Bukit Kepong (film)

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Bukit Kepong
Bukit Kepong (poster).jpeg
Directed byJins Shamsuddin
Produced byJins Shamsuddin
Written byAimi Jarr
ASP Yusoff Ariffin
ASP Ismail Johari
Screenplay byJins Shamsuddin
Story byASP Ismail Johari
Based onBukit Kepong incident
Starring
Edited byJohari Ibrahim
Production
company
Jins Shamsudin Productions
Distributed byJins Shamsudin Productions
Release date
1981
Running time
110 minutes
CountryMalaysia
LanguageMalay
BudgetMYR 1.3 million
Box officeMYR 1.7 million

Bukit Kepong is a 1981 Malaysian action and patriotic film produced and directed by Jins Shamsuddin starring himself, A. Rahim and Hussein Abu Hassan. The film was based on the real story of Communist terrorist siege of Bukit Kepong in 1950. The film has won eight awards in the third Malaysia Film Festival in 1982, including Best Film.[1] The Bukit Kepong film was released in 1981. It was the most expensive film eighties decade with the production cost totalling MYR 1.3 million.[2]

In 2014, the film was re-edited by United Studios (a distributing and marketing company of KRU International), which had invested MYR 100,000 in restoring and improvement for high definition (HD) display resolution of the original film. It was reproduced in HD version; as Bukit Kepong Versi Digital HD a year later. The technical works was done by Prodigital Lab (owned by KRU Malaysia).[3][4]

Plot[edit]

Story about the struggle of the Federation of Malaya Police and local community in Bukit Kepong, Muar, Johor fought against the assault of Malayan Communist Party guerrillas during the Malayan Emergency in 1950. The battle peaked by the terrorist attack of Bukit Kepong police station where 18 policemen were attached on the dawn of 23 February 1950. The film portrays the indomitable spirit of police force who had 'fought till the last drop of blood' to defend the nation, even though they were attacked by 180 communist terrorists.[5][6]

Cast[edit]

  • Jins Shamsuddin as Sarjan 3493 Jamil Bin Mohd Shah
  • A. Rahim as Lans Koperal 7168 Jidin Bin Omar
  • Hussein Abu Hassan as MM 10533 Osman Yusoff
  • Yusof Haslam as MM 8600 Jaafar Bin Hassan
  • Dali Abdullah as MM 7493 Mohamad Bin Jaafar
  • Samsudin Baslah as MM 7862 Abdul Kadir Bin Jusoff
  • JA Halim as MM/T 3475 Mohd Tap Bin Lazim
  • Hisham Ihsan as Penghulu Ali
  • Mohd Noor Bon as A/P 1925 Ali Akob Bin Othman
  • Harun Ibrahim as A/P 2130 Samad Bin Yatim
  • Jamaliah Arshad as Mariam
  • Edah Ahmad as Saadiah
  • Suhaina Yahya as Fatimah Manan
  • Ayu Rahman as Pon
  • Normah Alim as Arfah
  • Noraini Talib as Fatimah Ya'aba
  • Omar Suwita as Sa'ibun
  • Norazizah Mohd Seh as Jamilah
  • Ahmad Tarmizi Mad Zin as Mohd Nor
  • Akhmal M.Zain as Hassan
  • Norizan Hashim as Zainun
  • Azizan Mokhtar as District Administration Officer (Pegawai Pentadbir Daerah)
  • Mike Steward as Mr Davis
  • Steven Wang as Tuck Sai
  • James Ling as Ling
  • Norazam Zakaria as Aziz
  • Mohd Rashid Md Isa as Said
  • Saadah Fadzil sebagai Saibun's wife
  • Zambry Samad as Saibun's son
  • Embong Azizah as Saibun's mother
  • Low Hwee Luang as Ah Yau's wife
  • Tan Mei Ling as Mei Ling (Ah Yau's daughter)

Extra cast[edit]

Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) members were given the roles of extra casts in the film as:

