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River of Exploding Durians - Trailer 【榴梿忘返】 预告片

《榴槤忘返》主要讲述一群中六生面对即将袭来的稀土厂一阵慌乱,人生产生了变化之余,在反对稀土厂的过程中,这群学生产生革命情感和一些单纯的爱慕情怀。A coastal town is turned upside down by the construction of a radioactive rare earth plant. An idealistic teacher and a group of high school students find themselves battling for the soul of their hometown. Based on real-life events, River of Exploding Durians is a sweeping tale of Malaysian history and its youth, where people are enveloped by politics and sadness while searching for love. #riverofexplodingduriansStarring: Zhu Zhi-Ying 朱芷瑩, Koe Shern 高圣, Daphne Low, Joey 梁祖仪Written, directed and edited by Edmund YeoProduced by Woo Ming Jin and Edmund Yeo Executive producer: Eric YeoDirector of Photography: Kong PahurakProduction designer: Edward Yu Chee BoonMake-up and wardrobe: Kay WongSound: Minimal Yossy PrapapanMusic: Woan Foong Wong

Posted by River of Exploding Durians 榴莲忘返 on Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Swifty At NAANA NEEYA Soundtrack Album Launching Ceremony

'Fine Dining' shoot postponed to tomorrow, so I went to the Naana Neeya soundtrack album launching ceremony at Mid Valley with my dad today instead. Naana Neeya is a Malaysian Tamil-language comedy produced and directed by vocalist Dharmavathi.

I'm not sure what the movie is going to be like, but after listening to its soundtrack earlier this morning, I was very intrigued. The album is, as described by the press release, is 'a fusion of Indian and Western music such as Alternative, Ballad, Funk, Techno, Hip-hop and R & B', songs are also sang in Tamil, English and Malay.

The soundtrack album actually has the title track, Naana Neeya in 3 different languages, and it comes with the music video of the title track and also a trailer of the movie.

Artists of this album include Vizz Da Blizz, a 12 year old boy who sang 4 out of 8 songs, G-tha, a 15 year old teenage girl, MC LOGA from the group Hyperkinetix (he does most of the rapping) and DJ Hazel. There's also one song by Phat Babu and two songs by producer director Dharmavathi herself (I think her YENNENGAL NEEYA might be my favourite song of the album).

The ceremony, held at Mid Valley, had some song performances from the aforementioned artists.

MC Loga and Vizz Da Blizz performing NAANA NEEYA
MC Loga and Vizz Da Blizz performing NAANA NEEYA

MC Loga and G-Tha performing UNNE NENAICHE
MC Loga and G-Tha performing UNNE NENAICHE

And then, the actual album launching ceremony...

The album launch

See the only Chinese guy on the stage? That's my dad, with the other sponsors and artists of the album.

My dad and other sponsors with the Naana Neeya artistes

I shot some videos of their performances, but realized that resolution and sound quality of videos shot with my mobile phone ain't that good (like DUH!).

So here's a music video of NAANA NEEYA instead:

The truth is, I'm not very exposed to the Malaysian Indian filmmaking or music industry, but based on their press release, they do face problems similar to us Chinese. The masses are more accepting towards the works of foreign countries than their own, so the biggest competition of these Indian musicians and filmmakers in Malaysia are, ironically, from India. Just like how the majority of people would choose to watch Hong Kong films and listen to Taiwanese singers than local ones.

I quote what Marcel Proust wrote to Mme. Strauss:

"People of the world are so imbued with their own stupidity that they can never believe that one of their own has talent. They appreciate only people of letters who are not of their world."
Pretty harsh, but not without reason. What Proust said can also apply to musicians and filmmakers. Just like how Justin is more in love with the literary works of other countries BUT his own, I am also, unfortunately, more receptive towards the films of other countries. Why? Because the creative works of our own countries reflect what we see everyday, hence anything from another country with a much different culture will be a breathe of fresh air, or a great chance for escapism. It's just human nature.

But the album's pretty good, definitely not something I've expected from a local Tamil album. :)

The official Naana Neeya website is here.

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