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Can Aiman overcome his conscience and a haunted past to possibly take over as the next chief executioner?

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Title: Apprentice
Year: 2016
Directed by: Boo Junfeng
Premiere & awards: Cannes Film Festival 2016, Un Certain Regard
Produced by: Akanga Film Asia - Singapore Peanuts Pictures - Singapore Zhao Wei Films - Singapore
In co-production with: Augenschein Filmproduktion - Germany, Cinema Defacto - France
Countries: Singapore, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Qatar


Aiman is a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who has recently been 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.

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