THE PEOPLE OF 2004
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THE PEOPLE OF 2004


By The Irrawaddy DECEMBER, 2004 - VOLUME 12 NO.11


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But that’s no handicap—”I think many of my fans love my Chin accent.”

 

Actor________________________________

Lu Min

 

Thet Mon Myint and Lu Min

Burma grabbed the spotlight in the international film arena in 2004, thanks to actor and director Lu Min. His version of the life story of the Pagan era’s King Kyan Sitthar, was the first in Burma to be shot on digital video format before being transferred to film, and perhaps the first Burmese movie in recent decades to score commercial success abroad.

 

Lu Min produced King Kyan Sitthar with the technical assistance of a Malaysian company, Add Audio, and the film had its overseas premiere in Malaysia. Lu Min also directed and starred in the film.

 

King Kyan Sitthar led a colorful life, once narrowly escaping death and surviving the scandal of many love affairs. Burmese history books praise his loyalty to an earlier king, Saw Lu, and laud Kyan Sitthar as an indefatigable monarch in war who did much for the development of his country. As a devoted Buddhist, he also helped spread Theravada Buddhism.

 

Lu Min has said the film reflects “the glory of our history and religion.” Some moviegoers compare it to “Braveheart”, the romanticized film biography of the Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace.

 

In order to attain international production standards, Lu Min’s film cost five times the budget of the average Burmese-made movie.

 

The film in fact drew unenthusiastic reviews when premiered in Malaysia in September.



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