Late Yasmin Ahmad's 'Mukhsin' screened at Tokyo Film Festival after digital restoration

Sisters Sharifah Aleya dan Sharifah Aryana in a scene from the 2006 film 'Mukhsin'. Photo: Filepic

Digitally restored Yasmin Ahmad’s film Mukhsin was screened on Oct 31 and Nov 2 at the 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF). It will have one more screening on Nov 5.

The film, which made its world premiere at the festival in 2006, was digitally restored in 4K by the Japan Foundation Asia Centre (JFAC) under the supervision of the film’s cinematographer Low Soon Keong. Primeworks Distribution and Imagica Lab in Japan were also involved in making this happen.

When Mukhsin was showcased at TIFF 14 years ago, the late director had attended the festival along with two members of the main cast, Sharifah Aryana and Safie Naswip.

On Nov 6, Aryana and fellow Mukhsin actress Sharifah Aleya will be joining the talk session “TIFF Talk Salon”, to discuss the film.

Their session is happening at 9.30pm JST (8.30pm MYT) on Friday, and can be streamed at TIFF’s official YouTube channel at

Muksin tells the story of a blossoming romance between Orked (Aryana) and a boy named Mukhsin (Syafie) who’s come to her kampung for the holiday.

This 2006 film is the third film in the Orked trilogy, following Sepet and Gubra.

TIFF kicked off on Oct 31 and will end on Nov 9. It is conducted both with screenings at cinemas around Tokyo, as well as talks held online.

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