Vikingdom is a film by Yusry Abdul Halim,
of KRU studios, in which I play a supporting role. It is not my place to review
it, since I played the role of Warick the Wise and my words would not seem to
be free of influence, therefore. However, I would like to point your way to two
American reviews, that have appeared in the last two days.
The first is from Slant Magazine:
The second is a syndicated review, which
first appeared in the Village Voice, yesterday, but has now appeared in OC
Weekly, and City Pages. No doubt it will spread further in the next few days.
Both reviews are favourable, in general and
give some insight into how the film fits into the context of prior works. What
I found most interesting about these reviews is that Vikingdom is being
received much more intelligently and open-mindedly in the United States, than
in its homeland of Malaysia. It very much seems as if the Malaysian cinema
going public is a bit narrow in its views of what it will accept
whole-heartedly, from a Malaysian director. They seem to have certain
conventional expectations which Vikingdom transgresses.
For those of you living in America,
Vikingdom has a limited release on October 4th 2013. In many
theatres it is just for one night, it seems...so if you want to catch it in the
cinema, October 4th is the night to do it. For those of you in or
near New York, Vikingdom is showing at the AMC theatre, 34th Street,
for one full week’s run. For others who are not near any of the cinemas in the
listing to follow (which covers 21 cities across the USA), Vikingdom may be
downloaded from iTunes, from October 4th 2013, for enjoyment at
To set the film in context for you:
Malaysia has never made a film like Vikingdom, before. It is the first attempt
at an internationalized, epic action adventure. It is also a big step forward
on what has been achieved, at any time, by a Malaysian production company in
the past. This production was a co-production with Epic Pictures of Hollywood. Notably, this is also the first time a Malaysian film has ever been shown in US cinemas, at all. So, it is a major achievement, in that sense.
If you get to see it, you may not recognize
me easily. I play Warick the Wise, but I am heavily disguised. I have a bushy brown
and grey beard, long grey hair, period costume, a bow and arrow, and look
utterly unlike my modern self. Even my own wife didn’t recognize me, after I
had changed into my Viking get-up one day, on set. So, if you want to be sure
who I am playing...just follow the name of my character: Warick the Wise.
I do hope you get to see the film. Thanks.
For those of you living outside of the USA, distribution has been arranged in around 85 countries. Most of those appear to open on or around the 16th December, 2013. The openings so far confirmed are: Thailand, October 10th; Japan, December 15th; and Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden December 16th. I will notify you of further release dates, once I become aware of them. Thank you.
As for the Malaysian release on September 12th...Vikingdom was no.2 at the box office, in its first weekend of release, which is a pretty good showing. It finished up its run in the top 20% or so of box office, for local films, which is respectable.
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