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“Must watch” – Global Award-Winning Film ‘Abang Adik’ Reveals Unspoken Social Stories in M’sia


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Malaysian producer-turned-director Jin Ong’s debut film, “Abang Adik,” delves into the complex dynamics of a non-biological family relationship, garnering attention from the global filmmaking community.

The film gained traction, earning nominations at Taiwan’s upcoming Golden Horse Awards. Jin Ong’s inaugural feature film secured victories in three categories: Best Lead Performance, Jury Award, and Audience Award, outshining 8 other contenders.

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In his debut feature “Abang Adik,” writer-director Jin Ong effectively tackles the prevalent issue of inequality in contemporary Malaysia with a refreshing take on neo-realism. The movie tells the story of two orphaned brothers from a Chinese-Malaysian background, known as Abang (played by Wu Kang-ren) and Adik (played by Jack Tan).

Abang, the older brother, is a deaf and mute individual making a humble living by taking on various odd jobs at the nearby wet market. On the other hand, Adik, the younger brother, is a lively adult who often finds himself in predicaments due to his impulsive life decisions.

The initial portion unfolds as a slice-of-life drama, navigating Adik’s ties to the gangster Kamarul (played by Bront Palarae) and Abang’s quest for an identity card, aided by the altruistic social worker Jie En (played by Serene Lim).

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The storyline also delves into their connection with the maternal transgender prostitute Money (played by Tan Kim Wang). However, the plot takes an unexpected shift towards thriller elements at the midway point, propelled by a startling act of violence that fractures the central relationships in the film.

The Perak-born filmmaker has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Jin Ong initially made a mark in the music scene before venturing into film and TV production. Currently residing in Taipei and Kuala Lumpur, Ong aspires to use his films to tell more Malaysian stories and shed light on social issues.

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Jin Ong has made notable contributions to the Malaysian film industry through works like The Zero Theorem, Love at First Sight, and Supacell. His influence as a director and producer remains impactful, inspiring and entertaining audiences globally.

Malaysian actor Jack Tan gained recognition for his performances in various films, including Air Force: The Movie – Selagi Bernyawa, Rise: Ini Kalilah, and Fly by Night.

Abang Adik stands out as a must-watch movie of the year, and as Malaysians, we can take pride in its creation on our own soil. Cheers to the hope for more awards and successes ahead!


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