Crossroads

  • Feature
  • 2018
  • 85 Minutes
  • Malaysia
  • Language: Malay and Indonesian and Tagalog

The thriller is structured around a rookie cop whose moral compass is tested by the systemic corruption that surrounds him: his senior partner is collecting bribes from illegal immigrants to fulfill his wife's middle-class aspirations. Its dizzy pleasures include an honest depiction of familial bonds, a humane portrayal of migrant workers, and imaginative casting, with Indonesia's Ario Bayu (Buffalo Boys) and the Philippines' Timothy Castillo (Neomanila) playing illegal immigrants pushed to the edge.

Director: Nam Ron

Screenwriter: Ayam Fared, Pitt Hanif

Production Company: Jazzy Pictures, KL POST, Pixel Play

Premier Status: International premiere


Film Critic

Fighting thuggery and corruption

Azizollah Haji Mashhadi

Azizollah Haji Mashhadi

“One Two Jaga” (also known internationally as Crossroads: One Two Jaga) is a 2018 Malaysian crime action film directed by Nam Ron. In the city of Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, a native worker is severely harassed, tortured and tries to flee to Indonesia. While an experienced policeman is trying to fight corruption. It seems that in today’s world, which is clearly overwhelmed with despair and hopelessness, doing the right thing is not only “hard” but also dangerous. This film is a good example of a cinematic work with the theme of tackling corruption, which, at the same time, portrait a clear picture of a corrupt police’ life who is affiliated with the Royal Malaysia Police and takes bribes from owners of small businesses and immigrants and have a role in many criminal activities.


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Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Ayam Fared, Pitt Hanif

Producer: Rozi Izma Abdul Karim, Bront Palarae

DOP / Camera: Mohd Helmi Yusof

Editor: Razaisyam Rashid

Cast: Zahiril Adzim, Ario Bayu, Asmara Abigail, Timothy Castillo


Director

Nam Ron

Born in Perlis, Malaysia’s smallest state, Nam Ron is a graduate of Kuala Lumpur’s National Arts Academy, he has worked in theater, television and film as a director, writer and actor. His independent feature films Gedebe (2003) and the never-released Gadoh (2009) explore the underground music scene and the taboo subject of racism in Malaysian schools. His first commercial feature was serial killer thriller Psiko: Thief of Hearts (2013). His ground-breaking, multi-cultural Crossroads: One Two Jaga, focuses on police corruption and systemic racism in contemporary Malaysia.

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