Ola Bola

Last updated

Ola Bola
Ola Bola Theatrical Poster.jpg
Official theatrical poster
Directed by Chiu Keng Guan
Written by
  • Chan Yoke Yeng
  • Tan Pik Yee
Produced by
  • Najwa Abu Bakar
  • Tung Yow Kong
  • Datuk Steven Lim
Starring
  • JC Chee
  • Luqman Hafidz
  • Saran Kumar
  • Marianne Tan
  • Katrina Ho
  • Bront Palarae
  • Frankie Lee
CinematographyChin Ting Chang
Edited byGwyneth Lee
Music byOnn San
Production
companies
Distributed byGolden Screen Cinemas
Release date
  • 28 January 2016 (2016-01-28)(Malaysia)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryMalaysia
Languages
BudgetRM5 million [1]
Box officeRM16.67 million [2]

Ola Bola is a 2016 Malaysian sports football film directed by Chiu Keng Guan. The film was inspired by the glories of the Malaysia national football team which successfully entered the 1980 Summer Olympics. The film was released in Malaysian cinemas on 28 January 2016. As of November 2019, Ola Bola is currently ranked the tenth-highest grossing Malaysian film of all-time.

Contents

Plot

A journalist, Marianne is commissioned to research the Malaysia national football team of the 80's. Disillusioned by her working life in Malaysia, she decides to emigrate to England once she completes the project. She goes to Sabah to interview Eric, a former player of the team.

In 1980, the team practises for the upcoming pre-Olympics matches, with captain Chow Kwok Keong serving as the interim coach until Harry Mountain takes over. Meanwhile, aspiring sports commentator and Chow's friend, Rahman practises with his mentors. Mountain revises the formation, such as by having Eric being changed from a reserve goalkeeper to a striker. Having not getting used to the new formation, and also due to Chow disobeying the coach's orders, the team is unable to win any friendly matches. Soon, Eric and fellow striker Ali have a falling out over the squad number 10. Chow assumes responsibility for their embarrassing performance and quits the team.

The team continues on their losing streak. In the meantime, the three younger brothers of Muthu the goalkeeper are injured in an attempt to help their father deliver coconuts by driving the lorry. Fed up with Muthu's (fruitless) football endeavours and him not being able to help with work, Muthu's father reprimands him. Muthu contemplates also about quitting the team out of perceived incompetence, but does not do so.

Chow remembers his pledge to lead the team to glory and decides to rejoin the team. Mountain welcomes him back and advises him to "not make the same mistakes I did when I was younger." After extensive practice and military training, the team finally starts winning again.

Malaysia competes with South Korea at Stadium Merdeka in the final match, where Rahman is assigned to commentate. In the first half, an opponent informs Ali that Malaysia is boycotting the Olympics. During the half-time break, Ali shares the news to his teammates' disappointment. Mountain and Chow knew about this all along, but could not disclose it lest team morale be affected. Not willing to give up, Muthu encourages them to play on resolutely regardless whether they make it to Moscow. They display excellent skill and teamwork later on as Rahman delivers a thrilling and emphatic commentary. Ali scores the decisive goal; they win 3–2.

In the present day, Marianne gets the now-elderly Chow on television and has changed her mind about leaving. In a post-credits scene, she tells her boss Rahman that she knows his "secret": his past career as football commentator.

Cast

Main cast

Supporting cast

Special appearance

Cameo appearance

Production

Original soundtrack

"Arena Cahaya"
Single by Zee Avi
Released23 November 2015
Recorded2015
Genre Acoustic
Length4:15
Songwriter(s) Zee Avi; Rendra Zawawi
Producer(s) Astro Shaw

The original soundtrack for the movie, Arena Cahaya is written and performed by Zee Avi. [3] The song is co-produced by Zee and Rendra Zawawi. [3] The song is the winner of the "Best Original Theme Song" category in the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival in 2016 [4] This song also won the "Best Original Theme Song" award at the 28th Malaysia Film Festival held on 3 September 2016. [5]

Reception

Box-office

The film opened to 120 theatres across Malaysia and earned approximately RM2.5 million for the first 4 days of its release. [6] The figure had accumulated to around RM8 million thirteen days later. [7]

Thomas Schmid, who wrote for Film Journal International, had reported that the film had supposedly failed to reach Malaysia's top 20 box-office, performing "relatively slowly" compared with other recent foreign blockbusters despite banking on director Keng's success with his previous work The Journey. [8] However, local entertainment portal The Daily Seni refuted this claim, providing their own figures for the film with approximately RM15.3 million as of early March 2016. The portal further explained that the film's supposed flop was due to weekly Malaysian box office reports being never disclosed to the public. [9]

