Saturday, December 27, 2008

Malaysia faces "Talentime", tentatively scheduled for release on March 26th, 2009.


Mahesh

Hafiz

Melur

Bhavani

Kahoe

Not since our disovery of Sharifah Amani when she was only 16, back in 2003, had I ever met such talented young Malaysians as the people you see here.

Starting with Mahesh Jugal Kishore, allow me to introduce you to this diabolically good-looking 18-year old who could command a new language in less than a week!

Then there is Mohd. Syafie Naswip, winner of the Best Child Actor award at the FFM two years ago, and, at the tender age of 15, beat veterans like Rosyam Nor, Nasir Bilal Khan, and Rusdi Ramli, for the Best Actor award at last year's Anugerah Skrin. His heartfelt debut performance as Mukhsin stole hearts in Berlin, Tokyo, Paris and New York. In "Talentime", he plays the extremely demanding role of a schoolboy who tries to put on a brave face for his cancer-stricken mother, played by Azean Irdawaty.

Swiftly moving on, next in line is Pamela Chong, one of a two-sister team which got second prize at last year's Amazing Race Asia. She took to acting like fish to water, and had memorised her lines, way before most other actors at reharsals, two months before principal shooting began.

Obviously, Jaclyn Victor needs no introduction here. The first ever winner of Malaysian Idol, and arguably the finest singer in South-East Asia, Jac stunned the crew with her powerfully nuanced debut as an actor.

Finally, the drop-dead gorgeous Howard Hon Kahoe, barely 17, became the instant hearthrob on set, with his winsome smile and sultry pout. He played the domestically pressured teenager to perfection, and will most likely have a part in my upcoming Japanese film project, "Wasurenagusa".

These fine young performers, along with the amazingly gifted and versatile Elza (sorry babe, they never gave me a good-sized photo of you!), daughter of Azean Irdawaty, make for worthwhile viewing of our new film "Talentime".

Allah has been so generous. Rabbana wa lakalhamdu.

89 comments:

abi said...

A MUST WATCH! and i hope it makes the 26th of March! :D Congrats Yasmin! Another brilliant movie.... I Know ;)

yasmin said...

salaam, all.

abi was one of a few people who HAVE seen talentime.

(girls, he's real cute!)

reen said...

wow talentime sounds really interesting(:

Ajami Hashim said...

Salaam dear..
saya akan menyokong anda! muahhh! ;-)

p/s: what do you think about RM20 to watch a Hollywood movie?

Kris Law said...

Anticipating...

Kris Law said...

Anticipating...

Qaisy Jaslenda said...

God knows how envy I am.
I mean all of them. hahaha


P/S
Belum penat lagi melobi kawan2 utk tengok filem ni Ms Yasmin ;P

Oh, and Good Luck!

yasmin said...

thanks, qaisy. glad you liked talentime! alhamdulillah.

Stefan S said...

I hope it makes it to SG! :D

Jumping Jane. said...

yes, yes, yes!
tengok lagi. hoping no scenes are cut though. ada ke?

yasmin said...

stefan, sayang, you saw oredi, mah?

but honestly, you should watch talentime on big screen! as a japanese journalist said recently, talentime is our most visually beautiful film to date.

yasmin said...

salaam, jj

alhamdulillah, talentime has been approved by the censorship board without cuts!

andy gomes said...

kak min...
howard kahoe will be in your next project? i've NEVER been so jelous in my life.....hahahaha. got to admit, he's cute. by the way, if you are planning to have a private screening of talentime, please do count me in. i would be honoured to be among the very first to watch it before the whole of malaysia does..... praise God for your blessings and take care=)

yasmin said...

hey andy. you know my baby kahoe? he's such a nice person. so hardworking, ever eager to help, and so manja.

Azmi Danuri said...

hehe!
mak kalau da watch cannot watch again ke?
your films are worth watching at least twice

akusiktauk said...

poster n trailer utk citer ni da kuar ke?
x sbr nk tgk.
mesti meletop pawagam nnti.

GUiKP said...

Talentime is priming to be a blockbuster. Three-month is an achingly long wait. We may or may not have a new Wanita UMNO Head by then, and hopefully more reason to celebrate.

iDyani Nazahiah said...

great news this is!!
especially it's goning be aired during my birthday's month!
definitely the best upcoming birthday present!
yay for that...!!

kamal said...

haha Kahoe is so badass in the picture.

gonna catch it again at the wayang.

ms.yasmin's best work so far.

