“Your brother never told you never to threaten a man’s family?”
As cheesy as the Fast franchise is to critics aplenty, that line is easily one of my favorites from Justin Lin’s Furious 6. Catching the newest trailer for director Adrian Teh’s new film, Wira, I was instantly drawn to that sentiment as it now pertains to the central story that unfolds in the new Malaysian action and martial arts thriller which opens locally on November 21.
Hassan leaves home from a young age as he can no longer stand seeing his family and the people around him being pushed around by a man named Raja. He enlists in the military but after leaving it, he returns home to help his family and community. In order to settle the debt his younger brother Zain has incurred after losing an MMA fight organised by Raja, the two brothers team up for a match against Raja’s sons Vee and Rayyan.
Teh looks toward Wira as the jump-off point into a series of more action movies after having amply proven himself on last year’s heavy-hitter, Paskal. This further explains hopes he elucidated in an interview with The Hive back in May to launch an action-packed cinematic universe focused centrally on local unsung heroes.
Judging by the final trailer, I’d say he’s off to a damn fine start. Coupled with a cast that also enlists the talents of one Yayan Ruhian who recently took to a room full of industry majors at this year’s first-ever Chungbuk International Martial Arts and Action Film Festival in Chungju this past weekend, I’d say Teh is in good company.
Peep the trailer above and feel free to oogle the posters below!