Listing for Thursday's Cine Salon:
(2003, Dir. Royston Tan)
IMDB.com plot summary:
Fast, frenetic, and furious, 15 is the story of five Singaporean teenagers who, abandoned by the system and estranged from their parents and life in general, build their own world in which gangs, drugs, fighting, piercing, self-harm and suicide are common and brotherhood is important above all else. Shot in stunning, jarring style, Royston Tan manages to brilliantly capture the chaotic lives of these boys, living in the shadows of a sprawling metropolis and with only each other to rely on.
“Susan Lawly” Whitehouse forum:
I mentioned this before but the film "15" by Royston Tan is well worth seeing I think. Similar to Larry Clark's Kids, it's a Singaporean film about five rebellious teenagers who live on the edge of society (filmed using actual gang members). The film is really assaultive on a visual level in relation with the world the kids live in; when they're not singing along to J-pop in mini music videos or engaging in fight scenes complete with flashing computer game graphics and sfx, they're trying to find the best place and way for a friend to commit suicide with grisly cartoons for accompaniment, or cutting themselves for the camera (this bit, like a number of other squeamish scenes in the film are completely real and filmed intrusively on camcorder).