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Living, Loving and sharing

Published April 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Song-i, left, (Jung Chae-yeon) comes to live in her longtime friend Taeo’s house (Jisoo) after her mother runs away leaving her homeless.
Song-i, left, (Jung Chae-yeon) comes to live in her longtime friend Taeo’s house (Jisoo) after her mother runs away leaving her homeless.

Living, Loving and sharing

movie & TV April 23, 2019 01:00


Netflix brings a very South Korean take on young people sharing a home to its series menu.

 Just as in Japan, spring in Seoul brings residents out in their masses to enjoy the cherry blossoms, with Yeouido Park on Yeouido island in the middle of the Han river a popular spot to watch as nature turns the trees the palest pink.

And what better ambience to introduce a light-hearted story about young lovers? That’s exactly what Netflix chose to do for the launch of its second original Korean series “My First First Love”, holding the press conference at the Conrad Seoul Hotel in Yeouido and decorating the stage with cherry blossoms as the backdrop for the five young cast members and their director, Oh Jin-suk.

Loosely based on a web series by Jung Hyun-jung and Kim Ran, who wrote the script for the series, “My First” depicts the daily lives of a group of friends sharing a house owned by college student Tae-o (Jisoo). Tae-o moves into the house that his grandfather left him in his will only to have his friends appear one by one at the front door, each asking for a place to stay, albeit for different reasons. His long-time friend Song-i (Jung Chae-yeon) has just lost her home because of her mother’s debts, the daughter of his father’s friend Garin (Choi Ri) has run away from home, and his high school friend Hun (Kang Tae-oh) has been kicked out of the family nest for pursuing a career as a musical actor rather than studying at school. Tae-o then finds out that Song-I is dating his best friend in college Do-hyeon (Jin-young) and begins to feel uncomfortable even though Song-I is like family and there has never been any romantic feelings between them.

The cast is made up of up-and-coming actors with the odd K-pop idol thrown in for good measure. Actor Ji-soo is well known for his roles in TV series “Doctors” and the film “One Way Trip”. Jung Chae-yeon, a member of girl band DIA, shot to stardom in the TV show “Produce 101”, Jin-young is from boy band B1A4 while Choi Ri and Kang Tae-oh have had minor roles in both series and movies.

“This is a story about the young adulthood. This is about the most beautiful time that is shared with the people who mean most to you in life,” says director Oh, who has worked on such TV series as “Lover in Paris” and “Lover In Prague” and also directed the action thriller “Yong Pal”.

Director Oh Jin-suk/Netflix Photo

The story reminds the director of his life as a college student who would be kept awake at night by the most trivial of issues.

“I can’t help but laugh about it when I look back. There were some romances and worries about what I should do with my life. We all go through that phase because everything’s a first for us. Back then I was full of passion but also worried about my career. So while I don’t think viewers who are the same age as the cast will laugh a lot, they will watch the series with a smile of recognition on their faces.”

Following on from the zombie hit “Kingdom”, the new coming-of-age drama is among Netflix’s string of series targeting young adult viewers. Others include the dark romantic thriller “You”, “Riverdale” or “The End of the F***ing World”. In some ways, “My First” brings to mind the 1990s hit series “Friends”. And unlike other Korean dramas for that age group where the focus is on the young people involved and the family values that kids are expected to follow, both in terms of education and their personal lives, it looks at young people living independently as they study, hang out with friends and pursue their dreams.

The four young people live together in the same house. From left Garin (Choi Ri), SongI, Hun (Kang Taeo) and Taeo./Netflix Photo


“This kind of story will resonate with young adults anywhere in the world because we experience the same kind of highs and lows. It also shows how 20-somethings in South Korea are living,” says the actor Jisoo.

“The lives of young adults is a common theme and I don’t think this series is particularly different from all the others. What I wanted to do, and the cast agreed, was to show young adults the way they are. Watch them and if it’s fun then we can have a smile on our faces and if we think it’s sad, maybe we will find it encouraging that other people are having the same doubts. We’re not artificially adding encouragement. Because it’s showing on the global platform, I want to show the lifestyles of young people in Korea. I’ve tried to add all these colours to the series and to use hip locations such as Hongdae and Yeonnam-dong. I really want to show the coming-of-age aspect of the show. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they become famous or important but I want to show them growing even a little,” the director says.

