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Spiritual Attachment by a Succubus: A True Story as Seen in the Movie KONPAKU

Supernatural Confessions

2 July 2021

The movie Konpaku is based on the real life experience of film director, Remi M. Sali. In the movie we see a powerful scene in which the Ustaz tries to dispel the entity from the victim while his two friends watched on. In real life, Remi and his brother were the ones holding down the relative. This is his confession.

Crossing Natural Boundaries: An Interview with Remi M Sali

Jeremy Sing, SINdie

25 June 2021

No, it's not a race-swapped version of a Pontianak film. In Konpaku, Midori as an entity is something new, and yet to be identified. She is not bound by any preconceived rules attached to familiar Malay ghosts, like the Pontianak, Penanggal or even Hantu Kum Kum. Just like what my relative Hirzi experienced, I want the audience to learn the entity's characteristics as the movie unfolds.

Semangat seisi keluarga Hasilkan filem 'Konpaku'

Sanim Saleh, Berita Harian

25 June 2021

Live interview on Mediacorp Warna 942 Warna Kejora

Sue Kassim, Mediacorp Warna 942

24 June 2024

Konpaku is inspired by an actual exorcism that the Director, Remi M Sali, participated in together with his 3 siblings. The experience changed their lives forever, where they teamed up to make the movie.

Film Review: ‘Konpaku’ Is a Bold and Tenacious Indie Horror Film Set at an Intriguing Cultural Cross Junction

Matthaeus Choo, Sinema

18 Jun 2021

From the team behind local film Not My Mother's Baking (2020), which made its world premiere at last year’s Singapore International Film Festival - SGIFF, comes their 2019 indie film Konpaku. The 2020 comedy was praised as an unapologetic effort in normalising interreligious and intercultural relationships. In many ways, Konpaku goes further in its challenge of similarly sensitive themes and topics as a Malay-centric local film. While it is a sharp tonal contrast to Not My Mother's Baking, director Remi M Sali’s eye for fascinating stories found amidst intercultural and interreligious dialogue remains ever apparent even while tackling the horror genre.

KONPAKU director Remi M Sali brings relative exorcism scenes to the big screen

李亦筠, Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报

17 June 2021

参与亲戚的驱魔仪式颠覆了本地导演Remi M. Sali(雷米·M·沙里)的世界,他因此创作了电影《魂魄》(Konpaku)!

雷米接受《联合早报》访问时透露,2011年他36岁时,一名小他10岁的亲戚出现“行为脱序”的情况,亲友们为这名男亲戚驱魔,他也参与了。他说:“我对宗教不热忱,参与这样的事,我走出自己的舒适圈,过程中不害怕。因这名亲戚与母亲关系不佳,我一度感觉他只是在‘演戏’罢了。”顿了顿又说,去之前,他强烈认为这个亲戚应该去看精神科医生,“但驱魔过程让我意识到他不仅是精神的问题。他的马来语不好,但离奇的是,他竟然说得一口流利的印度尼西亚语。”据雷米透露,亲友们怀疑他被印度尼西亚的灵魂附身。

【培你聊電影】帶媽媽去看電影 培你聊最新必看片單

CTS News 華視新聞

8 June 2021

Thank you 華視新聞 #培你聊電影 朱培滋 for recommending Not My Mother’s Baking 《媽哩媽哩烘》in your Mother's Day special.

不能吃豬肉的女孩愛上賣豬肉男孩 The girl who can't eat pork falls in love with the boy who sells pork

ETtoday新聞雲

10 May 2021

這部電影將馬來文化與華人文化的融合,做了一套完整的故事說明,來自不同文化需要結合其實是非常不容易的事情,透過電影,可以深刻了解馬來文化特色,除了他們篤信回教阿拉,且婦女必須終身帶著頭套帽以外,原來要娶個回教女還有者麼多美腳,感謝製作團隊將新加坡文化樣貌精簡呈現,整體感是好看的說。

不論你認不認同這是俊男美女,不同文化有不同的審美角度,不要把這部電影當成娛樂商業片,沒想到皈依回教有這麼多的繁文縟節,而成男割禮還是第一次在電影上看到,不能吃豬肉的女孩愛上賣豬肉的男孩,這也實在太妙了。

Critics are full of praise for local interracial marriage movie released in Taiwan

