Directed by Boo Junfeng
Film Movement
96 Minutes
English, Malay
Drama, Asian
Not Rated
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When ambitious young correctional officer Aiman is transferred to the country's highest-security prison, he catches the attention of the seasoned chief executioner Rahim. Aiman's desire to become the hangman's apprentice is not only professional but born of an unspeakable urge to reconnect with a past that haunts him. Far from being a conventional prison movie, this slow-burning psychological thriller is a "stunning" (Film School Rejects) and "tightly focused and ambitious" (Screen Daily) look at all the lives affected by capital punishment.


  • Firdaus Rahman
  • Wan Hanafi Su
  • Mastura Ahmad
DVD Features

Commentary by director Boo Junfeng

Bonus short: Tanjong Rhu (The Casuarina Cove), directed by Boo Junfeng

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "Apprentice is an extremely well researched, very detailed, absorbing trip into a very bleak, untrodden world that impresses all of the way through with its clever story structure, and if you pardon the pun, excellent execution. Highly recommended."
    Paul Heath, The Hollywood News
  • Highest Rating
    "[T]here’s no question that this Un Certain Regard premiere's directorial flair and thematic complexity...should help further consolidate Boo’s own reputation as one of the region’s names to watch."
    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    "Tightly focused and ambitious in its multiple themes..."
    Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily
  • Highest Rating
    "CRITIC'S PICK. At first “Apprentice” seems to be a basic revenge film in which Aiman stalks the man who killed his father. But it becomes psychologically more complex as it reveals Rahim’s buried rage and guilt over his occupation and Aiman’s ambivalence when offered the chance to step into his new boss’s shoes."
    Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Awards & Recognition

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