Bangkok Nites

Director: Katsuya Tomita
Cast: Subenja Pongkorn, Sunun Phuwiset, Chutlpha Promplang, Tanyarat Kongphu, Sarinya Yongsawat, Hitoshi Ito, Yohta Kawase

183 Min. | OmeU


Bangkok between heaven and hell: Luck endures the fated life of a prostitute on Thaniya Road, a red-light district that is only accessible to Japanese men. This allows her to support her family, as she is much in demand. She meets her former client Ozawa, who has turned his back on Japan. The two fall in love and try for a fresh start in Laos to break out of the vicious circle that is Taniya Road, but the ubiquitous cars of colonialism and capitalism follow them even to their new home, so that their nights in Bangkok never seem to have ended. For her debut as a producer, Mattie Do executed a massive undertaking. The co-production between three countries was filmed over the course of four years and creates an intoxicating fusion between documentary and fiction, taking us into a secret and hidden world from the get go. Despite the seemingly inevitable situation, there is still room to dream of a better world.