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Looking back in time: Thai love stories reborn

Published September 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30376238

Looking back in time: Thai love stories reborn

Sep 16. 2019

“Fan Chan” (“My Girl”)
By The Nation

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Unforgettable Thai films from the 2000s are in the spotlight this month as Netflix adds 26 timeless classics from GTH and GDH 599 to its streaming menu.

One title warranting a special mention is 2003’s “Fan Chan” (“My Girl”) (2003), which many film fans consider as a defining point in contemporary Thai cinema. A co-production between Tai Entertainment, Hub Ho Hin and Grammy Entertainment (later GMM Grammy), the overwhelming success of the film later led to the birth of the new company GTH. GTH was the most successful film company before closing as the partners went their own way. Most of the team later moved to work in the new company GDH 599 which was founded by GTH’s co-founders.

“My Girl” takes audiences of every generation to rekindle their childhood love through the eyes of Jeab and Noina – childhood friends who grew up together. “My Girl” became an instant hit and was the highest grossing film of 2003 with a box office take of Bt137 million.

“I believe the moment someone is attracted to the opposite sex for the very first time, he or she is faced with a mental conundrum between friendship and love. This is how the film reaches out to touch everyone’s hearts – no matter if they have experienced the old songs or classic soap operas in it. Aside from bringing happiness and joy to the audience, any viewer can see him/herself through the eyes of Jeab or Noina. Whether you’re a child, a teenager or an adult, love is something you always have in your heart,” said Komkrit Triwimon, one of the six co-directors of “My Girl”.

“My Girl” portrays the relationship between two young protagonists in a delightful and charming way through the lenses of children growing up in the 80s.

“For the younger generation who have never watched My Girl, this would probably be an eye-opening experience. For example, witnessing children back in those days playing portable computer games with just a single button – it’s almost as if they are watching a historical documentary”, Komkrit says.

Also screening is “Pheuan Sanit” (“Dear Dakanda”), Komkrit’s solo directorial debut. The film opens with Moo aka Khai Yoi, going on a journey to explore his inner self. The story of Moo alternates between his new life on Pha-Ngan island in the south and the one which he left behind in Chiang Mai, as a shy art student who inadvertently fell in love with his close friend Dakanda. Even though it has been 15 years since the film’s debut, its themes and moods continue to resonate in Thailand’s social fabric today, with many online forum posters still expressing views about the relationship between Moo and Dakanda as a reflection of their own lives.

It stars Sunny Suwanmethanont as Khai Yoi, Siraphan Wattanachinda as Dakanda , Maneerat Khamuan as Nui and Opal Panisara Aryasakul as Tan).

Other classics from the GTH era are “Guan Muen Ho” (“Hello Stranger”) from 2010, the solo directorial debut of the aptitude Banjong Pisanthanakun, who made his name co-directing with Parkpoom Wongpoom the spine-tingling horror movie ‘Shutter’. “Hello Stranger” was shot almost a decade ago during a time when the Korean pop culture was on the ascendancy in the kingdom – just as Thai K-drama fans were making their way to Seoul in droves to see the sights from their favorite shows.

This movie depicts how two strangers – both heart-broken from their previous relationships – enter a version of the idealistic romantic relationship often depicted in Korean TV shows. Starting off as accidental ‘trip buddies’, the two decided to break free from all of their previous life commitments to have the best time of their lives together – from putting their fortunes to the test in a casino to renting out a Porsche for an exhilarating ride. “Hello Stranger” also went on to become a blockbuster hit, raking in Bt125 million along the way and taking the annual top spot in the Thai box office. Most importantly, it popularised the term “Glad to not know you” among Thai youth culture.

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Game for a laugh

Published September 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30376235

Game for a laugh

Sep 16. 2019
By The Nation

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HBO has renewed the sketch comedy series “A Black Lady Sketch Show” for a second season, Amy Gravitt, executive vice president, HBO Programming, announced last week.

“It’s been thrilling to see the audience embrace the characters that Robin, Ashley, Gabrielle and Quinta have brought to life,” said Gravitt. “We had a blast making this groundbreaking sketch show with Robin, Dime and all of the writers and producers, and I can’t wait to see what next season holds.”

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”, which debuted same time as the US on August 3, is a narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests. The show presents sketches performed by a core cast of black women, including creator Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson. Thede executive produces, writes and stars and Issa Rae (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for HBO’s “Insecure”) executive produces.

