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    Cherm sounds pretty good, I'm gonna track it down.

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    always irks me to see 'Cherm' at the mall movie shops, w/ never a Eng Subs .. saw it in theatre twice, and on TV w/ Eng subs.

    have the thai version, know the whole film well enough not to need them now but still

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    Actually Matt if you type the movie name into Google most of the top results are for sub files. If you use VLC media player - which plays just about any file format - you just put the sub file in the same folder as the video file and VLC will automatically find it as long as they have the same file names. It should be pretty easy to find an English language sub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    The Beach didn't really show much of city life as it set at a beach




    Quote Originally Posted by Fleabag View Post
    It should be pretty easy to find an English language sub.
    And he says he doesn't need them anyway, 'cos his thai is so good...so....

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    If it's a film as bad as 'Bangkok Dangerous' then it's unlikely to be good at showcasing bangkok.

    'The Beach' was the least likeable of the lot imo, because of the uniformly 'grabbing thief' image it presented of Thais.

    At least 'Bangkok Dangerous' was just fucking stupid rather than offensive.

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    You can download Cherm, along with many other Thai movies, at Asia Torrents. The subtitle situation is getting better all the time on that site.
    There used to be a lot of non-art house Thai films that had no subs... more and more are getting subbed by people who use the site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny danger View Post
    There must be a reason why filming in BKK doesn't reveal the city as it is. Plenty of films made in and about LA, SF and NYC are right on the money.
    Because western film-makers can't/don't want to speak Thai and can't be bothered to research properly? Easier to film the stereotypical image.

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    Even so, the natives themselves usually make a film capturing their larger cities, often with love. Sure, half the population of BKK are more concerned with the blues of having to be there in a musical form, but even then one would have thought this would have been reflected on the big screen by now.

    There are many ways of portraying beauty, love and energy without it having to feature pretty architecture and suchlike.

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    i've seen some pretty good shorts set in Bangkok. there was one about a blind girl in some ghetto shack who gets robbed, and then is visited by a guy who may or may not be an angel. Thailand has a few talented filmmakers who escape or avoid the cartoon-sound-effect world of Thai TV soaps and 'comedies,' but they seem to like to set their stuff in villages, on highways, or in temples...
    Imodium can't stop me.

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    So, I suppose I've gotta watch Cherm...
    Went to the north of England last week, I was up near Cambridge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleabag View Post
    Actually Matt
    after posting on this thread i realized i was a couple years late on doing this for that movie.

    cheers, in progress now

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    I suppose I've gotta watch Cherm...
    i've built it up now. ut oh

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    The second On The Buses spin-off movie, where Olive wins (accidentally) a holiday in Koh Samui and ends up taking Arthur, Stan, Jack and Blakey with her in order to qualify for the prize.

    The first part when they (accidentally) find themselves in Patpong is a fairly good snapshot of the time and a highlight of Reg Varney's acting career.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wobble View Post
    'The Beach' was the least likeable of the lot imo, because of the uniformly 'grabbing thief' image it presented of Thais.
    the thing that annoyed me the most was the surreal exoticism and creepy mystical orientalist fetishism of the way KSR (or was that supposed to be JJ?) was presented.

    the brief Bangkok scenes in City of Ghosts were pretty good, but most of the movie's set in Cambodia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeusbheld View Post
    the brief Bangkok scenes in City of Ghosts were pretty good, but most of the movie's set in Cambodia.
    Liked this one.
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