Malaysian Cinema in the New Millennium

Transcendence beyond Multiculturalism


Adrian Yuen Beng Lee

ISBN : 978-988-8528-52-3

Film, Media, Fine Arts Crossings: Asian Cinema and Media Culture

November 2022

296 pages, 6″ x 9″, 25 b&w illus.

  • HK$650.00

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Malaysian Cinema in the New Millennium offers a new approach to the study of multiculturalism in cinema by analysing how a new wave of filmmakers champion cultural diversity using cosmopolitan themes. Adrian Lee offers a new inquiry of Malaysian cinema that examines how the ‘Malaysian Digital Indies’ (MDI) have in recent years repositioned Malaysian cinema within the global arena. The book shines a new light on how politics and socioeconomics have influenced new forms and genres of the post-2000s generation of filmmakers, and provides a clear picture of the interactions between commercial cinema and politics and socioeconomics in the first two decades of the new millennium. It also assesses how the MDI movement was successful in creating a transnational cinema by displacing and deterritorialising itself from the context of the national, and illustrates how MDI functions as a site for questioning and proposing a new national identity in the era of advanced global capitalism and new Islamisation. Covering all these interrelated topics, Lee’s book is a pioneering and comprehensive work in the study of Malaysian cinema in the recent decades.

Adrian Yuen Beng Lee is a senior lecturer in the Department of Film and Performing Arts at Sunway University in Malaysia. He has been actively researching Malaysian cinema, media, and creative industries. He co-edited Media and Elections: Democratic Transition in Malaysia, and has published in journals such as Asian Journal of Communication, Kajian Malaysia, and Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences.