SINGAPORE - Much buzz has been generated about the highly-anticipated Malaysian action blockbuster KL Gangster 2 - but all for the wrong reasons.
A month prior to the sequel's Oct 3 release date in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, 70 per cent of the movie was leaked onto YouTube and pirated copies of the film were being sold for as low as RM5 (S$1.90).
Now, the entire 115-minute movie is available illegally online. A police report has been lodged, reported Malaysia's The Star last week.
This unfortunate episode angered and outraged its 29-year-old director Syamsul Yusof so much that he gave the media preview screening of the movie last week in Kuala Lumpur a miss, and now allegedly has plans to give up film-making for good as well, reported The Star. Syamsul - who also directed the original 2011 movie KL Gangster - reportedly gave the reason that he was "not strong enough to face (the ordeal)".
But unlike him, the rest of the cast and crew of the follow-up remain unfazed.
In fact, KL-based Singapore actor Aaron Aziz - who reprises his lead role of gangster Malek - remains optimistic about its box-office results.
"It's unsatisfying when you watch it illegally so those who have seen it will still go and watch it on the big screen," Aziz, 37, told The New Paper yesterday over the phone from Kuala Lumpur.
"Of course we are all unhappy and upset but these things can't be helped. We have to look on the positive side of things, leave this behind and look forward. I hope the authorities will continue to work on it and make sure the culprit is caught."
KL Gangster 2, which also stars Singaporean actor Adi Putra as well as Malaysian actors Rosyam Nor and Syamsul himself, cost RM4.5 million to make.
The first film cost RM3 million and grossed RM12 million at the Malaysian box office .
KL Gangster 2 once again centres on two brothers Malek and Jai (Adi) and their foray into the world of gangsters since their father's death a decade ago.