Brunei's Siti Kamaluddin Tackles Silat-Based Action Drama YASMINE

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Here's a surprising fact: Despite having the second highest standard of living in SE Asia (behind Singapore) and local cinemas doing a bustling business, the country of Brunei had not produced a single feature film for commercial release in the nation's entire history until earlier this year. Not one. That changed with romantic comedy Apa Apa Dengan Rina earlier this year with Siti Kamaluddin's Yasmine following close behind.

A martial arts themed drama about a young woman - the titular Yasmine - striving to become a silat champion, the two million dollar production has enlisted the help of Jackie Chan cohort Chan Man-Ching (his resume includes stunt work on Drunken Master 2, Rumble In The Bronx, Supercop and more) to handle the stunt work with the twenty year old star Liyana Yus dropping out of school to train five hours a day in silat for the past year.

No word yet on when the film will be complete but with production wrapping on October 13th and a 2014 release planned, we'll be watching closely ...
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  • Raztubyl

    are you sure this is the first one? There was also old propaganda film called Gema Dari Menara in 60's and this year comedy Ada Apa Dengan Rina, which was also propagated as first Bruneian film ever....

  • That's why I said first 'commercial' film, as in for commercial release. Propaganda films are a whole different thing.

  • Raztubyl

    Yeah of course, but there is still the Ada Apa Dengan Rina, which is commercial and was in cinemas this february.

  • Ah, you are correct ... my source was wrong ... I shall tweak the post.

  • Keith McMillan

    I need to add this to my watchlist... Looks very promising

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