Tuesday, November 18, 2008

If you're in Singapore, please try to catch "Muallaf". But if you're in Kuala Lumpur, please watch this wonderful film below.

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Ho Yuhang (my favourite new wave Malaysian film director), Lorna Tee (one of the best producers in Asia), Affandi (my editor), and Effendy (my producer) just saw this powerful sleeper hit.

"Budak Kelantan" is not going to remain on the cinema circuit much longer, so please, please, please catch it soon. It's the brightest spark in Malaysian cinema we've seen in a long time, with an energy that leaves you with a buzz, long after it's over.

Suffice to say that we left Mid-Valley feeling very happy and hopeful about the future of Malaysian cinema.

43 comments:

ZARA 札拉 [사랑해~] said...

They said that the film is really nice...but still don't have the time to watch it...

Perhaps after exam can go and watch it!

andy gomes said...

ho yuhang... your favourite malaysian director???
well, before i became a fan of your art, i used to despise malaysian movies...(no offence anyone)
i'm definately a huge fan of yours.
so kak yasmin... what is the title of your next project. Iwill be honoured to be the first to know=)HEHEHE (cheeky laugh)

LaReina said...

Ms Yasmin,

Another one I will have to catch on dvd when I get back to Malaysia!

Peace be with you and your new blog.

WQ

yasmin said...

yes, andy. perhaps i should qualify myself by saying that he's my favourite new wave malaysian director.

lately there's been a nimbleness in the way he handles his stories which i really like. it began with "rain dogs", followed by his short film "as i lay dying", and now even more so with his new film "at the end of daybreak" which i had a sneak preview of recently.

my favourite malaysian films of all time would have to be p.ramlee's "bujang lapok" series, u-wei's "perempuan, isteri dan jalang", osman ali's "bukak api", and now ho yuhang's "at the end of daybreak".

fadz said...

Yeah, Budak Kelantan besh! wah, new face!

lhp said...

Hello,

Advance online ticketing will open this coming Friday, 21 November 2008 before 6pm.

How to book.

You need a valid credit card or debit card to secure your seat(s).

Please go to http://tickets.cathay.com.sg/index.aspx

Look for the film Muallaf or scroll down to The Picturehouse.

Choose the desired day, showtime and number of seats.

There is an admin fee for each transaction.

Please note that once your online tickets are confirmed. Your credit/ debit card will be deducted even if you do not collect your tickets. Refunds will not be entertained.

Muallaf opens at The Picturehouse from Thursday, 27 November 2008. It will have multiple showtimes daily.

THE PICTUREHOUSE EXPLORES
meet Yasmin Ahmad & Cast

Saturday 29 November

(showtimes seen here are approximate)

*1pm
*3pm
*5pm

Sunday 30 November

*1pm only

[Post screening] Q&A sessions will be held at The Picturehouse lounge on level 5.

*Please check newspaper cinema directory for accurate showtimes. The online ticketing website http://tickets.cathay.com.sg/index.aspx will have the accurate showtimes.

There will be multiple sessions daily but only the sessions seen above will have post screening Q&A sessions.

The Picturehouse has 82 seats per screening so please book your tickets early to avoid dissapointment.

Address: No.2 Handy Road. Level 5 & 6
Nearest MRT station is Dhoby Ghaut

For non Singapore residents. If you need to book a hotel room. Here is a suggestion:

www.asiarooms.com

3 business days required for confirmation of room unless you choose hotels with immediate online confirmation.

Hotels within walking distance to/ from The Picturehouse @ The Cathay (not to be confused with Cathay Cineleisure on Grange Rd)

Hotel Rendezvous
Carlton Hotel
Hangout Hotel
Albert Court Hotel
YMCA

Please make sure your passport has at least 6 months validity for entry into Singapore.

Thank you and see you at The Picturehouse, Singapore.

Lighthouse Pictures

razor said...

wah, kak yasmin pun puji gak filem budak kelantan. ingatkan x tengok...hehe

anyway, filem tu 'berani' kan?

yasmin said...

i suka bukan sebab dia "berani". i suka sebab it was an emotional rollercoaster ride, and it was very well made. all criticism it received for cinematography was silly and totally unjustified. the cinematography is very good.

it's a very good story.

umzades said...

ironically, our kelantanese friends in kelantan are unable to support and watch the "Budak Kelantan" film coz cinema are not allowed to operate in kelantan itself.. it's such a lost to the malaysian film industry..

c | O w N o said...

