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The Big Durian (2003)

On the night of 18 October 1987, a soldier ran amok with an M16 in the area of Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur. Due to the thorny circumstances of the time and place, his amok triggered a citywide ... See full summary »

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Shamsul Cairel Ridzuan
Soh Boon Tat ...
Khor Chun How
Bernice Chauly ...
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Anne James ...
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Salleh Ben Joned ...
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Jo Kukathas ...
Renuka Thiagarajah
Erna Mahyuni ...
Dania Muluk
Namron ...
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Angie Phoon
Low Ngai Yuen ...
Tan Gek Leng
Farish A. Noor ...
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Micheal Oo ...
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Nigel Rajaretnam ...
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Rashid Salleh ...
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On the night of 18 October 1987, a soldier ran amok with an M16 in the area of Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur. Due to the thorny circumstances of the time and place, his amok triggered a citywide panic and rumours of racial riots. Why did he do it? Why were Malaysians so jittery at the time? And what happened next? "The Big Durian" speaks to 23 Malaysians (some real, some fictional) to find out. Written by amirmu

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19 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is my first comment on movies. This is a semi-documentary film featuring genuine interviews with genuine people and interviews which are acted out by fictionalised characters. It also features different types of Malaysians of different backgrounds offering their opinions on the 1987 amok incident and also the general state of politics in Malaysia. It centers around the real incident where an army officer suddenly ran amok it the district of Chow Kit in Kuala Lumpur. The film offers a number of possible explanations for the outburst by way of rumours offered by interviewees. However it also subtly moves into the subject of racial politics of Malaysia (which was one of the possible reasons of the amok incident). It offers an alternative explanation or summary of the socio-political situation in Malaysia that is counter to that often given by the state-controlled media in Malaysia. The way the director mixes real interviews and fake ones is interesting and somewhat new for me. The music and visuals used also deserves credit.


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