Masharakat Pinchang / Imperfect Society (1958)

Original film title in Malay: Masharakat Pinchang Literal English translation of film title: Imperfect Society Directed by Phani Majumdar Written by B. H. Chua (Chua Boon Hean) (story) Language: Malay Starring: Tony Castillo, Rosnani, Neng Yatimah, Junainah Produced by Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.) Film Locations: Collyer Quay Shophouse coffeeshop Run Run Shaw’s seafront villa (440A, Upper East Coast Road) Street market Offshore kelong   As a movie advertisement posted on newspaper Berita Harian (12 May 1958) described, Masharakat Pinchang is […]

Taufan / Typhoon (1957)

Original film title in Malay: Taufan Literal English translation of film title: Typhoon Directed by T. C. Santos (Teodorico C. Santos) Written by B. H. Chua (Chua Boon Hean) (original story) Language: Malay Starring: Ahmad Mahmud, Zaiton, Salleh Kamil, Mariani Produced by Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.) Film Locations: Kampong Tanjong Kling?   WE HAD EARLIER WRITTEN ABOUT the Shaw Brothers’ recruitment of a new batch of directors from Philippines in our review of Kembali Saorang – directed by Ramon […]

Bujang Lapok / The Mouldy Bachelors (1957)

Original film title in Malay: Bujang Lapok English title: The Mouldy Bachelors Directed by P. Ramlee Written by B. H. Chua (Chua Boon Hean) (story) Language: Malay Starring: P. Ramlee, S. Shamsuddin, Aziz Sattar, Zaiton, Normadiah, Dayang Sofia Produced by Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.) Film Locations: Robinson Road, between Shaw’s Chamber & Nanyang Siang Pau Building Kampong Tanjong Kling? MacRitchie Reservoir Ngee Ann Building (Orchard Road)   BUJANG LAPOK IS A DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE FILM that revolves around three over-aged bachelors who […]

Ribut / Storm (1956)

Original film title in Malay: Ribut Literal English translation of film title: Storm Directed by K. M. Basker Written by B. H. Chua (Chua Boon Hean) (original story) Language: Malay Starring: Saadiah, Rosnani, Ahmad Mahmud, Haji Mahadi, Aziz Sattar Produced by Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.) Film Locations: Changi Beach (Pantai Chantek)?   After the noir-like urban crime drama of Menyerah, K. M. Basker directed the film Ribut, a drama set in a rural fishing kampong and shot in colour, like Hang […]