The life of young adults in the story is not as dramatised as most of us have seen in other TV series, but it does, as Oh says, portray the daily life of young people before they transition to a professional working life. However, despite being the same age, the actors playing the characters do not share the same sort of life – they are already well into the music or acting careers.

But they all say that’s not relevant to their portrayals. “We’ve been through all of that too and we know the way they feel. I found it easy to relate to my character,” says actor/singer Jin-young.

Taeo’s friend Doh-yeon (Jinyoung) has a crush on Song-i and keeps it secret from Taeo, though the latter finds out and feels uncomfortable about their relationship.


And while the love triangle between Tae-o, Song-i and Do-hyeon is at the core of the story romance, the characters of Garin and Hun spice up the denouement with their comical acting as they reflect on how young people reject their parents’ plans for them and escape from their comfort zone to pursue their dreams.

Actor Kang Tae-oh adds that the drama is not just about love but about coming of age. “These young adults are starting to live as independent people for the first time and are experiencing love and dreams, everything in fact, for the first time. They are making mistakes and they get hurt along the way but through that pain eventually become mature people,” he says.

The director says he’s not feeling any pressure following the huge success of “Kingdom”.

“The content is completely different,” he points out. “I joke that this show can also be a fantasy in a way because these days we have so many people living, eating and drinking alone so watching friends live as housemates could actually come across as a fantasy for some.”

“My First First Love” is divided into two seasons each with eight episodes. All 16 episodes have been shot and the first season is already showing on Netflix.


Learning to save our planet

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Learning to save our planet

movie & TV April 19, 2019 09:05

From now until June 2, Singapore ArtScience Museum visitors will be able to explore the forests of Borneo or dive deep into the coastal seas of Southeast Asia with “REWILD Our Planet”, Singapore’s first Social Augmented Reality (AR) experience jointly developed by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Google, Netflix, the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands and PHORIA.

 The sensorial experience connects people to nature and one another through immersive storytelling that blends cutting-edge AR technology with stunning 4K video footage from “Our Planet”, a new Netflix original documentary series voiced by world-renowned naturalist, Sir David Attenborough.

“‘Our Planet’ is the definitive nature documentary event of our time and Netflix’s most ambitious documentary project to date. We are proud to bring great and vital content like this to millions of people worldwide, informing and inspiring them towards taking action for the greater good. With “REWILD Our Planet”, we are taking this one step further by showing how stories can come to life in a way that spurs us all to help improve our environment. We couldn’t be more delighted to do this in concert with amazing partners like WWF, Google, PHORIA and ArtScience Museum of Singapore,” says Jessica Lee, vice president of Communications for Netflix.

“REWILD Our Planet” is built around four natural landscapes representing the last wilderness places on Earth, from the forests of Borneo and India to the oceans of Asia, grasslands of Mongolia and the frozen worlds of the Arctic.

“REWILD Our Planet is an immersive and interactive exhibition that shows how climate change impacts all living creatures. It uses cutting edge technology to transport visitors to some of the world’s most jaw-dropping landscapes. ‘REWILD Our Planet’ follows up on what we did together with WWF and Google with ‘Into the Wild’, our augmented reality experience about rainforests in Southeast Asia. The users of that project have so far planted over 10,000 trees in Sumatra. ‘REWILD Our Planet’ is even more ambitious. It combines art and technology to encourage all of us to play an active role in the conservation of our world,” adds Honor Harger, executive director of the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands.

Combining spectacular IMAX-style projections with spatial soundscapes and AR, the experience unfolds through the lens of the Google Pixel 3, where groups of participants can work together to build natural landscapes in 3D. They will unlock global weather patterns and magical animal encounters, ending with a deeper understanding of shared solutions and a meaningful pledge to act and help bring nature back.

Beyond showcasing the breathtaking diversity of our planet, the experience is also intended to drive important conservation conversations, highlighting the fragility of the planet and the negative impacts of humankind.

It shows a path forward by pointing to solutions, so participants come away understanding not just the threats that face our planet, but also what must be done collectively, ensuring people and nature can thrive alongside each other.

The experience uses footage from “Our Planet”, an eight-part series that showcases the planet’s most precious species and fragile habitats, revealing amazing sights on Earth in ways they have never been seen using the latest in filming technology.

The ambitious project was filmed in 50 countries across all the continents of the world, with over 600 members of crew capturing over 3,500 filming days.