Laugh-out-loud funny and not afraid to be controversial, “A Black Lady Sketch Show” touches on such culturally relevant themes as social norms, anxiety, religion, sex, dating and relationships. Each episode consists of five to six sketches, showcasing the comedic talents of Robin, Quinta, Ashley and Gabrielle portraying an array of dynamic and varied characters, as well as hyper versions of themselves in interstitials featuring four friends stuck in a house during an end-of-the-world event. Unprecedented in sketch comedy TV history, the show is created by, written by, directed by and starring an array of black women.

Catch up on all past episodes from Season 1 exclusively on HBO GO via AIS PLAY and AIS PLAYBOX.

Malaysian film a highlight of Busan Film Fest

Published September 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30376164

Malaysian film a highlight of Busan Film Fest

Sep 13. 2019
By The Nation

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The film adaptation of critically acclaimed novel, “The Garden of Evening Mists”, will have its world premiere at the 24thBusan International Film Festival (BIFF) under the ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ category, next month.

The movie, which is presented by Astro Shaw and HBO Asia with support from the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) in association with CJ Entertainment, has also been selected to close out the 56th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival in November. 2019. “The Garden of Evening Mists” is an adaption of the novel which was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, and also won the 2013 Man Asian Literary Prize and the 2013 Walter Scott Prize and is produced by an international team from Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Australia and the UK.

This global production is helmed by award-winning Taiwanese director Tom Shu-Yu Lin and adapted by Scottish BAFTA-winning screenwriter Richard Smith. It boasts a star-studded international cast including Sinje Lee (“The Eye”), Hiroshi Abe (“After the Storm”), Sylvia Chang (“Love Education”), David Oakes (“Cold Skin”), Julian Sands (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) and John Hannah (“The Mummy”).

The film tells the story of Teoh Yun Ling (Lee) who, embittered from atrocities of World War II in Malaya, seeks solace in the rolling hills of Cameron Highlands. There, in her quest to build a garden in homage to her late sister, she embarks on a forbidden love affair with the mysterious gardener, Nakamura Aritomo (Abe).

“Our belief in Malaysian storytelling led us to initiate the production of this film adapted from Penang-born author Tan Twan Eng’s wonderful book. We feel validated and so proud to be recognised by our peers with the film’s global premiere at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival and to close for the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival,” said Astro’s Agnes Rozario.

Jonathan Spink, chief executive of HBO Asia agreed, saying: “HBO Asia is thrilled that the feature film we partnered with Astro Shaw on, “The Garden of Evening Mists”, will screen at both the Busan International Film Festival and the Golden Horse Film Festival. HBO Asia is not only committed to bringing quality and award-winning Asian Original series but feature films to our audiences across 23 territories in Asia and beyond.”

“We are immensely delighted that The Garden of Evening Mists will be screened during the Busan International Film Festival and Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. Over two thirds of the cast and crew are Malaysian. This signifies our potentials and capabilities in producing an International Film and we pride Astro Shaw for its commitment to nurture local talents for international exposure. Thus, we are excited to have a film which FINAS has supported to be showcased to the world,” added Hans Isaac, chairman of the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia.

“The Garden of Evening Mists” will go on general release in Malaysia in January.

Animation industry still has room for growth

Published September 10, 2019 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30376008

Animation industry still has room for growth

Sep 10. 2019
Photo by China Daily

Photo by China Daily
By China Daily
Asia news Network

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world’s first animation film, was released in 1937. Four years later, the Wan Brothers screened the first Chinese animation feature, Princess Iron Fan, a fictional character from the Chinese classic Journey to the West.

Princess Iron Fan, which highlighted the Chinese style of animation, laid the foundation for China’s animation industry.

The pursuit of Chinese style of animation led to the creation of The Monkey King in 1964, a classic animation film well known both at home and abroad. The broad reach and mass appeal of Chinese animations can be gauged from the fact that even Osamu Tezuka, the godfather of manga (the Japanese term for impromptu pictures), was inspired by the works of the Wan Brothers such as Princess Iron Fan and The Monkey King. In fact, during reconstruction of postwar Japan, China’s animation style offered a cultural reference to Japanese artists.

