Dew (Let’s Go Together) ดิว ไปด้วยกันนะ [Review]

Dir. Ma-Dew of The Love of Siam and Home fame retains his cinematic magic in Dew (Let’s Go Together). The flick is a sentimental and romantic drama about two young boys set in a not-so-friendly times for people of ‘their nature’.

The film which runs more than 2 hours, stars Ohm Pawat in the title role and Nont Sadanont Durongkhaweroj as Pob.

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You Had Me At Hello [Short Film]

Described by its production team – Capture Production – as a thesis movie project, You Had Me At Hello is a tale of young love between a slightly older boy named Tone (Jerasit Sukumpantanasarn) and Pun (Patiphan Siangphairo).

When Pun’s older sister began to worry about her brother’s poor academic performance, she seeks the help of Tone and serves as his tutor. Both boys treated this with a certain detachment. But after a few meetings, it seems they enjoy each other’s company. They became friends. And perhaps, something more.

There is nothing unique about the premise of the story. It could happen in real life. In fact, I think it happens quite a lot. What makes this short film (25 minutes) watchable is the notable chemistry between the actors.

Not sure where they got the inspiration for the title, but there’s an old Tom Cruise film named Jerry Maguire, and Cruise’s co-star Renee Zellweger delivered that line.

 

How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) – พี่ชาย My Hero – 2015 [Review]

In a time when Thailand is facing a serious and deadly insurgent problem, we witness the coming of age of a Thai named Oat (Ingkarat “Ryu” Damrongsakkul อิงครัตดำรงค์ศักดิ์กุล ). The 11-year old kid has an older brother, Ek (Thira “Um” Chutikul ถิรชุติกุล), who is about to participate in a military draft. Unlike the way Koreans are drafted into their own military, the Thai way is reported to be based on “luck”, though the film shows that it depends on social standing and ability of the family to “keep” their sons out of said drafting. Continue reading “How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) – พี่ชาย My Hero – 2015 [Review]”

Official Trailer How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

Superstar Thai actor-model Toni Rakkaen headlines this striking debut feature from Korean-American writer-director Josh Kim. As the now grown Oat, he recalls his childhood experience of trying to rescue his gay older brother Ek (Thira Chutikul) from being drafted into military service. As Ek grapples with the gritty realities of life in Bangkok — working at a bar for male hustlers and sex-workers — he has also found love with his more privileged boyfriend Jai (Arthur Navarat).

When the moment of truth arrives with the draft lottery these 21-year-olds must draw either a black or a red slip to possibly be conscripted into the armed forces. Who will be sent off to the service and who will get to stay home?

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