mukhsin – orked’s first and memorable love

Trust me to delay this review well after its release date ๐Ÿ™ Sorry, thousand and one apologies, I had too much stuff on my hands, and I hope you grand and brilliant peps don’t strike me off your guest list… I am useful, I swear!!!

Mukhsin - font banner

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the preview for Yasmin Ahmad‘s latest offering, Mukhsin at Midvalley. It was a large hall and there were plenty of familiar faces (fellow bloggers lah). The seats allocated to bloggers were fully occupied. So I muka tembok a bit and sat in one of the seats allocated to the press. Bwahahahahaha!!! I made acquaintances with the two girls sitting beside me (who were real press peps), and found out that one of them is Pelf‘s sister! Such a small world… Then I spotted hot chick and beckoned her to sit beside me.

Mukhsin - Orked and Mukhsin
Mukhsin and Orked sitting in a tree… not (yet)

MUKHSIN is the story of first love, of second chances, of friendship and of relationships. Sounds very Yasmin Ahmad, eh? The protagonists are a 10-year old Orked (Sharifah Aryana) and a 12-year old Mukhsin (Mohd Syafie Naswip) from a nearby village who quickly become fast friends. Misunderstandings caused from jealousy soon ensue and threatens to jeopardise their friendship. Will their relationship last like the evergreen sawah sceneries, or will it falter like Alan Yun’s kayu acting? That, you will have to watch the movie to find out.

Mukhsin - Orked with mother dancing in the rain
Orked and Mak Inom dancing in the rain

So far it has been like Star Wars — the director made the final three movies and decades later, made the first three movies in the series. Thank goodness we didn’t have to wait that long, so let’s recap a bit here.

1. Mukhsin — a young Orked meets a boy named Mukhsin and they fell for each other in a way that only children can
2. Sepet — Orked in her late teens meets Jason, they fall in love and only Yasmin Ahmad knows if Jason died at the end of the movie
3. Gubra — Apparently Jason died, so Orked married Arif. He cheated on her so Orked sought comfort in Alan’s arms. Alan was Jason’s brother. But at the end of the movie, apparently Jason didn’t die. ARGHHH WHY YOU MAKE IT SO MYSTERIOUS AND CONFOUNDING!!!!!

Like that lah.

Mukhsin - Orked calling fellow playmate 'cretin'
Orked playing groom to her neighbour (brilliant lil’ actress) playing bride

In MUKHSIN, we see a younger Mak Inom (Sharifah Aleya) and Pak Atan (Irwan Iskandar), Orked’s parents who were already breaking social norms in their kampung. The girls in the family rush out to dance in the rain when daddy and friends play traditional music (‘Hujan’, an original composition by Yasmin Ahmad’s dad). Orked attends a Chinese school instead of a national school. She speaketh powderful England, and at one point exclaimed, “cretin”, a word that I myself only understood when I was 20 years old. She would rather read books and watch football matches than to play with her friends. Her family openly laugh at other villagers. That pretty much would ostracise you in many kampungs.

It also shaped Orked to be what she became in SEPET and GUBRA, so it was interesting to see.

Mukhsin - Orked and Mukhsin's bike
Kesian Orked seorang…

I was quite happy that MUKHSIN was not as self-indulgent as I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong — I loved SEPET and GUBRA, but I also thought that there were too many ‘wank fest’ moments. Most of the time I was grinning to myself, lost in my own childhood memories that Yasmin Ahmad so brilliantly captured, even though we don’t know each other, let alone grew up together. Some sceneries were breath-taking, such as the ones at the open green paddy fields. The main actors and actresses were brilliant in their roles; I especially love Mohd Syafie Naswip as the bright-eyed MUKHSIN. It was almost unbelievable that he had never done this before. Apparently he fell in love off-screen also lah, so maybe that helped his performance ๐Ÿ˜‰

Adibah Noor as Kak Yam is always lovable and entertaining. Irwan Iskandar as Pak Atan was cute; though hard to imagine he would be Harith Iskandar later on… hahahah…

Some of the supporting actresses were awesome too, such as Orked’s next door neighbour and her pregnant mother, and Mukhsin’s auntie as pictured gossiping with Kak Yam below.


Mukhsin - Kak Yam gossiping
Kak Yam and Mukhsin’s aunt making ice-cream

Some parts I am not too happy about:

– Kak Inom’s wardrobe. For example, check out the photo above where she was dancing with Orked. To me she was wearing something quite modern, and I had thought that this would be a movie set in the 80s, if you were to keep up with the storylines of Sepet and Gubra lah. They didn’t have those kind of clothes in the 80s… not even in England where she had studied! Just something that kept coming back to my mind, not quite right lor. Sorry lah, it just bugs me like that.

– Bits and pieces where I felt the writer/director was trying too hard to prove her point. There was a scene where Kak Inom pretended to punish Orked, and when the uneasy tell-tale guests left, the whole family burst into laughter, not bothering to hide their amusement from their guests. Cute idea, but I felt the implementation was a bit too forced and corny.

– The whole thing with the actor/actress who played Orked and Jason in SEPET. Someone said it was sweet to bring back the two, but I felt that their presence was unnecessary. Again, like trying too hard, too forced like that. May have not been her intention, perhaps she just felt like it, but to me it was like the whole bit tak ngam. Story flow and attention broken. Just not right lah.

I’m sure there are others, but not significant enough for me to list down here.

