Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Nasi Lemak 2.0 Gala Premiere

In my darkest period having lost all hope and joy in my life, I ravaged the streets of the city in search of a relief from my afflictions.

What seemed to be a glimmer of chance to keep my sanity appeared in the form of a meager invitation to the local production premiere of Nasi Lemak 2.0.
For the uninformed, Nasi Lemak 2.0 is a local Malaysian production movie directed by the once controversial rapper Wee Meng Chee, better known as Namewee. This is his 1st effort at producing a movie.

I find with all the doom and gloom clouding my mind, this comedy might be my ticket to relinquish inner joy again.

It all began on the day of a Sunday, August 28, 2011 at this place:

I started off with a meal offered together with the invitation. Although there were several people whom I knew were there, I didn't do much of a talking since I weren't in the mood anymore and I've suffered severe setback on my confidence, no thanks to my job. Anyway, there I was just munching away and filling up space. While at the stage, people were passing out posters and merchandise a distance away:

Once finished, I did a little catching up with Evelyn (read: droning and ranting about how bad life feels to be to me) and after a little walkaround the mall with a group of friends, it's time for the introduction of the filmmakers and casts on stage.

The two hosts:

This is what transpired after:
Members ready to walk the red carpet:

The people who helped make the film a success:

Well, the movie is about a struggling chef Huang who graduated from a cooking school in China where he was the 2nd best student. When he was young, he stood up to a gang who started terrorizing a hawker stall auntie and he was saved by a cook which inspired him to be a hero.

Ever since graduating, coming back to Malaysia and open up his own Chinese restaurant (which isn't popular at all), he also make it a habit to be the hero to everyone in his area.

At another restaurant nearby, it has it's set of problems where there's a family feud on who's the rightful owner of the restaurant. It was then decided that there will be a cook-off and whomever has the better chef, wins. One of the family member, Xiao K, keeps finding chef Huang for help which keeps getting him into trouble and finally landing him out of business. Xiao K persuaded Huang to compete in the cook-off but seeing his opponent is the person that bested him in cooking school, he doesn't have faith in competing. One day, one of his neighbors offered him the nasi lemak made by his rival, the Nasi Lemak stall lady (played by Adibah Noor). He was taken aback that her sambal was irresistibly delicious and tried to steal the recipe from her. After many unsuccessful attempts, the lady (who's also the godmother of Xiao K) offered to help chef Huang and passed him a map which sets him on an incredible journey on learning how to make the perfect Nasi Lemak from different cultures and races.

This movie provides some form of a comic relief to my dolor existence and kudos to Namewee for making an excellent film to watch even though it's his 1st time in making films. His creativity of using Nasi Lemak as a metaphor to show a deeper meaning on how Malaysia is made up of different cultures and races which has adapted to mix together instead of just priding to just one race and despise the rest is noteworthy. I for one applaud of the effort of this movie and rate it as 3.5 stars out of 5.


Isaac Tan said...

nice to see you getting some comic relief from the movie and the event.

Don't feel so down bro.

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

I can't help it. I don't know why I can't get myself to be a mean person and just leave my job.

I think my friends are sick of me.

Caroline said...

great to see u again! well i enjoy the time during this Gala Premiere! :D

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

Good that you enjoyed yourself. I'm just moping around that time and didn't enjoy as much. The thing I liked the most is the free food. XD