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 ...
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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
Josh Kim (Korea-American) learned to read and write thai in preparation for the movie. See more »
Thailand's submission for the 2016 foreign language Oscar is an absolute gem
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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