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    Asean films receive special showcase

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/07/2018

    » The riches of Southeast Asian stories and images are celebrated at the 4th Bangkok Asean Film Festival, which opens tonight at SF CentralWorld and runs until Sunday. Hosted by the Thai Ministry of Culture, this year's edition marks the 51st anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the regional body whose primary mission is economics and which increasingly pays more heed to cultural promotion.

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    Trial and tribulation at German Film Week

    Life, Published on 28/06/2018

    » The German Film Week began on Monday and continues until Sunday. Among several titles in the programme, a couple of highlights stand out, and the good news is you can still catch them at this weekend at Cinema Oasis, Bangkok Screening Room and Goethe Institut.

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    N Korean underdogs win on screen

    Brunch, Published on 06/05/2018

    » North Korean movies rarely make it to the outside world, but 2012's Comrade Kim Goes Flying not only received a limited international release, it also earned the distinction of becoming the first North Korean production to be shown at a film festival in South Korea.

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    Reliving an era through film

    Life, Published on 24/04/2018

    » The 70-year reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej overlaid decades of Thai cinema history, from the golden age of 16mm movies in the 1950s to the country's first and only Cannes Film Festival winner in 2010. To mark the two courses of history, the Ministry of Culture last week announced the "70 Best Films In The Reign Of King Rama IX", an extensive survey that covers seven decades of Thai cinema, essentially comprising the country's cinematic canon.

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    Thai-Myanmar production speaks universal language

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 29/12/2016

    » 'I've always been under the wrong impression that English is an absolute international language," said Thai filmmaker Adsajun Sattagovit. But upon directing the Thai-Myanmar film TT & Donut, which premiered this month at the National Theatre of Yangon and will be released in Myanmar after New Year, Adsajun said he has found the true language of the world.

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    Devil on the doorstep

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 22/02/2018

    » You go into a Lav Diaz's movie as if you were going into a church, or a trench war, or an ultra-marathon: you prepare for the epic length, the brutal transcendentalism and the implacable burden of history that hit you like a blow.

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    Time is not on our side

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/01/2018

    » This is a note on an important Thai film that is unlikely to be shown in Thailand. Such is the fate of home-grown cinema in a time of disease, the time of a black hole.

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    Indonesia's torchbearers

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/11/2016

    » A woman who rises above the trauma of polygamy in Sulawesi; a Muslim girl and her transvestite father, who works the street of Jakarta; three sisters in a courtship game; a war veteran confronting the harsh aftermath of newly independent Indonesia. At the Tokyo International Film Festival this year, Indonesia is the focus of the Crosscut Asia section, a programme that telescopes national cinema for social and aesthetic angles.

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    Binge-watching history

    Life, Published on 20/10/2016

    » All entertainment programmes have been pulled off the air during this period of national mourning, naturally including the drama series that have long been a staple of primetime television. But there's one series that's currently showing and fits warmly into the present mood of kingly remembrance.

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