Astro Shaw

Astro Shaw Sdn Bhd is Malaysia's leading film studio and is renowned for its innovative and trendsetting approach in championing stories that touches the hearts of the audience.

Astro Shaw Sdn Bhd
Private limited
Key people
Raja Jastina Arshad
Norsalvina Alwee
Anwari Ashraf
A'tifah Ishak
Dell Hakim
ServicesFilm production, distribution and marketing
ParentAstro All Asia Networks plc
DivisionsTayangan Unggul

Astro Shaw has produced numerous films for the local and regional market and is pursuing expansion into international film investments. It also provides a comprehensive marketing and distribution services for theatrical and non-theatrical release in Malaysia and abroad.

Championing the local film industry, Astro Shaw has produced 7 of the top 10 highest grossing local films of all time in Malaysia. Astro Shaw's production Hantu Kak Limah shattered the record of Malaysia's box office being the first local film to achieve a box office collection of over RM 30 Mil. In 2018, Astro Shaw achieved a box office collection of over RM 100 Million with the combination of successful films such as Dukun, Paskal, Hantu Kak Limah and Polis Evo 2.

As a leading film distribution and marketing partner, Astro Shaw distributed and marketed the highly success 2019 kids animation film BoBoiBoy Movie 2.

Taking lead of the local film industry, Astro Shaw is always in the look out for local talents and storyteller. Its in-house writers room seeks to develop compelling ideas and stories to screenplays that are commercially viable and entertaining. The 2019 investigative horror film Pusaka, the first of its kind to integrate element of investigation and horror was a product of Astro Shaw's writers room.


Astro Shaw and Tayangan UnggulEdit

Established in 1996 under the Astro Shaw and Tayangan Unggul brand, its initial focus was to enhance the film industry in Malaysia through high quality production and compelling storytelling. Astro Shaw produced its first film Nafas Cinta in 1998. The movie starred Awie and received a great reception when released in cinemas. Nafas Cinta paved the way for Astro Shaw to expand its film production efforts and since 2001, Astro Shaw has released over 80 films. In 2010, Astro Shaw further expanded its reach by producing its first Chinese language film Woohoo. Since, Astro Shaw has release 5 more Chinese language films including the awarded winning The Journey.

In 2014, Maindhan became Astro Shaw’s first tamil language Malaysian film. The film had a limited release on 9 August 2014 in Malaysia, Singapore, and Tamil Nadu. It gained acclaim from critics and emerged as the highest grossing locally produced Tamil film of all time before being beaten by Vedigundu Pasangge in 2018 which was co-produced by Astro Shaw.

Box OfficeEdit

From 2010-2013, top grossing Malaysian movies only averaged around RM 8 Million in the local box office. Astro Shaw defied all odds and raised the benchmark for local films in 2014, breaking the RM 15 million mark with The Journey (RM 17.28 Million). The Journey was the first chinese language film to top the local box office for its respective release year, a feat no other production company has been able to achieve.

In 2018, there was a huge spike in the local box office, with a total collection of RM 170 Million from 49 film releases. Astro Shaw contributed greatly to this tremendous increase by being the leader of the local box office in 2018 with more than 60% of market share. Astro Shaw alone had an impressive cumulative box office collection of over RM 103 Million from 4 blockbuster films, Hantu Kak Limah (RM 38 Million), Dukun (RM 12 Million), Paskal (RM 30 Million) and Polis Evo 2 (RM 23 Million).

From that successful year, Astro Shaw is now proudly sitting on 7 of the top 10 all-time highest grossing local blockbusters, dominating the Malaysian film industry. By achieving RM 38 Million with Hantu Kak Limah, it became the first local film to surpass the RM30 million gross box office (GBO) shattering the record of the Malaysian box office.


Astro Shaw produced its first award-winning film KL Menjerit in 2003. The film won in 8 categories for The 16th Malaysia Film Festival including Best Film and 2 categories during the TV3 Screen Awards.

Following from the success of KL Menjerit, Astro Shaw has gone on to win over 170 awards from local and foreign film festivals. Astro Shaw, The Journey won best film in the KL Film Critics Awards and Best Non-Malay Language Local Film and the special Jury Award at the 2014 Malaysia Film Festival. The Journey and Ola Bola were selected to compete in the Far East Film Festival.

Most recently, Astro Shaw's upcoming film The Garden of Evening Mists due to release in January 2020, was nominated in 9 categories for the 56th Golden Horse Awards and won for best Makeup & Costume Design.

Foreign Film InvestmentsEdit

Astro Shaw’s recent international film investments have enjoyed various critical acclaim, such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s film, Cemetery of Splendor, which was screened in the Un CertainRegard section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and won Best Film at the 9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, as well as Mouly Surya’s Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, which made its debut at the 2017 Director’s Fortnight section in Cannes. The White Girl, a Hong-Kong film co-directed by Christopher Doyle and Jenny Suen and Astro Shaw’s first foray into North Asian films, competed at the 2017 London Film Festival.

Business ExpansionEdit

Astro Shaw has since ventured beyond film production and is an establish film distribution and marketing partner in Malaysia and internationally. The highly success 2019 kids film BoBoiBoy Movie 2 was distributed and marketed by Astro Shaw.

