Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Center for Korean Studies Auditorium
Malaysia (2011, 90 min)
Malay, Manglish, Mandarin w/English subtitles
Cast: Karen Kong, Adibah Noor, Datuk David Arumugam, Afdlin Shauki, Dennis Lau, Namewee, Ho Yuhang, Pete Teo, Liew Seng Tat
Happy Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival!
Written, directed and produced by Malaysia’s muti-talented filmmaker and musician Namewee (Huang Ming Zhi), he also stars in his debut feature as the protagonist Chef Huang, a folk hero of his district where scores of Chinese come knocking at his door to seek the justice the country’s police never seem to provide for. Having studied the culinary art of Chinese cooking in China under the tutelage of a Pai Mei knockoff (Ho Yuhang hiding behind long brows and beard), Huang gets enlisted by Xiao K (Karen Kong) to help in her family feud where the victor between her father’s camp and her aunt’s would mean control over the Gong Xi Restoran, erm, Restaurant. But little does he know that his competitor will be none other than the chef who had beaten him in school, and thus begins a road trip quest around Malaysia to seek out new truths and inspiration for a rice dish.
Nasi Lemak 2.0 covers a lot of ground in its story and has a multi-ethnic cast to boast of. It entertains as well as comments on the state of affairs of any multi-racial, multi-cultural society in the modern age of global competition, and for Namewee an outlet to vent as well as to remind himself just how the differences in Malaysian society makes it truly unique, putting social injustices aside to fight another day. -D. Steele imdb.com