Wednesday, 24 January 2018
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
Directed by: Phani Majumdar
Written by: Mubin C. ff Sheppard (adaptation)
Starring: P. Ramlee, Saadiah, Zaiton, Ahmad Mahmud
Produced by: Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.)
Runtime: 120 minutes
Hang Tuah, the fabled warrior of 15th century Melaka, and Laksamana (Admiral) to Sultan Mansur Shah, faced many trials and tribulations to prove his skills and, particularly, his loyalty to the Sultan. An adaptation of Irish-born colonial civil servant Mubin Sheppard’s The Adventures of Hang Tuah, the film was a familiar hero’s journey and one of the rare Malay-language films of the era that was rendered in ‘Eastmancolor’. The decade in which the film was released was a period in which the traditional feudal authority was wavering and questioned. Thus, the portrayal of Hang Tuah’s loyalty to the Sultan received harsh criticism from the Malay cultural intelligentsia.
Film Still: Hang Tuah, 1956. Image Courtesy of © 1956 Shaw Organisation.