Reuters’ analysis of the political, social and economic risks currently affecting Thailand: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/Risks/Thailand.pdf and risks to watch in all Asian countries: http://blogs.reuters.com/andrew-marshall/2010/08/10/risks-to-watch-in-asia-country-guides/
The highly acclaimed movie by a Thai director, Aditya Assarat, is currently available on the BBC iPlayer page. If you want to watch this multi-award winning film, you will have to be quick as it will be available only until 1:24am Wednesday 1st September 2010. But I am not sure that people who reside outside the UK will be able to access BBC iPlayer. I heard somehow there is a way of watching it (VPN). You will have to figure that out for yourself.
About the film from the blurb on the DVD:
“Set in post-tsunami Thailand, Wonderful Town is a film about rebuilding – both structurally and emotionally after such an overwhelming and life-changing natural disaster. An architect, Ton (Supphasit Kansen), comes to town to work on the new blueprints and stays in a local hotel that seems to be a single handedly run by one woman, Na (Anchalee Saisoontorn). In time the two find comfort in each other’s arms, leading to a touching and tender romance – one that is in stark contrast to the backdrop of the town’s rubble, as well as Na’s bitter brother and his delinquent gang of friends.”
Sight & Sound magazine chose Wonderful Town to be Film of the Month in April 2009. “Film-makers like Aditya give the lie to all the talk of ‘the end of art cinema’ after the deaths of Bergman and Antonioni. He’s a serious-minded director, here tackling palpably real psychological and emotional issues, and the nearest his film comes to the ‘language’ of commercial movies is when he plays a song on the soundtrack over a driving sequence. (It’s a measure of his playful sense of irony that he calls his production company Pop Pictures.)”
The choreography is bearable, but the synchronization is questionable. We can put it down to the fact that this is their first attempt and their lack of dancing experience. Never mind they can still do better in the next video if they ever think of making another one. Their bop is mildly amusing nonetheless.
The movie is based on the classic Thai novel of the same name. The trailer has already caused a bit of a stir. It is exciting to see Ananda Everingham and Laila Boonyasak getting it on in the scene. The latter is simply delightful to look at. Don’t you agree?