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Ticketing Info to Retrospective Screenings

Each ticket to the retrospective screenings is $8 / $7 concession. Tickets are available at The Substation box office from 1 September 2005 onwards. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 12 - 8.30 pm, Tel: 65-6337 7800. For enquires, please call or email forum@asianfilmarchive.org.

Ask for one free pass from the box office to the panel session: Focus on Pen-ek Ratanaruang when you make your purchase, at the same time, of  all 4 tickets to Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s retrospective screenings. First come first served. Subject to availability.

Funbar Karaoke (1996)


In the modern Bangkok, young Pu dreams every night of her dead mother. She sees her every night, always building the same house. One day, a fortune-teller tells her that her father will die when the house is finished. The father spends all nights in his favorite karaoke where he sings, drinks and has fun with women. But he falls in love with Yok, a call-girl who "belongs" to a young chinese gangster. (From Thai Film Foundation)

Ticket Price:
$7/8

Date:
11 September, 05
Sunday

Time:
1900

Duration:
100 min

Venue:
Singapore History Museum

TBC

 
Ruang talok 69 (6ixtynin9) (1999)


Gangsters. Job loss. Thai Boxing. A noodle box full of money. These are the essential ingredients peppered throughout 6IXTYNIN9, which combine to leave a delicious and satisfying taste in the mouth once consumed. Tum (Lalita Panyopas) discovers the box of loot on her doorstep one morning while trying to recover from being fired from her job. Attempting to do the right thing for herself, she conceals the cash and hopes she'll be able to spend it without the real owners ever finding out that she has it. Big mistake. For Tum finds herself caught up in the whirlwind lifestyle of some Thai Boxing gangsters, who are keen to rekindle their missing money. A wonderfully incisive comedy from director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, 6IXTYNIN9 is the perfect illustration of a Thai film industry that finds itself flourishing at the start of the 21st century.


Awards: Won Don Quixote Award - Special Mention at Berlin International Film Festival 2000; FIPRESCI Prize at Hong Kong International Film Festival 2000; Won Chameleon Best Feature Film at Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival; Nominated Tiger Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival; Nominated Silver Screen Award for Best Asian Feature Film at Singapore International Film Festival

"Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang's splatter comedy 6ixtynin9 rejoices in a plot as tricky as its spelling."
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

"Enlivens some dingy genre predicaments (dirty money, corpse disposal) with gusts of dreamlike whimsy and a sardonic take on local economic woes."
Dennis Lim, Village Voice

Ticket Price:
$7/8

Date:
11 September, 05
Sunday

Time:
2100

Duration:
114 min

Venue:
Singapore History Museum

NC16

 
Monrak Transistor (2001)


Pan is an upcountry dimwit who loves to sing. Whenever any temple fair is held, he is always there on stage, showing all of his moves and style as the lead singer of his local band. He meets Sadaw, it’s love at first sight, at one of these temple fairs and against her father’s wishes, they got married. When Sadaw is five months pregnant Pan gets drafted into the army. While in boot camp, he enters a singing contest and won second place. So he decides to run away from the army to join the band and follow his dream. He spends two years in Bangkok and Pan’s dream is still just a dream. Worst, dreams soon turn to a nightmare, as Pan finds himself incarcerated for series of heinous crimes. He misses the simple upcountry life in a tiny house near the canal where a sound from a small transistor can bring plenty of happiness. But most of all he misses Sadaw, his true love, and the baby whom he has never seen.


Awards: Won Best Actor at Asia-Pacific Film Festival 2002;
Won Asian Trade Winds Award at Seattle International Film Festival 2002; Won Reader Jury of the "Standard" at Viennale 2002; Jury Special Mention at Durban IFF 2003; Selected for Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes 2002; Hawaii, London, Melbourne, Pusan, Seattle, Stockholm, Toronto, Vancouver, Vienna 2002, Barcelona Asian, Cinema Novo (Brugge), Helsinki, Hong Kong, NAT (Copenhagen), Philadelphia, Portland, Rotterdam, Singapore; Thai Entry for the Academy Awards 2003

"A racily picaresque and sentimental tale, which pays homage to traditional Thai pop/folk music and also to Thai cinema."
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"I am not a fan of romantic comedy, but in this instance, I am won over, and highly recommend this film. "
Wong Lung Hsiang, Filmasia

"an amazing achievement…it’s not an exercise in post-modern irony but a touching and deathlessly sincere picaresque."
Tony Raynes, film critic
Ticket Price:
$7/8

Date:
12 September '05 Monday

Time:
1900

Duration:
115 min

Venue:
Singapore History Museum

M18

 
Last Life in Universe (2003)


“Kenji” is a suicide-obsessed Japanese man living in Bangkok. One night he accidentally kills a yakuza gang member who is after his brother. “Noi” is a Thai working girl living in a burnt-out beach town of Pattaya. The same night Kenji kills the yakuza, Noi accidentally kills her sister. Kenji and Noi hide out together and spend the most awkward 3 days hoping to find love, life and redemption.


Awards: Won FIPRESCI Award at Bangkok IFF 2004, Grand Jury Prize at the World Film Festival in Bangkok 2004, Best Actor Award (Asano Tadanobu), Upstream Competition - Venice 2003, Thailand's Official Entry for the 2004 Academy Awards; Selected for Rotterdam Film Festival, Cannes, Filmex Tokyo, Films from the South/Oslo, Hawaii IFF, Ljubljana IFF, London IFF, MIFED, Pusan IFF, Taipei Golden Horse FF, Toronto IFF, Vancouver IFF, Venice IFF

"Last Life doesn't just confirm Pen-ek's reputation as Thai's finest commercial filmmaker; it propels him into the ranks of the most consistently innovative filmmakers working anywhere in the world. Strange, funny, tender, and subtly devastating – Last Life is a minor masterpiece."
Chuck Stephens, Film Comment
Ticket Price:
$7/8

Date:
12 September '05 Monday

Time:
2100

Duration:
112 min

Venue:
Singapore History Museum

M18

 

    
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