Munafik

this review has spoilers …

Any movie that leaves the audience in laughter or in tears will be remembered. MUNAFIK is a local movie in Malay language which is promoted as a horror, scary movie. The kind that’ll make you jump out of your skin or pee in your pants and make your popcorn fly in fright while you try to keep looking at the screen through gaps in between your fingers. I ended up watching it drowning with tears not out of fear but out of empathy and sadness.

It tells of a man, ADAM who is battling with the loss of his wife in a car accident. In his local community, he is akin to a healer with Islamic healing abilities. Despite still grief-stricken 3 months after his wife’s death – he had to return to his daily job and help the villagers in need. And be a strong father to his son who keeps missing his mother. Together with his best friend – almost like the Supernatural brothers – they’d be ghost busting demons and jins by reciting words from the Holy Quran. Things became to get haywire as he tried to heal Maria, the daughter of a prominent figure in the village. Maria was possessed by a spirit of unknown origin and it was up to them to find out and exorcise it.

However, just like any normal human being – the highly respected ADAM is also subjected to flaws in character. The most prominent in him being ANGER. He was angry and unforgiving towards the person who killed his wife in the hit and run accident (killer was revealed towards the end of the story), he was angry to his son, father and caring members of the community. He was angry that his wife was taken away by ALLAH.

And this ANGER was manifested in such a way that I find easy to relate. The things he did and think about was like what I think I’d probably do as well in moments of insanity. I’m not quite sure about digging up the grave but shouting at your loved ones.. handing out threats of hitting or spanking your one and only son ? .. well… I guess it can happen if we fail to take control of that surge in power.

I need to mention that the possessing demon sounded so real – I could have nightmares for a month.

But the ending.. was heartbreaking. The hit and run driver was identified as Maria (of course)  – the MUNAFIK being Maria’s father who sealed a deal with the devil to terrorize the village and kill off the holy men, in return for wealth, power and a young wife. But what hurt me most was knowing that ADAM’s son was also killed in the accident and all the flashbacks he had afterwards were just figments of his imagination. It was so sad. DAMN SAD.

I think my friends need to watch it – but I’d sell them as a horror movie. Because once I mention SAD, they’d be like .. ‘kenapa cerita seram boleh sedih? ada twist ke?”

The part when Han Yoon Chan declares to Jang Hana

Hana asked Yoon Chan,

” You still worry about me knowing that I love him? “

and he said..

” I told you to lean on me when you’re scared or things got tough. Even if you love someone else, my feelings won’t change. I’ll always protect you.

I’ve known you and him for a while now. I wish I was your love. But I acknowledge that I’m not the one who makes your heart beat faster.

You won’t give up on love or work. I know you won’t. You’ll keep going forward. You’ll be in pain and you might feel lost. When things get tough, don’t forget that I’m always here for you. You’ll be in pain because of your love for him. You’ll realize one day love that hurts can never last. Come to me when you realize that. I’ll be waiting.

There are many kinds of love. My way of loving you is to be there for you.. no matter what”

 

*then the chorus of this song explodes in the background*

 

My current KDrama Obsession : Good Daughter, Hana

Good Daughter Hana is currently on show at Astro Ch 393. Truth be told, Han Yoon Chan (Lee Tae-Gon) appears more attractive than …. the other guy. Maybe it’s because I’ve grown ‘old’ thus the choice seems more ‘classic’.

Yoon Chan despite being cold, displays an abundance of warmth and affection when it comes to the woman he loves. His words were mature, his stares were full of amour. I couldn’t help letting out a shrieking “oh my god’ plus aksi guling2 gelak sorang2 although I was watching  a particular romantic scene alone. The type of omg  girls would scream to each other when they watch a tak larat scene in a chick flick.

“Hold my hand
I’ll give you three tickets
You can’t see them, but pretend you got them
When you’re having a hard time, when you’re scared and when you need someone, call me
I won’t ask anything and will do what I can do for you”

These words were uttered by Yoon Chan to Eun- Seong/Hana (Park Han-byeol) when Hana was in a turmoil in deciding whether to reveal or conceal herself as a woman as opposed to being a man. Sadly, Hana perceived this statement as a form of brother-ly love. Haih.. if only she knew that Yoon Chan has already known her for who she really was and how he really feels.

The total episode for this drama is 112. I haven’t even reached episode 50 on Astro. So I watched the finale online and am happy with the ending. Utter happiness. I can now continue watching this drama knowing that the finale is not disappointing. He he.