Namewee’s new movie: Hantu Gangster

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Star

  • 4 Nov 2012
  • The Star Malaysia
  • By WAHIDUZZAMAN wahi@thestar.com.my

Hantu Gangster stars Diana and Farid get married

AMPANG: Beautiful actress Diana Danielle Danny Beeson and actor cum director Farid Kamil Zahari were married in a lavish wedding at a hotel here.

Newlywed: Farid and Diana striking a pose at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur after their wedding ceremony. — ROHAIZAT MD DARUS / The StarDiana, 21, who started her acting career at the age of 13, has so far starred in 10 local films while Farid, 31, who started as a model to pay for his tuition fees while studying in Universiti Teknologi Mara in 1991, has so far acted in over 20 dramas and movies.

The couple was last paired together in the move Hantu Gangster.

The pair was engaged on Sept 2 and the bride’s side will hold a wedding reception on Nov 21, which would also mark her 21st birthday.

Over 300 guests and close family members, including local celebrities and media representatives attended the lavish wedding yesterday.
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The groom received seven trays of gifts which include rings, wallets, a photo album, a mini motorcycle and Hugo personal care products.

Among the celebrities who attended the wedding were MIG producer David Teo and actors Yana Samsudin and Igram Dinzly.

Hantu Gangster stars Diana and Farid get married

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Star

  • 25 Aug 2012
  • Metro Central
  • By KEE HUA CHEE metro@thestar.com.my

At the movies

Director puts heart and soul into making a patriotic film

Namewee’s second film premiere Hantu Gangster launched amid much fanfare, attracts various celebrities. AROUND 500 VIPs, sponsors, partners and guests plus another 100 celebrities thronged Times Square to watch the screening of Hantu Gangster and toast director Namewee and producer Fred Chong.

Stars of Hantu Gangster and celebrities took 45 minutes to walk the red carpet and the ambience was worthy of a film festival.

The film that cost RM3mil to produce is Namewee’s second movie after the hugely successful Nasi Lemak 2.0 which reaped RM7mil.

“We hope to recoup the production costs of Hantu Gangster and hopefully turn a profit,” said Chong.

“The principal shooting took just one month but post-production was four months.”

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The script was written by Namewee, Fred Chong and Viviwee, the brother of Namewee.

Despite its overt theme promoting 1Malaysia with renditions of Negara Ku and three different posters highlighting the Malay, Chinese and Indian actors, the censorship board cut it 19 times.

“The message is clear — friction and strife among the main races will destroy us all in the end!” said Namewee.

The colourful Namewee hogged the limelight at the premiere as he appeared bandaged, bruised and battered as he did in the final scene.

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Already their third movie is in the works.

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Director puts heart and soul into making a patriotic film

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Hantu Gangster is set in Klang, Selangor, in the 1990s and follows the conflicts between three rival gangs of different races.

The gangs originally live together in harmony in the time of their forefathers until conflict and egos turn them into foes.

Controversial actor-director Namewee’s upcoming flick Hantu Gangster is mostly based on his grandfather’s experience while managing his coffee shop in Muar, Johor.

“I got the idea from stories my grandfather used to tell me. When he was younger, he ran a coffee shop that was patronised by gangs.

“But he said the gangs were around to protect villagers and not to show force or cause trouble.

Read the full story at The Star

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中化100 by Namewee 黃明志

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5forty2 x Namewee x Ashtaka x Reshmonu – We Are Gangster (Live)

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Malaysian Insider

‘Hantu Gangster’: Race and gangster Politics

August 11, 2012

AUG 11 ― Hantu Gangster, starring and directed by Namewee, is an allegory of Malaysian politics and society, a morality tale wrapped in comedy.

Wee Meng Chee, better known as Namewee, plays Te Sai, a deadbeat criminal single dad, whose name broadly translates as “pig poop.” His excremental attempts at financing fatherhood via a life of crime earn him charming recriminations from his eponymous son, Chee Meng (big thumbs up to Tee Jing Chen for his precocious performance).

Let me say at the start that I enjoyed the film and wish it every success. As a supporter of Malaysian film, I say: GO SEE, LAH!

