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An Interview With Tom Waller, Director of “The Last Executioner”

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Bangkok-based director Tom Waller talks about his experiences profiling Thailand's last gunshot executioner, and why so few Thai films make it big internationally.

Review: River of Exploding Durians (Malaysia, 2014)

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Activism, history, and youth in a film that expresses the malaise of Malaysian Chinese.

A Firing Squad of One: Thailand’s “Last Executioner”

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The fascinating story of Chavoret Jaruboon, who executed 55 prisoners as Thailand's last gunshot executioner.

Review: Cemetery of Splendour (Thailand, 2015)

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Thanks to movies like The Hangover Part II and countless social media postings from rambunctious vacationers, the West often sees Thailand through the lens of...

Review: Heneral Luna (Philippines, 2015)

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It’s always a guilty treat to watch a film in which America is the bad guy. There aren’t that many, probably because most nations that...

Review: Ilo Ilo (Singapore, 2013)

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Though they share many similarities (both are city-states and major financial centers dominated by a Chinese-speaking populace) Singapore and Hong Kong aren’t so close when...

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