Anip said...

what a diverse cast. I love it. Haven't seen muaalaf yet, another one coming out already?
*sigh*

hady said...

kak yasmin,

oh i am damn jealous with all those newcomers - actor and actress

wish i can turn back time, 10 years back when i was 18, bumped into you and offered myself to be ur actor, hahaha

good luck for your talentime
i wish i can watch it here..

chico said...

wow, kamal..'Kahoe is so badass'..?
nah, i find him good looking too.
seriously, he can play the 'er hu'?..appreciate youngsters who can play traditional musical intruments!

andy gomes said...

kak min,
i dont know kahoe but i cant help to notice that he is charming. plus, i suppose he has some musical talents too. as much as i look up to him for what he has achieved, i cant help but to envy his achievements because he is living my dreams BIG!!!! young people can do anything today.
God bless=)

Azmir's Bidadari said...

bile mualaf akan kuar?is it true i heard mualaf has been banned?:( so how can i watch mualaf?anyone?kak min?

loklaq @ look luck said...

WOW.....i got this one from

http://romankodian.blogspot.com


Berita yang Pasti akan Membuat Semua Peminat Yasmin Ahmad Inzal

Aku terbaca temu bual Diablo Cody di satu majalah di mana dia mengaku mendapat sebahagian ilhamnya untuk tulis filem Juno dari *ugh* Sepet! Ya, mahakarya Yasmin Ahmad tu! Well, dia tak sebut nama filem itu secara harfiah, tapi serasa-rasa aku, memang pemenang Anugerah Era 2005 itulah yang dimaksudkannya.

Cuba kau orang baca sendiri klip katanya, “When I was approched (to write Juno) by Novick (the producer), he lend me a copy of this Malaysian movie to get myself some ideas ... It's a love story between a Muslim girl and a Chinese guy* ... Though both of our movies tackle different subjects, I borrowed much of the themes from it, and the variety of it ... You could think of it as a film that celebrates life and coming-of-age, or you could watch it as a movie about a liberated teen girl who makes a choice to continue being liberated. Or you could watch it as some kind of quirky love story, you know, a meditation on maturity.”

Lepas tu dia siap tambah, “...and Juno's eccentric parents are like the carbon copy of the Muslim girl's parents. But some aspects needed to be change due to context differences.” Dia kemudian menerangkan lebih lanjut tentang ibu bapa gadis Islam tersebut yang amat terbuka dari segi seksualiti mereka. Hei, siapa lagi, ya tak, kalau bukan Pak Atan dan Mak Inom?

Pendapat aku: Holy Jesus of Nazareth!

Apa-apa pun, aku tak nak cakap banyak. Kau orang boleh cari sendiri majalah tersebut. Yang jelas, edisi naskhah ini sudah agak lama, tapi aku baru angkat di Amcorp Mall kelmarin waktu keluar makan tengah hari.



*Boleh jadi Sembilu 2005, tapi kamonlah...

Kris Law said...

I was lucky to have worked with a few distinguished Malaysian directors in my lifetime like Shuhaimi Baba and Kabir Bhatia. But I never, NEVER came across a film director who so publicly and lovingly declared her unbridled admiration and strongly devoted love for all her actors. You are truly exceptional and awe-inspiring for other talents in the industry who respects your unshakeable bond in which you created and cherished so deeply, and in effect also ripples the affection to others who watches your film with love and admiration in return. :-)

Kian said...

when can we have the chance to watch 'muallaf' at the cinema??

yasminshahira. said...

Greetings and salutations :)
Proud of you ms.yasmin for making such brilliant and most interesting movies i've seen so far :) I'm pretty sure Talentime would go all the way just like the others had, successfully.

And i'm a tad excited to see Kahoe act. Knowing him and his charming talent :)

didie said...

hey kak yas!
congrats !
will talentime be shown in singapore?
i hope it will coz i will be the first to watch!just like mualaf....

yasmin said...

salaam, didie.

inshaallah, talentime will be shown in singapore simultaneously.

andy gomes said...

kak min,
these precious boys of yours, what musical talents do they posses? are they singers or musicians. i heard that mahesh can sing very well. is it true?

yasmin said...

andy, the girls are every bit as precious as the boys... sometimes even more so.

andy gomes said...

kak yasmin,
hahahaha.....the girls are definately precious. i'm definately exited because adibah noor and azean irdawati will be in this movie, plus so many other talented actresses. cant wait. take care=)

gigi besi said...

i guess another outstanding muvee frm u! well done...

mo said...

March is an enjoyable time of the year, as that's the month Yasmin Ahmad releases her work. Can't wait! :)

Queen said...

Salam kak min,
Can't wait to watch your movie. I always love your movie.

kamal said...

yo I'm compiling the 2008 year end lists of my interwebs friends. feel free to submit your lists to my blog. It can be about anything, the world, your fave music, or even yourself. This is like a tag thing but not really. Thanks.

