Malaysian cinema has definitely upped their game this summer with movies like Pulang, Munafik 2, Hantu Kak Limah and more movies that has significantly improved not only in terms of ticket sales but the overall quality of the cinematography and its plotlines. Hantu Kak Limah nonetheless has come on top this summer, achieving RM32.5 million within 18 days of screening (Release Date: 9 September), a record shattering ticket sales in Malaysian history.
Hantu Kak Limah Official Poster
Not only that it beat its local rival on its opening week but it also managed to beat international Hollywood heavyweights. Hantu Kak Limah or HKL’s Executive Producer Gayatri Su-Lin Pillai was shocked that the people who went to the cinema and see choices such as MEG and Mission Impossible would opt to see a Malaysian film. To her, there is a feat of proud of being Malaysian, which stems from her very involvement with the franchise with Hantu Kak Limah Balik Rumah, which started on the silver screen ten years ago.
TP Lim, Managing Director of Infinitus Entertainment and Gayatri Su-Lin Pillai, Executive Producer of Hantu Kak Limah
For her and her colleague TP Lim, the movie is, as truly as a Malaysian film can get, unintentionally intelligent humor mixed with talented actors and unexpected plot twist and turns. Commenting on Awie’s performance, Gayatri even said that Husin (the character played by Awie in the film) is Awie’s alter ego in the Kampung Pisang universe.
TP Lim, the executive director of the film believe that when it comes to humor, as long as you are a Malaysian, you will get it, no matter race, creed or religion. For him, he was more than excited to see his cast Zul Ariffin, in a funny guy character. It was hard for him to imagine Zul in the character but Zul definitely brought the bomoh character alive.
Main actors of Hantu Kak Limah (from left) Sharwani, Zul Ariffin, Dato' Awie and the late Arab Khalid
When asked about how Andy Lau comes into the picture, TP Lim explained that this project is propelled by Astro Shaw and Infinitus Entertainment Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Andy Lau and Dato’ Sri Robin Tan’s Infinitus Entertainment Limited. The company is encouraged by Southeast Asian market reaction to the movie and will continue to deliver new movies scheduled next year.