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    Doraemon film purrs to top of China's box office

    Published on 03/06/2015

    » BEIJING — A movie featuring Japanese popular robotic cat Doraemon claimed the No. 1 spot at China's box office in its first week of release, amid a thaw in relations between the two countries.

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    Big in Japan

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 09/11/2018

    » The 31st Tokyo International Film Festival wrapped up last weekend, with French drama Amanda taking home the Tokyo Grand Prix and Best Screenplay awards. Director Mikhaël Hers' third feature, Amanda tells the story of a young man who cares for his orphaned niece following his sister's death in a delicate tale of familial love and how people cope with tragedy.

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    In the dark places

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 09/11/2018

    » It rains incessantly in Zhang Yimou's Shadow, a monochromatic palace-intrigue-and-martial-arts high rhapsody set in a perpetual monsoon. Everything is grey, brown, black and white, a solemn palette befitting a solemn story interspersed with a blur of sword-fighting where warriors wield blades and umbrellas as if they were painting calligraphy.

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    Not the usual fare

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 19/10/2018

    » Two idiosyncratic filmgoing options for fans of Thai cinema — one classic, one contemporary

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    A hint of political maturation

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/09/2018

    » The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre has been put under bureaucratic pressure, its budget cut and its relations with Bangkok Metropolitan Authority strained. One way to support this hub of contemporary art in downtown Bangkok is simple: visit the place, admire the art and the events, and show that the city needs a modern, open-minded art and culture venue unshackled by the old guard.

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    All eyes on Asia

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 05/10/2018

    » Asia's premier cine-event took off last night. The 23rd Busan International Film Festival once again draws all attention to the South Korean port city as it hosts the annual showcase of films, especially Asian films. One part to promote the South Korean film industry -- a formidable machine of creativity and commerce -- and one part to reign as a centre of filmmaking activity in this part of the world, Busan has gone through some bumps, political and managerial, but remains steadfast in being in the biggest in Asia.

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    And a child shall lead them

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 09/06/2017

    » In 1989, the world was sent reeling following the horrifying massacre at Tiananmen Square, when the Communist regime of the People's Republic of China (as ironic today as it was all those years ago) ruthlessly mowed down hundreds of unarmed pro-democracy protesters. The massacre sent a stern message to the people of China as well as the entire world from the regime: the Communist Party will not be swayed by dissension of any kind, and will eliminate those standing in its way.

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    Cool Thailand?

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 29/04/2016

    » It is only with reference to J-pop or K-pop that we have a clue as to what the word "T-pop" could possibly mean: an attempt at cultural export -- film, music and other forms of entertainment -- to create a "Thai brand" of cool. It's better late than never, so the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has recently launched a campaign, with Thai star Mario Maurer as the presenter, with the aim to boost tourism in Thailand and expand the entertainment market in China.

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    Anachronistic farewell to the Lido

    Life, Published on 24/05/2018

    » The Silent Film Festival returns to Scala and Lido starting tonight. Running until May 31, the festival will also mark the final event -- and a final screening -- at the Lido, a beloved cinema that will end its operation also on that night.

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    Hoping to take the top prize East

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 16/05/2018

    » Asian filmmakers have so far fielded a strong force at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, and when the Palme d'Or is decided on Saturday by the Cate Blanchett-led jury there's a real chance that the top prize might go to one of the Asian titles -- after a Turkish film in 2014 (Winter Sleep) and a Thai film back in 2010 (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives).

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