Accolades

AwardYearCategoryNomineeResult
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2016 [4] [10] [11] [12] Best Original Theme Song Zee Avi/Rendra ZawawiWon
Malaysia Film Festival 2016 [13] [14] [15] [16] Best FilmNominated
Best Director Chiu Keng Guan Nominated
Best Supporting ActorSri BalasubramaniamNominated
Best Original Story Chiu Keng Guan/Chan Yoke Yeng/Tan Pik YeeNominated
Best ScreenplayChan Yoke Yeng/Tan Pik YeeNominated
Best Costume DesignElaine Ng/Weng ShumWon
Best EditingGywneth LeeNominated
Best Art DesignSoon Yong ChowNominated
Best Original ScoreSan Weng Onn (Onn San)/San Wai Lik (Alex San)Won
Best Original Theme Song Zee Avi/Rendra ZawawiWon
Best New ActorSaran KumarNominated
Best New ActressMarianne TanNominated
Best Child ActorShivatharan NambiarNominated
Best Visual EffectsBak Chee HongNominated
Special Jury Award - National UnityWon

Controversies

Plot discrepancy

Some members of the public, including two key players in the Malaysian team that qualified for that Olympics, voiced concerns over the potential confusion that may arise from the distortion of certain facts depicted in the movie. That includes the actual scoreline and the player scoring the winning goal in the qualifier against South Korea. [17]

The production team has since clarified that the plot is "inspired by a true story" [18] as mentioned in the opening scene of the movie, and is not meant to be a historical account.

Disqualification in the 28th Malaysia Film Festival

Ola Bola became a subject of public outrage when it became one of the high-profile films to be disqualified from the Best Film shortlist in the 28th Malaysia Film Festival and lumped in the controversial Non-Bahasa Malaysia categories by the award organisers National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) and Film Producers Association Malaysia (PFM), because it contained less than 70% Bahasa Malaysia dialogue. [19] [20] [21]

The action was deemed to be a "racist" move, as claimed by the president of the Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Screenwriters Association (PENULIS), Alfie Palermo. [22] Filmmaker Afdlin Shauki announced on his Facebook page of his boycott to express his dissatisfaction, [23] which was supported by CIMB Group chairman Nazir Razak and Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes. [24] One participating cinematographer, Mohd Noor Kassim, also followed suit; withdrawing his nominations in the occasion [25] and returned two FFM trophies he won in previous editions to FINAS director Kamil Othman during a forum held by the agency in Kuala Lumpur. There had also been calls from both within and out of the film industry to boycott the award ceremony. [26] [27] [28] The assistant-general secretary of the Film Directors’ Association of Malaysia (FDAM) Hafiz Ibrahim resigned in protest of the unfair segregation.

FINAS has since revamped the category system under instructions from Multimedia and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak on 10 August. All non-Bahasa Malaysia categories were removed and nominees were eligible to compete for Best Film, Director and Screenplay in the original category, where a new category - Best Film in the National Language - is established in their place, where nominees that meet a 70% Bahasa Malaysia requirement can compete in this particular category. [21]

Related Research Articles

Puan Sri Tiara Jacquelina Eu Effendi is a Malaysian actress, film producer, musical theater producer, singer, and the founder of The Enfiniti Academy of Musical Theatre and Performing Arts. She is well-acclaimed for her role in Puteri Gunung Ledang, the biggest budget movie ever produced in Malaysia up until 2005, in which she played the lead character and sang the theme song, "Asmaradana". Aside from appearing on stage and on camera, Tiara Jacquelina also serves as the managing director of Enfiniti Vision Media, a Malaysian arts, entertainment, and television production company.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">R. Arumugam</span> Malaysian footballer

Datuk Arumugam Rengasamy was a legendary Malaysian national football player from Selangor. His long arms and difficult saves earned him the nickname "Spiderman". He was inducted into the FIFA Century Club in May 2021.

