Life & Times
May 27, 2013
By : Dennis Chua |  dchua@mediaprima.com.my

Biker tales from KL to Krabi

Zizan and Awie team up in a buddy movie-cum-road trip to Krabi, writes Dennis Chua

(From left) Haris, Sufian, Awie, Helmi, Gayatri, Zizan, Zul and Ashraf.

WHILE muscleman and rocker-comedian Awie loves his big bikes, his newfound co-star Zizan Razak is fond of hot wheels, too.

The duo team up on the big screen for the first time in a “buddy” movie that sees them take a road trip from Kuala Lumpur to Krabi, Thailand’s well-known seaside city.

Awie and Zizan are the main stars of Astro Shaw’s latest movie Bikers Kental (Hardy Bikers), a co-production with Califwork Studios. It is a first for director Helmi Yusof who is best known as a photography director.

Besides heroes Awie and Zizan, it also has a star-studded cast, including Bront Palarae, Amerul Affendi, Harun Salim Bachik, Zul Ariffin, Sufian Mohamed and Haris Faizal and includes two Thai actresses, Pornwipa Watcharakaroon and Julangtip Sukkasem.

Helmi says: “Astro Shaw has given the opportunity for many directors to make their ‘arrival’ on the movie scene. I’m the latest and thank them for the chance of a lifetime.”

Among the directors who have “arrived” via Astro Shaw — Zailani Abdul Ghani (Nafas Cinta), Along Kamaluddin (Sara), Osman Ali (Puaka Tebing Biru), James Lee (Histeria), Azmi Hatta (Duhai Si Pari-Pari), Woo Ming Jin (Seru), Sein Mustafa (Langgar) and Ellie Suriaty Omar (Penanggal).

“It is now my turn, and I’ve done a movie which is close to my heart, on bikers and big bikes,” says Helmi. “But above all, it is about friendship, teamwork, responsibility, family values and humanity.”

Helmi has worked with major directors since 1996, including Bade Azmi, Aziz M. Osman, Erma Fatima, Afdlin Shauki, Mamat Khalid and Lee. He was the photography director for Histeria, Papadom, Misteri Jalan Lama, Papadom 2 and Tolong! Awek Aku Pontianak. He also produced Seru.

A motorcycle enthusiast, Helmi says: “I have a Ducati Hypermotard 796 and love road movies. Bikers Kental is my original idea. I was assisted by Nurul Salajuddin and Arbi Roslan with the script.”

The Thai actresses were introduced by Film Frame Production. “They are among Thailand’s budding actresses,” says Helmi.

The film was shot in Kuala Lumpur, along the North-South Highway, and in Sadao, Hatyai, Krabi and Phuket in Thailand. “The RM1.9 million film took 30 days to shoot in May last year. The bikers spent a week in Kuala Lumpur,” says Helmi.

Astro Shaw general manager Gayatri Su-Lin Pillai says it is the company’s second collaboration with Zizan after Kapoww — Atoi The Ajaib Boy.

“It is our first road movie filmed overseas. The authorities in Thailand gave their full support and cooperation,” she says.

Agreeing with Helmi, Gayatri says that the movie is not just about bikers but also about honesty, universal human values, responsibility and respect.

“It’s an exciting first for Zizan and Awie. They get along great,” she says, adding that Naza World sponsored their motorcycles.

Zizan, who had participated in “dirt bike” contests back home in Dungun, Terengganu during his teens, says motorcycling from Kuala Lumpur to Krabi was tiring and sweaty but loads of fun. “The story requires me to be a ‘man in black’. I sweated all the way,” he says with a smile. “My character may be the ‘little menace’ of bikers but he’s the only one who gets the hot women.”

In the movie, Bidin Al Zaifa (Zizan) who works for his cousin Aidil (Harun Salim Bachik), is a lazy employee but dreams of owning a high-powered motorcycle and going on a road trip with Aidil’s old friend and customer Eddie (Awie).
Eddie often goes for Bike Week in Krabi, Thailand.

One day, Bidin stumbles upon a bag full of cash inside the car of a seemingly dead man. Using the money, he purchases the bike of his dreams, and joins Eddie and his four-member team of bikers on a road trip from Kuala Lumpur to Krabi. One of the team members, Arbi (Zul) however, does not trust the “young upstart”.

While Bidin suffers from fatigue but he pushes himself and makes it to Hatyai. There, the bikers have dinner in a cafe manned by Saiya and Cherry, who are sisters. Bidin falls for Saiya but is unaware that Cherry is in love with him.
At the same time, Bidin is being followed by two Thai gangsters Pornthaliwat (Bront) and Albuquerque (Amerul), who stole the money that Bidin found.

Awie, who has gone on road trips to Phuket in the past, says he could not say “no” to Bikers Kental.

“It’s yet another chance to hop on a bike and enjoy a breathtaking journey along the North-South Highway, right into southwest Thailand where the best beaches are,” he says.

“One of the scenes I love most is the one with large, floating lanterns at the beach in Krabi. They are timeless gems.”

Both Zizan and Awie had great fun filming a “gunfight” scene in the main street of Krabi. “It was an awesome and hilarious car chase, and Zizan’s helmet became a boomerang to thwart the baddies,” says Awie.

The film, which was launched at Cathay Cineleisure in The Curve, Mutiara Damansara on May 15, was attended by Gayatri, Helmi, producer Ashraf Mahzan, Awie, Zizan, Zul, Sufian and Haris.

Bikers Kental

The director and cast also went on a Bikers Kental road tour, from May 10 to 19, to promote the movie with the help of Red Garage House Of Choppers.
Bikers Kental is now showing in cinemas nationwide.
 

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