Critically-acclaimed Malaysian epic Pulang successfully marked its global debut in 190 countries via an exclusive premiere on Netflix. (NSTP Archive)

KUALA LUMPUR: Critically-acclaimed Malaysian epic Pulang successfully marked its global debut in 190 countries via an exclusive premiere on Netflix.

Having first made its way into Malaysian cinemas on July 26 and then to Malaysian Netflix users on Sept 28, it has since reached out to a worldwide audience via the United States-based movie streaming platform.

Datuk Ahmad Izham Omar, who is chief executive officer of the film’s producer Primeworks Studios, expressed satisfaction with the film’s global reception.

“One of our missions at Primeworks Studios is to bring Asian stories to the world. We are very excited to have Pulang on the extremely popular streaming service Netflix with millions of subscribers globally.

“We are happy that everyone around the world will be able to experience this wonderful film from (its director) Kabir Bhatia,” he said in a statement released by Media Prima Bhd, of which Primeworks Studios is it’s content creation arm.

According to the statement, the release of Pulang on Netflix is in tandem with Media Prima’s efforts to grow its reach and audience globally.

It added that Primeworks Studios continues to expand into new platforms and territories through its successful array of content.

Directed by the award-winning Kabir, Pulang tells the story of a fisherman from a small Malaysian village who takes a leap of faith and works on merchant ships travelling the world, hoping to return with riches for his wife and son.

Though he promised to return home, he was never seen again, leaving his grandson to uncover his story six decades later.

Starring Malaysian actors Remy Ishak and Puteri Aishah, the epic is filled with stunning cinematography, a majestic musical score and a beautiful story that unfolds across the world, from Malaysia to Hong Kong and to Liverpool.

Pulang has received exceptional praise, with some viewers describing it as a wonderfully crafted story of love and romance.

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