勇者无惧 Only The Brave
Only The Brave delves into the lives of people who live dangerously on a daily basis. What drives them? What sacrifices do they make? How can they inspire us? Their work will make most grown men weak in the knees. They are propelled by adrenalin, and sometimes shunned by ordinary men and women. We are talking about dangerous occupations that few would dare to take on. We are talking about jobs in both Singapore and around the world, like tower crane operators, bird’s nest collectors, stuntmen, deep-sea divers, oil rig riggers and coal miners. The element of danger is enhanced by stupendous cinematography offering perspectives hardly ever seen before – mounting the camera where no man has been, for example, at the boom of a tower crane soaring 900 feet above the ground and seeing a sky scrapper from the perspective of a load (eg. a steel beam) being lifted.
Episode 1: The Agents of NBI
The National Bureau of Investigation or NBI, the Filipino version of the American FBI, is home to one of Philippines’ most elite crime fighting team. Within the NBI, the anti-narcotics division is known to be the most dangerous with the highest death rate amongst agents. Raids on drug syndicates often result in violent gunfights as drug syndicates are highly armed with assault weapons. With only a bulletproof vest to protect them, the NBI agents put their lives on the line in pursuit of these hardened criminals. Follow “Only The Brave” as we venture into druglord territories and apprehend members of one of the biggest drug cartels in the world.
Episode 2: Volcanologists of Merapi
Mount Merapi, one of the two most active volcanoes on the island of Java, has erupted more than 80 times and has been threatening to erupt yet again. The volcanologists at Mount Merapi have taken it upon themselves to scale the mountain, risking unpredictable weather and sudden eruptions, in order to monitor the threat. But more than just the threat of eruptions, the volcanologists also have to contend with local beliefs and convince superstitious villagers to turn to science instead. Follow “Only The Brave” as we tread on the heels of the volcanologists of Merapi.
Episode 3: Tower Crane Operators
In a world where we are running out of space, the only way is skywards. Building vertical is a job not for the faint hearted. Tower crane operators stay in a small confined space, perched hundreds of meters on top of a steel skeleton for more than 10 hours a day. The height alone is enough to turn anyone’s legs jelly, but to make matters worse, a tower crane is never static, but constantly swaying. Find out what it takes to be a tower crane operator on “Only The Brave”.
Episode 4: Compressor Divers
Sometimes referred to as “Sea Gypsies”, the Badjao people of Bohol Philippines have always depended on the ocean for their livelihood. The pressures of living in today’s world have forced them to take on drastic measures to improve their daily catch. Armed with just a spear, they dive into depths of over 20m for bigger and more fishes. Their homemade air supply system: a second hand air con compressor that pumps air through an extended garden hose which they grip between their teeth. These compressor divers risk decompression, paralysis and death in order to provide for their families ... a task for “Only The Brave.”
Episode 5: Mine Clearers
Cambodia has one of the highest land mine casualty rates in the world with an estimate of between 4 to 6 million landmines sprawled across the country. Even today, these landmines from decades ago are still claiming victims on a regular basis. The Cambodian Mine Action Centre has employed mine clearers who have for decades, risked their own lives and limbs to track down these landmines. These mine clearers are the first people to step into any minefield in order to detect and extract the landmines. Follow the mine clearers on “Only The Brave” as they take daily risks in order to ensure a safer country for their fellowmen
Episode 6: Stuntmen
Stuntmen are the unsung heroes of the film and TV industry. They risk life and limb, take after take, performing dangerous stunts just to get that perfect shot. They do it without fear, for the love of their job, all for the sake of entertainment. And every single one of them has been injured in the process, some seriously, and some even killed. They get little recognition, as celebrity actors, producers and directors hog the limelight, but in “Only The Brave”, they are the stars of the show.