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.
Review by MOVIE EXCLUSIVE Justin Deimen
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.
Ho Lian-Yi , The New Paper
Black movie film festival.
A film that refuses language, dialogue, any form of communication
other than body language. And above all - via a masterly production
that sends the spectator back to his/her own experience of solitude -
the unique capacity of cinema to communicate. A film that plumbs the
depths to unearth a magnificent light.
Eista Lee, Lianhe Zaobao
Francis Ng, RSI & Good Morning Singapore
这是一部静谧而又忧伤的电影。所有伤逝的千言万语 "静 "在不言中。
Wayne Lim, You-weekly
A melancholic expression of solitude, a subtle search of solace in suppression.
孤寂在 4： 30大声喧闹，受伤的心灵，寻找缺席的慰藉，情感压抑
Ng Seok Khoong, RSI
Barcelona Asian Film Festival
With just two characters, minimal dialogue and mostly shot in ill-lit
interiors, Singaporean Royston Tan has filmed a story of solitudes
where what matters is the distilling of emotions through gestures,
expressions and small details. As he had already done in 15, Tan again
focuses on an adolescent world disconnected from society, but this
time in a much more intimate fashion.
Hong Kong International Film Festival
Creating powerful visual metaphors of solitude seems one
of Tan's gifts in 4:30.
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
4:30 with it's confident handling of pacing and sophisticated
visual style, marks a maturation in Tan's storytelling. There
is as much a story about mood and it is an exploration of
Ong Sor Fern, The Straits Times
The narrative slides towards a melancholy that hints a deep
pain underlaying the film's opening good humor.
Panorama's festival director
Margaret Von Schiller, in praising
was a film "of great patience...The tones and details of the
film drew me in and it is one of my favourite
films in Berlinale".
"it's always good to discover talent. 4:30 is a very
well crafted film," he
says of the movie, which stars Singaporean Xiao Li Yuan and
Korean Kim Young
Siff – Philip Cheah