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Nominally set in Port Klang, replete with evocative backdrops, the film presents a muhibbah alliance of the familiar trio of Indian, Malay, and Chinese gangs.

After defeating Japanese aggressors together, three patriarchs formed the gangs to protect their respective people. By the time we arrive on the story this order is falling apart. The younger generation have lost their way, becoming common thugs and drug dealers rather than, well, uncommon thugs.

The founders are killed and their ghosts recruit Te Sai, the Chaplin of Port Klang, to help foil their killer and bring harmony to the race gangs. Like Chaplin’s The Tramp, there’s a beautiful girl, Jameela (Diana Danielle), who offers the potential for redemptive love. Like Chaplin, he screws up plenty before he saves the town and wins the girl.

The villain of the piece is a fellow who spouts familiar propaganda phrases such as “terbilang dan gemilang”, “rakyat didahulukan”, and, in a moment of utter desperation, “Wawasan 2020.” It’s interesting to speculate how the film may have navigated the restrictions of censorship from the nanny state.

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Comedy is an apt form for Malaysia because, like our country, comedy trades in stereotypes. Stereotypes package information in convenient, though not necessarily accurate, bundles. Hantu Gangster makes ample and knowing use of ethnic stereotypes. But the stereotypes aren’t the real story here.

Hantu Gangster is really a critique of political decline in Malaysia. This critique doesn’t drive the comedy, slapstick does, comedy is a vehicle for this admittedly serious message.

It is ironic – perhaps intentionally so –  that Namewee’s character Te Sai wears a jacket sporting the Union Jack as he tries to unite the “races.” But Hantu Gangster is not a nostalgic plea for the return of British administration to prevent fighting amongst natives, though it shares some similar assumptions.

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The problem in Malaysia of course is that we have never had a democratic transition in national government. The social violence – gangster politics – we have experienced throughout our brief history are those tied to moments where our only national government has felt its grip on power threatened. It’s neither race nor race-politics, it’s just politics.

Can we really say that we have a fully functioning democracy until we’ve seen both factions gain and lose national government in a peaceful, orderly, and dignified manner?

Until that day comes, go see this film. Enjoy it if you can, but take its mythology with some salt, kicap, or asam boi.

* Yin Shao Loong will be delivering a multimedia talk, “WHAT ARE YOU?” Ideas of race from the world to Peninsular Malaysia, at Palate Pallete at 9PM, August 28, 2012.

* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.

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www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/article/hantu

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Monday 13 August 2012

Namewee’s “Hantu Gangster”
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By Naseem Randhawa


The multicultural team for “Hantu Gangster” which is due for August 2012 release.

20 Dec – With filmmaker Namewee’s “Nasi Lemak 2.0″ garnering RM 7 million at the local box office this year, now barely 4 months later, comes “Hantu Gangster”, which has already commenced production in Klang boasting a bigger mix of cast.

The principal shooting of “Hantu Gangster” was held at Taman Pengkalan Batu Klang yesterday, where producer Fred Chong introduced the extensive cast of the upcoming movie which comprises of Namewee, who besides directing also plays the lead, along with Dato David Arumugam, Diana Danielle, Farid Kamil, Dato Jalaluddin Hassan, Dennis Lee, Wah Gor, Fa Chai Bao, Amber Chia, Noh Hujan, Taijuddin Bakar, Mizz Nina and more.

… Hantu Gangster” was held at Taman Pengkalan Batu Klang yesterday, where producer Fred Chong introduced the extensive cast of the upcoming movie which comprises of Namewee

www.cinema.com.my/news/…search=2011.n_nameweehantu_7206 – Cached

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WATCH IT IN CASE THEY BAN IT LATER!

