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|Directed by||Kelvin Tong|
|Distributed by||MediaCorp Raintree Pictures
|Release date(s)||18 March 2010|
|Running time||98 min.|
Kidnapper (绑匪 Bangfei) is a 2010 Singaporean thriller film about a kidnap set in Singapore. The first action-thriller film made by Kelvin Tong, it was a joint venture between Scorpio East Pictures of Singapore and RAM Pictures and PMP Entertainment from Malaysia. Tong opted for a thriller film as opposed to an full-fledged action film as he felt this was more realistic in Singaporem saying "people here (in Singapore) don't run around with machine guns".
Lim, a struggling and obnoxious 40-year-old taxi-driver, is a complete failure. His wife left him years ago. And his only son – Wei Siang – is frequently neglected. Mistaken for a rich man’s son, Wei Siang is kidnapped at an arcade one day and held for an enormous ransom. Thus begins one father’s relentless quest to get his son back.
He gives up everything in his life to raise the ransom, only to discover that the nefarious kidnapper wants even more money. Unable to raise the second ransom, Lim descends into madness as grief and self-doubt overwhelms him. His own morals are threatened when he flirts with the dark side in a desperate attempt to get his son back.