2003 / 90m - Singapore
Drama, Crime
15: The Movie poster


May 10, 2024


I had largely forgotten about Royston Tan's first feature film, but I don't think I'll let that happen again. This was a very pleasant rewatch, where Tan pulls out all the stops to show a frank and varied portrait of five young, poor kids in Singapore. They get up to no good and rebel but they also find comfort and comradery in each other's company. The cinematography is flashy and outrageous, the score is fun and the performances are bold and on point. It's not the most subtle film and it may be a tad too disjointed for some, but while divisive, for me these qualities worked in favor of the film.

June 23, 2005