Two young Thai backpackers accidentally meet in Higashikawa in Hokkaido, Japan. Sparks flew as mutual attraction pave the way to a budding romance.
Toey (Adisorn Tonawanik ) is broken-hearted. His girlfriend of many years suddenly broke up with him. To get away, he went on a trip to Higashikawa, in Hokkaido. Not that it’s famous like Osaka or Tokyo, but the small town is called ‘photo town’ for its picturesque sceneries. With its population of less than 9000, Higashikawa is the perfect escape for Toey.
A few uneventful days have passed when a young Thai knock at his door. Oat (Maroukasonti Kritsana), his new neighbor ask to use the phone. What started as an unwelcomed visitor becomes a friend. After a night of heavy drinking, the two become intimate.
Oat is gay, but he’s getting married in a few days. Confused by his new found attraction for another man, Toey questions himself. With the help of his Japanese friend, he began to feel more secure about his sexuality.
But before things could get even more serious Oat changes his tune much to Toey’s surprise…
The film’s production company has written quite an inviting intro to the film:
Join us for a heartwarming journey as we follow the simple pursuit of love. This is the simple story of Present Perfect.
Directed by Anusorn Soisa-ngim, this tale of love, loss, and self-discovery is relaxed and slow paced. This is much to my delight. At 1 hour and 42 minutes, the film mixes the dramatic Japanese setting with the growing intimacy between our two travelers.
Toey (portrayed by Adisorn Tonawanik ) is an emotional, intense young man. He has yet to explore many aspects of his sexuality. His emotional turmoil and self-doubt is a highlight of the film. Adisorn offers a multi-faceted take at his character, making his acting look natural and effortless. It must be said that even in the face of despair and loneliness, Toey personifies the good-natured individual. He remains positive and hopeful.
Oat (played by Maroukasonti Kritsana) maintains a certain mystery throughout the film. Kritsana is quite a beguiling young man with his mischievous eyes and aggressive stance. We have yet to fully know him. While Toey is like an open book, Oat carries a lot of secrets. [His new look at the end of the film is a sight to behold!]
It is a novelty to watch Thai actors in a Japanese setting, much more if it features two attractive young men on the verge of love and romance.
Are we done with them yet? I definitely need some closure!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars [See our Review Guide]