at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


Aloha image
Wednesday, January 20
6:30 pm – Korean Studies Auditorium

This recently discovered classic from 1950 showcases the talents of a 21-year-old P. Ramlee, who would later go on to become the biggest film and music star in Malaysia’s history, directing 66 films and composing over 300 songs. Shot in Singapore, the film uses a Hawaiiana theme to tell the story of a young woman, Aloha, who falls into the clutches of a local gangster. The film, featuring eight songs played by Malay, Filipino, and Chinese musicians trained on ukulele, slack key guitar and stand-up bass, opens a fantastic musical window to the transmission of Hawaiian music forms into Southeast Asia in the post-World War II period. The hula in this film is choreographed by Edith Castillo.

Don’t miss this classic as we kick off our Southeast Asian film series to welcome 2010! Translated and subtitled by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.


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