Not Your Parents' Movie

What do you get when you throw together a Chinese, an Indian, a Malay and a campy queen in a rock band? The plotline of Spinning Gasing, the best Malaysian movie to come along in decades. It's a film that strums all the most jazzed-up chords of contemporary Malaysian society—including interracial and homosexual love—which prompted a yearlong battle with Kuala Lumpur's squeamish censors, who ended up taking a parang to the director's cut. Even so, reviews have been glowing, theaters are packed and screens are finally filled with a slice of modern Malaysian life as it really...

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