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  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Lord of the dance

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/11/2018

    » Egocentric, sometimes arrogant, but above all, bursting with fiery passion and talent, legendary ballet dance Rudolf Nureyev was a larger-than-life character. His remarkable story is now being retold in the lush new period drama The White Crow, which had its Asian premiere at the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival. Directed by Ralph Fiennes, the film was awarded Best Artistic Contribution at the festival.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Let the children come

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/11/2018

    » Have you ever considered taking your kids to a library? The place may seem out of touch and not so relatable, as we already have much of the information we need right at our fingertips, with internet access.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The aesthetics of resistance

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/11/2018

    » For the past four years, we've received a steady diet of the junta's theme songs that preach about "returning happiness" and the virtues of peace, order and nationalism. Since last week, however, the anthem that has stolen the thunderbolt is Prathet Ku Mee (What My Country’s Got), an infectious viral rap by a group called Rap Against Dictatorship.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The price of inaction

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 29/10/2018

    » While Uruguay celebrates more rights among the LGBTI community, other parts of the world are going backwards — including Thailand

  • LIFESTYLE

    Like teen spirit

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 26/10/2018

    » Parkpoom Wongpoom had a hand in one of the best-known Thai horror stories of all time. In 2004, Parkpoom (with his friend and co-director Banjong Pisanthanakun) scored a phenomenon with Shutter, a ghost film about a begrudging female spirit that hounds the men who've wronged her, which went on to become a huge hit around the world (eventually spawning an insipid Hollywood remake).

  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • OPINION

    Teach your children well

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 15/10/2018

    » What would you do if you find out your children were hurting others? Or kicking the helpless? Or pulling hair? And the victim was crying while your children were laughing?

  • NEWS

    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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Bigger and better

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

    » Spectacular sets. A big line-up of the country's hottest artists. The cool evening air of Khao Yai. Omelette rice. Cows.

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