Thursday, 25 January 2018
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
Directed by: Hussain Haniff
Written by: Ali Aziz
Starring: Noordin Ahmad, M. Amin, Siput Serawak, Latiffah Omar
Produced by: Cathay-Keris Films Pte Ltd.
Runtime: 118 minutes
The antithesis to Phani Majumdar’s Hang Tuah (1956), Hussain Haniff’s Hang Jebat is based on a 1958 radio play titled Tragedi Hang Jebat (Tragedy of Hang Jebat) by Ali Aziz and portrays the eponymous anti-hero in a more sympathetic light. Exploring his internal conflict between his devotion to the sultan and his love for his sworn brother Hang Tuah, the film touches on the conflict between justice and unquestioning loyalty to the sultan—addressing the perennial tension of a Malay identity that is tightly knitted with the traditional feudal system. In mimicking the over-turning and destruction of social order, the film explores Hang Jebat’s psyche as he descents into vengeful madness and runs amok.
Film Still: Hang Jebat, 1961. Image Courtesy of © 1961 Cathay-Keris Films Pte Ltd.