<i>Sumolah</i> 2007 Malaysian film

Sumolah is a 2007 Malaysian Malay-language action comedy film starring Afdlin Shauki and featuring the Japanese sport of sumo wrestling. The film was shot in Malaysia and Japan. The film has a multi-national cast including Thai actress Inthira Charoenpura who was previously known for her performance in Nang Nak, and Singaporean actor Gurmit Singh known for his performance in the sitcom Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd. The plot of the film revolves about what would happen if an unambitious Malay mat rempit is forced to enter the challenging world of sumo. This film is rated PG13 for intense sumo violence, some drug content, sexual references and brief strong language. This film was a financial failure despite critical success.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Afdlin Shauki</span> Malaysian actor, filem director, singer, songwriter, television presenter, comedian and politician

Dato' Afdlin Shauki bin Aksan is a Malaysian producer, screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, singer, songwriter, and television presenter and politician.

Chelsia Ng is an actress from Malaysia.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Astro Shaw</span>

Astro Shaw Sdn Bhd is a Malaysian film studio.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Zee Avi</span> Musical artist

Zee Avi, PBK is a Malaysian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and ukulele player.

Papadom is a 2009 Malaysian Malay-language comedy-drama film. It was directed by Afdlin Shauki, who stars in the film. It also stars Liyana Jasmay, Noorkhiriah, and Vanidah Imran.

Malaysia Film Festival is an accolade bestowed by the Malaysian Entertainment Journalists Association of Malaysia for the appreciation and honouring the products of film arts and artists. The formal ceremony at which the awards are presented is one of the most prominent award ceremonies and the highlights for the film industry in Malaysia and is televised live on local television, annually. It is considered to be Malaysia's own equivalent to the Academy Awards and it is one of the major annual awards presented in Malaysia, alongside the Anugerah Bintang Popular for the entire entertainment industry, and Anugerah Industri Muzik for the music industry.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Era (radio station)</span> Radio station in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching

ERA is a Malaysian Malay-language radio station operated by Astro Radio Sdn. Bhd. The radio station broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The radio station went on air on 1 August 1998. In the past few years, this station played a wider mixture of music from the 1980s to current-day, but now it plays Malaysian and international hit songs, including Korean songs. It is also has regional stations in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. In 2015, as according to Nielsen RAM Survey Wave #1, Era FM maintained its position as Malaysia's leading Malay-language station with over 4.8 million listeners.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bront Palarae</span> Malaysian actor, director, screenwriter, and producer

Nasrul Suhaimin bin Saifuddin, known professionally as Bront Palarae, is a Malaysian actor, screenwriter, film director, and producer.

Appalam is a 2011 Malaysian comedy-drama film directed by Afdlin Shauki. It is a Tamil-language remake of the film Papadom, also directed by Afdlin. The comedy revolves around an overprotective father, Samy, who besides his own role as a dad to his only daughter Shruti, has to take on the mother role upon the sudden death of his wife.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sangeeta Krishnasamy</span> Malaysian actress and model

Sangeeta Krishnasamy is a Malaysian actress and model. She did a small role in Kollywood movie after making an appearance in Venkat Prabhu's hit Goa and as the female lead in ZHA among famous South Indian film actors. In 2015 she was the female lead for two hit Malaysian Tamil movies Vetti Pasanga & Vennira Iravugal. Vennira Iravugal became an acclaimed Malaysian Tamil movie after it was screened in several film festivals around Europe and won a special jury award at the Norway Tamil Film Festival in 2014, subsequently taking home all 5 awards in all categories at the Malaysian Kalai Ulagam Awards in 2015. She is amongst the top actresses in the Malaysian Film Industry.

<i>Jagat</i> (film) 2015 Malaysian film

Jagat is a 2015 Malaysian crime drama film. Set in the early 1990s, the story follows a mischievous 12-year-old boy named Appoy and his relationships with his father, Maniam, and his uncles, former drug-addict Bala and local gangster Dorai. The boy faces pressure from his father to focus on school, but he is drawn to his uncle's life of crime.

Chiu Keng Guan is a Malaysian film director.

<i>Bola Kampung: The Movie</i> 2013 Malaysian film

Bola Kampung: The Movie is a 2013 Malaysian 3D computer-animated science fantasy film co-directed by Ah Loong and Chong Tee Chua, based on the animated series Bola Kampung produced by Animasia Studios and Young Jump Animation. The movie was a moderate commercial success, released on March 21, 2013 in Malaysia and April 2013 in Indonesia. It is the first Malaysian animated film to be produced in 3D stereoscopic format.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">AC Mizal</span> Malaysian singer, comedian, host, actor and radio presenter

Dato' Mizal Zaini, known professionally as AC Mizal, is a Malaysian actor, singer, comedian, TV host and former radio presenter.