Helmi Razali said...

salam.
i just watched the slumdog millionaire. And I can't help but to think that this too, is an honest movie. Macam your previous movies too. Perhaps you'll like it like i doo. semoga talentime dapat sambutan baik di malaysia.

helmi

Chahya said...

Salam Maal Hijrah & Happy New Year to you Yasmin.
-Your silent reader-

najwa said...

kak min,
i wanna watch muallaf!
god, why do they have to ban this brilliant movie in malaysia??
isn't there any other way to watch it?? like, dvd perhaps??

yasmin said...

salaam, cahya.

may this be a year of peace, joy, and success for you too. ameen.

andy gomes said...

kak min,
yey..... i love jaclyn victor.she left me in tears when she won malaysian idol. her singing gave me goosebumps everytime without failing. will she be playing herself? anticipating to see her in action=) take care.

yasmin said...

jac spoke tamil almost throughout her scenes in talentime.

chico said...

wow, never know she could speak tamil...

hannah.banana said...

salam kak min,
haha,i was really surprised when you left that comment on my blog post.but what i said is true,im gonna catch both films at the cinema!

hope you will be more inspired in the future to produce excellent films:D

Kumbang said...

Salam,
Semoga sehebat Rabun, Sepet dan Mukhsin...

Harap jangan ada kontroversi lagi ya...:-)

http://analisisringan.blogspot.com/

Hafiza said...

Hey yasmin, just wondering whether you going to have a dvd premiere for Muallaf in Singapore next year?

andy gomes said...

kak min,
jac spoke tamil? AWESOME!!!! eventhough my mom is an indian, i can only speak basic tamil. according to my friends, it sounded like french. i guess i inherited my father's tongue. well, did mahesh speak tamil too? i heard that he is a gujerati, indian and chinese mix.

yasmin said...

yes, mahesh has a chinese grandmother on his mother's side.

bobby said...

salam,,
muallaf mmg tidak akan ditayangkan
di malaysia ehh ?

hanashira said...

Dear Yasmin,

You have such wonderful actors acting in your films.Can't wait for "Talentime" which I hope will give inspiration to all who watch it.

All the best for you!

-When we accept tough jobs as a challenge to our ability and made into them with joy and enthusiasm,miracles can happen-

Husnibaby:My Emancipation said...

owh gosh..can't wait can't wait..!!(^_^)

the Razzler said...

Kak Min..

Looking forward to watch Talentime on the big screen.. :) :)

troisnyx* said...

omigosh!!! talentime's gonna be released ! yes, we're blessed !

thanks Kak Min !

p.s. Jac speaks Tamil ? whoa.

andy gomes said...

kak min,
haha....cool. unlike mahesh,im a portuguese, arabic, indian and jewish mix....or ROJAK to be exact. it is good in some ways to be a eurasian because we cant really take sides when it comes to races. we represent one race -MALAYSIA and MALAYSIA alone. that is why i cant help but to love your work. it potrays malaysia just the way it is. thanks alot for making MALAYSIAN MOVIES and may God bless you for your good works=)

nn said...

i am so gonna watch this movie!! :DD yasmin rocks!

azamima said...

I love to see your movie. Perhaps someday I can be a good writer like you. Is it possible for you to give me your email address? I would like to send you the story/scrip. Hope you can give a comment. My email is azamima_81@yahoo.com

or http://lonelybali.blogspot.com/

Wish you all the best and Happy New Year...

andy gomes said...

kak min,
apa azam baru untuk tahun depan? whatever it is, i hope that God will bless you abundantly like he already is next year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

lemonie said...

cant wait for talentime!

yasmin said...

me too, lemonie!

aBoy said...

Kak Min.

Hows about Adibah Noor?

I think she look so natural on screen.

I love her and definitely, evryone love her.

I can say that she is one of the few great performer in Malaysia. real performer.

Regards,
ABOY

andy gomes said...

kak min,
i already read the full synopsis of wasurenagusa. it is an excellent story with a very different setting. i have no idea who will be playing inom but i certainly can assume who will be masaharu. hahahaha. well kak min, hope this story translates well into a movie. take care and happy new year=)

afams-chan said...

Sono choushi Yasmin-sensei!!!

I cant hardly wait to see the show. Keep up doing more films, i love to see your masterpiece.

Gambate-neh sensei!~

yasmin said...

masaharu will most likely be played by a young japanese actor called takuya ishida, inshaallah.

yasmin said...

aboy, adibah noor is in talentime!

andy gomes said...

kak min,
really? i taught kahoe will be playing a role in wasurenagusa. i'm curious. will this movie be an all japanese movie or a mixed language movie? i hope it is something i can understand. by the way, one of my goals for next year is that i want to meet you. i REALLY REALLY WANT TO. hopefull, it will come to pass with God's blessing. have a great 2009

Hafiza said...

does nani going to be part of the wasurenagusa film?

yasmin said...

yes, she is.

andy gomes said...

kak min,
yay....love nani. thanks alot for answering all my questions this past week. hope it doesn't annoy you. i'm sure there is more questions to come because i'm genuinely passionate about your work, pretty much like "fire in my bones". ia membuatkan aku tak boleh duduk diam.
take care=)
love u...

