- Wednesday, May 24, 21:45 Mousonturm Saal
- Japan / France / Thailand / Laos 2016, DCP, 183 min, Japanese with English subtitles
- Director: Katsuya TOMITA
- Script: Katsuya TOMITA, Toranosuke AIZAWA
- Camera: Studio Ishi (Masahiro MUKOYAMA, Takuma FURUYA)
- Music: SOI48, Young-G
- Production & world sales: Kuzoku
- Cast: Subenja Pongkorn, Katsuya TOMITA, Sunun Phuwiset, Chutlpha Promplang, Tanyarat Kongphu
- German premiere in the presence of the associate producer Terutaro OSANAI
- Competition Nippon Cinema Award
Luck works in Bangkok’s red-light district, financing her luxurious lifestyle and providing for her family in the province. One day she meets Ozawa, a Japanese ex-soldier with whom she once was in love. BANGKOK NITES is a bold and electrifying epic, in which the chaotic megacity and the South East Asian landscape, presenting its wounds left by colonialism, are the true protagonists.
Born in Kofu in 1972, Katsuya TOMITA has been making his own films since 1996. His first feature film, ABOVE THE CLOUDS (2003), was shot on 8mm and took three years to finish; he financed it by driving trucks and working in construction. He used the prize money he received for this film to shoot OFF HIGHWAY 20 (2007). His third film SAUDADE (2011) was invited to the Locarno International Film Festival and won the Mainichi Film Award for Best Director.
2003 Above the Clouds (Kumo no ue); 2007 Off Highway 20 (Kokudo 20 gosen / NC ’08); 2011 Saudade (Saudaji)