The biggest achievement of the generation represented by the Wan Brothers, Te Wei and Ma Kexuan, in the mid-20th century was the successful adoption of the basic Western rule of picture composition and using it to create Chinese-style animations. Especially, ink-wash animations such as Where is Mama (1960), The Cowboy’s Flute (1963) and Feeling from Mountain and Water (1988) gave shape to the Chinese style of animation.

In other words, after decades of exploration, Chinese painting found motion on screen. Yet since Lotus Lantern reached the peak of Chinese animation style in 1999, Chinese animation films have rarely created waves at the international level.

Compared with the pioneers who successfully integrated traditional images with cinematic techniques, the later generation of Chinese animators simply applied new techniques to create animations without taking into consideration the contents. For example, since 3D graphic designs are not only about putting on layers of pictures using advanced technology, Chinese animators have to apply Chinese aesthetics and different modern techniques to create animations.

That’s why the adaptation of classics using 3D techniques such as The Monkey King and The Magic Brush in recent years has met with some success but never achieved the past glory.

Since 2016, the Chinese government has taken measures to boost the country’s animation industry which has seen a rapid increase in productions and consumer demand.

The introduction of the development plan for China’s animation industry in the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15) lifted the industry to the central strategic level from 2012. It has since seen about 30 percent annual growth and is worth 100 billion yuan ($14.05 billion) today. A series of animations have been created during this period with some excellent examples being the Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, Boonie Bears, Kuiba and The Legend of Qin.

However, the application of Hollywood and Japanese techniques and values to Chinese animation features has not only failed to increase box office returns but also compromised the Chinese characteristics.

Luckily, China’s animation industry has learned a lesson from its failures and is trying to change its approach. Ne Zha, for example, has become the top-grossing film next only to Wolf Warrior 2.

The reason why Ne Zha has been welcomed by Chinese audiences is that it has applied a range of traditional aesthetic elements, from Taoist, Peking Opera and Lunar New Year paintings to Chinese animation techniques. Actually, China’s animation movies are finding the right rhythm, achieving box office returns of about 60 billion yuan in the country.

But despite Ne Zha breaking several box office records, China’s animation industry still faces many challenges. Ne Zha achieved almost unprecedented success because of the cooperation of more than 70 enterprises, indicating how decentralized China’s animation industry is. It also shows why the producers of The Monkey King: A Hero’s Return and Big Fish& Begonia have not been able to make sequels or new animation films despite the relatively easy access to capital, and have sought foreign enterprises’ help to make new animation movies.

There is still room for the Chinese animation industry to improve its filmmaking techniques and boost the country’s cultural industry including the animation industry and bring them to international level.

The author is a researcher at the Chinese National Academy of Arts. The views don’t necessarily represent those of China Daily.

Streaming giant Netflix faces ban in India

Published September 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30375931

Streaming giant Netflix faces ban in India

Sep 07. 2019
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By The Statesman/Asia News Network

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Following the controversy, #BanNetflixInIndia became a Twitter trend with many netizens supporting claims made by Solanki, while others challenging his stance.

Streaming giant Netflix has come under criticism for ‘defaming Hindus’ in India.

Ramesh Solanki, member of the Shiv Sena’s IT cell has filed a police complaint at Mumbai’s LT Marg police station against the OTT giant.

Solanki shared a copy of the letter on his official Twitter handle calling for a ban on the popular content platform.

His complaint alleged that shows like “Sacred Games”, “Leila”, “Ghoul” and the comedy talk show “Patriot Act” hosted by Hasan Minhaj “attempt to paint Hindus and India in bad light.”

Further stating that “almost, every series on Netflix India is with the intention to defame the country on a global level. It is with deep-rooted Hinduphobia that the platform is portraying the nation in a bad light.”

Solanki even cited reasons for making such claims. Drawing on Anurag Kashyap’s directorial “Sacred Games Season 2”, he said that it shows Hindus responsible for all crimes happening in the world, including US killings.”

The letter accused the Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi starrer to have demeaned the “Guru-Shishya parampara with overtly sexual gestures.”

Giving examples from “Leila”, “Ghoul” and “Patriot Act”, Ramesh asked that the licenses of teams’ responsible for such content be cancelled.

He signed off by stating, “One cannot allow an incorrect generalisation based on bogus rhetorics trying to defame a religious minority i.e. Hindu in countries other than India. (sic)”

Solanki sent a copy of the complaint to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Mumbai’s police commissioner.

