A delightful savour of our local flavours, Nasi Lemak 2.0 (2011) is a light hearted comedy film featuring a mixed taste of the traditional yet modern flavours of today’s Malaysian society with the emphasis on the spirit of 1Malaysia. Surprisingly it’s one of the top 5 must-see Asian food movies in a Singapore website.
Nasi Lemak 2.0 (2011) is a local film directed by Wee Meng Chee (a.k.a. Namewee). It is said to be a low-budget film without the financial support from the local government. Premièred on 8 September 2011 in 60 cinemas throughout Malaysia, it made more than RM 1.5 million during the first four days of the release.
It’s a film to be viewed with an openness of mind, suitable for intrepid food movie goers where its flavour sensation that would not be incorrectly described as ‘interesting’ – seeing how each character reveals its flavours as the plot goes and to be mixing it all up at the latter part in creating an intimate flavour very close to our hearts as Malaysians.
There are a few wonderful citations picked up from the film which are worth pondering.
“A good mix of curry powder is like a relationship between people, you have to find the right balance to make it work.”
“The inter-cultural interaction among us as Malaysians is liken as ‘Nasi Lemak’ where each ingredient permeates individual flavour, when these are combined and packed, it became a wonderful tasty and delicious local dish loved by Malaysians.”
“Similarly as a family unit with many wives and children, they will live happily in their everyday lives. Yes, there may be squabbles here and there but so long as there exist the elements of tolerance, patience, the willingness to learn and appreciate one another, problems will seize.”
“I found myself through food and in the many months of getting to know people, have I learnt about their livelihood and cultures. Surely and gradually I’m learning about myself and my identity, as it is reflected in the choice of my dish”.
To me, the value of the film is the message conveyed and not so much on the fancy artistry of cinematography. If you have not feasted on this film, you may give it a try but it can be a little spicy if you’re not viewing it with an openness of mind. Here’s a taste of the official trailer.
Have fun and enjoy your weekend!