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Bunohan: Return to Murder (2011)
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A complex story of murder, passion and haunting memories for three estranged brothers and their ailing father.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Faizal Hussein ...
Zahiril Adzim ...
Adil Bunga Lalang
Pekin Ibrahim ...
Bront Palarae ...
Namron ...
Pok Wah
Wan Hanafi Su ...
Pok Eng
Hushairi Husain ...
Amerul Affendi ...
Sofi Jikan ...
Awang Sonar (as Soffi Jikan)
Jimmy Lor ...
Tengku Azura Tengku Awang ...
Mek Yah
Md. Eyzendy Md. Aziz ...
Sufian Mohamed ...
Ketot & Tapa (as Sufian Muhamed)
Carliff Carleel ...
Mat Seman ...


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 TIFF

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Won Golden Hanoman Award, Asian Feature Competition, 7th Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2012. Jury citation: "The movie demonstrates technical mastery of movie-making. It is able to take standard story templates and infuses it with artistic and cultural elements that is exclusive Southeast Asia, creating a new entity. It is highly commercially accessible art film." See more »


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Written by Joe Kidd
Performed by Joe Kidd & Tom Bollocks
Courtesy of The Abang Guard
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21 March 2012 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

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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