Footage from “Our Planet” was then integrated with Google’s ARCore technology – an Android Software Development Kit (SDK) that works with Java and Unity and Unreal, and includes Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that bring AR to mobile devices without requiring any special hardware. PHORIA’s unique digital twin system which, once activated with Google’s ARCore, enables the 2D content to break free from the screen and seamlessly flow into the space around users.

“Thrones” for the feet

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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“Thrones” for the feet

movie & TV April 18, 2019 12:08

By The Nation

In celebration of the premiere of the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” last Sunday, HBO Asia has commissioned Singaporean sneaker designer and home-grown label, SBTG, to create four bespoke sneaker designs paying homage to the series.

 Not available for sale, the four pairs of custom-designed Game of Thrones x SBTG sneakers will be on display from today (April 17) to April 30 at the Limited Edt Chamber store in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. “Game of Thrones” fans and avid sneakerheads in Asia can stand a chance to win a pair of these coveted kicks through a contest on this dedicated microsite. The contest ends on April 25.

Taking inspiration from the Emmy-winning fantasy hit-series, the artist behind the SBTG label, Mark Ong, skilfully combines his signature military-inspired designs and intricate detailing with iconic “Game Of Thrones” themes onto four pairs of sneakers.

Three pairs are designed with familiar colours, motifs and quotes from House Targaryen, House Stark and House Lannister while the fourth pair is given an icy transformation by the Night King and his White Walkers. Each pair of customised sneakers is embedded with Near-Field Communication (NFC) chips powered by VeChain, a public blockchain platform that allows any potential collector the ability to verify the authenticity of each pair through VeChainThor blockchain. The NFC chips also contain exclusive behind-the-scenes videos of each sneaker design, which can be played and viewed by anyone using the Vechain mobile app.

Mark Ong, aka Mr Sabotage, is a sneaker artist and streetwear designer who has achieved cult status with a dedicated following of sneaker collectors both locally and abroad. Ong’s shoe customisations and streetwear designs are inspired by punk-rock and skateboarding culture. In 2002, he sold his first pair of customised Nikes online, which kick-started his journey as a pioneer in the field of sneaker design. Since then, Mark now runs his home-grown label – SBTG (short for ‘Sabotage’) with his wife and partner Sue-Anne Lim, aka Mrs Sabotage, both catering to custom-designed sneakers and apparel. Among their celebrity customers are basketball players Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry and nu-metal group, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda.

Magdalene Ew, Head of Marketing, Creative and Content at HBO Asia, says, “Due to its mass appeal, “Game Of Thrones” has left a significant imprint not only in the entertainment scene but also on pop culture over the past decade. As we seek to extend the excitement around the season finale, we are pleased to tap the talent of a Singapore sneaker artist and streetwear designer, Mark Ong, to create these bespoke “Game Of Thrones” sneakers. Through our collaboration with SBTG, we hope to bring together two distinct cultures – pop and street culture – for loyal fans of the show. This is what HBO Asia will do for the throne.”

Ong adds: “As fans of the series, it was a no-brainer to take this project on as it allows us to have fun working as a team.” He further adds, “Reading the brief and knowing that we will be creating individual designs for four different houses got me really excited.”

ET comes to Bangkok

Published April 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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ET comes to Bangkok

movie & TV April 09, 2019 15:19

By The Nation

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The Thai Film Archive continues its the World Class Cinema Screening programme at Scala Theatre and this month will show the Steven Spielberg classic “ET the Extra-Terrestrial”. It screens on April 21 at Scala Theatre.

 The 1982 American film starts when the imaginative youngster Michael Elliot (Henry Thomas) meets a lost alien and despite being scared decides to befriend him. Michael has to keep his presence a secret while helping him to find his way back home before he is caught by government agents.

Thomas has continued to work in films as has the actress who played his little sister Gertie – Drew Barrymore was seven years old at the time,

“ET” was a major hit and is considered one of the greatest films ever made.

The film won four Academy Awards including best original score, best sound, best sound effects editing and best visual effects.

Tickets cost Bt120, Bt140 and Bt160 and are available at Scala Theatre’s box office. For more information, visit

Netflix launches production hub in Spain

Published April 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Netflix launches production hub in Spain

movie & TV April 08, 2019 12:15

By The Nation

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Netflix last week celebrated the opening of its first European production hub in Tres Cantos, Madrid, the first in a multi million Euro investment in Spanish language content, which will help to support Spain’s growing creative community.