Anonymous said...

was kahoe in the sugus tv ad?

Anonymous said...

And I would be very much looking forward to watching this in Singapore i hope....

Indra Dilaila

budleee said...

march!!

lama nyerr!!!!

Azmir's Bidadari said...

Kak Min,
where and how can i watch mualaf?

Lynna said...

you never fail to make me cry in every one of your movie...

chico said...

my god, andy...you're on9 24/7 recently?...

liong said...

hi kak yasmin...getting really excited about the movie even jus by looking at those photos, but too bad for those overseas (eg me :p) who wont be able to catch the release of the movie in msia...and jus wondering will you be releasing 'the making of talentime'? coz it will be very interesting to see the behind-the-scene scenes ...:)

Devi da Lil' DeviL Photography said...

its amazing to see all this talented ppl is from none other than a humble place called MALAYSIA. kak yasmin...u always be my inspiration.

DalcaLodeh said...

Talentime..macam best..ada kene mengena dengan realiti show ke?
uhuhu

by the way,the list of the actors and actresses looks awesome!!

kenapa x ajak sy berlakon ?

ahahahah joking

Semoga berjaya untuk Talentime auntie Yasmin!uhuhuhu

eh kak Yasmin!ahahaha


salam.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to watch this. Though I'm hoping to watch Muallaf first.

Does anyone notice that most actors that appears in Yasmin Ahmad films and commercials have never appear on TV or films before? It's like these talented people just pops out when she needs them.

Where does she held her auditions anyway coz I know some people who are really talented.

yasmin said...

i make tv commercials, dear, so i look at new talents all the time.

Anonymous said...

mr Anonymous,but ive seen severel actors that worked with Yasmin Ahmad on TV before..macam...Sharifah Amani in -Trek Selebriti..Sharifah Alya...

Jaclyn Victor...Adibah Noor.....and also adik Vincent Chong..Pamela on the Amazing Race Asia..=] they're kewwwwl

samurai_gaz* said...

hi yasmin!
wow! a japanese film project! im really intrigued!

Hak!M said...

This is very interesting.
I would be a year older every March, 28.
So can i take Talentime as my birthday present this time round Kak Yas?

:P

Implosion said...

Your upcoming Japanese project "Wasurenagusa"- would that be any chance based on a story of the same name by Hidaka Shoko? If it is, I'll be right there at the movies in less than a second!

afniraziah said...

cant wait to watch talentime!
kak yasmin always do her best..i know!

nyssnisacha said...

i avoid watching Malay movies because of its common storyline and bad acting, but honestly, Sepet is the first Malay movie that caught my eye...and when Mukhsin came out, i knew it must be good..and it is true..superb acting, good storyline, sweet family bonding moments, and i'm glad you made Talentime...seriously, even watching the trailers give me goosebumps...from the beginning, to when the Hindi song 'ure priya~~' or something comes out, to when Mukhsin sings..i mean, omg..this is a MUST watch movie!!i practically begged all my frens to come watch the movie and it works..hope to catch it on March 26..i know i wont be disappointed in ur work..so, i'm going to wish all the best for ur upcoming movie Wasurenagusa too...Ishida Takuya seems like a great actor..my personal fav would be Mizushima Hiro..
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Mizushima_Hiro
talented, good looking *drool*
hahaha, what more can a girl asks for??lolz..
but if you're aiming for box office, anybody from Johny's Entertainment..hahaahaaha..sorry for my rants...

Anonymous said...

talentime buat kat sekolah aku nie!...ahahha..bangga jap..dah 100tahun dah sekolah aku tahun nie...macam menyambut ulangtahun lak kan!

Anti-Yasmin said...

This film is BULLSHIT!!!semua syok sendiri...sama macam director...balik2 kisah hidup dia...who gives a fuck??

phyrnaz said...

salam kak yasmin...
i just watched talentime few hours ago and came back...SATISFACTION...!!!
it was a really good film...
congratulations...!!
i wouldn't mind acting if all films in malaysia has at least 2% of what u showed in yours...
and i'm not embarrass to say that i'm actually really really really interested in working in one of your movies if you are willing to give me a chance to try out.
thank you for bringing changes in malaysian film industry.and the skeptical malaysian mindset.
i'll support u all the way ...that's for sure

keep up the great work...