I'm in JB... Will definitely hop over the bridge to watch. YAY...

andy gomes said...

kak yasmin,
perempuan, isteri dan jalang.... thats a good movie. it was released when i was only 6 years old but i just saw it recently. a very radical plot that might not nescessarily be appealing to typical malaysians. of course i started noticing this movies only after i watched sepet...love it. have you seen this movie 'after this our exile", an aaron kwok movie shot in malaysia. the husband and wife argument scene at the begining was awesome.. i felt the intensity=0

andy gomes said...

kak yasmin,
perempuan, isteri dan jalang.... thats a good movie. it was released when i was only 6 years old but i just saw it recently. a very radical plot that might not nescessarily be appealing to typical malaysians. of course i started noticing this movies only after i watched sepet...love it. have you seen this movie 'after this our exile", an aaron kwok movie shot in malaysia. the husband and wife argument scene at the begining was awesome.. i felt the intensity=0

chico said...

ok, i'm sooo going to watch it if kak min says so~!!
haiyo, what happened to the previous blog..someone hacked it?!
evil......

Anonymous said...

what is "new wave"? is like surfing like that?

chico said...

ohyes, this is vliang...

yasmin said...

vliang, you're cute!

kamal said...

Kudos to Budok Klate filmmaker.

I'm so going to watch it.

one_munawwarah said...

salam...kak yasmin,i hope to follow this new blog secara berdedikasi...lols..love all ur work..unfortunately, i'm no longer in malaysia and hardly follow ur progress...so, what happened tu muallaf, is it screened in malaysia yet or not???i got from my sister,sepet for my 16th birthday, gubra 17th, mukhsin 18th, but muallaf didnt come out till my 19th, so this year, i hope i'll get both muallaf and talentime for my 20th...so, can u please3....tell me if my wish is about to come true???

one_munawwarah said...

salam...kak yasmin,i hope to follow this new blog secara berdedikasi...lols..love all ur work..unfortunately, i'm no longer in malaysia and hardly follow ur progress...so, what happened tu muallaf, is it screened in malaysia yet or not???i got from my sister,sepet for my 16th birthday, gubra 17th, mukhsin 18th, but muallaf didnt come out till my 19th, so this year, i hope i'll get both muallaf and talentime for my 20th...so, can u please3....tell me if my wish is about to come true???

SYAFIQ YUSOF said...

yasmin,how come your gubra film can have a great cinematograpy???
what type of camera do you use???

yasmin said...

syafiq, as usual we used an arriflex.

Dandelinoid...... said...

kak yasmin, sy student di korea..

aritu sy terkejut mmbr korea sy bg tau pasal muaallaf...

teruja habis!

aritu menang award tak kat busan?

Anonymous said...

kawe ghaso banggo benar movie budok kelate buleh jadi famous...
walaupon kawe buke budok kelate, tapi kawe ghama saing kelate..

mu paha dok kawe ghoyak ni..

guane mu...

bengongggg....

syabah yasmin...

yasmin said...

dandelinoid, busan awards 2 things: best first film, and best film idea/project in the pusan promotion plan.

muallaf didn't qualify for the first category, of course, bcos it's my 5th film, so it was chosen for showcase.

my japanese film script/project "wasurenagusa" (in english "forget-me-not"), however, won the pusan award, the 1st prize. alhamdulillah. korea's lee chang-dong won the 2nd prize.

Muhammad said...

yeah..me sudah nonton BUDAK KELANTAN.

Hebat

Hebat

dan

hebat

maaf...me x-jumpa yang lebih baik dari itu
:)

chico said...

...kak min, i suppose that's a compliment...(=_=)..you're the third aunty to say that today, scares me~
andy gomes, hey i watched 'after this our exile" too...that's a movie I wouldn't have expected from aaron kwok-a once over idolised pop star...that movie's very haunting! i heard it's shot in ipoh~

yasmin said...

don't be scared, vliang. you're cute, but you're not THAT cute. hehe!

i liked "after this our exile" a lot. the only thing i did NOT like about it was aaron kwok's acting.

muhammad, me loved "budak kelantan", but ma'af, me think yuhang's "at the end of daybreak" is better. :-)

andy gomes said...

kak yasmin and chico
after this our exile... well, i will be directing a school play next year based on that movie and bangkok love story (a gay thiland movie) hopefully we will win the drama competition. it's an all boys school and so somebody has to go drag to play the mother...hahaha
by the way... whats wrong with aaron kwoks acting? i felt that the scene where he cries on the couch, begging his son not to leave him was very good.

