Bunohan (Return To Murder) (2011)





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Adil, a young Muay Thai kick-boxer, has just fled an honor fight-to-the-death. Ilham, an assassin who is also Adil's stepbrother, is promptly hired by the organizer of the death match to kill the fugitive. Looking for somewhere to hide and recover, Adil and a childhood friend take shelter in the Bunohan boxing club where Adil started his career. Ilham, meanwhile, has never been back to Bunohan since the day he left many years ago. Upon returning, memories of loneliness and abandonment flood his mind, and he experiences waves of resentment and regret. Bakar, the third brother, has also come home from the city; ostensibly a respectful schoolteacher, he is in reality a greedy and ruthless person, and is trying to convince his father to sell a burial ground to a construction company.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Easternlight Films


as Pok Wah
Wan Hanafisu
as Pok Eng
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Critic Reviews for Bunohan (Return To Murder)

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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
Top Critic

The pace of these scenes can be trying -- and would be torture for viewers who came expecting a more conventional Asian crime film -- but it suits the movie's concern with family histories, rural isolation, and the inevitability of development.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The film is too ambitious for its own skills.

Full Review… | June 27, 2012
UR Chicago Magazine

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Full Review… | September 27, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Bunohan (Return To Murder)

A cold-blooded contract killer is on the prowl for the head of an up-and-coming kickboxer, who owns a piece of land that a schoolteacher greedily covets in his pursuit of money--All three of them being half-brothers. If that doesn't catch your attention, add in the quirks of a wayang kulit tok dalang father who's turning senile, a broken quasi-mystical family, the dark side of underground Muay Thai, a truly rustic-bordering-on-poverty-stricken Kelantanese setting, and spectacular cinematography in the swamps and coasts of Kelantan. I must admit, the film really deserves all those awards (I'm still amazed that they filmed in croc-infested waters!). This film is a statement that says there's still hope for the Malaysian film scene. Hats off to the director, producers, and actors. All the praises aside, there are parts of it which I still don't understand , though, particularly the mystical aspects.

Zulhilmi Ghouse
Zulhilmi Ghouse

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