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    Movies shine light on dark Thai truths

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 09/12/2017

    » Last week, I watched a South Korean film called A Taxi Driver. Based on a true story, it's the account of a cabby who secretly drove a German journalist to cover the 1980 pro-democracy demonstration in Gwangju, a dramatic uprising that toppled Maj General Chun Doo-hwan, the ruler of the country at the time.


    Road deaths are classless, the law is not

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 08/09/2012

    » Rich kids and fast cars, put together, often inspire amazement, jealousy and maybe fear. One night last week, I was in Bang Lamphu when a convertible BMW swerved round and snuggled into a no-parking spot (the car looked even more expensive when it was in the no-parking spot). Two boys came out, looking pleased, and we looked at them looking pleased.


    Unfairly ripp'd, 'Shakespeare' must pass

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 07/04/2012

    » Four centuries after his death, Shakespeare's child suffers a miscarriage, aborted into a limbo by the Thai censors. Unless the appeal goes through at the National Film Board, you will be deprived of a chance to watch what has already become the most scorching movie of the year, Ing Kanjanavanit and Manit Sriwanichpoom's Shakespeare Tong Tai, or Shakespeare Must Die, an adaptation of Macbeth, charged with black humour, scheming harridans, buxom Lady M in blood-red dresses, and a political parable that peaks with a simulation of the infamous chair episode of Oct 6, 1976.

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