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    Close your eyes

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 13/09/2017

    » In June 13, 1981, Issei Sagawa, 32, was arrested after he was seen dumping two suspicious suitcases in the Seine. A student of comparative literature at Sorbonne, the Japanese man two days earlier had killed his Dutch classmate, raped her corpse, stored her body in his fridge and ate morsels after morsels of her flesh to stimulate his sexual desire. Only when the smell became unbearable did he pack what remained in the suitcases and threw them into the river. The French court declared Sagawa legally insane and released him. He returned to Japan, wrote a comic book about his world-famous case, became a food critic (no kidding), and starred in pornographic films. Today Sagawa, old and paralytic, still lives in a suburb of Tokyo.

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    The inciting incident

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 06/10/2017

    » On Sept 24, 1976, two electricians were beaten and hanged to death from the top of a gate somewhere in Nakhon Pathom, victims of an escalating right-wing terror in Thai politics of that heady decade. Two weeks later, as protests against the return to the Kingdom of former dictator Gen Thanom Kittikajorn gathered steam, students at Thammasat University staged a play about the hanging of the two men. Soon the photographs of the play were used by nationalists to whip up anger and fear of communism, which led to the massacre on the morning of Oct 6 as police and militias laid siege to the university, killing, maiming and brutalising scores of people in one of the worst incidents of bloodshed in modern Thai history.

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    Models of sensitivity

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 26/11/2015

    » We're approaching the end of 2015, and news from the LGBT community is still in the headlines. The case of Baby Carmen who was born through a Thai surrogate mother continued to be unravelled. Her fathers -- Gordon Lake and Manuel Santos -- are caught in limbo now that they have to wait until next year to go back to court. The couple has since moved out of Bangkok for a lower cost of living and for the safety of their daughter.

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    EU film fest brings many shades of modern Europe

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 18/05/2017

    » The stories of Europe are told in the 13 films at the European Union Film Festival 2017, which begins tonight at SF CentralWorld.

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    A trip to Diamond Island

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 07/04/2017

    » It's a story of Cambodia but also of Southeast Asia: the new rich built on the back of rural labour, young men who leave their homes in the countryside to carry bricks and build real-estate edifices in the capital. The promise of the future is built on the uncertainty of the present.

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    Scarlett does non-human, again

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 31/03/2017

    » It's possible that when we all die and are reborn as cyborgs or aliens, we'll look like Scarlett Johansson: white and bewildered, gamine-haired and supremely athletic, fierce on the outside and gentler within. The actor's recent list of post-human roles is impressive. She is an extraterrestrial seducer sucking men's souls in Under The Skin; a human-CPU-God hybrid in Lucy; a cybernetic assassin in Ghost In The Shell, which is our subject today. Mind you, even devoid of her physical self, she still embodies the voice of artificial intelligence, as in Her, in which she purrs her way into the consciousness of that world.

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    A fortunate series

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 03/02/2017

    » Based closely on the children's novels of the same name, Netflix's A Series Of Unfortunate Events -- the online streaming service's latest high-profile original feature -- isn't a pleasant tale.

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    Marathi warrior vs Ayutthaya oarsman

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 07/01/2016

    » History need not be boring. Tales of two historical heroes have hit cinemas: Bajirao from India and Pantai Norasingh from Siam, and as rosy (or muddied) as they get upon shape-shifting into films, they are hype-worthy cinematic goodies that rival the dominance of the Force.

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    A poem in motion

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 11/09/2015

    » From the first shot to the last, when the assassin leads a group of peasants into the majestic wilderness of Tang Dynasty China, this is likely to be the most ravishing film you'll see in a long while. The swift tumult of fabric, the heart-bleeding colours, the luxuriant verdant of the forest -- The Assassin, shot on 35mm at a time when almost every film in the world is shot on digital, is also a martial arts drama that compels us to rethink the essence of the genre. Historically regarded as a cheap, sweaty form of entertainment, the wuxia film has reached the pinnacle of high-art in this Taiwanese production -- and some audiences will certainly feel baffled, if not exasperated.

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    Parents, actors and LBWVB

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 29/10/2015

    » Living a gay life on and off the television screen, plus snippets of upcoming LGBT-related happenings.

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