Karaoke Girl

Young sex worker Sa is the protagonist of Visra Vichit Vadakan’s first feature film. Sa was sent to Bangkok when she was just 15. After three years in a factory, she decided to become a sex worker in order to support her family. Four years later, Vichit Vadakan met her and invited her to be the subject of this film. She documented Sa’s life in the city and in the country and also wrote a fictional script for her to act in. Karaoke Girl is made from these building blocks of real life and fiction.

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When law-abiding cop, Tul, is blackmailed by a powerful politician and accused of murder, he finds himself drawn into a downward spiral of violence, crime, betrayal, intrigue and corruption. Disillusioned and bent on revenge, he decides to change sides and become a hit man. Tul sustains a fatal gunshot wound to the head; when he wakes up after having been in a coma for three months, he sees the world literally turned upside down. Not only does his new situation give him a whole new physical outlook, it also provides him with unexpected psychological insights: Tul decides to break with his past – but this proves far more difficult than he envisages. Karma, the search for redemption, crime and punishment: when Tul gives up his job, the man who was once a hunter now becomes a hunted man. Moreover, his encounter with a mysterious woman leads to further complications… [Synopsis courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival]

Corky Romano

Corky Romano is a bumbling, simpleton, veterinarian and the youngest, outcast son of an aging gangster, named Pops Romano, who calls upon Corky to infiltrate the local FBI and retrieve and destroy evidence being used to incriminate Pops for racketeering charges.

Tang Wong

Four Bangkok youths who couldn’t be more different: cool K-Pop dancer Em can’t handle being dumped by his girlfriend; Yong and Jay are at risk of losing the final in a grand quiz; and Best must score points in table tennis for his sports scholarship. Yet they all have one thing in common: none of them really believes in the power of spirits but in their desperation they have all made a vow at a simple street shrine. When all their prayers are unexpectedly answered, they are faced with the new problem of having to honour their promises. The four must now take part in the public performance of a traditional Thai dance in full folklore regalia. Nothing could be more embarrassing. Rightly afraid of humiliating themselves, they frantically cast about for a way out of their predicament. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlinale]

Mammoth

While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid’s family struggles to deal with her absence.

Rebirth

Manit (Jon Foo) witnessed the murder of his parents when he was just 10 years old. The killers shot him in the head, but he miraculously survived. However, the damage to his brain left him unable to experience regular human emotions. A martial arts master saved him and took him in. Twenty years later, Manit has become a master of martial arts himself. He returns to the scene of the crime, seeking justice.

36

Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit’s experimental film consists of 36 static camera shots that tell a story of how we store memories in the digital era. Sai, a location scout working for a studio, takes pictures whenever she’s working and stores them on her computer. One day, she finds out that she has lost all the files saved on her laptop and sets about trying to restore them with help from an old friend, Kai. The film hinges on Sai’s missing photo files, but the main character is not a person: Memories stored on digital devices and disappearing old buildings are the main characters.

Mekong Hotel

Shifting between fact and fiction in a hotel situated along the Mekong River, a filmmaker rehearses a movie expressing the bonds between a vampire-like mother and daughter…

The Blue Hour

Tam, a timid loner, is bullied regularly by his fellow pupils at school. He is met with similar rejection and suspicion within the narrow confines of his parents’ dingy home, where his father beats him. One day Tam arranges online to meet Phum at a derelict swimming pool. They are both looking for sex, but their encounter leaves them with a feeling of comfort and security. A close bond develops between the two boys and, before long, they are roaming the rubbish heaps and dark corners of the city together, day and night. Phum opens a door for Tam, revealing a fantastical parallel universe full of spirits and dangerous encounters. Although he feels safe and loved for the first time in his life, Tam can no longer differentiate between dream and reality and finds himself increasingly drawn into a spiral of paranoia and violence.

SPL 2: A Time for Consequences

A Hong Kong cop named Kit busts a major gangster only to find his cover blown and his main witness gone. The gangster, in retaliation, has him kidnapped and put in a Thai jail with a false criminal identity. A lowly prison guard Chai with extraordinary fighting skills guards kit and prevents his escape from prison. The prison guard’s daughter suffers from a rare form of leukemia and Kit is the only donor who can save her. The prison guard discovers Kit’s real identity and helps him to escape in return for his agreeing to save his daughter. Together, Kit and Chai must face the gangster and his minions and take them down.

Cemetery of Splendour

Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors. Jen befriends young medium Keng who uses her psychic powers to help loved ones communicate with the comatose men. Doctors explore ways, including coloured light therapy, to ease the mens’ troubled dreams. Jen discovers Itt’s cryptic notebook of strange writings and blueprint sketches. There may be a connection between the soldiers’ enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic. Magic, healing, romance and dreams are all part of Jen’s tender path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her. [Synopsis courtesy of Cannes Film Festival]

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends

Shishio has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru with him. In order to stop him in time, Kenshin trains with his old master to learn his final technique.