Sawasdee

I caught the complete nine-part anthology that made up the Thai omnibus film, Sawasdee Bangkok at the Southeast Asian Film Festival (Singapore Art Museum) last year. Of the nine short films, four were selected to participate in the Toronto Film Festival (Sightseeing, Bangkok Blues, Pi Makham, and Silence) in 2009. Here is a short summary of…

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Hallyu

The Korean pop culture is taking over the world. Hallyu, or the Korean wave, has swept over the world from China to Paris to Argentina. Hallyu started in mid-1990s with the rising popularity of Korean cinema. Before this, Korean movies were hardly heard of beyond Korea. With media liberalisation and exposure to the Western entertainment…

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