The Cicak Man
|Directed by||Yusry Abdul Halim|
|Produced by||Johan Lucas|
Aznil Hj Nawawi
Adlin Aman Ramlie
|Music by||Edry Abd Halim|
|Distributed by||KRU Films|
|Release date(s)||December 7, 2006|
|Running time||107 minutes|
|Budget||RM 1.7 million (USD 492,394.80)|
|Box office||RM 6.7 million (USD 1,940,614.80)|
Cicak Man (pronounced [ˈtʃitʃaʔ ˈman]) is a 2006 Malaysian comedy-superhero film. It is the first Malaysian film of this genre, and features almost 40% CGI footage. The film was directed by KRU member Yusry and starred comedian Saiful Apek. The name "Cicak-Man" literally translates to "Gecko-Man".
Set in the make-believe city of Metrofulus, "Cicak-Man" is about the last person on earth anyone would expect to turn into a superhero. But funnyman Saiful Apek, does, quite by accident and becomes a shock to his friend, who also tries his best to adjust to his superpowers. When he's not climbing walls, Cicakman reverts to his alter ego, the unassuming Hairi.
Hairi Saiful Apek, is a loser who lives in Metrofulus. While working in the lab, he accidentally drinks coffee that has been contaminated by a virus-infected gecko. He soon finds himself doing the most insane things, such as sticking to walls, making chirping cicak noises and adding bugs to his menu. He turns to his best friend and apartment mate, Danny Yusry Abdul Halim, and begs him to find the reason behind his strange antics.
Meanwhile, the people of Metrofulus are constantly being infected by new strains of viruses, and the only cure seems to come only from Professor Klon's Aznil Nawawi lab. Suspecting something amiss, Hairi and Danny launch their own investigation and discover that Professor Klon is not only the creator of such viruses, but also has a more sinister plan up his sleeve, backed by his business partners, the Ginger Boys (played by Adlin Aman Ramlie and AC Mizal, who first tend to take revenge on Professor Klon's failed experiment on them; making their senses turn abnormal.
Hairi soon makes use of his new-found powers as "Cicakman" when he saves Tania Fasha Sandha, Professor Klon's secretary from a threatening situation, and also ends up falling for her. However, he finds that his powers are more of a threat to his life, than a gift, and embarks on a mission to bring down Prof Klon and the Ginger Boys before his time runs out.
The film was shot using Dolby TrueHD, and about 40% of the film was shot in Green Screen. The visual effects team led by the director, Yusry, used CGI technology to fully realize the fictional city of Bandar Metrofulus (which was based on Kuala Lumpur), the protagonist's super-hero movements and various digital sets. Over 90% of the rotoscoping and compositing work were carried out by KRU Films (now known as KRU Studios), who were also behind the musical scores and audio effects.
Of note, Adlin Aman Ramlie and AC Mizal previously worked together on the Puteri Gunung Ledang musical.
- The Times – Cicakman
- Spider – Telinga ke Tulang
- Pretty Ugly – Diari Seorang Lelaki
- Ezlynn – Menunggumu
- Aznil Nawawi – Professor Klon
- Yusry – Jika Ku Tak Bangun Esok Pagi
- Dr. Kronik – Bukan Ilusi
- Syuga – Dialah Aku
Cicak-Man created Malaysian movie history by grossing RM350,000 with an audience attendance number of 47,116 in its first day. The film eventually gave its production company, KRU Group of Companies, a RM6.7 million boost due to sales.
The film received praise from some critics. One of them is Dato' Yusof Haslam alias "Six Million Dollar Man".David Teo as a film producer and CEO of Metrowealth International Group referred Cicak Man as a miracle with the response and difference shown in Malaysian filming industry. Besides film maker, ex-president of Persatuan Sutradara Malaysia (FDAM), Ahmad Ibrahim, praised this masterpiece created by Yusry and KRU.
While there were people who praised Cicak Man, there were many others who criticized this film greatly. Mansor Putih in an interview by Harian Metro said that the film has no 'soul', aesthetic values and culture. There were individuals who compared between Cicak Man and Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, and other superhero films from Hollywood, but before it was released to public, the director, Yusry had advised people to not compare Cicak Man with other superhero characters because the budget is obviously lower compared to Hollywood productions.
The film contains many in-jokes or references to Malaysian culture. Among them are:
- Where clones "hang" (malfunction), the characters comment that the clones are just copies and not "ori" (original) This is a reference to Malaysian movie pirates, and the government's current crackdown on piracy and promotion of "ori" items instead.
- When Hairi uses Tania's pass card to gain all-access to the entire Klon Technologies headquarters, he yells "Tahniah! Tahniah!" (Congrats! Congrats!) as a word play to cover up when the card reader system reads Tania's name.
- When Hairi is trying to distinguish the 5 original ministers from their cloned counterparts, he gives a humorous question, "Original ke Spicy?"("Original or Spicy?"), which refers to two of KFC's fried chicken flavour options in Malaysia.
- Harian Metro: Yusry Taruh Harapan
- Saharani, Shuhaidah (July 12, 2007), "Yusry keeps mum on Erra's love triangle", Malay Mail: 12
- KRU Music Group
- * The Official CICAKMAN Website
- Cicak-Man cecah kutipan RM2 juta dalam tempoh 5 hari