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  • LIFESTYLE

    Human traffic

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 03/11/2017

    » Edmund Yeo started writing the film Aqerat before the word "Rohingya" would make world news headlines -- entirely for a distressing reason. Now the Malaysian film, which had its premiere in the main competition of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival this week, has proved prescient as over 500,000 of Myanmar's Rohingya minority have fled violence for Bangladesh in one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in years.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Lao cinema hits the jackpot

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 19/05/2017

    » In this Lao film, a nearly-blind woman is visited by ghosts that come to tell her winning lottery numbers. Her young caretaker, a girl from the countryside, takes advantage of her mistress' impairment and cashes in on the phantoms' fortunetelling, scoring win after win. On paper, it all sounds preposterous. Ghosts that give out lotto jackpots? How superstitious! How Southeast Asia! But don't be mistaken: you should go and watch Nong Hak (Dearest Sister), a well-made Lao production that spins the supernatural premise into class critique and psychological horror, ripe with atmospheric suspense. In fact, this is simply a better film in terms of script and technical standards than many Thai flicks released each year.

  • OPINION

    Graft nosedive comes as no surprise at all

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 28/01/2017

    » 'We're disappointed," said Sansern Poljeak of the National Anti-Corruption Commission. Sir, we're more disappointed, as citizens who pay tax without fail, to the government to help the NACC battle corruption.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Scala doc to open film festival

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/03/2016

    » Our cinematic monument of majesty, the last palatial cinema house in town, the Scala on Siam Square stands alone in defiance and melancholy as a remnant of a different era. As its fate -- the spectre of eventual demolition -- keeps popping up in the news every few years, the movie house is now the subject of a documentary film. The Scala, directed by Aditya Assarat, is part of a pan-Asia ensemble called The Power Of Asian Cinema that will screen as the opener of the 6th Salaya International tomorrow.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The force is strong with this one

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 14/12/2015

    » This Thursday, the sequel of Star Wars will monopolise cinemas around the world. According to most predictions by box office pundits, the space opera conceived nearly 40 years ago will be the year's biggest blockbuster, not to mention a perpetuation of one of pop culture's greatest mythologies.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Scary swim

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 08/08/2014

    » Love hurts. Young love hurts even more and pregnancy, the unwanted kind, hurts (and haunts) the most. Hear me puppy lovers: without self-restraint, at least carry condoms. Without condoms, well, wear a strong amulet or else the demon will follow you like an interminable bloodhound — at least when abortion is still illegal and immoral in this society.

  • OPINION

    Spoken crime tells the tale of two singers

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 31/03/2018

    » In a rare ruling, on Thursday the Criminal Court acquitted firebrand and former-singer Tom Dundee in a lese majeste case. He actually pleaded guilty, but in a legal paradox that is as baffling as it is mitigating, the court said it could not rule against the defendant despite his guilty plea since the prosecution failed to provide substantial evidence.

  • OPINION

    Last night at the Scala -- or is it?

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 17/02/2018

    » We have the latest update on the Scala Theatre: Its closing date is now set for May 31.

  • OPINION

    Show must go on to save Scala cinema

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 06/01/2018

    » Urban conservationists, architects, archivists, cinema-goers, and all-round romantics have united for one cause: Save Scala.

  • OPINION

    Swatting away visions of refugee hell

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 05/09/2015

    » This week the drowned Syrian boy rattles the conscience of Europe — and hopefully the oil-rich Arab nations — while in Bangkok, the Uighur fiasco keeps sending repercussions. In Europe, fierce debates ring across parliaments from the UK to Hungary as to whether countries should take in more refugees to cushion this humanitarian crisis. Meanwhile, true to form, the Thai police awarded themselves with cash even though the suspects haven’t been tried and while every suggestion that the Erawan blast was connected with our foul deportation of 109 Uighurs in July is adamantly deflected, as if with fly swatters.

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