19 Nov – The National Film Development Corporation (Finas) is now taking measures to monitor the quality of local films before they are released to be screened. This was decided in order for the local film industry to improve their quality.
Raja Rozaimie Raja Dalnish Shah, who is the General Director for FINAS stated that the lack of success in the local box office was due to weak storylines and the fact that it not meeting the taste of Malaysian moviegoers.
"However, there are films that surprise such as Highland Towers which collected over RM3 million. A film's success is determined by moviegoers who have different tastes," said Raja Rozaimie.
That being said, in February earlier this year, FINAS board member Datuk Mustapha Maarof said that the interest in Malaysian films declined despite improvement in film making quality.
But he expressed his optimism because of the interest shown by foreign-based companies to purchase several local films for screening overseas. One of the films, he said, was "Bunohan", a film produced last year and based on the 'tomoi' (Thai boxing) sport in the peninsula's east coast states.