Don’t ban “Hantu Gangster”

Cinema OnlineCinema Online – Tue, Jul 31, 2012

  • Don't ban "Hantu Gangster"Don’t ban “Hantu Gangster”

From YouTube videos to feature films, it is obvious that actor and director Namewee has big ambitions. Known for his no-holds-barred criticism of Malaysian society through his videos and films such as the infamous “Negarakuku” song which describes what he thinks of the state of the country and its government that made him a household name and last year’s directorial debut “Nasi Lemak 2.0″. The controversy associated with his name managed to draw in huge numbers of viewers for the comedy drama, leading it to gross over RM7 million in the local box office chart. While both the movie and its maker received mixed reactions from the public, particularly for tarnishing the image of Malaysia, which almost caused the Muar-born filmmaker’s piece to be banned in the cinemas due to the demonstrations. Not to be deterred, Namewee makes his return this year with the “1 Malaysia” themed movie, “Hantu Gangster”. Although the horror comedy is spoken 90% in Malay, the director is not aiming to appeal to the race majority in Malaysia for another high grossing box office, but that everything will turn out smoothly for the movie and most importantly, that it will not be banned.

Cinema Online’s interview with Namewee was conducted on 18 July at TGV Sunway Pyramid, Petaling Jaya.

Q: Hi, Namewee. Tell us, what inspired you to film “Hantu Gangster”?
Namewee: I wanted to challenge the norms by showing that gangsterism also has its good. All of us tend to look at gangsterism in a negative way when in fact; it was used to be a platform for people to survive and unite in a community during the early days before it was misused as an excuse for violence now. I also shot this movie based on my grandfather’s real life experiences when he was managing his coffee shop business in Muar.

Q: Aren’t you worried about people’s reactions to the controversial issues in the film?
Namewee: Honestly, I don’t think about what people think about me and the movie. I just hope they understand the message that I’m trying to convey through the story.

Q: You have broken the local box office record with “Nasi Lemak 2.0″ last year, so what are your hopes for “Hantu Gangster”?
Namewee: When I make a film, I don’t really think about the box office results. The only thing that I care about is whether the film will be banned or not as last year people went to the cinemas to protest against my first film. As a filmmaker, I really hope that I can get the best possible amount of people to watch my film. So now, I’m worried about the fate of “Hantu Gangster”. I just hope it will be released in local cinemas without any issues.

Q: You are always wearing a beanie in your videos, films, and even in public. Why did you choose to take off your beanie in this movie?
Namewee: [Laughs] People always suspect me of having a bad hairstyle or no hair! So I think this is the best time to show them that I have a good hairstyle and hair!

Q: In the movie, you play a father of a 12-year-old kid. In reality, do you have any plans to build a family now?
Namewee: Not at all. If I have a family now, I can ensure you that I’ll be divorced very soon as I’m so busy with my work.

Q: Earlier this year, Jack Lim and his team had invited the Prime Minister to attend the gala premiere of “Ah Beng The Movie: Three Wishes”. Will you be doing the same for “Hantu Gangster”?
Namewee: I’m a songwriter and screenwriter. I don’t need politicians to help me with my promotions. We already have so many stars to light up the gala premiere. I won’t specially invite any politicians but if they want to attend or watch the movie in cinemas, I wholeheartedly welcome them

Q: We notice that you poke a lot of fun at China-made products in the movie. How is it that you have no fear of offending other parties?
Namewee: There’s no secret behind my behaviour. You don’t have to be afraid when you are just telling the truth. Nowadays, 90% of the products we bought in Malaysia are made in China. As “Hantu Gangster” is set in the 90′s, when we often receive bad quality products from that country then, obviously it is something that we should highlight.

Q: How do you rate your performance as an actor and director?
Namewee: 65 points. There are still a lot of room for improvement in my productions though.

Q: Thank you for your time, Namewee.
Namewee: No problem.

Read ‘Don’t ban “Hantu Gangster“‘ on Yahoo! News Malaysia. Director Namewee worries about how viewers will treat the release of his second feature film than its box …

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“Hantu Gangster” is most controversial
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Namewee plays a thief in “Hantu Gangster”.

20 July – Last year, director and actor Namewee was lauded for having the guts to release his controversial “Nasi Lemak 2.0″, which is the reason that the 29-year-old is bolder than ever, and proving it by bursting into the local movie scene again with his latest gangster piece “Hantu Gangster”, which he claimed to be the most controversial movie made in Malaysia.

“In my opinion, “Hantu Gangster” is definitely the most controversial Malaysian film. In the movie, there are many scenes that would fall into censored material, especially when it comes to the dialogue. They all touch on sensitive topics, but we managed to find alternative methods to express what we were aiming for that will avoid heavy censorship,” said Namewee.

