A gentle coming-of-age story of Ali, a village boy who dreams of becoming a boxer. Ali’s small but genial world expands when a sophisticated new English teacher, Miss Liew arrives in his class and distributes fiction books to the students. Meanwhile, Ali’s best friend Hassan is involved in a blossoming romance with the upwardly mobile Nora, while Ali’s divorced father, Mr. Budiman, is pursued by their neighbor, Leana, in love and by loan sharks for his gambling debts. Ali must discover how to appreciate his present environment while keeping his sight on the greater things to come.

Director: Woo Ming Jin
Release Year: 2008
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Cantonese
Producer: Woo Ming Jin, Tomoko Ueda, Edmund Yeo, Aron Koh
Rating: PG
Runtime: 18m00s
Production Country: Malaysia
Accession No: 2008-D-1340

Cast List:

  • Mislina Mustapha, Namron, Carmen Soo, Arshad Zamir, Ahmad Muzhaffar Mustapha, Muhammad Fadhirul Anuar, Anis Nadia Jilid, Nursyafiqa Izzaty, Cheong Wai Loon, Chung Kok Keong, Aiman, Alvin, Aron Koh, Afiq, Zulaikha, Shimi, Azim, Syed Farhan, Haris, Emilia, Haziq, Zhafran


  • Scriptwriter - Woo Ming Jin
  • Assistant Director - Edmund Yeo
  • Editor - Edmund Yeo
  • Director of Photography - Aaron Chung
  • Original Score - Isabel Lam
  • Production Designer - Jeffrey Wong
  • Editor - Qiao Xin Stevo
  • Line Producer - Joanne Soong
  • Sound Recording - Senthil Kumaran
  • Boom Operator - Kannan Thiagarajan
  • Boxing Consultant - Chew Cheng En
  • Production Assistants - Dharumendran
  • Production Assistants - Retno Anandarini
  • Production Assistants - Rajendra Nadarajan
  • Hair & Make-up Artist - Agnes
  • Translator - Amri


  • Relationships - Father/ Son, Teacher/Student, Friends
  • Places - Countryside, Lake, School, Kitchen, Dining Room
  • Activities - Eating, Boxing, Reading, Fishing, Cycling
  • Themes - Love, Cultural Anxiety, Acceptance