Raja Bersiong

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Raja Bersiong is a 1968 Malaysian historical epic film in Malay directed by Jamil Sulong and based on a story by former Malaysian Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman. Despite costing RM 750,000 to produce, ten times the cost of the average Malaysian film, it was a flop at the box-office.[1]

The story is loosely based on historical myth Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa, first told about pre-Islamic Kedah that was once ruled by Raja Ong Maha Perita Deria [2] The story is very popular and has been filmed two other times, in 1963 and 1968. It has also been staged as a theaterical production by Petronas Performing Arts Group’s.[3]

Synopsis[edit]

A King and his troops came across a town called Kampung Gading. There, they meet a strong but mute and deaf man named Badang, who is the personal servant of a young woman named Chomel. The King pretended to be a normal guard as part of a plan to lure Badang to become his personal protector and Chomel to become his wife. His plan worked and he married Chomel and Badang left to work for him.

Some time later, the king's appetite changed. At dinner one night, he commends the cook for the delicious dish and asked what the main ingredient was. The cook was forced to reveal that the unusual taste was due to his (the cook's) own blood, which had dropped into the dish when his hand was bleeding. The king deduced that the blood was the ingredient to making all his food delicious and commanded that all his food be cooked in human blood from then on. His taste for blood grew so intense that over time he grew fangs and began attacking his own people to feast on them. When people began dying to satisfy the King's thirst for blood, his subjects revolted and the King was killed by them.

References[edit]

  1. ^ van der Heide, William (2002). Malaysian Cinema, Asian Film: Border Crossings and National Cultures. Amsterdam University Press. p. 146. ISBN 90-5356-580-9. Retrieved 25 June 2008. 
  2. ^ All Malaysia.info
  3. ^ Kakiseni.com - The 60 Second Plug: "Raja Bersiong"

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