A Malaysian film about a Javanese princess in Malacca will be available on Netflix from Nov. 26 onwards.
Fans of the Puteri Gunung Ledang (Princess of Mount Ledang) folklore can catch the full movie on the streaming platform nationwide, according to today’s post by Netflix Malaysia’s Twitter account, which described the film as a “tale of forbidden love, duty and loyalty.”
Set in 15th century Malacca, Puteri Gunung Ledang tells the story of forbidden love between a Javanese-Hindu princess and the famed Malay-Muslim warrior in Malaya, Hang Tuah, and the Sultan that threatens to pull them apart.
Directed by Saw Teong Hin, Puteri Gunung Ledang stars Mohammad Nasir aka M. Nasir, Tiara Jacquelina, Rahim Razali, and Adlin Aman Ramlie. Tiara, now 53, also serves as a producer for the movie.
Produced in 2004, Puteri Gunung Ledang was Malaysia’s first-ever big-budget film with a production cost of US$4 million. The film won five awards at the Malaysian Film Festival in the same year, including best director, best screenplay, best art direction, most inspirational film, and best music score.
It was also the first film Malaysia submitted to the Academy Awards, and made it to number 49 on the long-list for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category.
Director Saw today said in a press release that Puteri Gunung Ledang is a film he holds dear.
“Puteri Gunung Ledang was my first film, and very close to my heart,” he said. “The film is based on a legend that many Malaysians have grown up with and is an important part of our cultural heritage,” he added.
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