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Director: J. Cabin Yoo
Runtime: 112 minutes
Language: Malay with English subtitles
Courtesy of Cathay-Keris Films
Pak Pandir is a wealthy widower who raises four sons using a strict disciplinary approach. He forbids them to mix with women who he regards are the root of all evil. Behind their father’s back, the brothers compete against each other to win the heart of Busu, a pretty girl whose father is desperate to marry her off to the rich and wealthy people in the village, including Pak Pandir.
Pak Pandir Modern is Mat Sentol’s first principal role in an ensemble cast that included M. Amin, Puteh Lawak, S. Roomai Noor and Wahid Satay.
Cathay-Keris relied heavily on directors from India, Indonesia and the Philippines at the beginning of the Golden Age of Malay Cinema in Singapore. Pak Pandir Modern is the only title in the Cathay-Keris catalogue that was written and directed by Indonesian Chinese filmmaker, J. Cabin Yoo (also known as Chairul bin Yusuf), who concurrently established a filmmaking career in his home country during the same period.
The restoration of Pak Pandir Modern (1960) was made possible using the sole-surviving 35mm and 16mm release prints from the Asian Film Archive: Cathay-Keris Malay Classics Collection.
The prints exhibited stubborn stains on the emulsion and were affected with numerous deep scratches on both the emulsion and base of the films. Damage from extensive irregular warpage had to be repaired.
To digitally restore the film, 285 hours were spent on restoration work that included scratch removal, stabilising, deflickering, and colour correction. The dense and dark nature of the original elements required additional work in the deflickering process to ensure a better visual experience.
The film was scanned and restored in 4K resolution by Cinegrell Postproduction GmbH in 2019 and completed in 2020.
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