Lips to Lips (2000)

  • February 23, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM | Sunday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Directed by: Amir Muhammad
Runtime: 96 min
Country: Malaysia
Language: English, Malay with English subtitles
Rating: M18 – Sexual References
Restored Version

Lips to Lips is an urban comedy featuring four intertwined stories about desire, all set during one day in Kuala Lumpur. A suicidal young man mourns the death of his stepmother who had come into fatal contact with an apple. A bubbly radio DJ catches her fiancé in an unexpected sexual encounter on the eve of their wedding night. A dapper restaurant owner falls for his doppelganger. A bookshop clerk resorts to black magic to get the attention of a girl with a fetish for cookbooks.

Archivist Notes

Amir Muhammad’s Lips to Lips, his directorial debut, is Malaysia’s first independent digital feature film, and it marks the beginning of the Malaysian independent film movement. It paved the way for the Malaysian New Wave’s unique brand of DV (digital video) cinema, whose leading figures have come to acquire a niche of dedicated film audiences. The film was nominated for the Daring Digital Award at the 2001 Jeonju Film Festival. In 2004, Muhammad co-founded Da Huang Pictures with fellow Malaysian filmmakers Tan Chui Mui, Liew Seng Tat and James Lee. The collective output of Muhammad and his Da Huang colleagues—including such notable films as Apa Khabar Orang Kampung (2007), Love Conquers All (2006), Flower in the Pocket (2007) and Things We Do When We Fall in Love (2007)—constitute a significant body of work preserved within the AFA’s Malaysian film collection.

Restoration Notes

In 2017, the film underwent a video restoration using the original Mini DV cassettes that contained the rushes. The footage was recaptured and assembled through a frame-by-frame edit using an
analogue Betacam master as a reference. The video was digitally enhanced to High Definition and the audio was also remastered in 5.1 digital audio from its stereo source.

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