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Director hits the streets to explore human greed


Human nature: A scene from the movie ‘Greed’ by Lim. The five-minute film explored the reactions of people when they find a RM50 note on the street.

Human nature: A scene from the movie ‘Greed’ by Lim. The five-minute film explored the reactions of people when they find a RM50 note on the street.

PETALING JAYA: A RM50 note drops from the pocket of the person in front of you.

What would your next step be? Would you return the money or would you pocket it for yourself?

In a bid to “evoke” and “provoke” Malaysians, film director-cum-producer Jason Lim, 30, decided to explore how people reacted in such a situation in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

The result of this one-day shoot was the film Greed which has garnered millions of views all around the world.

The five-minute film begins with people pocketing money before it shows people returning the money.

The climax, however, would be the beggar who calls up the actor to return the money.

“That was a shocker. He needs the money more than anyone else. When he decided to return the money, I was really surprised,” Lim said in an interview.

Movie producer Jason Lim

All in all, he says that about 60% of the people returned the money while 40% kept it for themselves.

“Your religion or skin colour doesn’t matter in the end. Your actions define who you are,” said Lim.

Lim estimates that almost RM1,000 was “lost” to those who took the money, but that it was worth it because he managed to hire “real-life actors”.

His other films have touched on various other issues such as how people treat the blind, animal abuse, driving etiquette and racism.

His latest film Not My Problem examines the reaction of Malaysians when two schoolchildren are fighting in front of them.

Lim’s videos have generally earned praise all-around for highlighting the lack of civic-consciousness in people.

“My aim is to use film as medium to educate people and evoke people into thinking how the world can be a better place,” he said.

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