Thursday, 19 March 2009
Now on DVD: 'Bukak Api' + 'Malaikat Di Jendela'
Bukak Api (2000) is a groundbreaking movie which started life as an educational video for the transsexual prostitutes of Chow Kit. But it evolved into something richer: an entertaining, deliberately melodramatic and highly impassioned defense of difference. It was never officially acknowledged as a 'film', but its 80 minutes glitter with chutzpah and compassion: one of the real achievements in modern Malaysian cinema. It's certainly the ultimate portrait of nocturnal KL.
Although the director Osman Ali was later given bigger much budgets for Puaka Tebing Biru and Anak Halal, those never quite captured the initial spirit he displayed here.
Now it is finally on DVD and can be ordered here! It includes Osman's very pretty 30-minute short Malaikat Di Jendela.