English title: THE EMERALD JUNGLE
Date of release: 1934
Duration: 97 minutes
Director: Maung Tin Maung
Production: A1 Film
Cinematographer: U Myat Kyaw & U Ba Thaung
Cast: Daw Myint Myint, U Chit Shwe, U Ba Saw Gyi
Original Format: 35 mm, Black & White, 1.33 format
Music* : Khin Maung
* Silent with intertitles in 1934, music was added around 1954 and dialogues in 1970
The situation of film archives in Myanmar is alarming as most of the films of its glorious past since 1920 were dispersed, lost or time damaged. There are very little films for which celluloid elements are still available (below 20). For some films, DVD were made in the 1990s, but this is not of any help as it is very low definition, not allowing theatrical definition and moreover not enabling any restoration or preservation work.
As MYA GA NAING is clearly the most ancient Myanmar film for which celluloid elements are still available, we’ve decided to launch a restoration, as a milestone. The idea is highlight the very rich history of Myanmar which started in the early 1920s.