How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

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Thailand | 2015 | 80 minutes | Josh Kim

In this comedic and sensitive coming-of-age film, Oat, an orphan who lives with his aunt and older brother in the dusty outskirts of Bangkok, must deal with the rapid confrontation of adulthood as his brother gets his military lottery card.

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Set in the dusty, poverty-stricken outskirts of Bangkok, this Thai drama introduces us to Oat, a pre-teen orphan who lives with his aunt, little cousin, and openly gay older brother, Ek. Oat and Ek’s relationship is realistic and tender, focusing on Oat’s idolization of his older brother, Ek’s incessant good-natured bullying, and the important moments in between, like playing checkers and riding motorcycles. When Ek receives a notice in the mail to attend a military lottery, where if you draw a black card you stay home, with a red card you are drafted, the event looms heavily in Oat’s mind. Overhearing that Ek’s long-term and wealthy boyfriend Jai has bribed his way into securing a black card, Oat decides he’ll dip his foot into the criminal world to steal a bribe as well and save his brother from going away. How To Win At Checkers (Every Time) is a sensitive coming-of-age narrative that is careful to balance out its melancholic moments with plenty of humor, all the while opening eyes to Thailand’s Hunger Games-style military lottery and liberal views of homosexuality.

Director Biography
Josh Kim is a Korean-American filmmaker currently residing in Asia. He began his career as an intern at NPR in Washington, D.C. before moving to CNN in Hong Kong. Previous works include co-production on Better Tomorrow (2010) and the micro-documentary web-series Google Glass Diaries.

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  • Director: Josh Kim
  • Principal Cast: Thira Chutikul, Ingkarat Damrongsakkul, Natarat Lakha, Arthur Navarat,Vatanya Thamdee
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Thailand, USA, Indonesia, Hong Kong
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Producer: Edward Gunawan, Chris Lee, Anocha Suwichakornpong
  • Screenplay: Josh Kim
  • Cinematographers: Nikorn Sripongwarakul
  • Editors: Kamontorn Eakwattanakij
  • Music: Bodvar isb Jornsson
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Thai
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: M-appeal