Brilliant short film depicts Thailand’s stark contrasts (video)

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DragonA short film produced by New Zealand director Justin Heaney – Thailand: In The Garden of The Dragon – cut from footage he shot on a recent trip to Thailand shows a country that is quite different from the touristic cliches many have in mind when they arrive in the Kingdom. Heaney used his camera not to shoot the normal temple-and-beach stuff, but dug deep into Bangkok’s underbelly, went up to the north where known touristic motifs such as the hill tribe people are protagonists in a dense, almost hypnotic setting, and creates a quite scary atmosphere in conjunction with the funereal soundtrack he chose.

The 8.37-minute movie does not need a commentary to depict the dark and shady sides of the Thai capital and put them in contrast to images from the northern countryside, where a very sombre and melancholic atmosphere develops – as if the country was in a kind of hopeless stagnation. It’s a movie about the “Land of Smiles” where almost nobody smiles.

It’s a nicely composed piece, but also highly disturbing because it catches Thailand’s current state of decay and some aspects that tourists will never encounter or understand.

The film was shot in and around Bangkok, Pai, Mae Hong Son and the Thailand/Myanmar border region in late July 2013. While some have wondered about the intention of the movie, the director says his edit was “an attempt at re-creating the visceral nature of my experience there.” It is probably worth mentioning that the subtitles of the near-philosophical dialogue between two elder Thai men in one of the first scenes are not showing what they are really saying – they are made-up subtitles that describe what they could have said if they were philosophical.

The short movie definitely gives a taste of the dark side of Thailand. Great cinematography.

 

 

 

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A short film produced by New Zealand director Justin Heaney – Thailand: In The Garden of The Dragon – cut from footage he shot on a recent trip to Thailand shows a country that is quite different from the touristic cliches many have in mind when they arrive in the Kingdom. Heaney used his camera not to shoot the normal temple-and-beach stuff, but dug deep into Bangkok’s underbelly, went up to the north where known touristic motifs such as the hill tribe people are protagonists in a dense, almost hypnotic setting, and creates a quite scary atmosphere in conjunction with the funereal soundtrack he chose.

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DragonA short film produced by New Zealand director Justin Heaney – Thailand: In The Garden of The Dragon – cut from footage he shot on a recent trip to Thailand shows a country that is quite different from the touristic cliches many have in mind when they arrive in the Kingdom. Heaney used his camera not to shoot the normal temple-and-beach stuff, but dug deep into Bangkok’s underbelly, went up to the north where known touristic motifs such as the hill tribe people are protagonists in a dense, almost hypnotic setting, and creates a quite scary atmosphere in conjunction with the funereal soundtrack he chose.

The 8.37-minute movie does not need a commentary to depict the dark and shady sides of the Thai capital and put them in contrast to images from the northern countryside, where a very sombre and melancholic atmosphere develops – as if the country was in a kind of hopeless stagnation. It’s a movie about the “Land of Smiles” where almost nobody smiles.

It’s a nicely composed piece, but also highly disturbing because it catches Thailand’s current state of decay and some aspects that tourists will never encounter or understand.

The film was shot in and around Bangkok, Pai, Mae Hong Son and the Thailand/Myanmar border region in late July 2013. While some have wondered about the intention of the movie, the director says his edit was “an attempt at re-creating the visceral nature of my experience there.” It is probably worth mentioning that the subtitles of the near-philosophical dialogue between two elder Thai men in one of the first scenes are not showing what they are really saying – they are made-up subtitles that describe what they could have said if they were philosophical.

The short movie definitely gives a taste of the dark side of Thailand. Great cinematography.

 

 

 

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