Juliane Block, Virginia Kennedy, Danny Chua, Aliff Zulkifli for Doll Pictures, Fat Cat Studios
directed by Virginia Kennedy, Juliane Block
starring Juliane Block, Nina Sharil Khan, Jeremy Fenton, Alfred Loh, Sofia Goh, Amelia Chen, Charlene Meng, Tati Ambia, Vikneshwaran Balasundran, Teik Leong Lim, Peer Metze, Devendran K. Shanmuganathan, Eunice Phang
story by Virginia Kennedy, Juliane Block, screenplay by Virginia Kennedy, music by Sona Luna
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US TV producer Jay (Juliane Block) has this really really great idea
for a reality show: To fly a washed up US TV star (though mainly
commercials), Chad (Jeremy Fenton) to Malaysia, to have six native girls
vie for his attentions, for one of them to ultimately get a green card and
go to the US with him, and for all of them to "get famous" -
because there's no pay for this - so ok, the concept basically IS The
Bachelor, but at least the locale's good ... and since Jay is of
Malayan descent, she figures that might cut through a lot of red tape.
Well, she thought wrong, because the Malayan minister for cultural affairs
(Teik Leong Lim) imposes a ton of restrictions on the production, mainly
on moral grounds - and he imposes a censor on the production, none other
than Jay's Asian sister Joythi (Nina Sharil Khan), who has fallen out with
Jay years ago, and now takes her job especially serious and sees to it
that everything's done according to the book (and it's a thick book),
making it impossible for Jay to get the slightly racy stuff she wanted.
Add to that a director (Alfred Loh) who actually sees himself as an
arthouse filmmaker, contestants with bad tempers, locations falling
through one after the other, Chad taking to drinking after having been
sober for over a year, and you get the idea what's not going right. But
things really go to hell when the minister makes a set visit and finds his
own daughter (Sofia Goh), a wannabe actress, making out with Chad ...
could say Kinks is about a clash of cultures between East and West,
or maybe about sibling rivalry, or even just about the hunger of an artist
to create ... and you would be right everytime - but mainly the movie
takes all those elements and masterfully weaves it into a satire of
reality TV as we know it, all the while staying surprisingly clear of
cheap jokes (but ok, there are some that were inevitable) and just
becoming moronic or too obvious, instead relying on a well-structured and
strong story and fleshed out yet fun characters. A really nice efforts
with lots of laughs, but also plenty of scenes that go deeper than that
And if this has gotten you at all interested, you might
want to watch the movie here: https://www.reelhouse.org/jblockbuster/kinks