Hang Tuah (film)

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Hang Tuah
The Legend of Hang Tuah
Directed by Phani Majumdar
Written by MC ff.Sheppard (Original Story),Jamil Sulong Dialog-(Original Story),Phani Majumdar (Screenplay)
Starring P. Ramlee
Ahmad Mahmood
Nordin Ahmad
Music by P. Ramlee
Cinematography NB Vasudev
Distributed by Malay Film Production Ltd
Release dates
Country Singapore
Language Malay

Hang Tuah (The Legend of Hang Tuah) is a 1959 Malay feature film directed by Phani Majumdar. It is the first Malay film to be fully shot in Eastman colour film. It was released to public on 28 January 1956. The film was based on the legendary Admiral Hang Tuah of Malacca and his 4 sworn brothers; Hang Jebat, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekir and Hang Lekiu. This film has received 'Best Musical Score' award at the 3rd Asian Film Festival in Hong Kong in 1956 and an official screening at 7th Berlin International Film Festival in 1957, where it was nominated for the Golden Bear.[1]


Hang Tuah and four of his best friends, Hang Jebat, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekir and Hang Lekiu, while still teenagers have shown their heroism beating the pirates at sea. And as adults, as proposed by Hang Tuah, they went to Mount Ledang to study with Tok Guru Adi.

As a student, Hang Tuah met the a girl, Melor. In his meeting with Hang Tuah, Melor had shown love and affection towards Hang Tuah and vice versa.

After completing his studies and with sufficient knowledge, Hang Tuah and his four friends return to Malacca and with a difficult parting done, Hang Tuah promises to wait for Melor if she comes looking for him in Malacca later.

In Malacca, Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekir and Hang Lekiu save the life of the Minister Dato' Tun Perak from a mob when he was on his way for an audience with Sultan Mansur Shah - the ruler of Malacca.

Following the courage shown in front of the eyes of the Tun Perak himself, Hang Tuah and his four comrades are appointed by the Sultan of Malacca as warriors, garnering envy from some state dignitaries including Tun Ali.

Shortly after the appointment, the Sultan of Malacca leaves for Majapahit to marry Raden Mas Ayu and he is accompanied by Hang Tuah and his friends. There, in a ceremony, their strength is challenged by a renowned Majapahit warrior, Taming Sari.

Having fought tooth and nail with Taming Sari, Hang Tuah demonstrated their expertise, proving his weapons can also beat Taming Sari's when Hang Tuah knew Taming Sari's strength lies in his weapon.

With Taming Sari's death, his magic keris is presented to Hang Tuah which increases the latter's power and strength.

After some time later, Sultan Mansur Shah expresses his disappointment in being unable to marry Tun Tijah because she was engaged to Megat Panji Alam. And to redeem her for the Sultan of Malacca, Hang Tuah secretly goes to Gujarat with the aim of bringing Tun Teja back.

Before Hang Tuah leaves Malacca, Melor comes in search of him. But Melor is caught when she runs into Tun Ali and Pateh Karma Wijaya. She is released by tricking them into thinking she is a handmaiden.

In Pahang, with Hang Tuah ruse succeeding in courting Tun Tijah, she breaks off the marriage to Megat Panji Alam. But on the ship, Hang Tuah states the fact that he came to Gujarat just to bring Tun Tijah to Malacca to marry the Sultan. Tun Tijah is disappointed but has to sacrifice anything.

Hang Tuah is caught between his loyalty to the Sultan and his love for Melor, since the latter has become a palace handmaiden and belongs to the Sultan.

However on persuasion Dang Rani (on command Tun Ali and Pateh Karma Wijaya) finally agreed to meet Melor Hang Tuah and consequently, was witnessed by the Sultan and accompanied by the defamation sprinkled by Tun Ali and Pateh Karma Wijaya, Hang Tuah was executed that He stated the act met with Hang Tuah Melor as treason.

When Hang Tuah is gone, sacred kris (Taming Sari) has submitted the Sultan of Malacca to Jebat is now assigned to take the place of Hang Tuah. And this opportunity has been taken to defend death Hang Jebat Hang Tuah is considered Sultan has taken action in a hurry, not checking and unfair.

In a ceremony celebrating a birthday Pateh Karma Wijaya, who is a dancer palace Melor killed Pateh Karma Wijaya with kerambit that was hidden in her hair bun. However, Melor was also killed in a stabbing spear thrown by the guard.

Hang Jebat ahead with plans to avenge the death of Hang Tuah even invitation rejected by Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekir and Hang Lekiu. Hang Jebat rampage caused many casualties. Due to that, the Sultan of Malacca had to flee leaving the castle ride home Minister Dato' Tun Perak.

Sultan of Melaka upset because no one was able to defend himself when the chiefs castle did not speak up against the Hang Jebat. Thus suddenly Hang Tuah Sultan out of his mouth and said simply Hang Tuah is available to defend himself. With those words cause Minister Dato' Tun Perak tell the exact position of Hang Tuah was not killed but was hidden in prison. Sultan happy and told his audience brought Hang Tuah and Hang Tuah only expect just to get rid of coal and reputation on his face.

Hang Tuah was brought Minister Dato' Tun Perak audience with the Sultan and Hang Tuah has asked the magical kris Taming Sari from him but he stated that the keris has been given to the Hang Jebat.

Sultan of Melaka has given his inheritance kris. However, Hang Tuah with the frustrations expressed to him by the Sultan heirloom kris much less kill Hang Jebat was not necessarily hurt.

Hang Tuah went to Sultan's palace where the Hang Jebat was feasting and how shocked he was when that came to fight with the Hang Tuah. Hang Jebat not believe that Hang Tuah was still alive, but that's the reality.

Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat were once good friends, now fought determine life or death - a friend to the oppressed and defend another show of loyalty to the Sultan. Each show expertise play weapons.

As Hang Tuah Hang Jebat found foremost in rejecting really want to kill him, and as long as the keris Taming Sari was still in his hand Hang Tuah will not be able to beat him, and Hang Jebat deliver the magic kris to Hang Tuah. And only then will it be able to kill Hang Tuah Hang Jebat.

Safe return of Malacca, Sultan Mansur Shah was returning to his palace to rule.


  • P Ramlee as Hang Tuah
  • Ahmad Mahmood as Hang Jebat
  • Saadiah as Melor
  • Nordin Ahmad as Hang Kasturi
  • S.Shamsudin as Hang Lekir
  • Aziz Sattar as Hang Lekiu
  • Haji Mahdi as Sultan Mansur Syah
  • Zaiton as Tun Teja
  • Daeng Idris as Dato' Bendahara Tun Perak
  • Udo Omar as Dato' Tun Ali
  • S. Kadarisman as Pateh Karma Wijaya


  • Berkorban Apa Saja
  • Joget Tari Lenggang

Famous quotes from the Film[edit]

  • "Raja Adil Raja Disembah,Raja Zalim Raja Disanggah" ("A fair king is a ruler to be obeyed, a cruel king is a despot to be revolted")
  • "Takkan Melayu Hilang di Dunia" ("Never shall the Malay race vanish from the face of the Earth")-This quote would later became famous rallying cry for Malay nationalism.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Awards IMDB

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