I'm a Malaysian Chinese and I admit that majority of Malaysian made movies have a below average quality. However, we can see more and more independent filmmakers these days along with some new opportunities of the screening ground (short film competitions, short film festivals etc.) for their films. Some good quality films have been produced. For government funded films, we can't deny that most of them are not meeting a good standard. But, I was full of surprise and excitement when I watched "Rabun" at a Malaysian film club screening--it's definitely a film that meet (or beyond) international quality! It's a film that deserve to be screen even at major international film festivals. A good comedy with simple but warm construction.
Filmmaking in Malaysia is like a desert. But, some ambition and talented filmmakers (especially independent filmmakers) are building up a ground for film--hopefully, soon there will be some houses follow by some buildings.
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