Japan-based Malaysian director Lim Kah Wai is a well-known name in Japan as he has spent most of his life making films in the country.
Having stayed in Osaka, Japan for more than 25 years, the director recently graced the launch of Malaysia’s Japan Film Festival 2018 (JFF 2018) where some of his best works will be screened at the event.
During the launch, the director revealed that he plans to make a film based on his personal experience during the recent 14th Malaysian General Election.
“I do plan on making some Malaysian movies, especially after the recent election. The one I currently have in mind is not going to be focusing on the election completely but it is related to it,” Lim told Hype Malaysia at GSC Pavilion.
According to Lim, this will be his first ever Malaysian production film, and the concept will be about his journey during the election period where he worked as a Poll and Counting Agent (PACA) volunteer in Pahang.
“During the election, I volunteered to be a PACA in a small village in Pahang. I met many other PACAs from KL and other states. On the journey to Pahang, we had a lot of interesting conversations and something interesting even happened in the village,” Lim explained.
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Came back to Malaysia for the election,and finally we made the history!it is a the greatest victory to all Malaysian!we saw the Hope! マレーシア総選挙のために先週から帰ってきたが、すべての苦労が報われた。政権交代できた！新生のマレーシア、希望溢れる！万歳万歳！ #ge14 #malaysia #victory #reformasi #harapan #tunmahathirmohamad #anwaribrahim #pakartanrakyat #pakartanharapan #pkr #ph #malaysiaboleh #マレーシア総選挙 #マレーシア #総選挙 #政権交代 #政権交替 #勝利宣言 #万歳 #pacaba #volunteer #election
Lim refused to reveal the content of the conversation but he believes that it will be an interesting concept. “You’ll know what it’s about when it comes out.”
So far, Lim said that he is still in early scriptwriting process and he will be looking for producers for the film. “It’s not going to be a huge budget film, just a simple story that takes place during the election period.”
As a Malaysian residing in Japan, Lim’s films often reflect himself as most of them are usually about a foreigner in a different country. “Most of my films focuses on strangers in unfamiliar lands. So there’s a lot of cross-cultural elements, culture shock and conflicts in terms of communication and language barrier.”
He recently wrapped up his latest movie titled “Somewhen, Somewhere”, which follows an Asian girl who travels to Balkan Peninsula in Serbia and her encounters with the people and culture there.
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mission completed! from Japan to Russia by ferry,Siberia railway,east Europe ,Balkan and then finished shooting a feature road movie in past 2 months! 皆さんのお陰でミッションコンプリート。 日本から船でロシアへ渡り、二度目のシベリア鉄道の旅をしてモスクワに向かい、ワールドカップ決勝戦を見てから東ヨーロッパに入り、そして一カ月かけて新作を撮り終えて、あっという間のこの二カ月間、実はミッションインポッシブルの連続だ。放浪と撮影を繰り返したのこの人生はいつまで続けるかわからないが、少なくとも来年また二本ぐらいを撮りたい。宜しくお願いします！ #independentfilmmaking #fromjapantorussia #byferry #siberianrailway #moscow #worldcup2018 #final #easteurope #balkan #missionimpossible #mission #completed
His films “New World” and “Fly Me to Minami”, which are part of JFF 2018 line-up, also follow similar themes.
After “Somewhen, Somewhere”, Lim will start working on his next project, which will be a follow-up to “New World” and “Fly Me to Minami”. The film will be the 3rd instalment and last film of the Lim’s trilogy. The shooting will take place this Winter (mid-December) in Osaka.
“New World” and “Fly Me to Minami” will be shown in GSC Nu Sentral on Saturday, 8th September at 2:40pm and 4:50pm respectively.