Cicak Man (film series)


Cicak Man (film series)
Cicak Man film series

The Official Cicak Man Logo
Directed by Yusry Abdul Halim
Produced by Norman Abdul Halim
Yusry Abdul Halim
Edry Abdul Halim
John Lucas
Starring Trio cast:
Saiful Apek
Fasha Sandha
Yusry Abdul Halim
Fasha Sandha
AC Mizal
AC Mizal
Secondary Cast
(In Planet Hitam only)
Tamara Bleszynski
Sharifah Amani
Louisa Chong
Linda Onn
Aziz M. Osman
Julia Ziegler
Edry Abdul Halim
Munir (Phyne Ballerz)
Azwan Ali
Dee
Julie Dahlan
Fahrin Ahmad
Hafidzuddin Fazil
Nadia Mustafar
Mak Jah
Zack Taipan
Music by Edry Abd Halim
Distributed by KRU - (Cicak Man 1 & 2)
Grand Brilliance Sdn Bhd (Malaysia and Brunei)
PT Tripar Multi Vision Plus (Indonesia)
Cathay-Keris Films Pte Ltd (Singapore) - (Cicak Man 2 only)[1]
Release date(s) 20062008
Running time 214 minutes (all two films)
Country Malaysia Malaysia
Language Malay
Budget RM 4.2 billion (total, Cicak Man 1 & 2)
Box office $1,940,614.80 [2](worldwide, only Cicak Man)

The Cicak Man film series consists of two superhero films based on the fictional KRU`s Cicak Man comic book, portrayed by Hairi Yatim.

KRU hired his trusted crew, Yusry Abdul Halim to direct the films, and the series began with Cicak Man in 2006 and became a sequel film with the release of Cicakman 2 - Planet Hitam in 2008. Throughout the films, Cicak Man developed a relationship with his lab partner crush, Tania Ashraf (Fasha Sandha). To date, he has battled the villains Professor Klon (Aznil Nawawi), Ginger 1 or Ginger Ghost 1 (Adlin Aman Ramlie), Ginger 2 or Ginger Ghost 2 (AC Mizal), and Rrama (Tamara Bleszynski) throughout the series. While the films' central storylines have been concluded, the studio plans to develop more films, continuing Cicak Man's adventures.

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Development

Cicak Man's CGI Development

The film was shot using Dolby TrueHD, and about 40% of the film was shot in Green Screen. The visual effects team led by the director, Yusry, used CGI technology to fully realize the fictional city of Bandar Metrofulus (which was based on Kuala Lumpur), the protagonist's super-hero movements and various digital sets. Over 90% of the rotoscoping and compositing work were carried out by KRU Films (now known as KRU Studios), who were also behind the musical scores and audio effects.[3]

Cicakman 2 - Planet Hitam's Production

The shooting that took place in Penang, Gua Tempurung, Kampar, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, and Kuala Lumpur costs 2.5 million Ringgit. The costume used in the sequel is higher in quality than the prequel as well as the price cost RM 50 thousand per set while in the prequel the costume used costs only RM 20 thousand per set.

Film Series

After this long development history, the Cicak Man films were produced by Norman Abdul Halim, Yusry Abdul Halim, Edry Abdul Halim
John Lucas and distributed by KRU, Grand Brilliance Sdn Bhd, PT Tripar Multi Vision Plus,Cathay-Keris Films Pte Ltd, the primary film production holding of KRU. They both directed by director Yusry Abdul Halim.

Cicak Man

Hairi (Saiful Apek), is a loser who lives in Metrofulus. While working in the lab, he accidentally drinks coffee that has been contaminated by a virus-infected gecko. He soon finds himself doing the most insane things, such as sticking to walls, making chirping cicak noises and adding bugs to his menu. He turns to his best friend and apartment mate, Danny (Yusry Abdul Halim), and begs him to find the reason behind his strange antics.

Meanwhile, the people of Metrofulus are constantly being infected by new strains of viruses, and the only cure seems to come only from Professor Klon's (Aznil Nawawi) lab. Suspecting something amiss, Hairi and Danny launch their own investigation and discover that Professor Klon is not only the creator of such viruses, but also has a more sinister plan up his sleeve, backed by his business partners, the Ginger Boys (played by Adlin Aman Ramlie and AC Mizal), who first tend to take revenge on Professor Klon's failed experiment on them; making their senses turn abnormal. Hairi soon makes use his new power as "Cicakman" and makes a fullstop to Professor Klon and Ginger Boys, while same time leading his love towards his lab partner, Tania (Fasha Sandha).

