Here's What Moviegoers Are Saying About 'Sangkar', Malaysia's 1st MMA Movie
In just five days since its premiere on 29 September, Sangkar - Malaysia's first Malay mixed martial arts (MMA) movie - has already netted RM4.8 million in the box office
A collaboration between media powerhouses Primeworks Studios, Astro Shaw, Infinitus Gold, and mm2 Entertainment, Sangkar is directed by Kabir Bhatia, who helmed last year's bittersweet romance Pulang as well as Sepi (2008) and Nur Kasih the Movie (2011), amongst other local films.
The film stars Zul Ariffin and Remy Ishak as rival MMA fighters Adam and Johan. Their rivalry escalates into a fight outside the ring, which results in Johan getting seriously injured.
Filled with guilt, Adam attempts to redeem himself by helping out Johan's family and seeks forgiveness from Johan.
Adam resorts to underground fights to gain more money and he chooses to share with Johan’s family. Johan also faces his own health struggles for the sake of his family. Meanwhile, Adam rethinks his stand as a martial artist and decides to take on challenge and fight an international MMA fighter, played by British MMA star James McSweeney.
The movie also stars Mira Filzah, Nik Adam Mika, Niezam Zaidi, Ray of Era FM, as well as appearances by local MMA fighters Saiful Merican, Peter Davis, Jihin Radzuan, Rashid Salleh, Andy Teh, and international fighter Davron Kuronboev.
Reviews for the movie have been largely positive, with some saying it could be the "best Malay movie" of the year
... Others loved that it was character-driven and displayed a variety of moral values in addition to the action
Praises for the movie aside, some also think that the movie is shining a well-deserved light on the MMA scene in Malaysia