"DARI JEMAPOH KE MANCHESTEÉ" is about two youths from a village in
Negeri Sembilan who travel to England to realise their respective
dreams of meeting a long-lost father and watching a European Cup
During the journey they have many bittersweet encounters. The road
from Jemapoh to Manchester is also the road from childhood to maturity.
Yadi and Mafiz are two youths in their early 20s who are bored out
of their minds in their tiny village of Jemapoh, Negeri Sembilan,
where there are more cows than people. Yadi dreams of seeing his
favourite team Manchester United play, while Mafliz wants to meet
up with his long-lost father, believed to be in Liverpool. Yadi
steals a red Volvo and manages to bully Mafiz into following him
along on a journey to England.
Armed with nothing but determination, these two young men begin
their journey. They stop at a nightclub where a punk
band is playing. Unfortunately the concert is disrupted by gun-toting
gangsters in batik shirts. Yadi and Mafiz escape but are shocked
to discover that Lini, a musician from the concert, has snuck into
their car. Lini wants to tag along with them because he wants to
meet his girlfriend in Germany.
next day, Yadi rescues a young woman, Mila, from being abused by
a pimp named Rifik. Mafiz suggests that Mila come along with them
but Yadi isn't quite so eager. The friendship between this pair
becomes strained due to jealousy. Many other things happen on this
journey. Among them is the return of Rifik who wants revenge; and
a mysterious pervert who kidnaps Mila.
Will these young people realise their ambitions?
"DARI JEMAPOH KE MANCHESTEÉ" is Malaysia's first road
movie. This light-hearted movie is layered with a-soundtrack that
ranges from 1960s pop yeh yeh to punk and alternative
Like other road movies, this is a simple story which nonetheless
has deeper themes of resilience, solidarity and friendship. It is
dedicated to the youth of the past, the present and the future.
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