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Bangkok Nites (Melbourne International Film Festival)

Hosted by the Consul of the Melbourne FilmNations Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 20 Aug 15:00 - 18:30

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A working girl and her client traverse two very different Thailands in this stylish, politically engaged drama.

In the centre of Bangkok, a thriving red-light district caters exclusively to Japanese émigrés and salary men. On either side of this exchange are former soldier Ozawa and Luck, a sex worker from the provinces, who strike up a rapport and decide to take a trip together to the north-eastern reaches of Thailand. For Luck, it's a chance to see her family home and reconnect with a traditional way of life; but in the city and country alike, the spectre of colonialism lingers.

With nods to Abel Ferrara and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Bangkok Nites is an expansive film that contrasts the chaotic energy of city nightlife with the quiet malaise of rural deprivation and Japanese filmmaker Katsuya Tomita bringing a fresh perspective to a developing country's ongoing struggle with exploitation.

The film starts at 3.45pm and is one of the last films showing at the festival. I'll arrive at 3 so come and meet for a drink beforehand.

Tickets are general admission. Feel free to post any questions to the wall so everyone can see them.

Watch the trailer here:

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"One of the most impressive films to emerge out of Japan in the last decade." – 4:3