Thoughts on Films – Episode 18: Three Colors of Malaysian Cinema

tof-icon1Ladies and gents, we’re back! A bit of (unintentional) break was taken, and no new episodes were recorded, so what better way to celebrate the end of that mini-hiatus by…not offering a new episode? This episode is a very special recording that took place in the year 2007. That year, the Pusan International Film Festival (now standardized as Busan International Film Festival) focused on Malaysian cinema, and held a seminar entitled Three Colors of New Malaysian Cinema. It featured the late Yasmin Ahmad, Ho Yuhang, James Lee, Liew Seng Tat and Wong Tuck Cheong as panel members discussing the then-direction of Malaysian cinema, with an especial focus on the independents. Friend of the show Maz Irwan Azani was present during that session, and he has kindly provided us with a recording of the proceedings.

There are parts missing here and there, especially in the beginning and near the end, but nevertheless this recording provides a rare opportunity to listen to a part of Malaysian film history historicised in part by some of its most significant movers. Thanks once again to Irwan for the recording, and we hope you enjoy the only film podcast in the world to release a recording seven years in the making! (maybe)

Lampu Limpah

  • A list of some of the Malaysian films screened at the 12th BIFF that year
  • We weren’t there in 2007, but we did attend the festival a year later, though
  • Wong Tuck Cheong actually wrote a writeup about his experiences here
  • A more foreign perspective can be read in this brief report by Variety
  • We discuss a lot of the same films and filmmakers in the 10th episode of this podcast
  • One of the short films screened, ‘As I Lay Dying’ by Ho Yuhang, can be watched here

Download the episode in MP3 format here. Special thanks to Wubcat for letting us use ‘Mind Tricks’. Drop a line at, or check out our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Featured image credit: Wallpaper Motion

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