Kami (2008 film)

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Kami
KAMI the Movie poster Khai.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Effendee Mazlan
Fariza Azlina Isahak
Produced by Lina Tan
Written by Fariza Azlina Isahak
Starring Liyana Jasmay
Syarul Ezani Mohamed Ezzuddeen
Nas Muammar Zar
Ani Zayanah Ibrahim
Juliana Sophie Evans
Zahiril Adzim
Distributed by Grand Brilliance
Release dates
  • October 1, 2008 (2008-10-01)
Running time 100 minutes
Country Malaysia
Language Malay
Budget RM 1.4 million
Box office RM 1,245,000

Kami is a 2008 Malaysian drama film directed by Effendee Mazlan and Fariza Azlina Isahak. It was first released on October 1, 2008. The story revolves around the ups and downs of the life of five teenagers and how they cope with their surroundings.

Plot[edit]

Based loosely from the TV series of the same name, the film tells about a group of teenagers and their miseries in life and how they cope with the dramatic experiences they are facing as they undergo their everyday life.

Cast[edit]

  • Liyana Jasmay as Lynn
  • Syarul Ezani Mohamed Ezzuddeen as Ali
  • Juliana Evans as Sofie
  • Nas Muammar Zar as Abu
  • Ani Zayanah Ibrahim as Adii
  • Zahiril Adzim as Boy
  • Rozie Rashid as Lynn's mother
  • Mustapha Kamal as Ali's father
  • Norish Karman as Ali's mother
  • Susan Manen as Sofie's mother
  • Fathil Dani as Abu's father
  • Dian P. Ramlee as Abu's mother

Production[edit]

According to Lee Mee Fung, the Executive Director of Red Films Sdn Bhd, the film which is targeted at teenagers is about "a commercial film which revolves around teenagers' conflicts and their reactions in determining their future."

The catch phrase of this film is "Hidup ini memang palat, tapi esok masih ada." The word "palat" has been featured in the promotion materials that are included in KAMI: Vol II soundtrack, as well as in the official website. However, the word has been eliminated from the further promotion materials as well as from the dialogues in the film since it was considered as a vulgar word.

This film marks the first attempt of Effendee Mazlan as the director of a commercial film, as well as Fariza Azlina Isahak, who has written the script for the first time. Among the companies that were involved in the making of this film was Hotlink and Monkey Bone Records.

Release[edit]

Kami was released to 43 cinemas across Malaysia on the first day of Hari Raya, and had a tight competition with Senario The Movie: Episode 1 which was released at the same day. Although it was predicted that it would not be able to compete with Senario The Movie,[1] it went to raise RM1.4 million in the first two weeks of screening and it managed to avoid the possibility of massive loss.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Initial critical reception to Kami was generally positive reviews.

Izuan Shah from Gua.com said that "the premise of this film is very simple and interesting to grasp the attention of modern teenagers", giving the movie a rating of 8 out of 10. His compliment went to Nas Muammar who "commanded the character Abu convincingly with his natural talent" as well as Zahiril "who has the potential of a newcomer".[3]

Nurulhisham Abdul Latiff from Berita Harian complimented all the casts for their successful performance, especially Liyana Jasmay, Nas Muammar and Zahiril. However, she further commented that "the recording style of this film is unsuitable for some audience" but "it was a fine job afterall.[4]

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. Meet Uncle Hussain - Pari-pari di Bawah Angin
  2. Laila's Lounge - Mawar Khayalan
  3. Harmacy - Riuh
  4. Dragon Red - K.A.M.I (Kerana Aku Masih Ingat)
  5. Couple - Hey Now!
  6. Meor - Hari Hari Autistik
  7. Twickheads - Guris
  8. Telebury - Stars Belong to Us
  9. Love Me Butch - This is Our Year
  10. Sharidir - Kamu
  11. Bittersweet - Going Into the Black Hole
  12. Koffin Kanser - Berong
  13. The Aggrobeats - We Got Soul
  14. They Will Kill Us All - Secret Episodes
  15. Butterfingers - 1000 Tahun

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kami The Movie sasarkan penonton remaja". Berita Harian. 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  2. ^ Feride Hikmet Atak (2008-10-15). "Filem Kami tak gagal - 2 minggu di pawagam raih RM1.4 juta". Kosmo!. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  3. ^ "KAMI the Movie". gua.com.my. 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  4. ^ "Mesti Tonton: Kami The Movie menyelami jiwa remaja". Berita Harian. 2008-09-27. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 

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