Mentioning football and the name of the Harimau Malaya team, is a synonym for the Malaysia football fans.
The Harimau Malaya team has always been a source of pride not only for football fans but for Malaysians because of the undivided struggle shown by each individual whether behind the scenes or in the line-up of players who have changed over the past decades.
But behind what is seen on the field through the players’ agility, a hidden story is unknown throughout the ‘journey’ of people around the Malayan Tigers.
Raising a perspective that has never been explored in any production involving the Malayan Tiger, 4ward Pictures Sdn. Bhd proudly presents their film, Harimau Malaya: The Untold Journey.
The film presented by Nashrul Nasir as Executive Producer and Alif Nabil as Producer received the magical touch of the famous director, Dato’ Afdlin Shauki, the scriptwriter of Harimau Malaya: The Untold Journey.
Harimau Malaya : The Untold Journey is inspired by the story behind the scenes of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) after Tan Cheng Hoe resigned as national squad coach in January 2022.
“From this inspiration, Harimau Malaya: The Untold Journey developed not just about football players but we took a different narrative, significantly raising the story of three die-hard fans called Ultras who were blacklisted from attending football matches for a year.
“Harimau Malaya: The Untold Journey also features a ‘long kick’ or ‘long journey’ about individuals behind the scenes, around who help the national squad a lot but are never ‘sung’,” said Nashrul Nasir from 4ward Pictures Sdn. Bhd.
Nashrul added, the production of Harimau Malaya: The Untold Journey is also an appreciation for the struggle of the national squad, especially after successfully defeating Bangladesh and qualifying for the Asian Cup after 42 years.
“We believe many inspirational stories can be collected and taken from Harimau Malaya: The Untold Journey, especially those after Tang Cheng Hoe resigned as national squad coach in 2022.
“With Dato’ Afdlin Shauki’s expertise in writing the script and directing this film in an atmosphere of drama, sports and history wrapped in commercial value, Harimau Malaya: The Untold Journey is a must-see.
“You will not only be inspired but we want to grow fresher patriotism towards the national squad and our beloved Malaysia,” he said.
For Afdlin Shauki who last sat in the director’s chair two years ago, the opportunity to direct Harimau Malaya: The Untold Journey is a platform he uses to create a more extraordinary love not only for sports but the spirit of camaraderie, sacrifice and patriotism that should exist in every citizen Malaysia.
“As a Malaysian I should not refuse the opportunity to work on and direct Harimau Malaya: The Untold Journey.
“This is not only because I want to have a masterpiece in my directing career but it is my tribute to my beloved country.
“Through Harimau Malaya: The Untold Journey, you will understand the definition of ‘Success Requires Courage And Sacrifice,'” said Afdlin enthusiastically.
Harimau Malaya: The Untold Journey is lined up with great actors from the country such as Sophia Albarakbah, Zahirah Macwilson, Aiman Hakim Redza, Tony Eusoff, Vanidah Imran, Khir Rahman, Douglas Lim, Fattah Amin, Meerqeen, Fazura, Bell Ngasri, Azhar Sulaiman and many more.
The film was shot for 35 days around the Klang Valley. Wondering how the content of Harimau Malaya: The Untold Journey? Don’t forget to watch and fuel the love of sports and country by supporting this movie once it’s shown in a cinema near you.
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