Damn! It seems like Malaysia is kicking ass at all these international awards and the most recent win for us comes in the form of Geran, a silat film that has since won the acclaimed Daniel A. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema at the 2020 New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF).
This win amazed director Areel Abu Bakar since Geran is his first motion picture.
The movie was filmed on the producer’s own budget which took 3 years to accumulate. Taking up a total of 5 years to complete, the remaining 2 for production, Areel Abu Bakar and action choreographer, Azlan Komeng, believe it was all worth the wait as they are now winners of such a revered award.
Geran features Silat Gayong Pusaka, which is a traditional type of martial arts birthed during the invasion of the Japanese at Pulau Sudong. The story revolves around a silat family and how two brothers are forced to find their estranged sibling in order to retrieve their right to their land.
Along the way, the audience can feast their eyes on some seriously stunning silat choreography that resembles wildly popular Indonesian action flick, The Raid.
The film stars heavyweight Nam Ron, whom you might recognise from, well, every great Malaysian movie ever such as Crossroads: One Two Jaga, Dukun, Bunohan and Roh, just to name a few.
Check out the bone-crunching and adrenaline-pumping trailer below:
I don’t know about you but that is a seriously awesome trailer… No words, just a whole lot of kicking ass.