Wai Bhone, a young film director living in the shadow of his accomplished father, struggles to balance his life as an artist with the real struggles of everyday life in Myanmar. State censors are breathing down his neck to change the story, his producer wants the ending recut as a romantic comedy, and his deadbeat brother-in-law – fanaticizing about his past life as a movie extra – wants to relive past glories as an action star. Things go from bad to worse when an expensive movie camera is damaged on-set and he has to find a way to cover the costs-by any means necessary.
MONEY HAS FOUR LEGS is a sardonic satire of life in modern Myanmar, one of the poorest countries in the world and one of the hardest hit by COVID-19. Shot before the February 2021 military coup d’état that deposed democratically-elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, crippled the country’s economy and left millions of people on the verge of starvation, MONEY HAS FOUR LEGS was shot under strict censorship conditions and can be seen as a veiled allegory for life under military rule. Since the film’s release, its writer and producer Ma Aeint has been arrested by the military, making its story even more pressing for the world to see.
Marginalised in almost every sense of the word, Burmese filmmakers are rarely given the opportunity to tell their own story. MONEY HAS FOUR LEGS is a rare glimpse into modern life under military rule encasing a universal story of an artist struggling against all odds to communicate his vision.