Monday, March 14, 2011

Review Of : Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa

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I had just watched the local film " Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa " or "Malay Chronicles : Bloodlines " in English. 

Directed by Yusry Abdul Halim of KRU.
This local film has been sold to 72 countries around the globe.

The storyline of this film goes by Merong Mahawangsa was a descendant of Alexander the Great, a renowned naval captain and traveler who came to Asia several hundred years ago. A time when the Roman Empire is at the height of its power, during the reign of Hadrian – one of the Five Good Emperors. Meanwhile in China, the Han Dynasty is firmly cemented as the ruling empire and is expanding into Central Asia… one hundred years before the period of the Three Kingdoms. As the Roman fleet did their repairs and traded in Goa, they asked Merong Mahawangsa to escort a Roman prince to Southeast Asia, to wed a beautiful Chinese princess from the Han Dynasty. The Chinese princess and the Roman prince are supposed to meet halfway and be married on neutral grounds. However, the pirate nation of Geruda had other plans. They decided to kidnap the Chinese princess and use her as ransom. En route to the Straits of Melaka, Merong Mahawangsa’s fleet was attacked by Geruda’s forces while stopping at a small island to replenish supplies.Will Merong Mahawangsa be able to rescue the Princess and re-unite her with her betrothed in a marriage that is set to bring together two great civilizations from the East and West ?

In my opinion, this film is considered quite good for a local Malaysian film. :)

The movie's score is very good.
But, they quite overused their graphics though. 
The storyline & plot is quite interesting.

A good film for a budget of RM 8 million. If you would like to support the Malaysian film industry, go watch this. :)

My Rating?

Plot : 3.75/5
Storyline : 4/5
Score* : 4/5 
Graphics** : 3/5
OVERALL : 7.75/10. ( 9/10 for a Malaysian film scale )

Trailer :


Alex said...

from the trailer, looks kinda good. =)

maybe I'll watch it..I wasnt expecting much of a local movie though.. xP

JΞMS£Ɲ said...

@Alex, yeap!! :D but, this film is considered very good for a local standard. ;)

Jayy... said...

72 countries? whoa. :O

9/10 for malaysian scale. XP wow, maybe I many watch eh?

Small Kucing said...

my friend watched ady . said not bad

JΞMS£Ɲ said...

@Jayy, yeap. yea..a good movie for malaysian standard. :)

@Small Kucing, yeah. ;)

Alif said...


JΞMS£Ɲ said...

@Alif, yeah! ;)

fuad said...

worth it for watched..

JΞMS£Ɲ said...

@fuad, indeed. :)

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OrAng_PeRLiS_mEnULiS said...

my review

Eid Farquhar said...

Very nice film to watch. Love the ancient malays in this film, I felt like going back in time when I used to read my parents old books and magazine in jawi. Its so classic. While the actors are good, the story line is quite simple. But still worth your time to watch

JΞMS£Ɲ said...

@Eid Farquhar, yup! simple storyline but a good film. :)

Movie Rating Guide. :)

Lately, I've changed my movie ratings a little. (:

Plot :

is the flow & structural plot of the movie itself.

Storyline :

the overall idea & the concept of the movie.


The character's overall acting & character built-up in the movie. Or for animation, the voices & character built-up too.

Effects* :

The visual effects, 3D effects, movie scores/music, graphics, animation of a movie respective to it's genre.

SO, there it is. Thanks! :)