<i>Upin & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris</i> 2019 Malaysian animated adventure film

Upin & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris is a 2019 Malaysian Malay-language computer-animated adventure film. The film follows the adventure of the twins and their friends in the fantastical kingdom of Inderaloka, where they have to save the kingdom from the evil king called Raja Bersiong. It is the third feature film based on the animated TV series Upin & Ipin by Les' Copaque Production, after Geng: The Adventure Begins in 2009 and Upin & Ipin: Jeng Jeng Jeng! in 2016. With a budget of RM20 million, it is the most expensive Malaysian animation and film ever made.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Douglas Lim</span> Malaysian actor, comedian, TV host and emcee

Douglas Lim is a Malaysian actor, comedian, television presenter and emcee. He is well known for his involvement in local television, theater and film and comedy show.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Altimet</span> Musical artist

Syed Ahmad Syed Abdul Rahman Alhadad or better known as Altimet is a Malaysian composer, lyricist, actor and former singer. He was a former member of the Teh Tarik Crew group which achieved success between 1999 and 2007. He has announced that his career as a singer after he 40th birthday has ended, but will still receive an offer to compose songs on behalf of others.

References

  1. "You will believe again, says 'Ola Bola' — Lee Yew Meng" . Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  2. "'Ola Bola' rakes in RM23 million at local box office" . Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  3. 1 2 "Zee Avi performs theme song to footie movie OlaBola [VIDEO]" . Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  4. 1 2 "(Showbiz) Zee Avi's Ola Bola anthem wins Best Theme Song at Golden Horse Awards". NST Online. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  5. "Festival Filem Malaysia 28". Perbadanan Kemajuan Filem Nasional Malaysia. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  6. Ect, Deric (2 February 2016). "Chart Chat: 'Ola Bola' Opens With RM2.5 Million, On Par With 'Polis Evo'!". The Daily Seni. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  7. Ect, Deric (11 February 2016). "Chart Chat: Ola Bola Hits RM8 Million But What Does It Mean And How Does This Compare?". The Daily Seni. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  8. Schmid, Thomas (3 March 2016). "'Mermaid' busts China B.O. record". Film Journal International . FilmJournal International. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  9. Ect, Deric (8 March 2016). "Chart Chat: International Industry Publication Claims 'Ola Bola' Bombed At Box Office, But It's Really Not Their Fault". The Daily Seni. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  10. "'Ola Bola' theme song nominated for Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival". 5 October 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  11. ""Ola Bola" theme song nominated for Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival" . Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  12. "'Arena Cahaya' up for Best Song trophy at Taipei Golden Horse Film Fest". NST Online. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  13. "cinema.com.my: "Ola Bola", "Polis Evo" lead FFM 28 nominations" . Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  14. "Ola Bola scores 14 noms at Malaysia Film Festival - Star2.com". Star2.com. 4 August 2016. Archived from the original on 5 November 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  15. "'Ola Bola' scores hat trick at FFM28 technical awards". 2 September 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  16. "Making history at this year's Malaysia Film Festival - Star2.com". Star2.com. 6 September 2016. Archived from the original on 5 November 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  17. "Ola Bola should have stuck to facts, say James Wong and Hassan Sani". Bernama. The Star. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  18. Golingai, Philip (20 February 2016). "'OlaBola's' controversial winning goal - One Man's Meat". The Star. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  19. ""Ola Bola", "Polis Evo" lead FFM 28 nominations" . Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  20. "Screenwriters rage 'Jagat', 'Ola Bola' disqualified as best film contenders". Malaysiakini. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  21. 1 2 "FFM awards: Jagat wins Best Malaysian Film, Best Film in National Language goes to Munafik". The Star. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  22. "'Divisive' film awards panned". The Star . Star Media Group Berhad. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  23. Afdlin Shauki (4 August 2016). "Mintak Maaf, Tahun Ini Saya Boikot FFM". www.facebook.com (in Malay).
  24. Hemananthani Sivanandam (6 August 2016). "Big guns back Afdlin's stand". The Star . Star Media Group Berhad. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  25. "'Best Cinematography' nominee withdraws from 'racist' FFM". 6 August 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  26. Syed Jaymal Zahid (5 August 2016). "Boycott racially-divisive FMM, Afdlin Shauki tells peers after 'Ola Bola', 'Jagat' snub". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  27. Amar Shah Mohsen (7 August 2016). "Abdul Rahman critical of Finas and PFM for omitting 'Jagat' and 'Ola Bola'". The Sun.
  28. "Film Directors' Association official quits over language segregation issue". The Star. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016.