Since launching in Spain four years ago, Netflix has invested heavily in local stories created by local talent and produced locally. It has now added added another two new original shows – “El inocente” and “El crimen del siglo” -– to its 2019 and 2020 slate that includes series such as “La casa de papel Part 3”, “Alta Mar”, “Las chicas del cable Season 4”, “Paquita Salas Season 3” and Elite Season 2.

In 2018, more than 13,000 cast, crew and extras have worked on Netflix originals This year, that number is set to increase to 25,000 – including “La casa de papel” and “Las chicas del cable”, both of which have been international hits.

“Our aim is to be part of the Spanish creative ecosystem. We are investing for the long term, We are here to stay and to participate”, said Reed Hastings during the presentation. “It’s been amazing to see Spanish shows like ‘Elite’ and ‘La casa de papel’ win the hearts of fans not just in Spain, but globally. This is our first European production hub and we’re excited about the great stories that will be produced here in Spain, and watched by the world.”

“El Inocente” is an adaptation of Harlan Coben’s bestseller, the 8-episode series created by Oriol Paulo. One night, nine years ago, Mateo innocently interceded in a fight and ended up becoming a murderer. Now he’s an ex-convict who takes nothing for granted. His wife, Olivia, is pregnant, and both are about to get the house of their dreams. But a shocking and inexplicable call from Olivia’s cell phone again destroys Mateo’s life for the second time.

“Los Favoritos de Midas” is a 6-episode series of a free adaptation based on the short story by Jack London, published in 1901. The story depicts Victor, a rich businessman, who is being blackmailed in a strange way: a mysterious organisation threatens to kill a person randomly on the date they indicate, and will continue to kill other victims periodically unless they get something from him.

The launch saw Reed Hastings’ Francisco Ramos and Maria Ferreras hosting writer and creator Alex Pina, executive producers Teresa Fernandez-Valdes and Belen Atienza, writer, director and president of the Film Academy Mariano Barroso and actor Alvaro Morte for a discussion about creativity and production in Spain.

“Traditionally, Spanish fiction has always been much more watched in Spain than American fiction, now I believe that the challenge ahead is to make the leap to other markets. With “La casa de papel”, we are experiencing success in many countries with cultures very different from our own, such as Saudi Arabia, which is incredible,” Pina said.

Atienza, executive producer of “El Inocente” and “Alma” said: “Our engine are the stories, I find it very exciting that cultures so different feel close to our characters. I have read many times that the consumption of fiction contributes to creating better human beings because it helps us to travel with other characters, to put ourselves in their place and to understand other kinds of conflicts”.

Barroso, director of “Criminal” said: “On the debate between film and television and the distribution windows, I think that we should work hand-in-hand with the Television Academy to support this very good moment for our industry, in which there is room to work with all market players and explore all kinds of exhibition formats.

“During the industry crisis, we creators couldn’t think of stories that we already knew couldn’t be produced for budget reasons. Now we see that we can have the resources to dream and develop more ambitious projects,” added Fernandez-Valdes, co-creator of “Las chicas del cable” and “Alta Mar”.

“We are very proud of the ongoing productions we currently have, the ones we are developing and the new ones that we have announced today. Stories in Spanish for Spain, Latin America and the rest of the world. Bringing our unique and personal stories of diverse genres and formats to every corner represents a great opportunity for our creative community.”

US anti-abortion film a surprise box office success

Published April 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

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US anti-abortion film a surprise box office success

movie & TV April 06, 2019 08:38

By Agence France-Presse
New York

A movie produced by a Christian studio about a former employee of an organization that provides abortions who became a “pro-life” activist is proving to be a surprising box office hit.

“Unplanned,” which was released in theaters on March 29, has pulled in more than 8.6 million dollars in North America, according to Box Office Mojo.

That put the film in an unexpected fourth place for the week behind the much bigger budget pictures “Dumbo,” “Us,” and “Captain Marvel.”

“Unplanned” comes amid a resurgent campaign in the United States by opponents of abortion, which was legalized in the United States in a landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision.

Among those promoting the movie has been the deeply religious vice president, Mike Pence.

“So good to see movie theaters across the country showing @UnplannedMovie,” Pence tweeted. “More & more Americans are embracing the sanctity of life because of powerful stories like this one.”

Building on its early buzz, “Unplanned” is to be shown in more than 1,500 theaters across the United States this weekend, up from 1,059 the weekend of its release.

‘R’ rating

Produced by the self-described Christian studio Pure Flix, “Unplanned” was launched with little advertising because most cable TV channels reportedly refused to air ads for the film.