Cicakman 2 - Planet Hitam

The evil Professor Klon (Aznil Nawawi) is back. This time, not only to overthrow the government and become the President of Metrofulus, but also to control the world's supply of fresh water through his ingenious plan; "Black Planet". When our blue planet has only 72 hours before turning black, Cicakman (Saiful Apek) comes to rescue.

But much to his surprise he face his old enemies; Ginger Boys, who return even more powerful as spiritual form as Ginger Ghosts (Adlin Aman Ramlie & AC Mizal). In addition, he is now faced with Professor Klon's hired assassin; Rrama (Tamara Bleszynski), an assassin who derives pleasure in killing as if it were a pure art form. As the situation starts taking a downward spiral, even a super hero needs help. But help appears in the most unexpected forms, including Danny (Yusry Abd Halim) his demised best friend, a powerful feng shui master, Miss Chee (Louisa Chong) and an unlikely party.

Apart from his heavy responsibilities to save the world, he also has his own personal dilemmas to address; that is Hairi vs Cicakman. He has to resolve his personal feelings towards Tania (Fasha Sandha), who is seeking the true identity of Cicakman and he also has to choose whether to sacrifice his own life or save Iman (Sharifah Amani), Danny's blind sister.[4]

Cast and characters

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Cast Film
Cicak Man Cicakman 2 - Planet Hitam
Saiful Apek Hairi Yatim / Cicakman
Fasha Sandha Tania Ashraf
Yusry Abdul Halim Danny
Aznil Nawawi Professor Klon
Tamara Bleszynski   Rrama
Adlin Aman Ramlie Ginger 1 / Ginger Ghost 1
AC Mizal Ginger 2 / Ginger Ghost 2
Yasmin Hani   Nadia
Sharifah Amani   Iman
Louisa Chong   Miss Chee
Linda Onn   Amarr
Aziz M. Osman   Fulus News Company Director
Julia Ziegler   Kindergarten Teacher
Edry Abdul Halim   Robber
Munir (Phyne Ballerz)   Robber
Ridzuan Hashim   Abu Bakar
Jalaluddin Hassan   President Ramlan
Azwan Ali   Neighbour
Dee   Neighbour
Julie Dahlan   Neighbour
Fahrin Ahmad   Cameraman
Hafidzuddin Fazil   Chief Fireman
Nadia Mustafar   Woman at Supermarket
Mak Jah   Woman at Supermarket
Zack Taipan   Japanese Citizen

Reception

Response

Cicak-Man created Malaysian movie history by grossing RM350,000 with an audience attendance number of 47,116 in its first day.[5] The film eventually gave its production company, KRU Group of Companies, a RM6.7 million boost due to sales. Cicak-Man received many appreciation from various persons for the director's efforts even before it is released. One of them is Dato' Yusof Haslam alias "Six Million Dollar Man".[6]David Teo as a film producer and CEO of Metrowealth International Group referred Cicak Man as a miracle with the response and difference shown in Malaysian filming industry. Besides film maker, ex-president of Persatuan Sutradara Malaysia (FDAM), Ahmad Ibrahim, praised this masterpiece created by Yusry and KRU.[7] While there were people who praised Cicak Man, there were many others who criticized this film greatly. Mansor Putih in an interview by Harian Metro said that the film has no 'soul', aesthetic values and culture.[citation needed] There were individuals who compared between Cicak Man and Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, and other superhero films from Hollywood, but before it was released to public, the director, Yusry had advised people to not compare Cicak Man with other superhero characters because the budget is obviously lower compared to Hollywood productions.[citation needed]. The Cicakman 2 - Planet Hitam was first released at the 13th Pusan International Film Festival[8] on October 5, 2008 as world premiere for superheroes in Asia segment.[9] Other two sessions was held on October 7 at the festival.[9] In Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, the film had been released on 11 December 2008 with the goal by the producer of a million tickets sold compared to 670 thousand tickets sold for Cicak Man.[9] The film is expected to be released in Indonesia in January 2009.

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