Camcorder Capers in Malaysia

Tan Chui Mui

Dial 1800-Noir
From left, Sunny Pang and Pete Teo with fellow cast member Chua Thien See

James Lee has finally come of age, and with him, independent Malaysian film (or more accurately, digital video).

A lanky, laconic figure who often sports a mohawk and downplays his experimentation as a part-time sideline to commercial TV work, the Ipoh-born Lee has been honing his craft for nearly a decade — moving beyond amateurish imitations of Jim Jarmusch where quirky characters seemed to inhabit a lot of dead, plotless space.

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