4:30

a ROYSTON TAN picture

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Title

4:30

Director

Royston Tan

Producer

Eric Khoo, Jacqueline Khoo

Nationality

Singapore

Year

2006

Duration

93'

Language

Chinese, English

Format

Dolby SRD

Ratio

1.85

Original Title

4:30

Synopsis

Synopsis


Xiao Wu’s existence revolves around school, an empty apartment and the dubious comforts in instant noodles. One day, his routine is subtly transformed by a tenant in the apartment, who is nursing a heartache. However their paths rarely cross. Longing for human contact Xiao Wu tries all he can to make a connection through physical and metaphorical walls in that hour between night and day.

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Press

"A melancholic treatise on isolation and our failure to connect with those closest to us."

Empire Magazine

"Initially sweet, eventually sad…lensing is crisp, and other tech credits are pro."

Variety

"Singaporean director Royston Tan has conjured another enigmatic, intriguing film."

The Guardian

"Royston Tan most assuredly moves from the category of filmmaker to artist…Tan’s brilliance subtly reveals itself in many ways…Here’s required viewing for anyone who contemplates bringing another life to the planet."

Film Threat

"With an intelligent mixture of gorgeous art direction and complex psychological perspectives, Royston Tan has probably created the most mature and accomplished Singapore feature production to date. Its ‘international’ feel goes in tandem with the local tastes and could find more fans abroad. Those who had the privilege of viewing Tan’s most prominent feature, 15, might have found it overrated due to its controversy. But with his latest bow, you owe it to yourselves to witness more from arguably Singapore’s most talented auteur."

Movie Exclusive

"Beautifully composed shots and the director’s evident love of his subject allows the film to drive home the sense of estrangement and the essential heroism of a boy forced to withdraw within himself."

The New Paper

"Creating powerful visual metaphors of solitude seems one of Tan’s gifts in 4:30."

Greencine Daily

"4:30 is quiet and reflective. A big hit at the recent Singapore Film Festival, it has served to cement Tan’s position as a leading young director with an acute ability to observe the world and translate those observations into captivating cinema."

CNN

"The narrative slides towards a melancholy that hints a deep emotional pain underlaying the film’s opening good humor."

Variety

Festivals
& Awards

Bratislava International Film Festival
Grand Prize Winner

Hawaii International Film Festival
Netpac Award Winner

Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival
Geber Award Winner

Cast & Crew

Kim Young-jun
Xiao Li Yuan
Director Royston Tan
Story Royston Tan
Screenplay Liam Yeo, Royston Tan
Executive Producer Eric Khoo, Jacqueline Khoo
Producer Gary Goh, James Toh, Makota Ueda
Associate Producer Chieko Murata, Tan Fong Cheng
Director of Photography Lim Ching Leong
Editor Low Hwee Ling
Sound Editor Justin Seah
Music Hualampong Riddim

Releases

France - Celluloid Dreams

26.07.2006

UK - Peccadillo Pictures

27.11.2007

Netherlands - Filmmuseum Distrib

17.07.2008

Singapore - Shaw Organisation

29.06.2006