Following the controversy, #BanNetflixInIndia became a Twitter trend with many netizens supporting claims made by Solanki, while others challenging his stance.

Earlier, Delhi spokesperson for the BJP, Tajinder Singh Bagga, had files a police complaint against filmmaker Anurag Kashyap for “intentionally hurting Sikh sentiments by adding a scene which disrespects Sikh religious symbol Kada” in “Sacred Games Season 2”.

Cave rescue film set for November release

Published September 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30375870

Cave rescue film set for November release

Sep 05. 2019
By The Nation

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Tom Waller, the Thai-born director of “Mindfulness and Murder” and “The Last Executioner”, is bringing his most anticipated Thailand-based project to date to cinemas on November 28 – his retelling of the dramatic rescue of a youth football team from a Chiang Rai cave.

A first trailer has just been released for “The Cave”, which is titled “Nang Non” in Thai.

The movie coming to cinemas in November recounts the story of the 12 boys and their team’s assistant coach who got trapped by rising floodwaters while exploring Tham Luang Cave on June 23, 2018. 

But the focus quickly zeroes in on the rescuers who battled doubts, uncertainty and daunting physical obstacles to find and then extract the whole “Wild Boars” team safely after more than a fortnight while the world followed the mission on television and online.

Waller seized on the perspective of foreign rescuers like Jim Warny, an expert cave diver who assisted with the mission and understood both the Thai context and the international attention riveted on Chiang Rai.

Tom Waller (on the right)

Tom Waller (on the right)

“This is most certainly the biggest film I have directed,” Waller told an interviewer at this spring’s Cannes Film Festival, where a trailer was screened.

“But, having provided production support for Hollywood films, I knew it was quite possible for Thai crews to create that sense of scale. We had hundreds of extras and an extensive art department, and I think we were able to give an accurate impression of what it was actually like to be at that cave at that time.

“But of course, this was also a very personal and very human story of the heroes who risked their lives, not even knowing for a long time whether the kids were still alive. And, while the story ended happily, it was not without tragedy. The former Thai Navy Seal, Saman Kunan, made the ultimate sacrifice, losing his life while engaged in the rescue.”

Asked if he felt great pressure in tackling such an emotionally charged story, Waller acknowledged there was “a lot of interest from Hollywood”.

“Hollywood does what it does very well, but I was worried that, if it was left entirely to Hollywood to tell the story, it would probably be dramatized in a way that might not be entirely authentic to the real events. I really wanted to be able to keep the authenticity and reality.

“The true story was so emotive, so exciting and so dramatic that it didn’t need the addition of Hollywood stars and effects. For this reason, we used some of the original divers in the film. We stuck very closely to the truth. If you really want to see the real story, our version certainly delivers this.”

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First ‘talkie’ film clips recorded in Siam to be shown by Thai Film Archive

Published September 5, 2019 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30375832

First ‘talkie’ film clips recorded in Siam to be shown by Thai Film Archive

Sep 04. 2019
By The Nation

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Four historical film clips with recorded sound will be unveiled on September 9 as the Thai Film Archive shares the first time that live sound was captured on 35mm film in this country.

The clips were shot by the crew of Fox Movietone around 1929, during the reign of King Rama VII. In addition to their historical importance due to the inclusion of sound, the four clips also show rare images of a royal puppet performance and a traditional Thai music ensemble. They also captured a lively, eccentric scene of a woman dancing to accordion music while children watch on.

The last clip shows a navy private sweet-talking to a young woman, before cutting to a scene of what looks like a party in an elegant mansion where young couples danced to jazz music.

The clips were preserved at the archive of the University of South Carolina. The Thai Film Archive, a public organisation, found out about them last year and requested a new digital scan of the clips from the US archivists for preservation in Thailand. The clips to be shown on September 9 feature high-quality image and sound.

The screening will be accompanied by a talk featuring music historians.

The sound technology introduced to Siam by the crew of Fox Movietone would later lead to the development of sound film in Siam. The first Thai sound film – a feature film – was “Long Tang” (“Going Astray”), made by the Wasuwat brothers in 1932.

“The First Sound Recorded on Film in Siam” will take place on September 9 at 3.15pm at the Thai Film Archive, Buddha Monthon Sai 5 Road, Salaya, Nakhon Pathom. Admission is free.