Anti-abortion groups have denounced this as part of an orchestrated campaign which they claim also included the film being attributed an “R” rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

An “R” rating requires anyone under the age of 17 going to a movie to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Fueling the criticism was the brief suspension by Twitter of the movie’s account, which the company attributed to a technical problem.

Writing in The Washington Post, columnist Marc Thiessen called “Unplanned” the “movie abortion supporters don’t want you to see.”

“Unplanned” is based on a book by the same name by Abby Johnson, a former director of an abortion clinic in Bryan, Texas, run by Planned Parenthood, the largest family planning organization in the United States.

Johnson recounts in the book how she had a “spiritual awakening” after personally assisting with an abortion.


“Unplanned” has been dismissed by some critics as propaganda.

“There have been films that treated Nazi doctors conducting evil experiments in concentration camps more sympathetically,” said Frank Scheck in The Hollywood Reporter.

Writing in the trade publication Variety, Owen Gleiberman said “Unplanned” “isn’t a good movie, but it’s effective propaganda.”

“‘Unplanned’ preaches to the pro-life choir, and it does so by making a case against abortion that’s absolutist and extreme,” Gleiberman said.

The movie’s co-director Cary Solomon shrugged off the criticism.

“We didn’t turn this into a propaganda piece,” Solomon said in an interview with AFP. “We refused to do that.

“We wanted to tell a true life story and let the truth be interpreted by people that see it,” he said.

“It’s an exact retelling of the book,” Solomon said. “Everything in the movie is based on her true story.

“We didn’t fabricate anything, we didn’t make anything up.”

Most US states allow abortion up until 24 weeks.

But there have been attempts in a number of states to restrict the practice.

In Georgia, for example, state lawmakers last month passed a bill that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks.

The bill is awaiting signature by the governor and is expected to be challenged in the courts.

Spirits and superstition

Published April 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Wutt Hmone Shwe Yee stars as a mother whose daughter (Pyae Pyae), an aggressive child, changes her behaviour after moving into a new house in the horror film "The Only Mom".
Wutt Hmone Shwe Yee stars as a mother whose daughter (Pyae Pyae), an aggressive child, changes her behaviour after moving into a new house in the horror film “The Only Mom”.

Spirits and superstition

movie & TV April 04, 2019 01:00

By Parinyaporn Pajee
The Nation

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Thai director Chartchai Ketnust’s second movie is a horror flick that plays with Myanmar beliefs

Even before Thai director Chartchai Ketnust put his efforts into the joint ThaiMyanmar project “From Bangkok to Mandalay”, he was thinking about making a horror flick. He even had a name for it – “Burmese Night” – and it was to be centred on the supernatural traditions of Thailand’s Western neighbours.

Now he is bringing that dream to life with the release in Thailand today of the Myanmar language film “The Only Mom”.

Already a blockbuster in Myanmar, taking around MMK1.5 billion (about Bt48 million), it is showing at the SF Cinema multiplex chain nationwide.

“In fact I was offered the chance to make a horror film before ‘From Bangkok to Mandalay’ but I convinced the producers that it would be better to start with a romantic drama,” he says.


Photographer (Daung), right, prepares a child before capturing her on a wet colloid plate.

For his previous outing, the director joined up with two Myanmar sisters who had won scholarships to study music and science at Mahidol University. They were unable to speak Thai and thus the working process took place in broken English. The script was translated into the local language a few weeks before shooting began.

“I can say about 10 Myanmar words. But language is not a barrier as we can understand each other through our body language. I also know much more about the Myanmar people and their culture. So when I’m directing, I can see through their body language whether they are doing what I want,” he explains.


Since “From Bangkok to Mandalay”, Chartchai has worked on such projects as the documentary “Yodia Thee Khid (Mai) Thueng”, which traces the fate of the Siamese captured by the Burmese army after the fall of Ayutthaya Kingdom, and another documentary exploring a Mae Fah Luang Foundation project designed to assist people in Myanmar’s central region. That took him to Yenanchaung, an arid area in Magway Division, about two hours from Mandalay and 10 hours from Yangon. It was here that General Aung San studied as a youngster. And so Yenanchaung was chosen as the main location of the film.

“That area is called the dry land and produces most of the oil and natural gas in Myanmar. I like the vast landscape, which is like a desert in the hot season but fills with water during the rainy season,” says the director.


