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Abang Adik

Abang and Adi were stranded at Pudu Pasar. As they have no parents, the two brothers rely on each other. Abang is born mute, and his only goal in life is to work hard and seek a stable life; while Adi refuses to give in to destiny, thus he sells fake documents just to make money sooner and leave the place. The social worker Jia En is one rare good person in their lives. She sympathizes with them in their afflictions, hoping to help them get their identities. However, a fatal accident then happens and completely lets Abang and Adi fall into a dire fate once again.

  • Jin Ong
  • Jin Ong
  • Sinje Lee
  • Nicole Teoh
  • Trini Lam
  • Kang-Ren Wu
    Key Cast
  • Jack Tan
    Key Cast
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    1 hour 55 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 5, 2022
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    Malay, Mandarin Chinese, Yue Chinese (Cantonese)
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  • International Film Festival Fribourg
    Switzerland, Fribourg
    The Ecumenical Jury Award, Audience Award
  • Udine Far East Film Festival 25
    Italy, Udine
    Golden Mulberry Award, Black Dragon Award, White Mulberry Award for a First Feature Film.
Director Biography - Jin Ong

Jin Ong, the founder of More Entertainment Sdn Bhd, has developed film and television productions since 2008. He also served as curator of the 1st and 2nd Malaysia International Film Festival.
Jin Ong is good at focusing on social issues, humanities and morals. His perspective reflects the situation from the country (Malaysia) where he grew up, creating an indie style of realism. Already in 2020, Abang Adik has won the Mirror Fiction Story Award and FPP Visionary Award in Golden Horse FPP. The film comes from his feelings about the marginal problems in Malaysia. After producing many films, Abang Adik will be Ong’s first attempt as director. The script is also written by himself. He will start shootings in June 2022. He will continue to develop more projects and speak for social issues in the future.

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Director Statement

I write this story, Abang Adik, hoping that this issue can be noticed.

In my country (Malaysia), there is always a group of stateless and unidentified people. They are neither inseparable from nor belonging to this land. Those children have no idea for their future. But the government not only ignores it but also eats out of the palm of their hands. Aside from the issue of poverty, what comes next is the issue of identity. Without identity, people would like social death.

I want to write this story to raise the public's awareness about the marginalised not only in Malaysia but all over the world. In their daily life, they suffer from unfair treatment, reflecting the affair that must be valued. The two brothers suffer the same fate.

Under all the dissatisfaction, love is the only thing we have. Although society treats them like this, I still believe that the love in everyone's heart is the infinite power. On the contrary, love can also destroy everything. In Abang Adik, the ultimate appeal is the love hidden in the hearts of the two brothers. It is the love that gives them determination to accompany each other till the end of the world.