Brunei releases first-ever commercial movie

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yasmine_bruneiThe first-ever commercial movie made and produced in Brunei is about to hit the cinemas in the Sultanate and set to be shown in movie theaters throughout Southeast Asia.

“Yasmine” is a feature film produced by Origin Films Sdn Bhd with a budget of around $2 million, directed by the country’s first female director and starring a number of first-time actors. The equipment has been rented from Malaysia, the sound and audio crew came from Indonesia, and the technical staff from Hong Kong and China.

The film tells the story of a drop-out school girl who wants to become a champion at silat – Brunei’s hypnotic and dance-like answer to kung fu. The film’s protagonist is played by 20-year-old Bruneian Liyana Yus.

Silat is a martial art practised in Southeast Asia. An important aspect of Malay culture, silat in Brunei revolves around six core attack techniques and can range from bare-handed fighting to using daggers, swords or sticks. It is said to have historically helped Brunei defend its kingdom from intruders and is still taught in many schools.

It is hoped that Yasmine – aimed for distribution in Southeast Asia next year – will help show the “real” Brunei to outsiders, who largely know this former British protectorate as a tax-free haven that often tops “most boring tourist destination” lists. The government backed the production with $120,000 and also hopes that the movie will kick start new industries such as film schools in the small nation.

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The first-ever commercial movie made and produced in Brunei is about to hit the cinemas in the Sultanate and set to be shown in movie theaters throughout Southeast Asia.

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yasmine_bruneiThe first-ever commercial movie made and produced in Brunei is about to hit the cinemas in the Sultanate and set to be shown in movie theaters throughout Southeast Asia.

“Yasmine” is a feature film produced by Origin Films Sdn Bhd with a budget of around $2 million, directed by the country’s first female director and starring a number of first-time actors. The equipment has been rented from Malaysia, the sound and audio crew came from Indonesia, and the technical staff from Hong Kong and China.

The film tells the story of a drop-out school girl who wants to become a champion at silat – Brunei’s hypnotic and dance-like answer to kung fu. The film’s protagonist is played by 20-year-old Bruneian Liyana Yus.

Silat is a martial art practised in Southeast Asia. An important aspect of Malay culture, silat in Brunei revolves around six core attack techniques and can range from bare-handed fighting to using daggers, swords or sticks. It is said to have historically helped Brunei defend its kingdom from intruders and is still taught in many schools.

It is hoped that Yasmine – aimed for distribution in Southeast Asia next year – will help show the “real” Brunei to outsiders, who largely know this former British protectorate as a tax-free haven that often tops “most boring tourist destination” lists. The government backed the production with $120,000 and also hopes that the movie will kick start new industries such as film schools in the small nation.

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