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  • OPINION

    Wild Boars may well need saving again

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 21/07/2018

    » I thought we could let it rest, but apparently the post-rescue drama of the 13 cave survivors is here to stay. On Wednesday, the 13 Wild Boars members were put on stage in a live broadcast, a 6pm state-run slot usually reserved for military propaganda.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Romance and rage

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 20/07/2018

    » The air in that rural village is impregnated by unsettling emotions and propaganda announcements from loudspeakers. Three people sit drinking and talking in front of an old house: an honest, confused young man; a pretty, even also confused young woman; and a rich, suave, sport-car-driving playboy, so sure of himself and the power he has over the other two.

  • LIFESTYLE

    I love dogs

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 20/07/2018

    » What a film to look at. Isle Of Dogs, like other Wes Anderson films, is good or great or exhausting depending on how much you're willing to hitch a ride with the filmmaker's obsessive visual construction -- his rich, gorgeous, twee, peculiar, fetishising tableau; in this particular case, a handsome indulgence in Japanese aesthetics.

  • OPINION

    Time to let Wild Boars roam freely

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 14/07/2018

    » If nature was mother, the cave the womb, the divers the midwives, then the 12 boys and their football coach have experienced a rebirth -- the strangest rebirth because, held captive inside the wet catacomb for 18 days, they were reborn after escaping death by the skin of their teeth.

  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • OPINION

    Hope lives on as cave rescue crisis unfolds

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 30/06/2018

    » Time is not on their side, and not on ours. To beat nature and to outrun time -- and what cruel nature and pitiless time -- we give it everything we have.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A not-so-mundane history

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 27/06/2018

    » A lampshade, elegant and shiny, bears a distinct image of the Siamese constitution over the map of Thailand. A nielloware cigarette box, in solemn brass and black, also features an engraving of the constitution -- the emblematic figure of a folded scripture on a tray. Next to it are matchbox labels, pins, a glass bottle, a bowl, a water jar, an ashtray, a vinyl record. All of them carry the symbolism of the seismic transformation that took place 86 years ago.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Deep trouble

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/06/2018

    » He got up close with a 13m whale shark near the Galapagos and swam with a curious hunchback whale in Tonga. "She was larger than a bus," he said, "the largest animal I've ever seen." At Burma Banks in the Indian Ocean, he drifted with sharks and at Similan Islands he realised that the coral reefs in the Thai seas were among the most beautiful in the world.

  • OPINION

    Knives are out in death penalty row

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 23/06/2018

    » To execute or not to execute, the question weighed on Thai society in the past week with the force of righteous anger. It is a tough question, one that lays bare the complex intersection of morality, law, religion, belief, value, and even the position of the country on the spectrum along which the international norm is moving.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Cinema lies, football doesn't

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 22/06/2018

    » 'Cinema lies, sport doesn't."

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