In Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles
Director: Boi Kwong
Cast: Justin Chan, Ivan Lim, Avery Ang, Kevin
Tan, Derrick R, Jason Ho, Adele Wong, Adora Wong, Anthony Levi
Kho, Yeo Yann Yann, Richard Low
RunTime: 1 hr 40 mins
Released By: GV
Rating: NC-16 (Gang Theme)
Opening Day: 11 September 2008
Based on a true story, "THE DAYS" tells a cautionary
tale between two brothers, set between 1989 and 1990. In a
misguided effort to teach BABY independence and to make him
feel protected, ZI LONG brings him into his own gang of delinquents.
Unknowingly, his decision has thrown them both into a tumultuous
and violent world that will, in different ways, imprison them
We should have known better: A film about street gangs and
triads in 1990s Singapore? Given how our friends at the censorship
board are always cautiously looking out for media content
are unsuitable and unhealthy for our young viewers, how could
we think that this movie is all about gangsterism, violence
latest local movie to hit the big screens after Jack Neo’s
Money No Enough 2, Roystan Tan’s 12 Lotus, Lian Pek’s
Mad About English and Cheng Ding An’s Kallang Roar The
Movie isn’t about monetary issues, getai singers, Mainland
Chinese trying to speak English or Singapore’s nostalgic
pride that was soccer. It is, however, a movie tied to a social
message about the dire and tragic consequences if you choose
to join a gang. How else would this film been made, given
its gang themes?
100 minute movie chronicles the paths taken by two brothers
as they become part of a gang of delinquents who indulge themselves
in all kinds of troubles no parents would approve of. The
gang is led by the elder brother who believes that bringing
his younger sibling into gang will make him independent and
understand what brotherhood and loyalty is all about. Of course,
drama in the form of mayhem and chaos happen and lead to a
conclusion that any sensible person can predict from the beginning.
those who can remember, Hong Kong had her own signature series
of triad movies that was Young and Dangerous starring popular
actors like Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan and Karen Mok. Of course,
we wouldn’t want a Singapore production to draw flak
film by being condemned by the public for glorifying secret
triad societies. So, amidst the scenes of gang fights, bloodsheds
and vulgarity spouting, we are always reminded that these
activities are not to be promoted and encouraged.
story is based on director Boi Kwang’s personal experience
between himself and his younger brother, so you can feel the
authenticity in his storytelling. The production values also
shine in this movie shot lavishly on High Definition format.
The uniquely definitive hairstyles sported by the characters,
the colorful hues of fashion labels worn by the gangsters
and the nostalgically run down back alleys where petty crimes
and fights take place are beautifully brought on screen. The
impressive cinematography is complimented by an energetic
music score and some very remarkable animation sequences.
all these are not supported by the cast’s letdown performances.
Although most of them are first time actors, the delivery
of somewhat over romanticized dialogue by these good lookers
mar the viewing experience. Things are not any better when
you get the feeling that they are trying a little too hard
to appear gung ho on screen. Headlining the movie as the two
brothers are Justin Chan and Ivan Lim who should do a little
more than emote with limited angst ridden expressions.
we get the gist of things about the definitive styles, slang,
attitudes and outlooks of gangsters and how there is camaraderie
all around, but there is just too much distraction from the
cast’s rigid performances.
(A well meaning movie let down by the cast’s
Review by John Li