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15 (2002)

Melvin Chen , Erick Chun  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Melvin Chen, Erick Chun, Melvin Lee, Vynn Soh, Shaun Tan
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Picture This! Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5IOM0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "15" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailers from Singapore and North America and bonus trailers

Editorial Reviews

Like new condition with case and original artwork.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So kiasu lah. June 23, 2006
Format:DVD
This was a very interesting film. It is in fact NOT banned in Singapore. I saw this film while living there and it was quite a relief. Though the movie focuses on street hoodlums, the overall theme is the forgotten people of singapore who are not able to be doctors, lawyers or gahment (government) cronies. Students are streamlined at a very young age and a few bad tests mean your are lumped in with the dregs. This film shows what is happening in Singapore on a side that many sinagporeans are unaware of. 5 stars for boldness. The cinematography is tough (choppy) at parts and the story line jumps a bit...but it is still very compelling.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This IS THE Singapore film to watch. December 26, 2005
By V. Seah
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Believe it or not, this film is banned in Singapore. Not surprising at all given the rather tight and strict film censorship. I like to think that Singapore just doesn't want to be portrayed as a country that has gang and drugs related problems.

All actors are real life teenage gangsters. At the time of the release of this film, most of them were being investigated by police for gang and drug related incidents.

This is a film with a powerful message: Not everything in and out of Singapore is as "clean and green" as it appears to be. Dark, disturbing and yet at times hilarious, there hasn't been much similar films out of Singapore except for Eating Air (also about aimless teenagers in Singapore) and MeePok Man.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A confrontational film that demands to be seen! October 7, 2005
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The adventure of five fifteen year old boys in Singapore: estranged to every social reference, except for that of appearance and close friendships, they live their lives distant from their families and school, passing their days in a complete state of indolence in the search of experiences, at times even physically painful (tattoos, piercing, wounds). Their imaginary is completely colonized by MTV, cartoons, electronic jingles, publicity and comics.

Interpreted by street-kids that belong to the group they represent, this audacious and disturbing first work by the twenty-six year old Royston Tan explores an adolescent world, dramatically marked by the conflictual under-culture and complete addiction to video clip and videogame aesthetics. The existential suburban hardship, compared to the bright "western" and "English speaking" metropolis, is consumed through moving and desperate dialogues inscribed in a progression of disturbing sequences, similar to short sketches that slowly reconstruct the relational, psychological and family dynamics of the five boys. A sincere and lyrical film but at the same time irreverent, scandalous and extreme, an expression of Singapore cinema, unknown and emerging.

(taken from the back of the box)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teens Playing Teens May 3, 2007
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A touching story staged by teens about teens for not-teens - with Singaporean-created movies especially, a rarely provided glimpse into an adolescent underworld well sustaining even South-Eastern Asian Mafia activities in sex industry and drug trafficking having in this region been the most strictly punishable crime.

15y.o. boys enter a life, unconsciously following natural urges sexuality tricks in, while exploring drugs and relations with each other and surrounding environment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Similar Hearts September 13, 2010
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The movie 15 is about young boys from Singapore who society largly ignores. I found this movie fascinating, thoroughly entertaining, and quite insightful. I know, I know, many people will say that this is not an accurate depiction of most boys from Singapore, but I think that is exactly what the director is saying. Some people are different, outcasts, and the public at large does not understand or agree with these people who they view as being different.

Honestly, I didn't see anything gay in it. In one scene, one boy kissed another boy to get some blood off his face, though I am sure it was just an excuse to kiss him. I honestly do not know why this movie is in the gay section. I actually like watching gay movies, but found this one to just add a little hint of something that might be considered gay or homoerotic just so they can advertise to the gay audience. Other than that, I really didn't see anything else gay about it. Still a good movie.

I believe, in the end, it shows that these young boys value the same thing everyone else does, deep down: companionship. Since they are misunderstood by society, they find each other, boys just like them, who they hang around, spend time with, grow to companions. In the end, these boys, like everyone else, don't want to be alone. I believe that is the meaning of the movie, and the director showed it clearly while being artistic and fun. I had a great time watching this movie.
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