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Spinning Gasing (2000)

Harry Lee returns home to Malaysia from overseas studies. He has failed everything and is kicked out of home by his father, a disgrace. He forms a dance band with Yati, his childhood friend... See full summary »

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Teck Tan

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Teck Tan
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ellie Suriaty Omar Ellie Suriaty Omar ... Yati
Craig Fong ... Harry
Iman Corinne Adrienne Iman Corinne Adrienne ... Chantal (as Corinne Adrienne)
Hani Mohsin Hanafi ... Azri
Edwin R. Sumun Edwin R. Sumun ... Ariff
Sanjeet Jarnail Sanjeet Jarnail ... JJ
Rosyam Nor ... Zainal
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Harry Lee returns home to Malaysia from overseas studies. He has failed everything and is kicked out of home by his father, a disgrace. He forms a dance band with Yati, his childhood friend. Harry is Chinese by race and does not believe in god. Yati is a modern Malay and Muslim who believes in her heritage and religion. The five members of this band (Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian) represent the multi-racial nature of Malaysian society, and English is their common language. The band members are forced to flee Kuala Lumpur, the capital city, when the loan sharks demand repayment of a debt. They flee to the picturesque East Coast, where traditions and myths still hold strong amongst the villagers and fishermen. They are in familiar yet disturbing territory, and their hip and modern dance music blends with the magical folk songs of an old culture. Away from the pressures of urban life, Yati and Harry's childhood crush develops into something much stronger, a love that crosses racial... Written by Teck Tan <niche@ppp.nasionet.net>

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Drama | Music

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Yati: Naming your son after Lee Kwan Yew is like naming your daughter after Margaret Thatcher.
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My hope dashed yet again
18 May 2003 | by pinolobuSee all my reviews

I was hoping that my faith in the quality of malaysian films would be restored by this film after so many years, but sadly this film is not it. The same problems plaguing malaysian films are STILL there - unrealistic, overacting etc. why the big deal about the girl suddenly being entranced and then dancing on the beach? nobody does that...only crazy people do, or only during tourism promos. how about the thing about "mee maggi cepat dimasak sedap dimakan" thingy? TOTALLY unnecessary! I was plainly disgusted, not delighted by that time-wasting little scene.

Once more, to Malaysian directors and actors/actresses - u dont need a huge budget or need to show lots of skin in order to make a good film! what u need is a great story, a great script and great acting, that's it.


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Country:

Malaysia

Language:

English | Cantonese | Malay

Release Date:

18 October 2001 (Malaysia) See more »

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Budget:

MYR2,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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