李亦筠, Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报

8 May 2021

有关《不》的其中一篇影评写道:饰演男女主角两家人的配角,都是实力派演员,与台湾迥然不同的演技,让全场观众看得笑声连连!台湾有不少穆斯林教徒,相信对于片中关于猪肉的禁忌十分熟悉,而这也引爆了片中一连串爱情酸甘甜的战争,母亲节档期全家就带着妈妈一起进戏院看。

另一篇则写道:《不》比预期中的还要好看许多,看似平凡且单调的题材,却融入极大的资讯量,透过轻松幽默的口吻,说着这段巨大文化隔阂下的爱情故事,全片长达112分钟,节奏轻快且完全不拖泥带水,导演喜爱将两个极端值的元素给放在一块儿,呈现一场又一场的“矛盾大对决”,蹦出一次次精彩的火花,让人看了大呼过瘾且心满意足。

对于好口碑,雷米沙里说:“很正面的影评。我希望观众也能接受这部电影。”

Can selfless family affection resolve conflicts in differences of religion and culture?

電影情報讚M.I.L

7 May 2021

Thank you 電影情報讚 Movie Information Like, #应镇国 & 雀雀看電影 for the introduction of Not My Mother’s Baking 《媽哩媽哩烘》

"戀上華人烤豬王子" 馬來烘焙公主的抉擇 "Fall in Love with Chinese Roast Pork Prince" Malay Baking Princess' Choice

TVBS《Focus全球新聞》

7 May 2021

- 看電影學馬來文化 kakak與abang別亂叫
- 牛車水v哈芝巷 獅城華.馬來西亞重鎮見證跨族愛情
- 馬來女孩愛上烤豬男孩 真愛與幽默跨鴻溝

新加坡在疫情爆發前曾是國人喜歡的旅遊地點,尤其是美食更是讓人難忘,而一部新加坡喜劇,就用獅城多元的美食文化,帶出一段跨種族與信仰的愛情故事。華人烤豬王子與馬來烘焙公主陷入熱戀,卻因為家族背景差異,而發生許多笑料,也讓戀情頻受波折。

Local Malay director pioneers the release of interracial marriage film in Taiwan

李亦筠, Lianhe Wanbao 联合晚报

7 May 2021

成为第一个电影在台湾公映的本地马来导演,雷米沙里(Remi M Sali)接受《联合晚报》访问时说:“好紧张,不知道台湾电影观众的反应会如何。”

沙里所执导的《不是我妈妈的烘焙》(Not My Mother’s Baking)掺杂了本地语言色彩包括华语、英语、马来语等对白,刻画本地演员张丞礼饰演的华人录影师,在为马来名厨西蒂的女儿莎拉拍摄视频时,擦出爱火,并走上婚姻殿堂,但两个家族的文化不同,惹出不少笑话。影片今天(5月7日)起在台湾公映,雷米沙里说:“在台北、桃园、新竹、台中、台南和高雄。我很好奇台湾观众对这部新加坡电影的看法。”

"Fall in Love with Chinese Roast Pork Prince" Malay Baking Princess' Choice

林佳妮, TVBS 新聞

6 May 2021

Thank you TVBS 新聞 and 林佳妮 for highlighting quotable quotes from Not My Mother's Baking and using them to tell the essence of the story.

《媽哩媽哩烘》Film Review | Love crosses all barriers, Laughter embraces all differences!

多多看電影

6 May 2021

《媽哩媽哩烘》is much better than expected. It seems to touch on ordinary and monotonous issues but actually incorporates a huge amount of information. Through a relaxed and humorous tone, it tells this love story under a huge cultural barrier. The film is 112 minutes long, with a brisk rhythm and no sloppiness. The director likes to put two extreme values together, presenting a "contradictory showdown" one after another, which brings out wonderful sparks again and again. Enjoyed and satisfied!”

Singapore Romantic Comedy《媽哩媽哩烘》Interracial Marriage, Witty and Joyful!

SJKen 的浮光掠影

5 May 2021

The whole film cleverly highlights the love and affection between two Singaporean families of different races, one Malay and one Chinese. Due to the differences in race, cultural etiquette, religious beliefs and food, a series of misunderstandings are derived. As long as you are honest and call for true love in your heart, you must try your best to eliminate the voices of fear and opposition from others. From the first acquaintances that cause disputes and frictions which then leads to mutual affection and laughter, the film explodes into a series of lively and witty dialogue. The festive marriage makes people laugh and cry, and it is also full of joy!

