Cek Toko Sebelah
Erwin (Ernest Prakasa), the go-getting second son of a Chinese family, was forced by his dad Koh A-fuk (Chew Kin Wah) to take over their mom-and-pop store. This leaves his older brother Yohan (Dion Wiyoko) feeling unworthy of their dad’s trust, an epic failure for a first- born in any Asian family. Their friction opens up old scars in the past, including their mother’s sacrifices, and the historic purge of ethnic Chinese.
More than a mere dramedy, Cek Toko Sebelah captures the cultural zeitgeist of Indonesian cinema. The self-deprecating jokes about being an ethnic and religious minority in a predominantly Muslim country were untouchable for the older Chinese generation. In the current populist political climate, this takes admirable candor. Ernest Prakasa, a successful stand-up-comedian shows a sure grasp of direction in his debut film, hitting all the marks in his amusing yet provocative observations on identity, diversity, and core family values.
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Ernest Prakasa, Dion Wiyoko, Kin Wah Chew