Mukhsin - Mukhsin and Orked

There were also many parts that I liked, some of them involving subtle digs at Yasmin Ahmad’s critics. Who can forget the infamous ‘pencemar budaya’ phrase? Well now it’s immortalised in Mukhsin, so… ๐Ÿ˜€

The manner of which Mukhsin falls in love with Orked — that was quite something too. Not once did Mukhsin tell Orked of his love, but his actions and the feelings he brought forth were so powerful and touching that words would just be a hindrance.

Overall, I liked what Yasmin Ahmad has done with MUKHSIN, more than Sepet and Gubra. The good storyline and script coupled with the actors/actresses’ stellar performances made the movie very sincere to the point of nakedness — where everything that could be offered has been offered and there is nothing more to give. Yasmin put so much heart in her movies that they touch the hearts of the audience, sometimes more than she could know. I’m glad that she won accolades at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival. Thousand of miles better than any reptile wannabe ๐Ÿ˜›

(Hahah, I am so not getting an invite to watch Cicak-man 2 :P)

MUKHSIN was written and directed by Yasmin Ahmad, and produced by Grand Brilliance. You should watch it like, now!

(It opens in Singapore two weeks after its release in Malaysia. It opened in Malaysia on the 8th of March. You go do the counting.)

Mukhsin - Suanie with Adibah Noor
Camwhoring with my favourite local actress, Adibah Noor!

More MUKHSIN reviews:
Sultan Muzaffar, Budiey, KlubbKidd, The Drowmage, Ted’s Thoughts.

You can watch the trailer for MUKHSIN below, then remember to watch the entire movie in the cinema, yeah ๐Ÿ˜‰

p/s: Tengku Iesta is quite hot ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜›



  1. i think it’ll be nice now, to watch all three at one go =)

  2. Great review ๐Ÿ™‚ Ni yg tak sabar2 tgk ni .. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. What?! No inter-racial orgies in this one as well?! Tak muhibah lah macam ni!

    Heh… I will be catching Mukhsin this weekend most likely. Thanks for the review.

  4. I like your top.

  5. haha damn cute, all three of the sisters look damn alike.

    mukhsin was set in 1995!

  6. Black leather shoes and white socks… Nice. I have a colleague who wears that to work.

  7. reta: hmm i watched sepet and gubra a couple of times already. i do want to watch mukhsin again tho…

    omecool20: Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ go watch!

    azmeen: hahaha hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    paul: black rox

    pinkpau: yeah hahahah same cheeks! 1995?? my calculations must be wrong then!!

    anttyk: very cute hor…

  8. hahaha…u had to put in the last line did’nt ya?!? Anyways, reviews are better late than never rite? Thanks for your support again. And don’t worry…I definitely think you will be invited to Cicakman 2!

  9. hey!! i noticed the same thing too when i saw the pix above (orked and mak inokm dancing in the rain). wat aleya was wearing is just our normal everyday clothes of today, so is her watch. waahh.. orang kampung in 80s wear watches like that arh?

  10. Pelf’s sister reviewed this movie too: ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Set in more or less 1994 – observe the volkswagen’s road tax disk.

  12. tiptra: nothing wrong with telling the truth ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜› it’s ok lah… dowan cicak-man 2… the first one was enough already… after all me and my friends did contribute to its box office earnings ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Btw congrats, read that Mukhsin broke the million dollar mark. Yay!

    AJAH: well, pinkpau and suertes commented it’s circa mid nineties.. but even then i don’t remember those kind of clothes…

    pelf’s sister writes great ๐Ÿ˜€ i read it on cinema online liao…

    suertes: i wasn’t that observant ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. wah… you linked to my site’s review… feeling darn bangga now. TQ!

    btw… apparently there’s a big uproar over the ‘underwear-drying’ scene from the movie in the local dailies now… pffftt….

  14. suanie ajarlah saya camna nak letak video tube kat wordpress

  15. the drowmage: hahah i thought that was a great scene! Doesn’t mean anything, but still awesome!!

    budiey: emailed u ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. The Lord of Doom says:

    So when’s this coming out in the UK? never? thought so… ๐Ÿ™

    And… erm, what was that bit where the boy floats off into the sky???

    I give this review 8/10. Lose marks for me being too ignorant to understand everything you said, and because I’m too ignorant to understand the background to the movie and stuff. Really, you did extremely well to score so highly against my inability to comprehend malay culture, lingo and history.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a malay film, except ‘Entrapment’ ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol

  17. thanks anyway suanie, but still cannot…

    i kena cari script or plugin for that may be.

    have a nice weekend, suanie. Bye

  18. MUKHSiN is a really nice movie to watch!

    its a simple love story but its so meaningful…

  19. asiah mohd ridzuan says:

    tahniah, kak yasmin ahmad. i saw ur movie. it’s so touching, sampai i menangis dlm panggung. i suka watak mukhsin tu..he’s very nice boy, pemalu, penyayang,n tahu membawak diri.. i like that boy..secara peribadi, syafie menghidupkan watak tu dengan berjaya sekali.. hope one day i can see personally with mukhsin..

  20. wandapanda says:

    i din watch mukhsin yet..
    got no time…seriously!
    but after sepet n gubra..i just cn imagine it..
    she has her own trademarks!
    and reading lots of review,comments….
    i bcome more xcted to watch it..
    plus its a luv story..n of cos it’s irresistable!!!!

  21. nana bin sayur says:

    saya tak suka laman web awak
    sebab laman web awak tak bes la macam orang bodoh je

  22. nana: tak pe lah. you sorang tak suka, yang beratus2 lain suka. ntah sape bodoh ya

  23. saya suke sgt dgn cite ni….. hope adik syafie terus berjaya


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