Thank you 電影情報讚 Movie Information Like for introducing the movie.

電影情報讚 Movie Information Like

30 Apr 2021

1. 不論你是否談過戀愛,這部電影絕對會帶領著你重溫或探索戀愛的滋味!
2. 戀愛不必煽情演出,也可呈現得滋味十足!
3. 世界上甚麼是最無私的,那應該是親情,它的力量更勝過宗教信仰
4. 是部美好的電影

《媽哩媽哩烘》馬來小公主VS.烤乳豬王子 愛情大考驗

壹電影 NextTV Movie

29 Apr 2021

新加坡溫馨喜劇電影 #媽哩媽哩烘
美食X愛情 爆笑登台啦
宛如"羅密歐與茱麗葉"般
她該選擇心愛男人⁉ 還是家族⁉

FilMart Wraps up With Deals and Meetings Set to Continue Online

Patrick Frater, Variety

18 Mar 2021

Singapore-based investment, production and licensing firm 108 Media picked up two Singaporean indie projects produced in late 2020: feature documentary “The Last Artisan” about an ageing master craftsman who must past his tools to the next generation, directed by Craig McTurk; and social comedy “Not My Mother’s Baking,” about religious and cultural misunderstandings in the age of social media, by veteran director Remi M Sali.

Remi M Sali of Studio59 Concepts Wants to Buck the Conventional Tropes of Malay Actors

Men's Folio

9 Mar 2021

I find film making gleefully exciting, but absolutely nerve-wracking at the same time. Ho Pak Kin (co-founder of Studio59 Concepts) and I challenge ourselves to create local-centric content that everyone loves to watch, but nobody dares to make. With Malay content, there are so many subject matters that have yet to be explored and showcased, which can be universally accepted and appreciated.

Exclusive Interview with Remi M Sali and Chef Sarah Ariffin

Siti Zulaikha Binte Zainudin, The UrbanWire

20 Jan 2021

Not My Mother’s Baking is a rare film that presents the faultlines in inter-ethnic and inter-faith Singapore in a point-blank yet light-hearted way. We have the opportunity to interview director Remi M Sali, a Ngee Ann Poly graduate and Chef Sarah Ariffin, who plays the female lead in the film. Here’s what they have to say about the controversial portrayals in their film.

Film Review: Not My Mother’s Baking (2020)

Siti Zulaikha Binte Zainudin, The UrbanWire

18 Jan 2021

Eye-opening. That was the first word that came to mind when I was leaving the theatre after watching local film Not My Mother’s Baking. More than just a romance comedy and culinary drama, this local film explores the complex interracial and interfaith relations that are ever so present and not so talked about in Singapore.

Common Mistakes: Do not blindly reject the term 'babi' (pig)

Nurul Ain Razali, Berita Minggu

17 Jan 2021

"BABI! Babi! Babi!" That was one of the dialogues of the narrator of a romantic comedy film screening recently by Studio59 Concepts, Not My Mother's Baking. The 112-minute film tells the story of an extraordinary encounter between the son of a roasted pork rice seller, Edwin, and a Muslim pastry chef, Sarah. Personally, the film can be a trigger for honest, open and relaxed discussions on religious and racial issues. However, this column will discuss in particular the word 'babi' following the hilarious dialogue from the language perspective and its relationship with the community.

‘Not My Mother’s Baking’ Bukan Cinta Biasa

Pengkritik Sandiwara

9 Jan 2021

Sekiranya korang ternampak trailer filem Not My Mother’s Baking ni, pasti korang dapat agak bahawa filem ini pasal another kisah cinta antara Melayu dan Cina yang dilarang dek perbezaan budaya dan agama, tapi akhirnya dapat dileraikan. Tapi, apa yang membuat perjalanan cinta watak Sarah dan Edwin lebih menarik adalah personaliti keluarga masing-masing yang menambahkan flavour kepada kisah cinta ala Romeo dan Juliet ini.

