The Love of Siam (รักแห่งสยาม)
Wednesday, November 25
6:30 p.m. – Korean Studies Auditorium
The Siam in the title refers to Siam Square, a shopping district in Bangkok where teens hang out to shop, dine, meet, and have fun. In this blockbuster film with an award winning soundtrack, the popular venue is not only the setting for the reunion of the two young male leads Mew (Witwisit Hiranyawongkul) and Tong (Mario Maurer), but also numerous other events in the story that represent the unpredictability of love which the film so intricately paints. Through the interconnected lives of two boys who are on the verge of self-awareness amidst their own individual conflicts and the people surrounding them, Director Sakveerakul notes that love survives notwithstanding the dilemmas that pervade the world. The Love of Siam dominated Thailand’s 2007 film awards season, winning the Best Picture category in all major national film award events. Bangkok Post film critic Kong Rithdee called the film “groundbreaking”, in terms of being the first Thai film “to discuss teenagers’ sexuality with frankness.” – Tip ‘o the hat to Oggs Cruz for the review
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