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Directed by: Boo Junfeng 2016 | 115 min.

Section: Southeast Asian Showcase

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: United States

Languages: English, Malay, with English subtitles

Genres: Asian Cinema, Crime, Drama, Halekulani Golden Orchid Nominee


From Singaporean director Boo Junfeng (SANDCASTLE) comes a timely and introspective feature film about the country’s complicated relationship with capital punishment. Aiman (Fir Rahman) is a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who was recently transferred to the territory’s top prison. At his new workplace, Aiman begins to take an interest in a charismatic 65-year-old sergeant named Rahim (Wan Hanafi Su) - the long-serving chief executioner of the prison. When Rahim’s assistant suddenly quits, he asks Aiman to become his apprentice. Aiman knows that his father was executed by Rahim. Will Aiman shun this haunted past to train to take over as the next chief executioner?

APPRENTICE received a standing ovation at the film's premiere at Cannes Film Festival in 2016, and was selected as Singapore's entry to the 2017 Academy Awards.

This film is nominated for the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative Feature.


Thursday, November 10 8:30 PM Dole Cannery E Date Passed
Sunday, November 13 1:15 PM Dole Cannery E Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Boo Junfeng
Producer Fran Borgia, Raymond Phathanavirangoon, Cheng Tan Fong
Cast Mastura Ahmad, Nickson Cheng, Wan Hanafi, Koh Boon Pin, Fir Rahman
Cinematographer Benoit Soler
Writer Boo Junfeng
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