The controversial themes mentioned in movie were its emphasis on the positivity of gangsterism, and how it leads to unity among the Malays, Chinese and Indians in Malaysia. In spite of Namewee’s methods, the local censorship board had removed a total of 3 minutes from the film before it was deemed appropriate enough to be released in cinemas. However, for movie and Namewee fans, producer Fred Chong revealed that those scenes can be seen in DVD later.

Namewee’s last effort, “Nasi Lemak 2.0″, which was also his directorial debut, had stunned Malaysians by making RM7 million in the local box office. Naturally, many were interested in his expectations for “Hantu Gangster”, to which he replied, “Honestly, I don’t think about box office results when I film a movie. Even though “Nasi Lemak 2.0″ had done so well, it also brought us all kind of hardships, including people protesting in the cinemas while the movie is still showing nationwide.” As was his trademark, Namewee is also starring in “Hantu Gangster”, alongside a star-studded cast lineup that includes popular Malay artistes like Dato’ Jalaluddin Hassan, Farid Kamil, Diana Danielle, Taiyuddin Bakar and Mizz Nina, local Indian legend Dato David Arumugam as well as supermodel Amber Chia.

In the film, Namewee portrays Te Sai, a thief and a father who is haunted by the three spirits of former gang leaders after stealing a cursed ring at a gangster’s funeral. The gang leaders are each heads of the Malay, Chinese and Indian gangs, who are now at war due to their deaths. It all now lies on Te Sai to find a way to stop the chaos and unite the gangs.

“Hantu Gangster” is set to hit the big screens in Malaysia on 9 August, in conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Merdeka celebrations.

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Namewee’s “Hantu Gangster”

Cinema OnlineCinema Online – Tue, Dec 20, 2011 12:25 PM MYT

  • Namewee's "Hantu Gangster"
    Namewee’s “Hantu Gangster”

20 Dec – With filmmaker Namewee’s “Nasi Lemak 2.0″ garnering RM 7 million at the local box office this year, now barely 4 months later, comes “Hantu Gangster”, which has already commenced production in Klang boasting a bigger mix of cast.

The principle shooting of “Hantu Gangster” was held at Taman Pengkalan Batu Klang yesterday, where producer Fred Chong introduced the extensive cast of the upcoming movie which comprises of Namewee, who besides directing also plays the lead, along with Dato David Arumugam, Diana Danielle, Farid Kamil, Dato Jalaluddin Hassan, Dennis Lee, Wah Gor, Fa Chai Bao, Amber Chia, Noh Hujan, Taijuddin Bakar, Mizz Nina and more.

On directing his second film Namewee revealed, “I didn’t expect to be able to shoot my follow up film so soon, but thanks to the strong response for my debut, I can continue pursuing my passion in filmmaking with this new film.”

Based on a story by Namewee, producer Fred Chong said that grounded on an observation conducted, the local audience seemed to enjoy either gangster or horror films more than the other genres, thus the unique combination serves as an inspiration for the movie title, as well as the story of “Hantu Gangster” which also retains Namewee’s 1Malaysia spirit through his multicultural cast.

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“Hantu Gangster” is a horror action comedy film about three groups of gangsters from different cultural backgrounds, coming together to defend their family through the help of an unlikely small-time thief played by Namewee.

Produced by ProdiGee Media, the film is expected for an August 2012 release to coincide with the Merdeka month.

Read ‘Namewee‘s “Hantu Gangster“‘ on Yahoo!. The popular … as an inspiration for the movie title, as well as the story of “Hantu Gangster” which also retains Namewee‘s …

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No, he wasn’t assaulted for his Lee Chong Wei video. It’s part of the marketing strategy.

Namewee 黃明志 shared a link.

3 hours ago

I kena hantam liao… my [Hantu Gangster] movie premiere gala on 8th August at Berjaya Times Square only 3 days from now. now I need make up KAOKAO for red carpet liao :(

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4 Responses to Namewee’s new movie: Hantu Gangster

  1. Pingback: Another Namewee controversy: Song for Lee Chong Wee | weehingthong

  2. lol says:

    nonsense movie!

  3. simcik says:

    creative marketing? they need a proper PR company…

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