REPOSSESSION (2019) Reviews and North American release news

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Repossession is a 2019 Singaporean horror drama about a middle-aged man who must deal with his past demons when he is made redundant.

Co-written and co-directed by Ming Siu Goh and Scott C. Hillyard. Produced by Ming Siu Goh, Siang Seng Goh, Scott C. Hillyard, Alex Low and Mun Yang Tham.

The Monkey & Boar production stars Gerald Chew, Amy Cheng, Sivakumar Palakrishnan, Rachel Wan, Matthew Loo, Andrew Lua and Candice de Rozario.


Fifty-year-old Jim (Gerald Chew) loses his high-flying job in status-conscious Singapore, but his ego and pride compel him to hide this from his wife (Amy J Cheng) and daughter. His only confidante is his best friend (Sivakumar Palakrishnan).

Desperately clinging onto the material symbols of his past success, he unlocks a hibernating malevolent force, with sinister roots in long-buried secrets. As his dream life crumbles around him, worlds collide, the lines between then and now become increasingly blurred, and Jim descends into a waking nightmare…


In North America, Repossession will be released on Digital by Gravitas Ventures on December 21st 2021.



“The premise itself is interesting enough with the echoes of Stephen King novellas and a socially aware edge to it. The title also is brilliant in its ambiguity between the literal, material meaning and the metaphorical, fantastic one. The trouble is that Goh struggles to realize the complete potential for a feature film, even though Repossession would make a killer short if all the unnecessary repetitions ended up on the cutting room floor…” Asian Movie Pulse

“Dark figures lurk. Foreshadowing, folktales, encounters with strangers and surreal landscapes begin to blur. This writer enjoyed the pace and increasing psychological terror of this drama/thriller/horror genre film as it moves to its conclusion. The film has several plot twists that we try to grapple with to grasp the dimensions of Jim’s reality.” Picture This Post

Repossession is a bold endeavour with an equally daring concept, scoring high marks in its technique but slightly falters in its narrative. Nevertheless, the film breathes new life into the local horror genre and is a spectacular example of the possibilities in weaving horror and drama into discussing deeply rooted societal issues.” Sinema

“One of the primary strengths in Repossession is the way in which the film blends Asian culture, personal foibles and flaws, and the horror genre into a gripping and intense account […] The question always looms: Is Jim being haunted by supernatural powers, or is Jim’s personality gradually disintegrating into nothingness?” Splash magazine

“Slow burn, slow-building horror film takes a while to get going but once it does its cold and kind of dispassionate take gets under your skin, especially once the mayhem starts […] This is a good little film for anyone who can be a little patient.” Unseen Films



Cast and characters (in credits order):

Gerald Chew … Jim
Amy Cheng … Linda (as Amy J Cheng)
Sivakumar Palakrishnan … Vinod
Rachel Wan … Ashley
Matthew Loo … The Boy
Andrew Lua … HR Manager
Candice de Rozario … Jim’s Supervisor
Ming Siu Goh … Jim’s Colleague
Jennifer Ebron … Maria
Luan Kwee Chua … Homeless Man
Sea Moi Lee … Odd Woman
Irene Chua … Drinks Seller


Repossession was shot in January 2018, over nineteen days.

Technical details:

96 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1

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