I guess at this juncture, the name “Hantu Kak Limah” or loosely translated as The Ghost of Kak Limah must be a familiar household name among the Malays in Malaysia; especially those who are of the Middle Class and Lower and the “typical” cliques. Malays who confess themselves of not knowing the name probably are self-professed elitists who see the idea of watching-a-Malay-movie-is-low-class or perhaps they simply don’t like watching corny soap-opera/slapstick comedy usually affiliated with Malay dramas/movies. Either way, it’s their prerogatives. I am no one to judge but hey, it wouldn’t hurt to highlight the scenario in such painful truth, no? Hahaha!
The second installment.
Anyway, the first time I heard about the name was like in 2011 when the original “Hantu Kak Limah” film was released. The first film which was “Hantu Kak Limah Balik Rumah” (The Ghost of Kak Limah Comes Back Home) was an instant hit in the local cinemas and considered as box-office! Dialogues and characters from the film became sort of like a cult and repeatedly uttered and said; either as pun of comedic jargon or simply as personal taglines.
The popular comical “ghost”, Kak Limah.
Actress Delimawati played the titular role. I think it’s a high time that she’s been given recognition for portrayal as Kak Limah. Effortless yet very etching in the hearts of Malaysians. She is far more versatile than the other ‘wooden’ pretty faces ‘heroine’ Malaysian actresses (some were elected to act just because they had the commercial faces. Sigh)
I had to say that I didn’t see the film until I heard so many rave reviews from people around me about the film! I had my nephew and sister kept saying about the film; colleagues kept making jokes about the films; I had pupils wanted to name their groups as “Hantu Kak Limah” and kept singing songs from the film, and many more. Ultimately, I decided to watch the film via online (since it was already quite several months after the cinema premieres). I had to say that it was quite funny and entertaining! Hhahahaa!
Awie as Husin, the protagonist of the second installment.
So now in 2013, the second installment entitled “Hantu Kak Limah 2 : Husin, Mon & Jin Pakai Toncit” is released. My nephew, Rifqi Naufal got so excited about the film (he is merely 7 years old!). So, I guess as a bonding time – and since he already has a new baby brother (just wanna make him feel pampered), we brought him to watch the flick at GSC Alamanda, Putrajaya.
The villagers of Kampung Pisang; with the late Allahyarham Zami Ismail.
Basically, the story is about Kampung Pisang now being attacked by another supernatural force. A few ‘virgin’ males were reported went missing. When Husin, the protagonist played by Awie came back to the village after being declared bankruptcy, scenario worsen as he went missing; be led astray by spirit of Mon, a beautiful enchantress. Turned out that the evil force was a satyr-like who savour sacrifices and he devours on the souls of ‘untainted’ males of purebred Kampung Pisang origin.
Ezlynn as the spirit enchantress, Mon.
So, what’s the verdict? I would say that the movie is quite disappointing as opposed to the first one. Of course, there were a few hilarious catchy comic-relieves punchlines that really tickling; but many of them were forgettable and quite slapstick. Awie’s charismatic enigma as an actor was not fully exploited as per the first installment; in this second one, his scenes were quite restricted and limited. I don’t know; perhaps in the first one, his scenes were even smaller; but he managed to steal the limelight with his presence! And then suddenly there was this musical scene between Husin (Awie) and spirit enchantress Mon (Ezlyn)!! Although their voices are great to the ears but seeing a ‘spirit enchantress’ singing ala rock style expression as if she was performing on stage and doing video clip – that’s totally NAY! Delimawati as Kak Limah also was not included in the main storyline; she as the accessory! I just think it’s such a waste to not including her as she was the energy from the first installment!
Rashidi Ishak as Dr Shamsuddin, the new antagonist.
Above all, I felt that the casts were alright; they have the energy and presence; but unfortunately, director Mamat Khalid did not exploit their talents as much as the first one. It’s disheartening if were to be compared with the first one; but hey, if you are looking for a movie for family especially kids, this is an OK film to watch (I see a lot of families brought in their children to watch this) although there is one particular scene where a scantily-clad girl in video was dancing in a very sexually-suggestive manner ala Indonesian “Goyang Gerudi” dangdut (which I think isn’t APPROPRIATE for kids!); still on whole, it is OK.
Syed as the famous Usop Wilcha; a localized pronunciation for “wheelchair”. Hahaha! Famous hand-waving, no?
I give 2.5 stars outta 5. (,”)