Low blows and high kicks

Published September 4, 2019 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30375765

Low blows and high kicks

Sep 03. 2019
By The Nation

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There’s plenty of exciting action coming up on the small screen with the premiere tomorrow (September 4) of HBO Asia’s new martial arts film “Master of the Nine Dragon Fist: Wong Ching-ho” at 7pm.

Co-produced with China Movie Channel (CMC), “Master” is the fourth installment in the Chinese language martial arts anthology that made its debut back in 2016.

Directed by Si Xiao Dong (“Detective” and “State Mission”),it stars Shi Junzhe (“Tycoon”), as the titular lead, China’s National Martial Arts Champion Fan Weipeng as Mun Sing and Yin Ran (“The Next Magic”) as Ching-Ho’s wife, it was shot in Mandarin in Xiangshan though viewers in Asia will be able to watch it dubbed in English with local language subtitles when it premieres on HBO.

The film is set in the early 19th century at a time when Britain encouraged Chinese opium use to turn around the trade deficit with China. In Canton, Wong Ching-ho, the head of a Guangzhou martial arts alliance decides to take action and burn down an opium warehouse. Local officials turn a blind eye or fear of causing a public riot. Mun Sing, a Kung Fu master from out of town, is recruited by the opium suppliers to challenge the local martial arts houses. Eventually Wong Ching-ho develops the “Nine Dragon Fist” and defeats Mun Sing. Wong Ching-ho become a hero and helped locals build rehabilitation facilities in Guangzhou.

Trailer released for Apple’s ‘Dickinson’ film for the millennial era

Published August 27, 2019 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30375406

Trailer released for Apple’s ‘Dickinson’ film for the millennial era

Aug 27. 2019
By The Nation

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Apple on Tuesday released a trailer for its upcoming “Dickinson”, and “Apple Original” film.

Starring Hailee Steinfeld, “Dickinson” audaciously explores the constraints of society, gender and family from the perspective of rebellious young poet, Emily Dickinson (played by Steinfeld).

Set in the 19th century, “Dickinson” is a coming-of-age story that finds Emily Dickinson to be an unexpected hero for our millennial era.

Created, written and executive produced by Alena Smith and executive produced by Hailee Steinfeld, “Dickinson” also stars Jane Krakowski, Toby Huss, Anna Baryshnikov, Ella Hunt and Adrian Blake Enscoe.

“Dickinson” will debut this fall exclusively on Apple TV+, which the company is billing as a new home for the world’s most creative storytellers.

Reflection on Malaysia

Published August 27, 2019 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30375396

Reflection on Malaysia

Aug 27. 2019
By The Nation

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The RCB Film Club’s 2019 Movie Series returns next month with the Malaysian film “Rise”, one of the activities being organised by the Malaysian embassy in Bangkok to make the country National Day. It will screen on September 14 at 4pm at RCB Forum on the second floor of River City Bangkok

The film follows the lives of six characters of different ethnicities, cities, professions and social status. What binds them together is their love for their homeland, especially at the time of their crucial Elections in 2018. The highlight of the film is the reporting on the last Malaysian elections and in particular, the sensational win of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who appears at the end of the movie

It is a unique film that combines politics, patriotism and personal choices in a multi-racial, multi-lingual country.

The wide array of characters in the drama includes a Muslim-Malay student in London, a Chinese-Malay restaurant worker in Singapore, a classical Indian dancer and polling agent at odds with her rigid father, a policeman confused by the lure of corruption, a businessman moved by the plight of illegal workers and a journalist trying to uncover the truth.

The film is directed by three filmmakers from different ethnic communities: Malaysia-Malay, Chinese and Tamil/Indian. Many issues are dealt with and cover the fields of education, business, politics and an inter-racial society. The characters not only represent their independent cultures but also speak their own languages with dialogue switching between Malay, Chinese, English and Tamil, which add to the unique flavour and strength of the film.

“Rise” was one of last year’s most eagerly anticipated movies and was well-received by the multi-ethnic country. It offers ample proof that a diverse nation can be a homogenous one.

The film screening is courtesy by WebTVAsia and supported by the Embassy of Malaysia, Bangkok who will provide Malaysian snacks and drinks after the screening.

Dato Jojie Samuel, Ambassador of Malaysia to Thailand, will introduce the film.

Admission is free.

For reservations, email clubmovie2019@gmail.com.

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