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James Lee quits making movies

Writer: Dzamira Dzafri


James Lee at the special screening of "Spicy Killers".

28 Oct – "Curry Claypot Killers", or newly renamed "Spicy Killers" writer and director James Lee has recently announced his decision to leave the movie industry on his Facebook account.

"As a filmmaker with disadvantages and the recently released pirated DVD of "Claypot Curry Killers", I decided to leave the industry, I will still make films but now on YouTube," writes the director.

Along with his announcement, he writes about his insecurities when it comes to films and even compares his own to international films, "I have had enough flops in my journey as a commercial filmmaker, so much so, I almost believe I've been making bad films. Whether you agreed "Claypot Curry Killers" is a good or bad film it won't stand a chance against "Special ID" and "Tom Yum Goong 2".


The pirated DVD cover of the film posted by James Lee.

Lee also continues to compare local films with international hits, "Basically local films have no robots, aliens, superheroes or anything at all to go against these two onslaughts. What is remained of the market of locals going to see local movies (means parking, lining up, paying RM10, popcorn and etc.) in cinema is shrinking."

While he doesn't seem like he will be returning to cinema any longer, he does encourage his fans to support him with his YouTube projects, "When the battleground seems unfavourable, create another one that will favour you where your limitations can be an advantage element."

The newly renamed "Spicy Killers" can be viewed on Astro First Exclusive.

Cinema Online, 28 October 2013

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