The Female Gaze and Representation of Women in Malaysian Cinema
By Kalash Nanda Kumar
SHUHAIMI BABA’S Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam first premiered in cinemas in 2004. The film became a massive box office hit, instantly pushing Maya Karin, its lead actress, into stardom. It has since cemented its status as one of Malaysia’s definitive supernatural films, and if there ever were to be a “Malaysian cinema canon”, it would occupy a space on the list.The few lingering memories I have of watching it was Maya Karin’s haunting performance; her presence on screen is so...
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