Seventies fetish

4 05 2016

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Last night I watched for the first time “Emmanuelle.” The 1974 French ‘erotic’ movie broke records on its release in Paris and turned its star, Dutch model Sylvia Kristen, into a sex symbol. The sex scenes were not that interesting to me (but then I’m not exactly the target market I guess, the men in the movie were resolutely unmemorable) but what I did love was the seventies fashions and the charm of seeing a vintage Bangkok on screen. I had heard of the movie before but never knew that it was set  – and filmed – in  an exotically rendered, soft focus-version of Thailand.

With its Lanna Thai mansions and Chinatown street scenes, vaselined lens and over-dubbed lines, ridiculous plot, even worse dialogue and parade of seventies frocks and interior decor, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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The film was so successful it even spawned a similar, if slightly inferior, Italian imitation in the “Emanuelle” films, spelled with one “m” to avoid litigation.

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Thai “sakura” season

25 04 2016

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Thailand’s own little-known “sakura season” is coming to an end as the brilliant blossoms of the Tabebuia tree – here seen in Chatuchak park – fade and fall to mark the beginning of the traditional Thai new year.





Meanwhile in the gay world…

21 04 2016

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Over the last week or so my Facebook feed has been inundated with glistening poolside pecs as the East Asian party tribes migrate from Seoul, Tokyo and Taipei to Bangkok for Thai New year celebrations. As always, Songkran was marked by debauchery in the streets, water fights, piles of bodies on the roads as drunk drivers race out of Bangkok, and a string of elaborately-produced gay parties in the Thai capital, with a constellation of Asian party-boy stars in attendance, posing on the podiums.

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Meanwhile there are three interesting events coming up in Tokyo at Nichome’s most versatile venue. Aisotope Lounge will host a party from Beijing’s biggest gay club, Destination, in an interesting sign-of-the-times Gay-China-does-Tokyo night, followed by an underwear party with the adorably Japanese name “Exposure Crazy Night” and a gay Shiina Ringo tribute. Rock on!





Silom, 2pm, first day of Songkran

13 04 2016

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Happy Songkran

13 04 2016

The Emquartier Mall celebrates the water-splashing Thai New year Songkran with a series of “remixes” of a traditional Songkran song by contemporary Thai talent, matched to high-gloss images of leggy models cavorting.





9 04 2016

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5 04 2016

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