Puteri Gunung Ledang

 ”A legendary love”

Puteri Gunung Ledang is a love story taking place in 15th century Malacca. The story begins when Princess Gusti sails away from her war torn homeland in search of her love, Admiral Hang Tuah, in Malacca. There, she waits for him at Gunung Ledang. But her brother, Gusti Adipati, has plans to marry her off to Pangeran Demak, in the hopes that Demak would stop his attacks on their homeland of Majapahit. Discovering that his sister had fled to Malacca, Gusti Adipati follows suit, and offers her to the Sultan of Malacca, Sultan Mahmud, in the bid that the Sultan will protect them from the attacks of the Pangeran Demak. The Sultan, who already has a wife, agrees to take on a second. Princess Gusti, upon receiving this news, decides to return to their homeland and marry Demak, for she cannot bear the thought of staying in Malacca without her true love. Her wishes are not granted, and preparations for her wedding to the Sultan are underway. Hang Tuah, upon receiving the news of the impending wedding carries on his loyal duties, for his loyalty lies strongly with the Sultan and the State. He leads a party up the challenging Gunung Ledang to ask Princess Gusti for her hand in marriage, on behalf of the Sultan. Hurt and angry, Princess Gusti agrees to the marriage, on the condition that the Sultan grants her seven wishes. Adipati witnesses the exchange between Hang Tuah and his sister, and attacks Hang Tuah. The Admiral manages to beat him, and becomes confused over his actions. Hang Tuah promises to remain at Gunung Ledang forever because of this. Meanwhile, the Sultan is able to grant the Princess six wishes. In the final wish, the Sultan has to drive a keris into his own son’s flesh to get a bowl of blood. Before he is about to drive the keris, Princess Gusti appears and rebukes him. The Sultan, hurt and angry, casts a curse on the Princess to live at Gunung Ledang, never to be seen by another human being again. Hang Tuah, upon learning of the curse, rushes to Gunung Ledang to see his love for the last time. Alas, it was too late. Their love story remains a great legend till this day.

“Cerita cinta agung”

Empayar Majapahit dilanda gawat setelah diserang oleh Putera Demak dari Jawa. Mengelak dari kejadian menjadi bertambah buruk, raja Majapahit, Gusti Adipati Handaya Ningrat menawarkan Demak berkahwin dengan adiknya, Gusti Putri Retno Dumilah. Tanpa pengetahuannya, Gusti Putri telah melarikan diri dengan berlayar ke Gunung Ledang untuk bersama cinta hatinya Hang Tuah. Gusti Adipati terpaksa menjalinkan perkaitan dengan Melaka pula dengan menawarkan adiknya pada Sultan Mahmud Shah pula. Gusti Putri menentang perkahwinan tersebut kerana cintanya hanya pada Hang Tuah. Sultan Mahmud menghantar utusan yang diketuai oleh Hang Tuah ke Gunung Ledang, tetapi dihalang oleh kuasa ajaib Gusti Putri. Akhirnya, setelah pelbagai cabaran, Gusti Putri terpaksa menurut permintaan Hang Tuah yang taat pada Sultan, tetapi dengan 7 syarat. Perutusan pulang ke istana Melaka tanpa Hang Tuah yang kecewa atas kegagalannya. Sultan Mahmud murka dengan kedegilan Gusti Putri dan sanggup menerima cabaran ketujuh-tujuh syarat walaupun bakal meragut nyawa anaknya sendiri.

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Original title: Puteri Gunung Ledang
English title: The Princess of Mount Ledang
Release: 31 August 2004
Genre: Historical, Drama
Language: Malay

Director: Saw Teong Hin
Writer: Saw Teong Hin, Mamat Khalid
Actor: Tiara Jacquelina, M. Nasir, Rahim Razali, Adlin Aman Ramli, Sofia Jane, Khir Rahman, Sabri Yunus, Man Bai, Radhi Khalid, Zulkifli Zain, Ruminah Sidek, Christine Hakim, Slamet Rahardjo, Alex Komang, Dian Sastrowardoyo, Melissa Saila

Crew: Adam Chan (Stunt Choreographer); Ariffin Yeop Mahidin (Silat Choreographer); Hairul Nizar Salleh Askor (Assistant Director); Hasnizar Ithnin (Art Director); Jason Kwan (Cinematographer); M. Nasir & Tan Yan Wei (Music Score); Mahyuddin Sidik (Costume Designer); Razaq Sahibjahn (Production Manager)
Producer: Effendi Norwawi; Tiara Jacquelina (executive); EnfiniTi Productions

Award:
Best Director (Saw Teong Hin / 18th Malaysia Film Festival, Kuala Lumpur / 2005)
Best Screenplay (Saw Teong Hin & Mamat Khalid / 18th Malaysia Film Festival, Kuala Lumpur / 2005)
Best Music Score (M. Nasir & Tan Yan Wei / 18th Malaysia Film Festival, Kuala Lumpur / 2005)
Best Art Direction (Hasnizar Ithnin / 18th Malaysia Film Festival, Kuala Lumpur / 2005)
Special Jury Award (Innovative & inspirational film / 18th Malaysia Film Festival, Kuala Lumpur / 2005)

International participation:
61st Venice International Film Festival (Italy / 2004)
3rd Bangkok International Film Festival (Thailand / 2005)
48th San Francisco International Film Festival (USA / 2005)

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Fact:
Production cost – RM16 million
Promotional cost – RM4.5 million
Production period – 22 January to October, 2003
Filming location – Terengganu (Tasik Kenyir, Pulau Perhentian); Pahang (Gunung Jasar, Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands); Selangor (Pulau Indah, Stadium Melawati, Shah Alam); Johor (Air Hitam, Sungai Kesang, Muar, Parit Sulong, Batu Pahat, Gunung Ledang); Lata Kinjang & Port Dickson

Trivia:

  • Sedutan filem ini telah ditayangkan buat pertama kali di Festival Filem Malaysia ke-16 pada April 2003 dimana ia disiarkan secara langsung ke seluruh negara melalui TV1
  • Sepanjang 9 bulan tempoh keseluruhan penggambaran yang bermula pada Januari 2003, jumlah hari penggambaran yang dilakukan di lokasi adalah selama 94 hari sahaja. Pembikinan filem ini juga terganggu oleh faktor cuaca
  • Watak Tun Mamat (Khir Rahman) dan Sultan Mahmud (Adlin Aman Ramli) masing-masing pada mulanya ditawarkan kepada Rosyam Nor dan Azri Iskandar
  • Filem pertama yang dihantar oleh pihak kerajaan Malaysia bagi menyertai Academy Awards di Amerika Syarikat tetapi gagal untuk dicalonkan dalam mana-mana kategori
  • Semasa Festival Filem Antarabangsa Bangkok 2005, filem ini tewas kepada satu lagi filem Malaysia, The Beautiful Washing Machine, dalam kategori Filem Asean Terbaik
  • Watak Puteri Gunung Ledang telah diparodikan dalam filem Magika (2010)
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