Why ‘Interchange’ would be a fascinating local movie

Director Dain Said (4th left) and the cast of 'Interchange' at the film's premier in Kuala Lumpur. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Director Dain Said (4th left) and the cast of 'Interchange' at the film's premier in Kuala Lumpur. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 ― Ever since filmmaker Dain Said’s much-anticipated Interchange was announced in 2012 and only began production early last year, anticipation has been mounting high among many local movie fans for its release. After all, he was the same person who made Bunohan, which was well-received at numerous film festivals around the world.

Here are five reasons why you should catch this movie at the cinema.

1. Filmmaker Dain Said

With just two movies under his belt, Dain Said has emerged as one of the most reputable directors in our local film industry. Even though his first movie, Dukun (2007) failed to see the light of day due to its “controversial” theme, his follow-up, Bunohan instantly put him on the international map with numerous accolades won at various film festivals including Best Screenplay at the 2013 AIFFA Award and NETPAC Award at the 2011 Golden Horse Film Festival. The critically-acclaimed movie even had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). As if that’s not enough, Bunohan was a big winner at the 2013 Festival Filem Malaysia (FFM), garnering five major awards including three (Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Story) for the director himself, as well as Best Film and Best Actor for Faizal Hussein.

2. Talented cast from Malaysia and Indonesia

Like Bunohan, Dain Said cast an interesting roster of recognisable acting talents such as Iedil Putra, Shaheizy Sam and Nicholas Saputra for “Interchange”. Prior to playing the lead as the forensic photographer Adam, up-and-coming actor Iedil Putra had also appeared in Pekak this year. You might have also recognised him from the well-received movies; Cuak and Terbaik Dari Langit.

For local movie fans, Shaheizy Sam needs no introduction. This multi-talented actor has appeared in a number of well-known and acclaimed features including Kongsi, Songlap and Adnan Semp-It. One of his most recent movies is the action comedy Polis Evo with Zizan Razak, which made history as the second highest-grossing local movie behind Syamsul Yusof’s Munafik.

As for Nicholas Saputra, the brooding Indonesian actor is famously known for his breakthrough movie in 2002’s Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? as well as 2005’s Janji Joni and this year’s highly-anticipated sequel Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 2. Playing a supernatural creature this time around, it is fascinating to see Saputra in a different light.

3. Unique blend of different genres

Like the genre-defying meditative crime drama of Bunohan, Dain Said has once again chosen to merge different elements for Interchange. Unlike most local movie offerings that typically stick with the likes of horror and romantic comedy, it’s hard to ignore the unique attraction that Said brings to “Interchange”. Besides, how often do you get to see a local movie that boldly mixes a police procedural with Asian folklore and supernatural elements all bundled up as a film noir?

4. The unique side of Kuala Lumpur

If you have seen the trailer, it’s hard not to get spellbound with the way Dain Said and production designer Zaharah Nakibullah turned the otherwise familiar Kuala Lumpur (yes, it was shot entirely in the city itself) into a noir-ish city of its own. With Said’s unique visual interpretation of Kuala Lumpur, this is something we want to see in our local movies for a change.

5. Making rounds at various film festivals worldwide

Prior to its Malaysian release date of 1 December 2016, Interchange has once again seen Dain Said successfully premiering his latest effort at various film festivals around the world. This included Locarno, London, Stiges, Vladivostok and most recently, Singapore where the Malaysian film opened the Singaporean International Film Festival. ― CinemaOnline

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