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กลกามแห่งความรัก
กลกามแห่งความรัก

Year: 1989

Thai title: กลกามแห่งความรัก
English title: Twilight in Tokyo

Rating: 3/5
Director: Toranong Srichua

Main actor: Likit Eakmongkol
Main actress: Darin Kornsakoon

It deals about a young Thai lady, Waew, sent to Japan to become an escort girl (โสเภณี). Her parents are poor farmers. Waew is the elder sister and has decided to sell her body in Tokyo in order to support her parents and younger sister (น้องสาว). She discovers the sad life there, the huge debt to pay back. Anyway she supports her family by sending money back home. She wishes her father to build a new house instead of the shack, in which they are living. Homesick, she goes back home and discovers that her father has lost all the money she has sent due to unscrupulous investments and gambling (การพนัน), her mother has become a nun (บวชชี), her sister is partying everyday after learning that Waew is a prostitute. The younger sister's moraly is tarnished by living in Bangkok. Money has destroyed her family (เสียผู้เสียคน). Fed up by her family who doesn't understand and compassionate about her burden, she goes back to Japan. Disappointed by her pimp's selfishness, she kills herself. In 1989, the movie got Thai movie "best scenario" award (รางวัลตุ๊กตาทอง). In 1980s many Thai girls went to work as prostitutes in Japan so director Toranong Srichua wanted to show their fate through his movie. He went to Japan with a 32 people team during 15 days to shoot the movie. Even a Yakusa gang (แก๊งยากูซ่า) helped to close Shinjuku street (ถนนชินจูกุ) for 5 hours. Actress Darin Kornsakoon became famous thanks to this role. In 1980s, movies were shown in a limited number of cinemas in Bangkok. Toranong Srichua's movies often got only secondary grade cinemas but thanks to "Twilight in Tokyo" movie, the film was released in first grade cinemas and it was full at each session.

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