Monday, May 31, 2010

Bangkok Cinema Scene special: 'Remember the Siam' benefit screenings, June 3-9, 2010

Four Japanese movies that were screened at the burned Siam Theatre will be shown at the Lido in a benefit screening from June 3 to 9.

Proceeds will go to assist the merchants who lost their businesses in the Siam Square arson fires.

The movies are Nana at 12.15, Nobody Knows at 2.30, Always: Sunset on Third Street at5 and Be With You at 7.30. The screenings are daily from June 3 to 9 except on Saturday.

Always: Sunset on Third Street was shown at the Siam in 2006. Directed by Takashi Yamzaki, it's a nostalgic look back at the characters in a close-knit Tokyo neighborhood in the late 1950s.

Another one from around 2005 or '06 is Nana, a comedy-drama about two young women who meet by chance, share the same name, have opposite personalities but strike up a friendship anyway. Kentaro Otani directs with Mika Nakashima and Aoi Miyazaki as the two Nanas.

Be With You, from 2004, is a drama about a widower father with a young son, struggling to cope with the death of his wife. They bring a young homeless woman with amnesia into their life.

And another from 2004 is Nobody Knows, director Hirokazu Kore-eda's drama about a 12-year-old boy left alone in an apartment by his irresponsible mother to care for his three younger sisters. Child-actor Yûya Yagira won the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his debut starring role.

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow. I first saw Nana at the Lido (either that or at Siam, I get the Apex cinemas confused). I can confirm then that it would have been first shown in the latter half of 2005.