Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Center for Korean Studies Auditorium
Thailand (2004, 110 min)
Thai with English subtitles
Director: Pantham Thongsangl
From the book by: Chart Korbjitti
Cast: Pitisak Yaowananon (as Fak)
Bongkoj Khongmalai (as Somsong)
Society’s hypocrisy, prejudice, selfishness, vanity and lack of compassion are on full display in Ai-Fak, the story of a young man named Fak who is saddled with caring for his beautiful but insane stepmother. It’s a gorgeous film, at times funny and sensual, but mostly heartbreaking. There’s a temptation to see this movie as a comment on strictly Thai society – pointing out that Thais have strayed from the Buddhist precepts and evolved into a selfish, materialistic people with concern only for their electrically powered gadgets and flashy new cars. There is no compassion for people less fortunate, like the mentally ill; no sense of family loyalty. But the brush is broader than that. While it certainly does appear damning for Thailand specifically, the story really applies to everyone – whether they are in Thailand, Europe, North America or other parts of Asia. Adapted from the 1985 Sea Write award-winning novel by Chart Korbjitti, Ai-Fak will stay with you long after you leave the theatre. – With thanks to Wise Kwai @ thaifilmjournal
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This film is FREE and open to the public. Remember to bring warm clothing as the theatre is heavily air-conditioned!
The Southeast Asia (SEA) Film Series is hosted by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, in support of the course ASAN 491G Cinema of Southeast Asia. Now in its 10th season, the film series is FREE and open to the public as part of the University of Hawaii’s effort to encourage community participation in UH courses. Parking is available next to the Korean Studies Building for a $6 charge (ask about the FREE option). For more information, including building access for the physically challenged, please contact CSEAS at email@example.com well in advance of the event. Remember to bring warm clothing as the theatre is heavily air-conditioned! Partial funding to purchase the films for this series comes from the United States Department of Education and generous contributions from our loyal film fans!