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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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    Successful transformation

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 15/10/2019

    » Transformation is the key to survival, both in life and in work, according to Jakkaphong "Anne" Jakrajutatip, CEO of JKN Global Media, who was recently awarded Asia Media Woman of the Year at Content Asia Summit 2019 in Singapore. She is the first Thai person -- and also the first transgender woman -- to win the award.

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    Tokyo stories

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 25/10/2018

    » The 31st Tokyo International Film Festival opens today with a fine selection of films from East and West. Held at Roppongi Hills, TIFF, one of Asia's largest film fests, is serving up cinematic treats from Japan and around the world. Opening the festival is A Star Is Born, the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga musical romantic drama. Closing the festival on Nov 3 will be Japanese animation Godzilla: The Planet Eater, the final chapter of the animated monster trilogy.

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    No beauty shines brighter

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 03/07/2019

    » When Paweensuda "Fahsai" Drouin was announced Miss Universe Thailand 2019, the hall erupted in a thunderous cheer. Fans were jumping up and down, screaming and hugging one another. Some even had tears down their faces as they finally got to witness this beauty queen's eventual moment of success after having been rooting for her for a long time.

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    The spectral art

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 09/04/2019

    » Sexy women, ghosts, simplistic plot, tendency to be naughty and violent. These are the stereotypical characteristics people have come to associate with the old-school Thai-style pulp comics that are close to disappearing from the market.

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    The sound (and images) of beautiful silence

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 31/05/2017

    » All cinema enthusiasts better mark their calendars. The Silent Film Festival in Thailand is returning for the fourth time next week in Bangkok. The event -- organised by the Film Archive, the Goethe-Institut Thailand and the Japan Foundation -- opens at Scala theatre on June 8, with all subsequent showings happening at Lido theatre until June 14.

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    Beware of ghosts

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/10/2018

    » In this Halloween month, Asian horror is demanding a fair share of the spotlight.

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    Hopeless, unrequited love

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 02/09/2016

    » Imagine a scenario in which you've been secretly in love with someone for ages. Suddenly, that person suffers from short-term memory loss. You were told the condition would last for just one day, and that the person would wake up the next morning with no recollection whatsoever of the preceding day's events. There is no one else around -- just you and your crush alone in Hokkaido, Japan.

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    The Korean wave keeps swelling

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 12/10/2018

    » The wave of K-pop has seeped into the lives of people throughout Asia and the world. Its soaps, movies, music and fashion trends have dazzled, influenced and merged into the local entertainment scene in different places. We've seen K-pop music like the viral Gangnam Style take over the world and artists like BTS storm the US Billboard charts with their music. Recently, a K-pop gathering in Oakland, California, drew thousands of fans.

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    Eternal star

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 23/11/2016

    » Three years after making her screen debut, in a soap opera in 2010, Davika "Mai" Hoorne was known to Thai audiences as nang ake pun larn -- the billion-baht leading lady -- from the mega-success of her 2013 film Pee Mak Phra Khanong. Since then, she has become a fixture on the screen, with period melodrama Plae Kao (The Scar) in 2014, a modest hit, and the oddball Freelance Harm Puay Harm Pak Harm Rak Mor (Heart Attack) last year, which raked in over 90 million baht at the box office.

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