4:30
Singapore, 2007, 93 minutes, SD
4:30 Synopsis

Royston Tan, Singaporean bad boy and celebrated director of the notorious yet acclaimed 15 returns with 4:30, a touching study of desire and obsession.


Xiao Wu’s existence revolves around school, an empty apartment and the dubious comforts of instant noodles. One day, his routine is subtly transformed by a tenant in the apartment, a stranger who is nursing a heartache. Their paths cross only once in a while, yet Xiao dreams of a more intimate rendezvous. 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. Little does he know that this strange man to whom he finds himself drawn to is also in need of companionship. A meditation on absence and longing, 4:30 is about a moment, and a boy’s attempt to cling to it, no matter what the cost.


"Cheeky, powerfully tender, evocative and haunting, touching us in a dreamlike way that forces us to reflect on our own need for human contact” - ShadowsOnTheWall

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Reviewed by ronaldgonzales
Human connection is a need. This is a reality that each of us face as we realize our being and existence. Royston Tan reminds us of this need, in the... more
Human connection is a need. This is a reality that each of us face as we realize our being and existence. Royston Tan reminds us of this need, in the character of the boy seeking filial connection with a stranger as he sneaks at the wee hours of the morning to investigate and connect in every way possible with his Korean tenant. Royston Tan's own experience in loneliness, he tried to connect with his new world as his family was uprooted to live in a government housing project. The sadness and loneliness of Xuan Wu is infectious as it pulls the string of memories in the mind of viewers of instances of being alone and singularity. 
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  • This is such a sad story. I can almost feel the loneliness of the boy, wanting fatherly love.

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  • This is such a sad story. I can almost feel the loneliness of the boy, wanting fatherly love.
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  • As the saying goes, "no man is an island". Even the most elusive and introvert will, at some point, claim a longing for human connection.

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  • As the saying goes, "no man is an island". Even the most elusive and introvert will, at some point, claim a longing for human connection.
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