Directed by: Josh Kim 2015 | 80 min.

Section: Southeast Asian Showcase

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: Indonesia, Thailand, United States

Languages: Thai, with English subtitles

Genres: Coming of Age, Drama, Gala, Gay/Lesbian


In Thailand, all males turning 21 years old must participate in the annual military draft lottery. Drawing a black card grants exemption, while drawing red results in two years of military service. On the morning of his draft lottery, Oat reflects back on his childhood -- when as a child, his older brother Ek faced the possibility of being drafted himself. Unable to convince Ek to do whatever he can to change his fate, young Oat takes matters into his own hands, resulting in unexpected circumstances.

Based on the short stories “At the Café Lovely” and “Draft Day” from the U.S. bestselling book Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME) is director Josh Kim's debut feature film. It held its’ world premiere this year in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival.

HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME) is the first completed film project to come out of Creative Lab at HIFF’s Writers Accelerator. Director Josh Kim participated in the 2013 program and producer Ed Gunawan participated the following year, in 2014. This film is Thailand's official submission for the Academy Awards' Foreign Language category.


Friday, November 13 6:00 PM Dole Cannery E Date Passed
Friday, November 20 8:30 PM Hilo Palace Theater Date Passed
Saturday, November 21 6:00 PM Dole Cannery E Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Josh Kim
Producer Edward Gunawan, Chris Lee
Cast Thira Chutikul, Ingkarat Damrongsakkul, Arthur Navarat, Toni Rakkaen, Kowit Wattanakul
Cinematographer Nikorn Sripongwarakul
Writer Josh Kim
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