Netflix announced that Puteri Gunung Ledang, Malaysia’s first big-budget film, will be streaming on its platform starting 26 November. However, it will exclusively be streaming for Netflix in the South East Asian region.
“The iconic legend of Hang Tuah and the celestial Puteri Gunung Ledang needs no introduction,” wrote Netflix in their announcement.
“I’m excited to share this film again with Malaysians and a regional audience, especially the younger generation who may not have had a chance to watch it yet,” said the film’s director Saw Teong Hin.
Puteri Gunung Ledang cost a whopping RM16.6 million to make, but made only RM2.9 million at the box office during its run in 2004. It nabbed five wins at the 2004 Malaysia Film Festival, and earned international recognition when it was listed at number 49 in the 76th Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category.
Starring Datuk M. Nasir, Puan Sri Tiara Jacquelina, and Mamat Khalid, the film is set in 15th-century Malacca—and based on the popular Malay legend about a Javanese princess caught in a love triangle with Hang Tuah and Sultan Mahmud. It was also adapted into a musical in 2006 by Enfiniti.
While Netflix has been accumulating big budget films from all over the world, it might also potentially buy the newest James Bond film No Time To Die. However, the film is worth approximately USD 600 million—which might be too much for the streaming platform to invest in.