Roast Pork Hawker's Son Marries a Malay Girl , New Local Film with Daring Dialogue 叉烧肉摊贩儿子娶马来女孩 , 本地新片对白敢敢讲

李亦筠, Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报

12 Dec 2020

Is it a headache for the son of a roast pork hawker to fall in love with a Malay girl? The local movie Not My Mother's Baking tells such a story, director Remi M Sali dares to accept the challenge. In an interview with Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报, he candidly said that the film explores the cultural and religious beliefs of different races. The plot and bold dialogue in the film made the cast and crew nervous for him.

‘Not My Mother’s Baking’ to be released in Taiwanese theatres 《不是我妈妈的烘焙》有机会台湾戏院上映

李亦筠, Lianhe Wanbao 联合晚报

10 Dec 2020

Local movie Not My Mother's Baking caught the favour of Taiwanese distributor Cineplex Development Co. and is slated for a theatrical release there. The Taiwanese film distribution company has previously picked up Eric Khoo's 'My Magic' and Yeo Siew Hua’s Golden Horse award-winning film 'A Land Imagined'.

Not My Mother’s Baking — New local film surrounding Singapore’s food culture

Basil, SethLui.com

9 Dec 2020

I believe I am not alone in my love for cinema. In particular, movies about food. There is nothing that gets my cravings going more than seeing a dish on the big screen—think ramen from Tampopo (1985), or ratatouille from, well, Ratatouille (2007). Imagine my excitement when Not My Mother’s Baking (2020), Studio59 Concept’s latest work, was announced in September of 2019. Over a year later, I am pleased to report that the film is finally hitting the cinemas.

Film Review: Understanding and Familial Love Triumphs Over Social Taboos in Romantic Comedy ‘Not My Mother’s Baking’

Matthaeus Choo, Sinema

9 Dec 2020

Local romantic comedy Not My Mother’s Baking reimagines Romeo and Juliet for modern Singapore. The film is bold in its challenge of religious, cultural and racial sensitivities in the country, holding the accolades for being the first Singaporean film to feature a Malay lead speaking English for most of the film, and for being the first film in the world to showcase the Islamic conversion of a man led by a woman religious leader.

Q&A with director Remi M. Sali and producer Ho Pak Kin on Not My Mother's Baking for SGIFF 2020

31st Singapore International Film Festival

8 Dec 2020

Q&A with director Remi M. Sali and producer Ho Pak Kin on Not My Mother's Baking for SGIFF 2020.

Film Review: Not My Mother’s Baking (2020) by Remi M Sali

Joanna Kończak, Asian Movie Pulse

7 Dec 2020

“Not My Mother’s Baking” by Remi M Sali, similarly to “Konpaku” (2019), the debut feature of this Singapore-based director, explores the territory of intercultural and interfaith relations. However, while “Konpaku” was using the elements of horror, this time the mood is entirely different. We get a rom-com combined with a light-weighted family drama and… lots of mouth-watering delicacies. Remi M Sali made use of his experience gained during working on TV culinary shows like “Cinta Kek” or “Delicatessen” to implement some tasty content and a thread of video productions dedicated to foodies and gormandizers.

Talk about 'halal love' behind the clash of ideologies through movie

Hanim Saleh, Berita Minggu

6 Dec 2020

During his childhood, film director Remi M Sali felt as a Malay-Muslim, he is "purer" than the Chinese - as "Malays do not eat pork, and do not touch dogs." In fact, he admitted that he was angry with a school friend who put a piece of non-halal dumpling into his plate. Who would have thought, that past experience inspired the production of his latest film, which addresses the halal and non-halal aspects of living in harmony between races, both in relationships, lifestyle and food.

Not My Mother’s Baking (不是我妈妈的烘焙, Remi M. Sali, 2020)

Hayley Scanlon, Windows on World

2 Dec 2020

True love conquers all in Remi M Sali’s warmhearted Singaporean rom-com Not My Mother’s Baking (不是我妈妈的烘焙). Spinning a Romeo and Juliet romance between an aspiring Malay Muslim cook and the heir to a roast pork hawker stall, Not My Mother’s Baking is as much about cross-cultural connection as it is about two young people finding their own directions and the strength to pursue them free of parental expectation as they figure out what it is that will really make them happy.

Film Review: Not My Mother's Baking (2020)

Jeremy Sing, SINdie

30 Nov 2020

Just in case you were wondering what the film title means, it’s a millennial daughter spiting her celebrity mother’s bakery-driven fame by starting a YouTube channel named as such, featuring her own baking exploits. Pretty cool isn’t it? This ‘family values’ vehicle packs a few instances of rebellion and impropriety to keep the film crunchy without being too haram.