M said...

Yasmin, what did you like about "Perempuan, Isteri & Jalang"? I watched it again recently, and although it was as powerful as the first time I saw the movie, I have mixed feelings now about it.

Is the movie sympathetic to the lead character? Is she a victim or a manipulative nymphomaniac? Is society to blame for making her that way? I don't know what U-Wei is trying to say about her.

There are glimpses of people that I know in Zaleha, but some of the things she does seem like a foreigner's sexual fantasy about brown-skinned girls from these parts.

The men are portrayed in an equally disgusting way - preachy and horny in parts, misogynistic and hypocritical in others - yet I don't really know where the director stands.

Maybe, in a way, the moral ambivalence made it so much more compelling. On hindsight, the fact that the film got released at all in Malaysia is very surprising. Were we a lot more open then? Or have we always been more forgiving to male directors?

All things considered, for me it's an unforgettable movie that hits you where it hurts the most.

andy gomes said...

kak min,
have you heard about this italian surrealist/director floria sigismondi. her works are very artistic. she has only directed high profiled music videos such as christina aguilera's fighter and the ehite stripe's blue orchid so far. she will be making her movie debut soon. you should check her out...

miezi said...

kak min, this is your new blog?

Mr Fuss said...

Went to watch Budak Kelantan and it was phenomenal! Love the story. It's so real. Like the ending as well.

yasmin said...

andy, maybe it's just me, but i felt aaron kwok was grossly overacting.

yasmin said...

M, i liked the fact that "perempuan" was morally ambivalent.

Anonymous said...

kawe suko "pompue, isteghi de jale" seba' dio punyo pelakon pompue sofia jane hot gilerrr.. ;)

muteaudio said...

Assalammualaikum,
Apa khabar? Saya suka Budak Kelantan. Tapi saya lebih suka Budak Pompuan Kelantan (bukan 'budak' underage) hahaha. The subtitle was a great help to both me and my Chinese friend. It was the 2nd Malay film after U-wei's Jogho that I need subtitle.

yasmin said...

salaam, mute!!! long time no see/hear/read !!!

muteaudio said...

Sihat Alhamdulillah. I'm doing good. Insyallah, panjang umur nanti kita jumpa cerita panjang2. Have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

don't miss Wayang at your nearest wayang!

Uatu The Watcher said...

saya juga amat suka & meminati beremosi sambil menaiki rollercoaster, so Insyallah, saya akan cuba menonton Budak Kelantan minggu ini.

My favourite Malaysians films (in no particular order)
1. Ibu Mertuaku (the songs & the tasty,nasty mama-in-law-: brilliant! )
2. Sarjan Hassan (although a propanganda vehicle, Cannes winner, Lamberto Avellana & P.Ramlee's collarboration mesh well even though the Fillipino director walkout halfway leaving Tan Sri to finish the film. Tan Sri didn't even take directing credits! Imagine that happening today!)
3. Hang Jebat (Hussein Haniff's editing was insanely phenomenal, Nordin Ahmad & Mahmud June rocks!)
4. Bukak Api ( Osman Ali bukak my eyes & made me fall in love with Malaysian fims all over again)
5. Jogho (U-Wei's best left me knocked out, breathless & eager to learn Kelantanese dialect)
6. Kalsom ( a short film by promising young director Sheikh Munasar. A horror story that may lie behind every serene kampungs in Malaysia & feat. the undisputed awesomeness of Mislina Mustapaha)
7. Sepet + Gubra( the Ketuanan Rakyat issue finally being put out on celluloid to start the rakyat talking. Syabas & thank you for carrying the burden to jump start the nation in the right direction)

Looking forward to see Muallaf continuing the education of this young nation we call Malaysia.

Anonymous said...

Lamberto V. Avellana a Cannes winner?

miesmoshe said...

i watched budak kelantan since i knew the bad guy in this movie. yeah i agree its interesting..n horror..
i wont go out to jln TAR alone ever again..seriously...gagagaga

yong said...

Hi kak yasmin...
i watched yu hang 'the rain dogs'
you act in that film !
your acting very good!
Your act very natural ! really like a chinese aunty ! hahaha.....
Great acting !