Ang (Nine Nine) searches for the mystery behind the old photograph in his new home.

“The Only Mom” tells the story of married couple Ang and May (Nine Nine and Wutt Hmone Shwe Yee) whose daughter (Pyae Pyae) has an aggressive behaviour problem. The child is also far closer to her father than her mother. The family decides to move from Yangon to Yenanchaung in the hope it will help their daughter. Once there, they take up residence in a new colonialstyle house full of old photographs taken by the late owner, a professional lensman played by Daung. The move seems to suit the child although she starts sleeping during the day and remaining awake at night but her behaviour stabilises and she becomes closer to her mother. May is happy that her daughter is no longer turning her back on her but before long, strange things happen that appear to be related to the old photographs and so Ang starts searching for the truth before they lose their daughter for good.

The idea for the setting arose when Chartchai saw a photograph of Aung San, the late father of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, in every house he visited and wondered why the military regime tolerated this practice.


Then he learned about Nat, as the spirits of those who die unnaturally are known in Myanmar. A Nat is an aggressive spirit but one that is worshipped in the country. Thais will know the most famous of the spirits, Nat Boboyee, as Thep Than Jai Nat, who is said to grant you one wish instantly.

Myanmar has 37 royal Nat that can be monarchs, soldiers or alchemists as well as another group known as outlaw Nats. The Nat in “The Only Mom” is Ameh Jum, which is related to the mother element.


Real life Nat Kadaw U Hla Aye plays as Nat Kadaw but sadly died before the film was released.

Nat is the spirit of a person who was respected and powerful while he or she was alive but was killed in a conflict with an enemy. They are still respected once they become Nat and the powerful individuals involved in their deaths allow this as it doesn’t affect their power.

“I found that management of power interesting. However it’s from my own perspective, it is not grounded on any theory,” Chartchai says.

The Nat communicates with people through Nat Kadaw, literally “the Nat’s wife”. Similar to a medium in the Thai culture, Nat Kadaw is possessed by the Nat’s spirit though in Myanmar, she is a man dressed in a traditional female costume and dances during her possession. Men who are Nat Kadaw can be either straight or transsexual. In Myanmar, the Nat Kadaw is highly respected and is invited as a honoured guest for special occasions like the blessing of a new home or the opening the new company.

In the movie, a Nat Kadaw helps the couple to find their missing daughter and is played by a real Nat Kadaw, U Hla Aye. Unfortunately he died of a heart attack after completing his scenes.


Director Chartchai Ketnust, left, with U Hla Aye on the set.

The director also adds photography to the story, choosing the wet collodion process, which was popular in the 19th century and was often used when young children or infants died in the home to make them look like live subjects. Sometimes known as postmortem photographs, they served as memories of the deceased. Both the director and his cinematographer Teerawat Rujintham are interested in the old technology in which the photograph is printed on glass.

“It was popular in the west so I guessed it would be in Burma also,” he says.

Actress Wutt, who starred in “From Bangkok to Mandalay”, is convincing as the mother rejected by her daughter yet still desperate to protect her.

With the exception of Chartchai, Teerawat and acting coach Boonsong Nakphu, the entire crew is from Myanmar. The post-production work, however, was completed in Thailand.

Chartchai’s is not anticipating a major turnout in Thailand for his film so he has decided against the wide release he chose for “From Bangkok to Myanmar”.

“What I learned from ‘From Bangkok to Myanmar’ is that although there are millions of Myanmar nationals in Thailand, they don’t go and watch movies in the cinema. However, I want to show the movie to a Thai audience and hope it will teach them something about their Western neighbour.

“It is perhaps boasting on my part to say that ‘From Bangkok to Mandalay’ opened a new chapter for filmmaking in Myanmar, but it’s true. The movie opened the door to new generation directors to make their films and brought in new investors too. They are working hard to upgrade Myanmar movies so they can stand side by side with international films,” he says.

But even though the movie industry is booming, the movie theatre business is not. “They are worried about streaming though it has yet to come to the country,” he explains.

“I would like to thank Myanmar for giving me the opportunity to do what I love, which I still don’t have in my own country. And I am also grateful to the Myanmar audience for welcoming my work and giving me the courage to do another project,” he says.

He adds that he also prefers the way the movie theatre business is handled in Myanmar, explaining that it is far more transparent that the Thai system. There, the cash from ticket sales is shown on every theatre’s box office monitors and the income is shared with the producer every Friday rather than waiting for the film’s run to end.