Leveraging on its strong regional and international partnership, Astro Shaw continuously finds new markets for the distribution of Malaysian films and helps international films enter the Malaysian market.

Writers' RoomEdit

Astro Shaw is taking the leading in grooming home grown storytellers with the formation of its in-house screen writing team lead by Anwari Ashraf. The team aims at developing stories and ideas from local creative minds and seeks to create compelling stories for the local and international audience.



Year Title Language Producers
1999 Nafas Cinta Malay
2007 Diva Malay co-produced with Tarantella Pictures[1]
2008 Tipu Kanan Tipu Kiri Malay co-produced with Tarantella Pictures
2009 Sell Out Malay
2010 Lagenda Budak Setan Malay co-production with Tarantella Pictures
Sini Ada Hantu Malay co-produced with Double Vision
2011 Ombak Rindu Malay co-production with Tarantella Pictures
2012 Hoore! Hoore! Malay a co-production with Real Pictures
Untuk 3 Hari Malay a co-production with Tarantella Pictures
Lagenda Budak Setan 2: Katerina Malay a co-production with Tarantella Pictures
2013 Bikers Kental Malay a co-production with Tayangan Unggul and Calif Works Productions
Penanggal Malay a co-production with Grand Brilliance and Tayangan Unggul
Papadom 2 Malay a co-production with Tayangan Unggul Ismali Holding and Vision Works
2014 Kami Histeria Malay a co-production with Red Films and Marna Films
Apokalips X Malay a co-production with Tayangan Unggul and Naga VXS
Lagenda Budak Setan 3: Kasyah Malay a co-production with Tarantella Pictures
Amir dan Loqman Pergi Ke Laut Malay a co-production with Tayangan Unggul and Greenlight Productions
Mana Mau Lari Malay a co-production with Tayangan Unggul
Manisnya Cinta Di Cappodocia Malay a co-production with Global Station and Red Films
Terbaik Dari Langit Malay a co-production with Playground Productions
2015 Suamiku, Encik Perfect 10 Malay a co-production with Global Station
Cicak Man 3 Malay a co-production with KRU Studios and Grand Brilliance
Pilot Cafe Malay a co-production with Tarantella Pictures
Polis Evo Malay a co-production with Tayangan Unggul
2016 Langit Cinta Malay a co-production with Nusana
Ola Bola Malay Chinese English Tamil co-production with Golden Screen Cinemas and Multimedia Entertainment
Aliff Dalam 7 Dimensi Malay co-production with Tayangan Unggul
Dukun Doktor Dani Malay
2017 Kimchi Untuk Awak Malay a co-production with Dark Wake Pictures
Kau Yang Satu Malay a co-production with Global Station and Nusana
Abang Long Fadil 2 Malay a co-production with Skop Production
Bisik Pada Langit Malay
Tombiruo: Penunggu Rimba Malay a co-production with Ideate Media, Karangkraf and Layar Sunan.[2]
2018 Busker Malay a co-production with Tayangan Unggul
Dukun Malay Originally movie in cinema at 2006, but the movie have a big problem causes the movie is banned until 2018
Hantu Kak Limah Malay co-production with Andy Lau Movie Company in Malaysia (Infinitus)
PASKAL: The Movie Malay co-production with Asia Tropical Films, Golden Screen Cinemas, Multimedia Entertainment and Granatum Ventures
Polis Evo 2 Malay co-production with Surya Citra Media and Blackflag
2019 Misteri Dilaila Malay co-production with Skop Productions Sdn Bhd
BoBoiBoy Movie 2 Malay collaboration with Animonsta Studios
Sangkar Malay co-production with Primeworks Studios, MM2 Entertainment, and Infinitus Gold
Pusaka Malay co-production with Director's Think Tank and Alpha 47 Films
Wira Malay co-production with ACT 2 Pictures, Golden Screen Cinemas, Multimedia Entertainment and Primeworks Studios
2020 The Garden of Evening Mists Malay,English,Cantonese co-production with HBO Asia


Year Title Language Notes
2014 Maindhan [3] Tamil co-production With CK Films and SS Wawasan
2018 Vedigundu Pasangge Tamil co-production with Veedu Production

Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and Hokkien)Edit

Year Title Language Notes
2010 Woohoo Cantonese co-production with Woohoo Pictures
2011 Great Day Cantonese co-production with Woohoo Pictures

Innoform Media

2012 Ghost Buddies Mandarin co-production with Double Vision Pictures
2013 Once Upon A Time Cantonese co-production with The Film Engine
2014 The Journey (2014) Mandarin co-production with Woohoo Pictures
2017 You Mean the World to Me (2017) Hokkien & Mandarin co-production with Real Pictures
2018 *Think Big Big (2018) Mandarin co-production with Golden Screen Cinemas, Multimedia Entertainment and MM2 Entertainment


  1. ^ "Motion picture soundtrack of Diva launched[permanent dead link]." The Star. 24 April 2007. Retrieved on 18 January 2013. "Diva is a production of independent film production house Tarantella Pictures Sdn Bhd together with Nusantara Films Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Astro Shaw Sdn Bhd which was set up to produce films that are targeting audiences around the region."
  2. ^ Shackleton, Liz (25 August 2016). "Malaysia rallies international team for 'Tombiruo'". ScreenDaily. Media Business Insight Limited. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
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