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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.


Dain Said


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


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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Release Date:

8 March 2012 (Malaysia) See more »

Also Known As:

Bunohan: Return to Murder See more »

Filming Locations:

Kelantan, Malaysia See more »


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MYR 1,500,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Casey's Movie Mania: BUNOHAN (2012) Review
22 April 2012 | by caseymoviemaniaSee all my reviews

Ever since Dain Said's highly-anticipated sophomore effort BUNOHAN (known internationally as RETURN TO MURDER) has made fascinating round in last year's prestigious Toronto Film Festival, this locally-made movie had been earning high praise from reputable top critics especially Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. And here it is -- let me just say BUNOHAN is simply a unique effort unlike most locally-made movie you often seen in the cinema. It's a kind of genre-defying movie that is deeply poetic and not the kind of a typical kickboxing movie you might expect at the first place (thanks to the misleading trailer campaign). Mind you, BUNOHAN is strictly an art-house effort that is hardly mainstream and might bore off many casual viewers who are particularly impatient with meditative plot structure. It's certainly admirable, but not nearly enough to rank this as one of the best Malaysian movies ever made...

Read more at http://caseymoviemania.blogspot.com/2012/04/bunohan-2012.html

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