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by Boo Junfeng


Aiman is a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who is recently transferred to the territory's top prison. His parents have long passed away, leaving only his older sister Suhaila as his sole family member. At his new workplace, Aiman seems to take an unusual interest in another colleague - a 65-year-old Chinese sergeant named Koon. Aiman begins following and observing him from afar. Soon, it is revealed that the charismatic and jocular Koon is actually the long-serving chief executioner of the prison, and one of the most prolific in the world. Koon also takes notice of the smart and diligent Aiman, and the two strike up an unusual friendship. When Koon's assistant suddenly quits after a botched execution, the powerful and influential sergeant begins to make plans for Aiman to become his new apprentice. Can Aiman overcome his conscience and a traumatic past to become the next chief executioner?

international title: Apprentice
original title: Apprentice
country: Singapore, France, Germany
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Boo Junfeng
film run: 115'
release date: FR 1/06/2016
screenplay: Boo Junfeng
cast: Gerald Chew, Crispian Chan, Wan Hanafi Su, Sean Tobin, Mastura Ahmad
cinematography by: Benoit Soler
film editing: Natalie Soh, Lee Chatametikool
art director: James Page
costumes designer: Meredith Lee
music: Alexander Zekke
producer: Fran Borgia, Raymond Phathanavirangoon, Chen Tan Fong
co-producer: Tom Dercourt, Sophie Erbs, Jonas Katzenstein, Maximilian Leo
production: Cinéma Defacto, augenschein Filmproduktion, Akanga Film Productions [SG], Peanut Pictures [SG], Zhao Wei Films [SG]
distributor: Version Originale / Condor


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Cannes Film Festival 2016
Un Certain Regard

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