added: Fri, Feb 10th '17
"Apprentice" is a new hard-hitting drama from acclaimed Singaporean filmmaker Boo Junfeng (Sandcastle), which takes a sharp look at capital punishment but through a psychological lens.
When a 28-year old Malay correctional officer (played by newcomer Fir Rhaman) is transferred to the highest-security prison in his country, he finds himself on the fast track to becoming an executioner. However, the young correctional officer is first assigned to work as an apprentice to the prison's long-serving chief hangman (played by veteran Malay actor Wan Hanafi Su). But, as it turns out, the veteran executioner is the same man who hanged the young apprentice's criminal father decades ago. So, the question is -- Is the apprentice seeking revenge for his father's death or redemption for his father's sins?
"Apprentice" premiered to glowing reviews at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. The film will have a small theatrical release in the States next month, opening in New York on March 3rd. Watch the trailer, above.
APPRENTICE stars impressive newcomer Fir Rhaman in his first feature film. He plays Aiman, a 28-year old Malay correctional officer who is recently transferred to the territory's top prison. At his new workplace, Aiman begins to take an interest in a 65-year-old sergeant named Rahim (veteran actor Wan Hanafi Su). 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, and when Rahim's assistant suddenly quits, he asks Aiman to become his apprentice. When Aiman, who lives with his older sister Suhaila, tells her about his new position, she becomes distraught, as their father was actually executed by Rahim. Can Aiman overcome his conscience and a haunted past to possibly take over as the next chief executioner?
directed by Boo Junfeng
starring Fir Rhaman, Wan Hanafi Su
release date March 3, 2017 (NY; other cities to follow)