After all the bad news about money games in Penang, people here needed a lift, and along comes a movie, the first Penang Hokkien movie – a movie about difficult family life in Old Penang, which has received positive reviews from friends who have seen it.
“The hardest people to love, need it the most.”
I haven’t yet seen this movie, a semi-autobiographical flick directed by Saw Teong Hin, with cinematography by Christopher Doyle. But friends have described it as moving and incredibly authentic, conjuring up memories of what it was like growing up in 1970s Penang.
If you have seen it already, share your thoughts with us.
One thing is for sure: we need more local movies in local languages that depict local characters in authentic local settings, to show us how our past connects to our present, while inspiring us to a future as yet unknown.