Chartchai also admits to being in love with the Myanmar way of life. “It’s do different from the way Thailand is these days. There, we still see a flask with a glass in front of a house for passersby to drink. We see people laughing or crying in the cinema like in the old days. The people are humble and the landscape is magnificent. It’s an inspiring place to make a movie,” he says.

His next project is a TV series based on Thai-Myanmar history and starring Daung as the protagonist.

Polish metal band ‘Ready to Roll’ onscreen

Published April 3, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Polish metal band ‘Ready to Roll’ onscreen

movie & TV April 01, 2019 18:21

By The Nation

The Contemporary World Film Series 2019 will kick off at TK Park in Bangkok on May 18 with an intriguing title from Poland, “Ready to Roll. Exterminator” (“Gotowi na wszystko.Exterminator”).

 It will be screened at 4pm at Central World’s TK Park.

The film depicts five devoted friends who shared a great dream when they were kids – to rock the Polish metal music scene and draw big crowds to their concerts as the band Exterminator.

The band broke up and now its leader, Marcys, works in his father’s store and his relationship with Magda is in crisis.

Meanwhile guitar virtuoso Lizzy is a bank employee, bassist Jaromir, punches a time card at a polyurethane foam factory and struggles to live up to his responsibilities of head of a family, and drummer Makar is in a mental institution. The fifth member, Cypek, emigrated for financial reasons.

However, one day, old memories return. The mayor turns out to have been a great fan of Exterminator and promises to finance their reunion. But there is a catch: The guys have to betray their ideals and perform at a number of fairs, playing songs quite distant from their usual repertoire.

Their male pride won’t let them compromise, and their long-standing friendship as well as their relationships with women will be put to a true test.

The film created a wave at festivals abroad and was a big hit at home.

The screening is supported by the Polish Embassy, which will also pop for snacks afterward.

Polish Ambassador Waldemar Dubaniowski will introduce the movie.

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Games of Thrones: the inside story

Published March 30, 2019 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

Games of Thrones: the inside story

movie & TV March 29, 2019 01:00


The eighth and final season of “Game Of Thrones” will debut on Monday April 15 and immediately after that, on Monday May 27, the documentary on behind the scene in “Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch” will debut in Asia at the same time as the US.

“Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch” will also have a same day encore at 9pm and will be available on HBO GO via AIS Play and AIS Playbox.

For a year, acclaimed British filmmaker Jeanie Finlay was embedded on the set of the series, the documentary chronicling the creation of the show’s most ambitious and complicated season. The documentary delves deep into the mud and blood to reveal the tears and triumphs involved in the challenge of bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life in the very real studios, fields and carparks of Northern Ireland.

Made with unprecedented access, “Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch” is an upclose and personal report from the trenches of production, following the crew and the cast as they contend with extreme weather, punishing deadlines and an ever-excited fandom hungry for spoilers.

Much more than a “making of” documentary, this is a funny, heartbreaking story, told with wit and intimacy, about the bittersweet pleasures of what it means to create a world – and then have to say goodbye to it.

Finlay’s previous credits include the documentaries “Seahorse”, “Orion: The Man Who Would Be King”, “Pantomime”, “The Great Hip Hop Hoax”, “Sound It Out” and “Goth Cruise”. “Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch” is her eighth feature film.

The eighth and final season of “Game Of Thrones” will debut in Asia at the same time as the US on Monday, 15 April at 8am, with a same day encore at 9pm, exclusively on HBO. New episodes will premiere every Monday at the same time.

Isaan in love

Published March 30, 2019 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

"Seen Sam Ton" is promoted at Ton Tann Green Market in Khon Kaen with fans of Tao AF8 and Ritz The Star.
“Seen Sam Ton” is promoted at Ton Tann Green Market in Khon Kaen with fans of Tao AF8 and Ritz The Star.

Isaan in love

movie & TV March 28, 2019 01:00

By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul

A new romantic comedy set in Khon Kaen tells a simple but amusing story of two guys and a girl

Thailand’s Northeast returns to the spotlight today with the nationwide release of romantic comedy “Seen Sam Ton”. The latest offering from M Pictures Group, the film is expected to do as well, if not better than 2017’s Isaan movie “Som Pak Sian”, which grossed a very respectable Bt200 million.

