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You can now rewatch Boo Junfeng's Apprentice as many times as you want

Time to expand that DVD collection (if you still have one)

By Amanda Chai | Jul 18, 2017

  • You can now rewatch Boo Junfeng's Apprentice as many times as you want
    Firdaus Rahman is a solemn sergeant in Apprentice. Photo credit: Joseph Nair

Picture this: a single panning shot of birds flitting across the sky, high above the barbed wire and hallowed walls of a maximum security prison. Silently the camera follows the winged creatures until just one remains, flapping soullessly out of the frame—leaving you with an unexplainable chill running down your spine. It’s cinematic moments like this that lend to Boo Junfeng’s sheer flair for thoughtful timing and well-executed shots, in his award-winning film Apprentice.

If you missed out on the opportunity to feel the chill in theatres, here’s some good news. The Singaporean director has teamed up with Objectifs to release a special-edition DVD of the film, for fans to have and to hold forever. It will have exclusive features including deleted scenes from Apprentice, a 40-page book containing an in-depth interview with Boo himself, as well as behind-the-scenes photos, production notes and sketches.

On Jul 27, the DVD will be launched as part of a three-day exhibition at Objectifs Chapel Gallery, which will see Boo sharing about his filmmaking journey from start to grisly finish. Fans of the gripping drama film will be pleased (or horrified) to see actual props at the exhibition—everything from the actors’ costumes to the crucial hangman’s lever.

Keep any burning questions on hand; Boo and his esteemed cast members Fir Rahman and Mastura Ahmad will be present at the launch on Jul 27. The exhibition will continue to be open to the public, free of charge, on Jul 28-29. You can pick up the DVD at a special promotional price of $28 (U.P. $30), following which it will be available at Objectifs, Kinokuniya and Books Actually.

Word of caution that the film is no easy one to watch. Boo’s decision to deal with the harrowing topic of capital punishment was certainly risky, but rewarding. Apprentice has screened at more than 60 film festivals across the globe, winning awards at prestigious events like the Busan International Film Festival (Best Rising Director) and the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (NETPAC Award).

DVDs might tragically be on their way out, but you’ll want to carve a space on your shelf for this one.


The Apprentice DVD and Exhibition will launch on Jul 27, 7:30pm at the Objectifs Chapel Gallery, and run through Jul 29. Admission is free.

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