Adil, a young Muay Thai kick-boxer, has just fled an honor fight-to-the-death. Ilham, an assassin who is also Adil's stepbrother, is promptly hired by the organizer of the death match to kill the fugitive. Looking for somewhere to hide and recover, Adil and a childhood friend take shelter in the Bunohan boxing club where Adil started his career. Ilham, meanwhile, has never been back to Bunohan since the day he left many years ago. Upon returning, memories of loneliness and abandonment flood his mind, and he experiences waves of resentment and regret. Bakar, the third brother, has also come home from the city; ostensibly a respectful schoolteacher, he is in reality a greedy and ruthless person, and is trying to convince his father to sell a burial ground to a construction company. Written by
In my list of Malay movies, I only have a few movies that I remember making strong impact on me personally. Movies that made me talk about it for weeks, movies I repeatedly recommend to everyone. Bunohan made it to the list alongside Kaki Bakar, Dari Jemapoh ke Manchestee and surprisingly, Khabir Bhatia's Cinta.
I should applaud the director who unburied the best of the actors. Pekin Ibrahim should be lauded for making a character so typical so convincing. Familiar names like Faizal Hussein and Zahiril known to be good actors delivered something extraordinary not only to the viewers' eyes but also piercing to the heart.
I like to put Bunohan on the same level as There Will be Blood in term of the emotions projected. Bunohan doesn't offer beautiful scenery to help its beautiful cinematography but instead it uses beautiful cinematography to create a powerful mood.
I feel like I'm having such a limited film vocabulary to do justice to Bunohan. But suffice to say that I can see the bright future of Malaysian film post-U-Wei Shaari.
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