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LEMBING AWANG PULANG KE DAYANG

Set in 1776, this novel-adaptation story centre on a man called Awang, who returned to Parit Raja, Johor to marry his fiancee Dayang after being away for more than three years. Upon his return, he discovers that another man; Bachok had deceived Dayang on Awang`s death with intentions to marry her the next day. Awang turns up at the wedding ceremony and uses a spear given by Raja Bugis to kill Bachok. Bachok, fatally injured, grabbed the spear in his stomach and speared his best man. The man then speared the next man he saw and this was repeated until the 99th person was speared. It was Dayang`s father who was protecting Dayang. He did not continue the repeated spearing and died. Awang runs away to Endau and Dayang did not marry another till the end of her days.

Language: Malay
Subtitle: NA
Classification: U
Release Date: 22 Oct 2009
Genre: Drama / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 54 Minutes
Distributor: GRAND BRILLIANCE
Cast: Farid Kamil, Siti Elizad, Zul Huzaimy, Lynette Ludi, Kuswadinata
Director: Majed Salleh
Format: NA

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Watch this if you liked: "Puteri Gunung Ledang", "Queens Of Langkasuka"

Adapted from Shaharom Husain's 1957 novel, this epic production by director Majed Salleh makes the screens after four long years in the offing. High in historical credits for the younger generation, this project also paves the way for more producers to try their hand at the genre so as to maintain some identity and education value in Malaysian films.

Chronicling a Johorean legend about a bloody love affair in the late 18th century, we follow Awang (Farid Kamil) as he goes to sea for three years, as tasked by the father (Dato' Kuswadinata) of his bride-to-be, Dayang (Siti Elizad). However the pact is broken when Awang doesn't appear and she agrees to marry Bachuk (Zul Huzaimy) instead.

Historical epics are not an easy genre, so we can't be too heavy-handed on judging this piece of work. However, despite a very decent plot, "Lembing" has a stuttering delivery which results in a missed opportunity for the lavish movie. It's reported RM 1.6 million budget forces you to accept its quality or lack thereof, simply because it was shot so long ago. Then, it was one of the earliest films utilising High Definition (HD), so weaknesses in audio aspects are obvious. However, the special effects editing really takes the biscuit when amateurish scenes of Awang brawling on board ships are shown to be desperately disappointing.

It's fortunate then that the line-up is a talented lot. Leads Farid Kamil and Zul Huzaimy give themselves fully to their roles and drive the movie to a level of respectability. This was the second film to bank on Farid Kamil as a leading man after "Tujuh Perhentian" in 2004 and he does not let us down. Zul Huzaimy's seasonal antagonist roles also entertain convincingly. However greenhorn Siti Elizad has much to learn - and much to learn fast, if she were to improve on her one-dimensional portrayal of a main female character.

To summarise, "Lembing Awang Pulang Ke Dayang" can swing both ways for the audience. Producer N. Azman has reassured us that they have put their best foot forward in making this movie's theatrical release possible.

Cinema Online, 22 October 2009
   
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U - General viewing for all ages
P13 - Parental guidance is advisable for children below 13 years old
18 - For 18+ with elements for mature audiences
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