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How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama | 26 April 2015 (USA)
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After the loss of both parents, 11 years old Oat faces an uncertain future when his older brother must submit to Thailand's annual military draft lottery. Unable to convince his brother to ... See full summary »

Director:

Josh Kim

Writers:

Josh Kim (screenplay), Rattawut Lapcharoensap (short stories "Draft Day" and "At the Cafe Lovely")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingkarat Damrongsakkul Ingkarat Damrongsakkul ... Oat
Toni Rakkaen ... Adult Oat
Thira Chutikul ... Ek
Arthur Navarat Arthur Navarat ... Jai
Natarat Lakha Natarat Lakha ... Kitty
Vatanya Thamdee Vatanya Thamdee ... Auntie
Anawat Patanawanichkul Anawat Patanawanichkul ... Junior
Warattha Kaew-on Warattha Kaew-on ... Kwan
Nuntita Khampiranon Nuntita Khampiranon ... Waitress / Singer (as Nuntita Khamphiranon)
Michael Shaowanasai Michael Shaowanasai ... Customer
Seksan Suttichan Seksan Suttichan ... Bar Boy
Kowit Wattanakul Kowit Wattanakul ... Sia (Junior's Dad)
Wutsiri Tawaugesron Wutsiri Tawaugesron ... Oat's Dad
Panachai Luveeraphan Panachai Luveeraphan ... Junior's Friend (as Panachal Luveeraphan)
Akaragrit Karnjanadechsiri Akaragrit Karnjanadechsiri ... Junior's Friend
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After the loss of both parents, 11 years old Oat faces an uncertain future when his older brother must submit to Thailand's annual military draft lottery. Unable to convince his brother to do whatever he can to change his fate, Oat takes matters into his own hands resulting in unexpected consequences. Based on the stories from the bestselling book Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, the film is set in the economic fringes of Bangkok and examines the joys and challenges of growing up in contemporary Thailand. HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME) is director Josh Kim's debut feature film. Written by Official site

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Thailand | USA | Indonesia

Language:

Thai | English

Release Date:

26 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hogyan játsszuk ki az ellenfelünket? See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand

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Stereo

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Color | Black and White (opening sequence)

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1.85 : 1
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The film is based on the short stories "At the Café Lovely" and "Draft Day" by Rattawut Lapcharoensap. See more »

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Thailand's submission for the 2016 foreign language Oscar is an absolute gem
24 March 2016 | by pebsdadSee all my reviews

Ek and Oat are brothers in the lower class in Thailand. They live with their auntie and eek out a living. Ek also has a boyfriend who is more privileged and the story revolves around the wonderful relationships of these two 21 year olds and the bond between Ek and his younger brother Oat. We meet family, friends and their transgender friend Kitty. Eeking out a living isn't always pretty in Bangkok and nothing appears sterilized. We also witness the annual lottery for young men who must serve in the armed forces.

I loved this movie. The relationships are so real and loving and the bonds between everyone remind me of how tight knit a family can be.


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