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  • Lampu Merah Mati (Malay title)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Format: DV
  • Language: Malay
  • Subtitles: English
  • Duration: 87 mins
  • Production: Greenlight Pictures
  • Year of Production: 2005
  • Distributor: Red Films Sdn. Bhd
  • Distributor Contact: info@redfilms.com.my

Festivals
48th San Francisco International Film Festival (World Premiere)
2006 Bangkok International Film Festival

Synopsis
Set in a small town in southeast Asia, Monday Morning Glory takes place a week after a bombing at a night club, which claims 199 lives. Having captured the core members of a cell group he thinks is responsible for the bombing, the local police chief invites a select group of journalists to witness a “reenactment” of the events leading up to the attack. Already facing immense pressure from his higher-ups and also the press, the chief hopes on this Monday morning to vindicate himself and reveal the truth behind this act of terrorism. The “truth” however, can never seem so far away…

This is the debut feature by USA film-school trained Woo Ming Jin, who won MVA's Best Short Film in 2002 (for Mina in Perfection) and famously pursued FINAS for more than a year for the promised RM30,000 grant. The resulting film, Monday Morning Glory, which costs more than three times that amount, has since travelled to the 48th San Francisco International Film Festival 2005. With documentary-like camera work by James Lee.

Production
Director: WOO MING JIN
Executive Producer: Amir Muhammad
Producers: Zan Azlee
Music: Hardesh Singh
Cinematopgraher: James Lee
Editor: M.J. Salinger
Screenwriter: Woo Ming Jin

Casts
Patrick Teoh, Azmon Hassan

Review
Known mainly for his prize-winning ironic short, Love for Dogs, with its slacker protagonist, Woo Ming Jin’s first feature is—to outsiders used to Hollywood stereotypes—a seemingly offbeat approach to a movie about terrorists. Set in a fictitious country, Woo’s film follows a group of ordinary-looking types who are shepherded by the police as they describe and reenact their terrorist deed to a group of journalists in and around their jungle headquarters. Although it may look strange, the on-site reenactment for the media and the public is commonly done for terrorism cases in Southeast Asia and South America. The film’s incident is not based on any real-life terrorist attack, but Woo’s approach was inspired after seeing photos of suspects of the Bali bombing reenacting their meetings on location, complete with large name tags around their necks. Shot in a verité style (by award-winning filmmaker James Lee), Woo’s film is an indictment not only of the terrorists but also the corruption of the authorities who pursue them. One of the terrorists, Kosovo, is released but then shot by the police to stop him from revealing the truth—a different truth from the rehearsed statement he gave to the press.

- Roger Garcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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