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Jakarta Post

By the way ... Not a ghost of a chance at Cannes

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sun, June 5 2011   /  08:00 am

Living overseas means few chances to see how the Indonesian film industry is progressing after decades of Soeharto’s scissors and suppression.

Are the newly liberated creative forces challenging the world with their passion and purpose, telling the Indonesia story as never before? Is Jakartawood shaking Hollywood and Bollywood?

Back in the Big Durian, and a chance to check the latest offering — Pocong Mandi Goyang Pinggul. Numerous translations present — take your pick: Shrouded Corpse Bathing while Hip Shaking, or Unstable Dancing Ghost takes a Bath.

Posters showed nubile maidens heading to the bathroom hoping to freshen up. Subtext: They’ll be frightened out of their wits. And presumably their clothes.

The title was a might off-putting — it hardly had the ring of The King’s Speech but sounded more cerebral than Kung Fu Panda 3. The advertising s...