Malaysian Cantonese Film ‘Rain Town’ Receives Positive Reception Internationally

Malaysian Cantonese Film ‘Rain Town’ Receives Positive Reception Internationally

KUALA LUMPUR: Following the success of making a mark internationally with the film “Redha,” Tunku Mona Riza Tunku Khalid is now daringly presenting another new work under her direction titled “Rain Town.”

Interestingly, the latest film directed by the New York Film Academy alumna is presented in Cantonese, even though she herself is not proficient in the language and had to be accompanied by an interpreter throughout the filming in Taiping, Perak.

“I like new challenges… and I am not trying to forget Malay, but it is good to use another language because it is beneficial for the development of our film industry. “I’m not just working with different languages but experiencing the entire process from different perspectives through interaction and learning. Although there was fear and anxiety, I am satisfied with the results,” she told reporters after the film’s launch recently.

Despite directing a Cantonese-language film for the first time, Tunku Mona said she had previously directed advertisements in various languages, including Mandarin, Cambodian, and Vietnamese, as well as producing TV movies “Uri” and “Parit Jawa,” each in Iban and Javanese languages.

While “Redha” was inspired by a true story about the challenges faced by a couple in raising their child with autism, this time she once again addresses family issues that often occur among the diverse communities in the country.

According to the Best Director at the 29th Malaysia Film Festival, “Rain Town” tells a story rich in various emotions, especially when dealing with parents who like to control their children’s lives.

“It is a common family issue experienced by a segment of society. Although some may take it lightly, it can still cause cracks in family relationships, leading to the loss of respect and understanding.

“… from the feedback received, many share that the issues brought up in this film are easily understood, and most have also experienced similar problems,” she said. The storyline of “Rain Town” revolves around Choo, a father and the head of the family who continuously interferes in the personal lives of his three adult children, namely Isaac, Alex, and Ruby, to the extent of neglecting their dreams and happiness.

When Choo’s wife, Aileen, meets with an accident, the family’s relationship becomes more strained, throwing them into heart-wrenching conflicts.

Interestingly, although it will only be released in cinemas nationwide on February 8, 2024, the film has already gained international attention by receiving the Special Award for the Most Anticipated Language Film at the 36th China Golden Rooster Awards during the “Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers” Film Festival in Xiamen, China, last November.

The film produced by Current Pictures Sdn Bhd has also been selected to represent Malaysia at the 10th Silk Road International Film Festival (SRIFF) in Fuzhou, China; Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF); Asian World Film Festival (AWFF); 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI); and Medan Film Festival (MFF), all in November last year.


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