'Girlfriend Kontrak': Malaysia's own version of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Keith Foo and Nur Risteena star in 'Girlfriend Kontrak'. — Pictures by Cinema Online
Keith Foo and Nur Risteena star in 'Girlfriend Kontrak'. — Pictures by Cinema Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 — Malaysia will soon have its very own take of the famous American movie, “Fifty Shades of Grey”.

Set to be released this September, “Girlfriend Kontrak” will definitely bring to mind the “Fifty Shades” movie as both share the same ‘contractual relationship’ storyline between a meek girl and a dominant man.

Director Virginia Kennedy revealed that it was indeed inspired by the book to movie adaptation. At the movie’s press conference yesterday, she shared with Cinema Online, “I was in LA at the time and everyone was reading “Fifty Shades of Grey” and so I thought “how would you write something like that but in a milder version?”“

Though the local movie does take a leaf from the erotic romance movie which was banned in Malaysia, it focuses more on the ‘romance’ and none on the ‘erotic’, making this a movie more suitable for all unlike its inspiration.

Starring Keith Foo and Nur Risteena, along with the likes of Bront Palarae, Farah Fauzana and more, “Girlfriend Kontrak” tells the story of a village girl who becomes a rich man’s fake girlfriend in order to save the fireflies she loves in her village.

“Girlfriend Kontrak” opens in cinemas nationwide on 24 September 2015. — Cinema Online

Director Virginia Kennedy (third from right) with the cast of 'Girlfriend Kontrak'.
Director Virginia Kennedy (third from right) with the cast of 'Girlfriend Kontrak'.

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