GenreComedy, Drama, Family Film seriesOrked Trilogy CountryMalaysia
Mandarin Release date26 October 2006 (2006-10-26) (Tokyo International Film Festival)
8 March 2007 (2007-03-08) (Malaysia) Music directorAhmad Hashim, Hardesh Singh, Inom Yon CastMohd Syafie Naswip (Mukhsin), Sharifah Aryana (Orked), Salehuddin Abu Bakar (Husin), Yasmin Ahmad (Herself), Sharifah Aleya (Mak Inom) Similar moviesRelated Yasmin Ahmad movies
TaglineEveryone has a first love story to tell
Mukhsin is a 2006 Malaysian film directed by Yasmin Ahmad. It is the third instalment in the "Orked" trilogy. Shot in just 12 days, it won one award and one special mention at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival (2007) under the children's film category: International Jury of Generation Kplus - Grand Prix of the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk for Best Feature Film and the Generation Kplus Children’s Jury Awards - Special Mention. Within the first 4 days of its release in Malaysia, it earned RM700,000 in box-office takings. It went on to have a final gross of almost RM2 million.
The story takes place in Sekinchan, Sabak Bernam in 1993, revolving around the first love of a 10-year-old Orked when a 12-year-old boy, Mukhsin, comes with his older brother and aunt to spend the school holidays in her village.
Around this relatively simple plotline of a blossoming young romance between the film's two young protagonists, are interweaved scenes of Malaysian village life and the dynamics of different types of families. Most of the family scenes revolve around Orked, her parents Mak Inom and Pak Atan, and the family's close maid Kak Yam who is almost like a family member.
The other families which are given attention in the movie are Mukhsin's family (with his elder brother who has lost his way in life and is trying desperately to find their mother who abandoned them at a young age, and their Aunty who is trying to take care of the two boys as though they were her own), and Orked's neighbours (with the young daughter and pregnant mother who are critical of the western ways of Orked's family, while they themselves are hurt by the father who wants to abandon them to take on a second wife).