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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 »

Director:

Teck Tan

Writer:

Teck Tan
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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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Youth, forbidden love, race and religion. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Yati: Naming your son after Lee Kwan Yew is like naming your daughter after Margaret Thatcher.
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Spinning... out of control
14 September 2001 | by toclementSee all my reviews

This was the first feature film for just about everyone involved, including director Teck Tan, so they deserve credit for pulling it off. But this film was awkward in its direction, preachy in its style, exaggerated in its acting, and overly politically correct. The plot was all over the place, preventing any aspect of it from developing well. Gangsters get involved in the story, though i'm not sure what their presence added to the movie other than making the film even more unrealistic. They could have been completely left out and the film would have been better as a result.

The plot is about a young ethnic Chinese Malaysian who returns to his home country after studying in the West. His studies have brought him back with the skills he thinks he needs to fulfill his dream of managing a rock band and taking them to the top of Malaysian charts (a rather juvenile premise). The beginning of the film hints at conflict with his traditional father, but once the gangsters get involved this part of the story is dropped unceremoniously.

The film tries to take advantage of Malaysia's wondrously diverse ethnic mix, but unfortunately the manner in which these aspects were put to film either seemed terribly contrived or downright preachy. There is a pretty scene of Malay women doing a beautiful traditional dance on a beach, but the way the vision is integrated into the plot seems forced and unnatural.

The acting came off as somewhat amateurish, and the male lead was particularly unconvincing. The female Malay lead was a notable exception leaving the most positive mark. The film also has an openly gay character, and though he is a bit of a caricature, he provides some of the funnier moments in the film. But the movie was just barely a notch above a typical local television soap drama. Sadly, this film, which is not in the least offensive, has been banned in Malaysia. 3/10


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