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Jogho Jogho (1999)

Genre : Drama
Format : 35 mm / Colour
Language : Malay / Thai

Director :
U-Wei Saari

Writer :
U-Wei Saari ... Story, Script & Screenplay
S. Othman Kelantan ... Original Story (novel - Juara)

Cast :
Khalid Salleh ... Mamat
Normah Damanhuri ... Minah
Adlin Aman Ramli ... Sani
Baharuddin Omar ... Lazim
Ijoy Azahari ... Salim
Sabri Yunus ... Jali
Normala Omar ... Mek Yah
Aznah Hamid ... Zainab
Liza Rafar ... 

Crew :
Amir Muhammad ... Subtitler

Producer :
U-Wei Saari (Gambar Tanah Licin Sdn Bhd)
(NHK Japan) - associate producer & sponsor

Award :
Best Film (U-Wei Saari) ... 14th Malaysia Film Festival, 1999
Best Director (U-Wei Saari) ... 14th Malaysia Film Festival, 1999
Best Actor (Khalid Salleh) ... 14th Malaysia Film Festival, 1999
Best Screenplay (U-Wei Saari) ... 14th Malaysia Film Festival, 1999
GAFIM Award (Best Poster) ... 14th Malaysia Film Festival, 1999

Best Film (U-Wei Saari) ... TV3's Skrin Award 98/99, 1999
Best Film Director (U-Wei Saari) ... TV3's Skrin Award 98/99, 1999
Best Film Actor (Khalid Salleh) ... TV3's Skrin Award 98/99, 1999
Best Film Actress (Normah Damanhuri) ... TV3's Skrin Award 98/99, 1999

Best Actor (Khalid Salleh) ... 43rd Asia Pacific Film Festival in Taipei, 1998

Synopsis :
Malay - Jogho mengisahkan kehidupan Mamat yang berasal dari Kelantan yang telah berpindah ke selatan Thailand untuk memulakan penghidupan baru dengan bekerja sebagai pelaga lembu atau lebih dikenali sebagai jogho.
English - Mamat is a native of Kelantan, Malaysia, but he had left Malaysia many years earlier to join his brother Lazim in South Thailand in order to continue making his living as a trainer of fighting bulls (a Jogho). The practice had been outlawed in Malaysia but continued in Thailand. Mamat lives with his wife and three daughters, three divorcees and one who has not yet married, but he has sent his only son to boarding school in Kelantan. Mamat and Lazim are the leaders in a small village that depends mostly on the money won from gambling in bullfights for its sustenance. The story begins when Lazim is killed by Isa at the bullfighting arena. By tradition, this leaves Mamat and the young men the responsibility of taking revenge and thus preserving the honor of the village. Mamat visits Kelantan and arranges for his friend Jaafar to find and kill the perpetrators. Returning home, Mamat is gored by his new bull and is bedridden for several days. At the same time Lazim's two sons and a friend have gone into the town and managed to kill Isa's son Hamdan and his assistant Dollah Munduk. After the killing, the young men hide and Mamat is arrested by the Thai police, leaving the women alone to manage not only the village affairs but also to care for the bull. From the jail, Mamat pleads with his wife to pay the bail so that he will be able to fight the new bull. He is at last freed on the morning of the bullfight. At the bullfighting arena, Isa comes to avenge the death of his son. Isa shoots Mamat but miraculously misses his first shot and the second shot only manages to wound Mamat in the shoulder. Mamat wrestles the gun from Isa and knocks him to the ground. Now Mamat has the chance to kill Isa and avenge the death of Lazim, but Mamat refuses as he has become tired of Malays killing Malays. He lowers the pistol. But Lazim's son Sani grabs the gun and shoots Isa instead. The police come and Mamat surrenders himself to them, taking the responsibility for the murder. Although Mamat is taken away by the Thai police, the cycle of violence within the Malay community continues.

Trivia :
Release date: 28 Mac 1999 (re-released on 30 September 1999)
Jogho was screened at 12 cinemas around Malaysia except at Perlis, Melaka, Terengganu, Sabah & Sarawak
Premiered at the 2nd Asian Film Festival 1997 in Tokyo, Japan
Total production cost: RM1.2 million (RM1 million sponsored by NHK Japan)
Filming location: Thailand
Jogho is the Kelantanese term use to describe a bullfighter

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