Go watch "The Apprentice", written and directed by Boo Jun Feng, when it comes to a theatre near you. The movie premieres in Singapore on the 30th June 2016. Get your family and friends to watch it too.
"The Apprentice" is Jun Feng's second feature film after "Sandcastles" (2010) which was screened at Cannes Film Festival's International Critics Week. "The Apprentice" too made it to the Cannes Film Festival, and was screened at the Uncertain Regard section.
This film took five years from conception to release. I watched it at the Singapore Film Society's screening on the 25th July 2016 and was fully captivated by the smooth and detailed depiction of the apprentice Aiman's (played by Firdaus Rahman) journey to learn the ropes of the trade (pun intended) from the Master Executioner Rahim(played by Wan Hanafi Su). Mastura Ahmad plays the role of Suhaila, Aiman's sister. All three actors in the main cast acted very convincingly - very necessary for a film like this, ultimately leading the audience to feel that they are watching a documentary more than a fiction,
Death penalty and execution are morbid topics and the film represents that through dark and grey visuals, long and lonely corridors and the menacing crisp clear clanging of the jail gates. I won't spoil your fun further watching the film. This film is unique. It tells the story through the psyche of the executioner through ultra realistic visuals and emotions.
Go watch it. Support Singapore Films.
Here is the trailer...
Here are the interviews with the director himself.
For other film reviews, like:
- The Bodyguard,
- Filial Piety,
- American Dreams in China,
- The Great Gatsby, and
- The Campaign,