Wednesday, 7 April
6:30 p.m. – Korean Studies Auditorium
Thailand, 2007 (92 min)
Dir: Aditya Assarat
Cast: Supphasit Kansen, Anchalee Saisoontorn, Dul Yaambunying
Waves lap up on a deserted beach, the sound of the surf booms in high fidelity. The effect is mesmerizing, sleep-inducing even. An effort must be made to not drift off, because there is a movie to watch. This romantic drama is set in Takua Pa, ground zero for the cataclysmic tsunami of 2004 that claimed thousands of lives in the beach front resort. In Wonderful Town, Na (Anchalee Saisoontorn) works at a rundown but well-scrubbed hotel that doesn’t see many guests these days until the arrival of Ton (Supphasit Kansen), a handsome young architect overseeing a beachfront development. Na and Ton play their parts – she, the curious, reticent housekeeper; he, the shy, grateful guest – but another game is afoot, slipping around the edges of their customary roles. The faintest blush, a lingering look, a gift of oranges from the market, a conversation that goes on a little longer than normal. They are falling, ever so softly, in love in this carefully calculated, quiet drama with nuanced performances by the lead actors, beautiful cinematography by Umpornpol Yugala and a haunting, awe-inspiring score by Zai Kuning and Koichi Shimizu. Watching the drama unfold feels real, like you are there. Yet it’s also dreamy, with a lyrical, surreal ending. Winner of the New Currents Award (Pusan International Film Festival) and the Tiger Award (International Film Festival Rotterdam) -Thanks to Wise Kwai @ thaifilmjournal.blogspot.com and Nathan Lee, NY Times
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