Dukun (film)

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Dukun
Directed byDain Said
Produced byDominique Hee
Written byHuzir Sulaiman
Screenplay byHuzir Sulaiman
StarringUmie Aida
Faizal Hussein
Elyana
Bront Palarae
Adlin Aman Ramlie
Ramli Hassan
Nam Ron
Hasnul Rahmat
Soffi Jikan
Chew Kin Wah
Music byLuka Kuncevic
CinematographyYuk Hoy Cheong
Distributed byAstro Shaw
Release date
  • April 5, 2018 (2018-04-05)
(Malaysia)
  • August 8, 2018 (2018-08-08)
(Indonesia)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryMalaysia
LanguageMalay
BudgetRM 2,800,000
Box officeRM 10 million[1]

Dukun (English: "Shaman") is a 2018 Malaysian legal horror-thriller film filmed in 2006. The film is loosely based on the true story of gruesome murder of a former Malaysian politician, Datuk Mazlan Idris, by Mona Fandey, a once mildly popular Malaysian singer-turned-witch doctor convicted in 1993. The film was originally slated to be released in 2007 but it was postponed and no official statements was given, due to the adaption of a true high-profile murder case and the controversial nature of the film.[2] Mona Fandey's family herself had voiced their dissatisfaction over the content and basis of the film after announcement of the film release. The producers have since claimed that the film was loosely based on those true events themselves.[3]

The film regained significant attention 12 years later when news got around of its leak footage of the movie resurfaced online drawing stern attention from FINAS, the police and Astro Shaw.[4] After much contemplating on part of Astro Shaw, it was decided and announced that the film will be released nationwide on 5 April 2018, after more than 10 years of finished production.

Synopsis[edit]

Karim is a public defender in Kuala Lumpur. He is a single father whose wife ran away many years ago. More recently, his teenage daughter, Nadia, ran away from home. He hires Daud, a former police officer to help track Nadia down but they keep missing her. Daud soon begins to suspect that there is something supernatural blocking them from finding Nadia.

A desperate Karim approaches on old friend who works for the government to alert him if Nadia is found by the authorities. In return, he agrees to defend a Diana Dahlan, a woman shaman who has been arrested for allegedly murdering Datuk Jeffrey, a high profile businessman during a pagan ritual. During their first meeting, Diana surprises Karim by revealing his past. She knows he and his wife had difficulty conceiving, but the wife eventually gave birth to Nadia. Since then, his wife has gone missing and Nadia has run away from home. Karim starts to believe that Diana does indeed have supernatural abilities.

Meanwhile, Talib and Shah, the officers investigating the Diana Dahlan case find a string of powerful and wealthy men who have gone missing. In an effort to find a connection between these disappearances, Talib meets Daud, who investigated some of the earlier cases. Daud implies that people worship not just facing Mecca, but in all directions nowadays because of fame and wealth, and that he fears the longer Talib investigates this case, the more he would be prone to temptation.

After Daud is murdered by Danni, Diana's assistant, Talib starts to understand that Daud was actually giving him a clue. Diana used to live in the northern, southern, eastern and western regions of the city. After excavating all her former homes, Talib and Shah find dead bodies in each and every one of them. All except one of the bodies are men, who used to be Diana's clients. While studying the female victim's body, Talib and Shah find that it has been mummified with only its womb removed.

Later that night, Nadia is found by the authorities and placed in a women's jail. However, she becomes possessed and turns hysterical. When she is placed in the hospital wing, she is visited by Diana's spirit. It is then revealed in flashbacks that before Nadia's conception, Karim's wife secretly met Diana for her help. In return, Karim's wife was supposed to sacrifice her second fetus. However, when she does become pregnant again years later, Karim's wife does not want to undergo the ritual. However, her womb is forcefully removed by Diana and Danni. However, she dies during the ritual.

In court, it is revealed that Diana did not intend to kill Jeffrey. Instead, he was supposed to adhere to certain taboos for a few days in order to become invincible. In order to test his invincibility, Diana tried to chop him with her sword but ended up killing him. She and her assistant then sliced the body into eighteen pieces to dispose it. Karim tries to argue for Diana's sentence to be reduced to manslaughter since she did not intend to kill Jeffrey. However, the court finds her guilty and sentences her to death by hanging. Diana waves her right to appeal and instead chooses to be hanged immediately.

After the verdict, Karim goes to the women's prison to fetch Nadia but is instead told that she had left after being released. He is later informed by Talib that the mummified woman's body found at Diana's old house is none other than his wife's. After Diana is hanged to death, we see her spirit has possessed Nadia, who is now the new woman shaman.

Cast[edit]

  • Umie Aida as Diana Dahlan, the murderer main character based on Mona Fandey.
  • Adlin Aman Ramlie as Datuk Jefri, Diana's client and eventual victim
  • Faizal Hussein as Karim, Diana's lawyer, who also narrates the film.
  • Ramli Hassan as Daud
  • Nam Ron as Investigating Officer Talib
  • Bront Palarae as Shah
  • Hasnul Rahmat as Danni
  • Avaa Vanja as Sara
  • Elyana as Nadia
  • Sofi Jikan as Fadzli
  • Abu Bakar Juah
  • Chew Kin Wah

Reception[edit]

Box-office[edit]

Dukun netted RM1.5 million on its first day of screening throughout Malaysia and Brunei - the highest opening night gross for AStro Shaw-[5], which accumulated to RM6.2 million after four days of release.[6][7] It went on to rake in RM10 million over 20 days after its release. [8] The film was also screened in Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia. [8] In Singapore, Dukun was screened at 19 screens, the widest released Malay-language film in Singapore in recent years. [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chua, Dennis (26 April 2018). "#Showbiz: 'Dukun' hits RM10mil mark at the box office". New Straits Times. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Will Dukun ever charm viewers?" Archived 7 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine., TheStar, 3 June 2007.
  3. ^ "FEATURE: Resurrecting Mona Fandey". Malay Mail. 21 February 2007. Archived from the original on 12 April 2007..
  4. ^ Chua, Dennis (7 February 2018). "(Showbiz) Finas sees red over 'Dukun' leak". New Straits Times. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  5. ^ Hanisah Selamat (6 April 2018). "Dukun catat RM1.5j hari pertama tayangan". Berita Harian. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  6. ^ Mohd Haikal Isa (9 April 2018). "Empat hari tayangan, Dukun kutip RM6.2 juta". Kosmo!. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  7. ^ Arif Fadli Mohd Sori (9 April 2018). "Kutipan Dukun RM6.2 juta di luar jangkaan". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b Mohan, Chris (8 August 2018). "'Dukun' to premiere in Indonesia today after RM11m success in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei". Malay Mail. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  9. ^ Wang, Yanhua; Hamzah, Aqil (18 April 2018). "Movie reviews: Dukun, The Princess And The Matchmaker". The New Paper. Retrieved 8 August 2018.

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