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The Search for a Malaysian Cinema: Between U-Wei, Shuhaimi, Yusof and LPFM

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Malaysian cinema has undergone several phases since it was first introduced into the country in the early 1900s. As a twentieth century phenomenon, the cinema is an exciting medium and invites much exploration and creativity. Nevertheless, in a country like Malaysia, the cinema is also often a point of controversies and public debate. Whatever the course it takes, Malaysian cinema is still seen as unstable and risky business. Most observers have said that it is still faceless and in need of an identity. And thus the search for a Malaysian cinema is ever on-going.

Keywords: Malaysia; Malaysian directors; cinema; faceless; identity; risky

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: August 1, 2012

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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