“The film’s title means ‘three pieces of meat’ in the Isaan dialect and while the plot involves three people, it isn’t so much about a love triangle but a love game, where two men have to achieve separate missions to win a woman’s love,” says Pornchai Wongsriudomporn, chief operation officer of M Pictures Group, during the recent press conference for the movie held at Ton Tann Green Market in Khon Kaen.


Seeho (Tao) and Chilor (Ritz) are close friends fighting to win the heart of the same girl.

“In fact, the name came after the story had been written. As I said, it’s about two men competing to win a girl’s heart. But what I think viewers will find most entertaining are the steps they each take to try and solve the game,” he adds.

“Seen Sam Ton” features new faces in the film industry, all of them natives of Isaan. Sattaphong “Tao” Phiangphor, a contestant of “True Academy Fantasia Season 8”, was born in Kalasin, while Ruangrit “Ritz” Siripanich from “The Star Season 6”, and Chonnipa Poppy Wisetsud hail from Roi Et.


Seeho is dating Peepuan, played by Poppy.

Tao admits that at first he had problems speaking in the Isaan dialect.

“I don’t use it in my daily life,” he explains with a grin. “When I was picked to star in the film, I wasn’t worried about learning the script or acting with emotion but that I wouldn’t get the dialect right.”


Chilor approaches Peepuan, a nurse at the hospital.

But Pornchai wouldn’t have had it any other way. “While they were all born in Isaan, they each speak the dialect that is common to their hometowns. The second reason for picking them is that Tao and Ritz are very popular and have their own fan bases and, more importantly, are suited to the characters they portray in the movie. They can play jokes on each other quite naturally. The story focuses on the lives of young working individuals who want nothing more than to settle down and have a family. This movie shows that if we are sincere in love, then nothing can undermine that love. Both boys have good intentions towards the girl,” he says.


Seeho makes a gesture of love to Peepuan.

In the film, Peepuan, played by Poppy, is a nurse at the Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre of Srinagarind Hospital in Khon Kaen and is getting over a broken heart. Seeho (Tao) is an engineer and a close friend of Chilor (Ritz), whose parents own a local restaurant. Both Seeho and Chilor like Peepuan and are looking for ways to conquer her affections. But soon they are forced to decide whether it’s more important for them to be with the one they love or if they want the one they love to be happy with the man she loves.


“Have you heard of the name Seeho?” asks Tao. “Seeho is actually an auspicious creature in the Isaan folk tale ‘Sangsinchai’, with the head of an elephant symbolising abundance and body of lion depicting elegance. Seeho is rich. He owns a construction company, and is behind the construction of several buildings in Khon Kaen. He also drives a luxury car. But while he can manage his working life and his money, he has no room for love until he meets Peepuan.”


“The success of ‘Som Pak Sian’ proves that an Isaan soundtrack isn’t an obstacle for audiences.” – Pornchai Wongsriudomporn, of M Pictures Group

Ritz explains that Chilor in an Isaan word for a type of brown cricket. “The character of Chilor comes from my real life – handsome with a good line in chat – but with poor parents who sell food in their small restaurant. I ride a motorcycle to deliver food to customers’ homes. It is the first movie I have appeared in and I worked hard to learn my lines and act but Phi Mum [producer Petchthai “Mum Jokmok” Wongkhamlao] told me to forget it and improvise instead. He wanted us to speak naturally.”

“Peepuan is a kind of fruit. I’m a nurse at Srinagarind Hospital and a cheeky and friendly sort. Before Seeho and Chilor came into my life, my heart had just been broken into a million pieces by my ex boyfriend,” says Poppy.

“Seen Sam Ton” was shot all around Khon Kaen – in the city as well as at the University, the Dinosaur Museum, and Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon at Wat Nong Waeng.


Chilor delivers food to customers at home.

“Khon Kaen has a beautiful landscape, tourist destinations and landmarks. Khon Kaen is also a major city that is famous for education and is Thailand’s third most prosperous city after Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Peepuan is caring for a patient – the mother of a monk at Wat Nong Waeng and the monk offers all three of them advice on how they should live their lives,” says Pornchai.

“I think this movie is for all members of the family. They will enjoy and laugh at the story. The success of ‘Som Pak Sian’ has clearly shown that using the Isaan dialect in the soundtrack didn’t put audiences off.

“Besides, presenting a story that takes place in other provinces proves that Bangkok is not Thailand’s only prosperous city. Khon Kaen is prosperous too and we are delighted to show off its diverse culture and lifestyles. And I think the movie might also encourage viewers to fight for the boy or girl of their dreams.”

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