Five Flavours Asian Film Festival Live Interview

14th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival

29 Nov 2020

Live interview with mother-daughter leads Chef Siti Mastura, Chef Sarah Ariffin, director Remi M Sali and producer Ho Pak Kin.

Vincent Tee - From Guest Star to Protagonist

陈韵红, Shin Min Daily News

25 Nov 2020

The film has an authentic blend of Singapore flavours with dialogues in Chinese, Malay and English. Shin Min Daily News interviewed the protagonist, Vincent Tee. He revealed that his role as a roast pork seller was initially just as a guest star. As he is effectively bilingual, he became the narrator in the movie, coupled with his on set impromptu dialogue improvisation. “As a result, my role increased from being a guest star to 50%!”

What to Look Forward to in 'Not My Mother's Baking' Interracial Romantic Comedy

Raewyn Koh, TheHomeGround.Asia

19 Nov 2020

Director Remi M Sali and Executive Producer Ho Pak Kin of Studio59 Concepts share their vision for their movie with TheHomeGround.Asia ahead of its World Premiere at the 31st Singapore International Film Festival.

Radio Interview with actresses Chef Siti Mastura, Chef Sarah Ariffin & director Remi M Sali

Sue Kassim, Mediacorp Warna 987

17 Nov 2020

Radio Interview with actresses Chef Siti Mastura, Chef Sarah Ariffin & director Remi M Sali.

Not Your Typical Love Story: 'Not My Mother's Baking' Tackles Race and Religion too

Raewyn Koh, TheHomeGround Asia

10 Nov 2020

At first glance, Not My Mother’s Baking, seems like your typical romance flick of star-crossed lovers set in modern day Singapore. That is until you start unpeeling the layers to this film by Studio59 Concepts, their second full-length feature and their first film to be showcased at the 31st Singapore International Film Festival.

Singapore Panorama

31st Singapore International Film Festival

3 Nov 2020

For this year’s Singapore Panorama, we doubled the short film programme to provide a richer experience of local films. The diverse showcase ranges from works with wider appeal to those of hybrid and unconventional forms. Together, they present a crossection of the state of independent filmmaking in Singapore. Through their varied portayals, they capture a slice of eclectic Singapore that we hope will spark discussion and reflection.

Tasty Cinema: Join us for a Festival feast – on and off screen!

14th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival

23 Oct 2020

The culinary section of the 14th Five Flavours is a sense-stimulating survey of film delicacies from across Asia. And if the steaming-hot soups, dishes sprinkled with colorful seasonings, and glossy chocolate-glazed cakes make your mouth water, you can join us for a home feast accompanying the screenings!

Works by Singapore film-makers showing at international festivals

John Lui, The Straits Times

22 Oct 2020

Food, religion and culture clashes occur in the romantic comedy Not My Mother's Baking, which relates what happens when the daughter of a Malay-Muslim celebrity chef falls in love with the son of a Chinese roast pork seller.

Not My Mother's Baking Sensitive Content rated NC16

陈韵红, Shin Min Daily News

14 May 2020

Local movie Not My Mother’s Baking is rated NC16 as it touches on interracial marriage and religiously-sensitive content.

Cinema of Singapore 2019

Philip Cheah

Apr-Jun 2020

This persistence of vision is also apparent in a number of self-funded independent films. Most intriguing of all is Konpaku (Soul) by Remi M Sali, a young filmmaker who began with short films in 1995 (after Sandi Tan). Still with his filmmaking partner, Dzulkifli Sungit, who helms cinematography, Sali’s film is an in-your-face politically incorrect film about the Malay minority in Singapore.

20 Films you cannot miss at the 10th Cambodia International Film Festival (Part 1)

Asian Film Festivals

10 Mar 2020

We present a list of twenty films you shouldn’t miss at the 10th Cambodia International Film Festival which will take place from March 13th – 22nd (2020) at Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Father, Mother and their Children Collaborate in a Film

Ayu Ardini Zulkhairil, Berita Minggu

1 Dec 2019

Zack Zainal, Chef Siti Mastura and their respective children star in the movie "Not My Mother's Baking" which will meet the audience in theatres next year.

