Ola Bola may be the most memorable movie to rule the box office to date but before the blockbuster, there were a number of local films that created a ripple too. Here are some titles that we don't mind to rewatch for a Malaysian entertainment/movie marathon this weekend. 

 

Sepet

In 2005, the late Yasmin Ahmad gave us a taste of her wonderful storytelling in this heartwarming love story between a Chinese boy and a Malay girl. Jason is a shy romantic who loves poetry while Orked is the free spirited teen with a passion for films. Both their worlds collide when a chance meeting at a VCD stall brought them into each other's lives. This movie is much more than a love story; it is also about the cross-cultural pressures and social issues faced by everyday Malaysians.

 

Puteri Gunung Ledang

As far as local folklores go, none is quite as intriguing as the tale of Puteri Gunung Ledang. Legend has it that the Javanese princess was of exceptional beauty and the Sultan of Melaka was enamoured to marry her but she was in love with Hang Tuah. Thus, this spun a tragic love story of the forbidden romance that transpired. This adaptation of the epic fantasy drama does catch the imagination with an interesting take on the legendary saga.

 

Ali Baba Bujang Lapok

He was probably one of the most well known Malaysian actors to have graced our screen and one that was adored by thousands young and old. The multi-talented Tan Sri P.Ramlee gave us much laughter and stellar entertainment. Based on Ali Baba of 1001 Arabian Nights, this movie is the third instalment in the Bujang Lapok series where the late actor plays the villain. The comedic storyline and humorous references are what made this movie an endearing classic.

 

The Journey

This was a movie that made history by becoming the highest grossing film in Malaysia in 2014. You can see why. It is a story about a Chinese daughter's homecoming with an English fiancé in tow, much to her father's dismay. The great cinematograpy and quirks of each character made this a mesmerizing film to watch. The takeaways are about acceptance of each other's differences and valuing our family ties, something that we need reminding of once in a while.

 

Ice Kacang Puppy Love

This feel-good movie is about the innocence of puppy love. It's a bittersweet look at the things left unsaid and the conversations that linger on. Set in Tronoh, Perak in the 1980s, it follows the lives of two childhood friends; Botak is a shy, timid boy who harbours a crush on Fighting Fish, the feisty girl. They both go through the throes of adolescent where ais kacang, bakuli (or playing marbles) and fighting fish duel are activities we can all relate to. And of course, there's the devastation of first love. 

 

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