Edmund Yeo's 'Malu' opening in Japan, but his films have never screened in Malaysia

  • Movies
  • Thursday, 05 Nov 2020

Ahead of the premiere of 'Malu at the Tokyo International Film Festival, Malaysian director Edmund Yeo' talks about his process, and the fact that his films have never been shown in Malaysian cinemas,

Due to ongoing travel restrictions, overseas guests have been in short supply at this year's Tokyo International Film Festival. Malaysia's Edmund Yeo is a rare exception.

The filmmaker endured two-week quarantine in order to attend the world premiere of his Malu, a film which tracks a long-lasting discord between beautiful sisters, and unfolds in Malaysia and Japan. Yeo also gets to prepare for another upcoming shoot in Japan.

ALSO READ: Malaysian director Edmund Yeo's 'Malu' to premiere at Tokyo International Film Festival

Does it feel surreal or strange to be in Tokyo at the moment?

Things are really normal here. Aside from the fact that everyone's wearing a mask, it feels the same.

Malu opens in Japanese cinemas next week. That's a first for you, isn't it?

It's very exciting. My films have never even been shown in Malaysia, due to censorship, and the fact that they were arthouse stuff. And unlike Japan, there are no arthouse cinemas in Malaysia.

Has the pandemic changed how you want to approach your work?

After what happened to us this year, it made me want to make more films about human connections. It was really inspiring to see how Japanese directors have been doing all these Zoom films.

You worked with editor Tina Baz on Malu. The film's structure is very fluid, but did she give you new perspectives on how to stitch it all together?

She kept the film more focused, emotionally. There were a lot of sub plots and side characters that were cut off. When she made those suggestions, I was like,"Oh my god, are you sure? I nearly died shooting that scene!"

How did you find working with actor Nagase Masatoshi?

He thinks like a filmmaker too. "In your previous scene, we did this, so if I do this now, are you sure it won't be tonally jarring?" He was really precise. That's how I always enjoy filmmaking: it's sort of like a jamming session, improvisational jazz. – Reuters

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Entertainment

Michelle Yeoh named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2022
Model Kate Moss expected to testify in Johnny Depp, Amber Heard defamation trial
Amber Heard lost US$50mil due to Johnny Depp 'abuse hoax' claims, expert says
'He pulled down his pants': Actress Rebel Wilson says male co-star sexually harassed her
Korean actress Kim Sae-ron steps down from TV drama after drunk driving incident
'Harry's House' review: Harry Styles is cocky and confident in latest album
Are Blackpink's Jennie and BTS' V dating? K-pop duo possibly spotted on Jeju Island
Amber Heard's lawyers try to poke holes in Johnny Depp's libel lawsuit
BTS member V expresses admiration for Heath Ledger, wants to play a villain
'Power Rangers' actor charged with Covid-19 fraud

Others Also Read