Dunia filem Melayu S'pura masih 'bertatih-tatih'

Ruzaini Rashid, Berita Medicorp

13 Jun 2019

Bagi Encik Remi M Sali dari Studio 59 Concepts, meskipun sudah berkecimpung dalam industri ini selama 20 tahun, beliau berkongsi beberapa cabaran yang dihadapi para pembuat filem di sini. Antaranya adalah untuk meningkatkan lagi jumlah penonton melalui tayangan aliran utama. Filem terbaru Encik Remi misalnya, ditonton oleh para penduduk di Brunei melalui tayangan terhad dan di sini pula, hanya boleh ditayangkan secara privet. Ini meskipun filem 'Konpaku' arahannya itu dicalonkan bagi Pesta Filem Timur Jauh di Itali baru-baru ini. "Saya rasa lebih banyak sokongan yang perlu daripada syarikat pengedar sebabnya tidak banyak pihak pengedar yang minat mempromosikan filem Melayu kita. Sebabnya ia boleh dikatakan menjejaskan keuntungan. Mereka kata 'Filem Melayu, siapa yang akan tonton? Boleh dimainkan untuk masyarakat Melayu saja? Bagaimana cara pemasarannya?'."

Konpaku interview: director Remi M Sali and producer Pak Kin Ho

Joyce Siu, easternkicks.com

15 May 2019

Low-budget horror explores the contradictions of religion and sex from the perspective of a Muslim-Malay … In director Remi M Sali’s film Haqim (Junaidi M Sali), the awkward Muslim-Malay main character meets the seductive Midori (Lizzie V), also a Japanese succubus spirit, and he is consumed by their ensuing relationship. Midori takes control of Haqim and puts his family and friends in danger. Eventually, Haqim’s mother resolves to exorcism to save her son.

Interview with Remi M Sali & Lizzie V

Elena Moratelli & Anna Bandiera, FEFF Diary

2 May 2019

I heard that the idea for the movie is based on a real experience, can you elaborate on that? (Remi, director): Yes it is an experience which me and my family had, a relative of us got possessed. The exorcism totally blew my mind. I needed to capture some of those moments on screen, as that is the best way I have to express myself.

From Pontianak to Konpaku

Philip Cheah, BigO Worldwide

17 Apr 2019

Truth is always stranger than fiction and Remi M Sali’s Konpaku is thrilling in its bid to get you frighteningly close to the social reality of being Malay in $ingapore. Not only that, Konpaku refuses the established genre of the Malay pontianak (female vampire) films that have permeated our horrified dreams since 1957. Instead, the film brings you to millennial $ingapore where history isn’t baggage but only a state-sponsored enterprise. Here, young Malays enter the global village and fall in love. And it’s just your luck if you end up with a foreign ghost.

Udine Far East Film Festival Confirms Lineup for 21st Edition

Hayley Scanlon, Windows on Worlds

11 Apr 2019

The Udine Far East Film Festival returns for its 21st edition on April 26! As usual, the festival has brought together some of the most highly anticipated East Asian cinema releases with 76 films included in this year’s programme including a retrospective strand dedicated to classic Korean cinema and sidebar on Korean indie comedy. This year’s guests of honour are veteran Hong Kong star Anthony Wong who will be receiving the festival’s Golden Mulberry Award, and Chinese superstar Yao Chen. .......... Singapore: Konpaku – A young man upset after his girlfriend leaves him ends up in a relationship with the sensuous Midori but is disturbed when strange things start happening to those close to him.

KONPAKU Far East Film Festival 21 Catalogue

Philip Cheah

10 Apr 2019

The film is a rare example of modern Singapore Malay cinema in two other ways. One is the liberal use of everyday spoken Malay, which is considered coarse and uncouth. Perhaps for this and the raunchy scenes, the censors rated Konpaku NC16 (No Children under 16). The other is the obsessive (and honestly quite hilarious) dialogue when Haqim keeps trying to persuade Midori to convert to Islam to sanction their marriage. To get married, all Midori needs to do is embrace Islam by pretence, not by practice. Even when Haqim is delirious, he never loses sight that she must convert. This obsessive emphasis anchors the film in the ordinary world of Singapore Malays. (Oh well, anything for a succulent Japanese succubus I suppose.)