KUALA LUMPUR — Malay-lingo period flick “Embun” (Dew), a romance set amid the Japanese Occupation, bows Thursday in time for the nation’s 45th Independence celebrations.
Featuring Japanese dialogue, the pic is the first joint venture between national film agencies Filem Negara Malaysia and National Film Development Corporation (FINAS). Film cost RM3 million to produce, high by local standards.
Pic is helmed by actor-director Erma Fatima, who was lauded as Asia’s best director during North Korea’s Seventh Pyongyang Film Festival for her film “Perempuan melaya terakhir” (‘The Last Malay Woman).
Lensed in Malaysia, “Embun” boasts an all-local cast of 3,000, with a production team headed by vet Shukor Kadir, responsible for 1998’s Hollywood pic “Anna and the King.
Plot features gutsy 17-year-old Embun (Fatima’s sister, Umie Aida), who gets caught up in the opposition to the Japanese occupation of (the then) Malaya in 1942.