If you aren’t very keen on keeping up with our very own Malaysian cinema, perhaps this is the time to actually give it a try. And my pro tip is: You might want to start it with One Two Jaga for fresh impressions on our growing film industry.
This film is worth forgetting The Nun and Munafik 2 for a while, because One Two Jaga tells films through realistic experiences through occurrences that may be quite familiar to most of us, although we sometimes choose not to acknowledge them considering how fabricated most of our lenses are. Get it?
ONE TWO JAGA, also dubbed “Crossroads” in international screens, is a film about Malaysian and foreign workers’ struggle with money and the interesting ways they deal with them. Directed by award-winning theatre and screen actor, Nam Ron, who also co-wrote this film, and produced by Bront Palarae, a name that isn’t foreign in Malaysian films, One Two Jaga is made a masterpiece that may just be the most important film of the year.
Doesn’t sound so convincing yet, huh? Well what if I told you this is a film that shines on the corrupted yet special “holy grail” pipeline of resources we know as bribery, particularly focused within the police force. This is interesting because, our realities have been shunned from bad light in cinema for a long time, and since the rise of this film, we may just witness a new and refreshing take on Malaysian cinema.
This daring film comes into form with some of the big-shot Malaysian stars who are well-known for their obvious acting talent considering major breakthrough films such as Pekak and Interchange, namely namely Zahiril Adzim (Pekak), Chew Kin Wah (Che Toko Sebelah, Interchange), Iedil Putra (Interchange, J Revolusi), and Amerul Affendi (Mandatori, Pekak). Some foreign artists are also present in this film, from the Phillipines, Timothy Castillo (Brutus, ang paglalakbay) and from Indonesia, Ario Bayu (Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 2, Soekarno) and Asmara Abigail (Pengabdi Setan). Thus comes together: a manifesto of an important matter that is being silenced no longer.
However, ONE TWO JAGA hasn’t received the response it deserved considering being overlooked by the typical Malaysian film-goer. It would be the best thing in the world for our industry to receive recognition and success for bringing our realities into cinema, to put to shame the guilty and bring arise a new Malaysia. So what are you waiting for?