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Apprentice (2016)

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Inevitably, a transfer to a maximum security prison will eventually challenge the integrity and ethics of a young correctional officer on his way to become a chief executioner.

Director:

Junfeng Boo

Writers:

Junfeng Boo (story), Junfeng Boo | 1 more credit »
6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Firdaus Rahman ... Aiman
Wan Hanafi Su ... Rahim
Mastura Ahmad Mastura Ahmad ... Suhaila
Boon Pin Koh Boon Pin Koh ... James
Nickson Cheng Nickson Cheng ... Joseph
Crispian Chan ... Randy
Gerald Chew ... Hock
Ong Chao Hong Ong Chao Hong ... Death Row Officer
Sean Tobin Sean Tobin ... John
Delon Tan Delon Tan ... Twin
Dillon Tan Dillon Tan ... Twin
Najib Soiman Najib Soiman ... Sabir
Goh Mia Chuan Smiley Goh Mia Chuan Smiley ... Father Daniel
Prem John Prem John ... Locker Room Officer
Marcus Mok ... Mr. Siew
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Storyline

Aiman is a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who is recently transferred to the territory's top prison. He 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? Written by augenschein Filmproduktion

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Fascinating and well-directed! See more »

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Malay | English

Release Date:

3 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tu xing See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$107, 17 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,578, 14 April 2017
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1.85 : 1
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The movie received an 8 minutes standing ovation during its premiere at Cannes Film Festival 2016. See more »

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Rahim: Principles are important.
Rahim: Those who have principals, they become leaders.
Rahim: The others who hide behind the rules, they are merely followers.
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Could Be Better
11 August 2017 | by aphrodisiaciixSee all my reviews

The acting is better than the plot. The plot is better than the dialogues. The dialogues are better than the reasoning. The reasoning is better than the ending.

These executioners have no control over the guilty verdicts of the ones they execute. It's the crime and the punishment that the convicts end up in their hands without their control. No one can blame them for what they do. It's a job, and to efficiently perform such extraordinary task for lessen suffering is a humanely reason enough.

No one in this life has to carry the shame or punishment of another person's crime, even it's one's father's or anyone's.

The ending is a cop out without a climax. It has crashed and imploded silently with an unsatisfying anticlimactic end.

"The Green Mile" is a much better executioner movie.


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