Kabir Bhatia-directed film continues to receive positive reactions from those who have had the chance to catch it in the cinemas
Some are calling it "one of the best Malay films" to have graced the big screen, giving the movie a pretty high rating of eight to 10 out of 10
... And the underlying message and values of the story truly left a lasting impact on viewers
It would seem that Pulang has also given those who have never seen or rarely watch Malay films a new perspective on local productions
Some also praised the film for setting a new benchmark for other local productions to meet, citing Pulang's top notch cinematography and overall production value
In short, the movie comes highly-recommended not just by critics, but casual moviegoers as well
Pulang is now streaming on Netflix. Watch the trailer HERE:
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