Aiman is a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who is recently transferred to the territory’s top prison. Aiman lives with his older sister Suhaila in a modest housing estate.
At his new workplace, Aiman begins to take an interest in a 65-year-old sergeant named Rahim. Soon, it is revealed that the charismatic Rahim is actually the long-serving chief executioner of the prison. Rahim also takes notice of the principled and diligent Aiman. When Rahim’s assistant suddenly quits, he asks Aiman to become his apprentice. Aiman tells Suhaila of his new job position, but Suhaila becomes upset, as their father was actually executed by Rahim. Aiman knew this all along.
Can Aiman overcome his conscience and a haunted past to possibly take over as the next chief executioner?
Original title: Apprentice English title: Apprentice Country: Singapore, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Qatar Production year: 2016 Format: DCP Son: 5.1 Lenght: 96' Aspect ratio: 1:1.85 Frame rate: 24fps
Fir Rahman – Aiman, Wan Hanafi – Rahim, Mastura Ahmad – Suhaila,
Koh Boon Pin – James, Nickson Cheng – Joseph, Crispian Chan – Randy, Gerald Chew – Hock
Director: Boo Junfeng Screenwriters: Boo Junfeng, Raymond Phathanavirangoon Producers: Raymond Phathanavirangoon, Fran Borgia, Tan Fong Cheng Production Companies: Peanuts Pictures, Akanga Film Asia, Zhao Wei Films Co-Producers: Maximillian Leo, Jonas Katzenstein, Tom Dercourt, Sophie Erbe Co-Production Companies: Augenschein Filmproduktio, Cinema Defactor World sales: Luxbox DOP: Benoit Soler Production Design: James Page Art Director: Andy Phua Costume design: Meredith Lee Editors: Natalie Soh, Lee Chatametikool Sound: Ting Li Lim Music: Alexander Zekke, Matthew James Kelly
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
Saint Louis International Film Festival
International Faith Award
Golden Horse Taipei Film Festival
Director/ Screenwriter/Producer/Video artist |
Boo Junfeng (b. 1983) is one of Singapore’s notable young filmmakers. Trained in film schools in Singapore and Spain, his works often centre on themes of identity, memory and sexuality. Since 2005, his short films and talent have won him acclaim at numerous, renowned international film festivals. He is a Singapore International Film Festival regular where he won Best Director, Best Cinematography, Special Jury Prize, Special Achievement Award and twice Best Film. In 2008, he became the first recipient of the McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts. He was also accorded the 2009 Young Artist Award and the 2011 Singapore Youth Award by the Government of Singapore.
His debut feature film Sandcastle premiered at Cannes Film Festival’s International Critics’ Week.
2015, 7 Letters (Anthology Film)
2009, Tanjong Rhu (Short Film)
2008, Lucky 7 (Anthology Film)
2008, Keluar Baris (Short Film)
2008, Beddok Jetty (Video Installation)
2007, Katong Fugue (Short Film)
2006, The Changi Murals (Short Film)
2004, Stranger (Short Film)
2004, A Family Portrait (Short Film)