Selangor is undoubtedly blessed with such natural and mesmerising beauty.
In fact, it is known for its glorious countryside charm as well as its vibrant cityscape, all of which have made it onto the big screen.
Here, in no particular order, are five locations within Selangor that have been immortalised in equally captivating films.
Directed by legendary Malaysian director Yasmin Ahmad, “Mukhsin” is the third instalment in the “Orkid” trilogy, a prequel to “Sepet” and “Gubra”. The film, which highlights societal issues and local taboos, tells the story of Orked, a girl who falls in love with her childhood friend, Mukhsin.
The story takes place in peaceful and rural Sekinchan, Selangor. Some parts of the film also show Orked and Mukhsin playing traditional games nearby Sekinchan’s sprawling paddy fields. The film became one of four films by Yasmin Ahmad which were screened at the 19th Tokyo International Film Festival.
Pulau Ketam (Paint My Love)
This splendid local Mandarin film was released in 2015 and tells the conflict faced by a group of friends chasing after their dreams. The film was shot at a small fishing village located at Sungai Lima, Pulau Ketam, Port Klang Selangor.
The movie truly captures the charm of Pulau Ketam’s countryside and local beach, featuring wooden homes built over tidal mudflats as well as rustic fishing villages.
Palace of the Golden Horses (Hum Kisise Kum Nahin)
This notable Hindi action movie was released in 2002 and features world-class Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai.
Filmed at the luxurious Palace of the Golden Horses, in Sri Kembangan, the movie makes breathtaking use of the many horse figurines and statues found at this magnificent hotel.
The film also includes several scenic shots from other popular attractions in Selangor, including Mines Resort Lake and Sunway Lagoon.
Pulau Indah (Puteri Gunung Ledang)
This adaptation of one of Malaysia’s most well-known epics was released in 2004 and was filmed at Pulau Indah, Port Klang. The film beautifully captures the love story between a princess, played by Tiara Jacquelina, and a local warrior named Hang Tuah, played by M. Nasir.
The spectacular scenes found in this movie are all built upon the charm of Pulau Indah, which began as a mere fishing village surrounded by mangrove swamps in the 15th century. Today however, it is also one of the busiest ports in Malaysia due to its rapid development.
Hatter’s Castle, Pulau Carey (The Garden of Evening Mists)
“The Garden of Evening Mists”, released in 2019, was filmed at Hatter’s Castle, Pulau Carey, a former hill station built in the 1920s. While it is more of a guest house these days, it still brings a unique edge with its colonial architecture and appeal.
In the film, which is set in the 1940s, Hatters Castle is featured as the living quarters for Magnus Gemmel, one of the film’s characters.
The movie itself tells the tale of a Japanese war camp survivor who falls in love with a Japanese gardener; their forbidden love story romantically unfolds against the backdrop of Selangor’s natural beauty.
By : Amirah Aishah Markom – FMT
*This article was produced by Tourism Selangor.