It was a night of celebration. Celebrate as part of Singapore success in film making. The film was at Cannes. I did spotted some Singapore celebrities at the Gala Premiere.
Jun Feng also mentioned that the film has different races and he make it color blind. I think it is truly a Singapore film which portrays our Singapore culture and multi-racial society which is what as a Singaporean or those who stay in Singapore can relate to.
Presented by :
Akanga Film Asia
Zhao Wei Films
Sun Entertainment Culture
Making Film Productions
ZDF Das Kleine FernsehspielArte
Written and Directed by : Boo Junfeng
Main Cast : Fir Rahman, Wan Hanafi Su, Mastura Ahmad
Supporting Cast : Koh Boon Pin, Nickson Cheng, Crispian Chan, Gerald Chew
Aiman was at first curious about the capital punishment. When he met Rahim, the hangman who hanged his father, he was emotional affected. That also affect his sister, Suhaila. As the actors are Malays, they speaked in Malay which was much more authentic and realistic. Relatives of death row prisoner of different race displayed different ways of overcoming their emotion.
Rahim, gave a solid performance as a hangman. He faces death row prisoners with compassion. In one case where a Chinese man was going to be hang, he send Aiman to inform his wife and her family. No response from the family. During the day of the hanging, a white lie was told to the Chinese man. They even bought him a new set of clothing which was supposingly given by his wife. That makes the Chinese man journey a much more peaceful one thinking that his family have already forgive him. As a hangman, Rahim, has a responsible job to do. He make sure that the hanging process is a fast and quick death. No suffering due to problem relating to the rope and other things used during the death penalty.
Any occupation that deal with death, usually are not popular with our Asian culture. Rahim accept the fact that he will live alone without a family. I remember hearing from my parent a long time ago, that people who work in funeral parlor business, find it difficult to start a family. Nobody want to marry him or her. Death related occupation are usually not favored by anyone.
Will Aiman continue his occupation as a hangman especially his own father was hanged. Can he overcome this emotional barrier. To make matter more complicated, Rahim, the hangman came to know that Aiman's father was being hanged by him. How is the movie going to end. Watch the show and you will know the answer.
I shall rate this movie at 4/5. Many things does go through my mind while watching the movie. The distinct banging of prison heavy doors and the minute sounds of footsteps can have a profound effect on the audience, together with the fear of capital punishment, makes this movie a good movie to watch.
The movie will be showing in cinema on 30 June 2016.
Stars for the movie on stage after the screening of the gala premiere