  • Members of Federation of Malaya Police, as the policemen of Bukit Kepong:
    • ACP Latifi Ahmad as MM 7645 Yusof Bin Rono
    • Inspektor Zainal Abidin Mohd as OCPD Pagoh (J.J. Raj)
    • Inspektor Fauzy Abu Bakar as MM/T 3472 Ahmad Bin Khalid
    • Koperal Mohd Kurdi Ismail as MM 9136 Hassan Bin Othman
    • Koperal Shukor Daud as MPC 37 Abu Bakar Bin Daud
    • Koperal Abdul Ghani Abdul as MM 5674 Abu Bin Mohd Ali
    • Koperal Abdullah Jabar as A/P 2127 Osman Yahya
    • Konstabel Marsat Jidin as Koperal 7068 Mohd Yassin Bin Haji Abdul Wahab
    • Konstabel Sukarman Selamat as MM 3933 Hamzah Bin Ahmad
    • Konstabel Talib Janggi as MM/T 3795 Jaafar Bin Arshad
    • Konstabel Mat Saad as MPC 60 Ibrahim bin Adam
    • Konstabel Mohd Jan Katan as MPC 68 Awang bin Ali
    • Konstabel Malek Baba as MPC 181 Basiron bin Adam
  • Communist terrorists:
    • Sarjan Ng Thin Hong as Lee Tuan
    • Konstabel Chong Yun Fook as Kwan Pin
    • Konstabel Lam Seng Lan as Wing Chan
    • Konstabel Looi Thye Choe as Chin Siang
    • Konstabel Seah Lai Soon as Chan Fei
    • Konstabel Abdul Ghani Wahid as Leman
    • Konstabel Mohd Yatim as Malay communist
    • Konstabel Abdul Ghani Mohd Yusoff as Malay communist
    • Konstabel Yahya Nordin as Malay communist
  • Bukit Kepong villagers:
    • Koperal Tham Chen Yao as Ah Yau
    • Konstabel Lee Seng Chong as Ah Siah
    • Konstabel Wanita Wong Chen Chu as Ah Siah's daughter

Crew members[edit]

  • Assistant Director – A. Rahim
  • Technical Advisor – Inspektor Fauzy Abu Bakar
  • Technical Advisor – ACP Latifi Ahmad
  • Song Converter – Inspektor Abu Bakar Long
  • Music Director – ACP Alias Arshad
  • Film Editor – Johari Ibrahim
  • Assistant Film Editor – Mariam Ibrahim
  • Audio Recorder – Peter Lim
  • Audio Recorder – Zulkifli Salleh
  • Assistant Audio Recorder – Ahmad Tajudin
  • Assistant Audio Recorder – Azmi Mohd Nor
  • Cameraman – S.Mohan
  • Assistant Cameraman – Ed Rizal
  • Director of Art Setup & Set Designer – ACP Yusof Ariffin
  • Set Designer – ACP Zakaria Mohammad

Production[edit]

Director, producer and main actor, Jins Shamsuddin explained that the film ini was done based on the history facts with the co-operation of Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) and Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Tun Mohammed Hanif Omar. He also interviewed ex-communist who had surrendered after the Bukit Kepong police station attack incident and also Bukit Kepong villagers. Before production the film, family members of Muhammad Indera, leader of the communist terrorist in the incident had met him and requested him not to show too much the bad elements of Muhammad Indera.[7]

Achievements[edit]

Award Category Recipients Product
3rd Malaysia Film Festival, 1982 Best Film Jins Shamsuddin Won
Best Director Won
Best Actor Nominated
Special Juri Award Won
Best Screenplay Aimi Jarr, Yusof Ariffin, Ismail Johari Nominated
Best Supporting Actor A. Rahim Nominated
Hussein Abu Hassan Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Jamaliah Arshad Nominated
Best Cameraman S. Mohan Won
Best Art Direction Yusoff Ariffin Won
Best Sound Direction Peter Lim & Zulkifli Salleh Won
Best New Actor Suhaina Yahya Won
Dali Abdullah Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lampiron I" (PDF). Studentsrepo.um.edu.my. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  2. ^ Rosnaini Hj. Mahmud; Mohd. Arif Hj. Ismail (April 2003). "The Value of Bukit Kepong as an Educational Film: A Research" (PDF). The Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology. 2 (2 Article 7): 46. ISSN 1303-6521.
  3. ^ Yusof Haslam reminisces his stint in “Bukit Kepong”, New Straits Times
  4. ^ Yeoh, Angelin (27 August 2015). "Proudly Malaysian: Iconic film Bukit Kepong restored to its full glory". The Star (Star 2). Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Bukit Kepong dokumentasi kekejaman komunis" (in Malay). Berita Harian. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  6. ^ Sta Maria, Stephanie (13 September 2011). "The man behind 'Bukit Kepong'". Free Malaysia Today. Archived from the original on 6 February 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  7. ^ Niezam Abdullah (13 September 2011). "Filem 'Bukit Kepong' Ikut Fakta Sejarah – Jins Shamsuddin". mStar Online (in Malay). Retrieved 6 February 2017.

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