How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

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After the loss of both parents, 11 years old Oat faces an uncertain future when his older brother must submit to Thailand's annual military draft lottery. Unable to convince his brother to do whatever he can to change his fate, Oat takes matters into his own hands resulting in unexpected consequences. Based on the stories from the bestselling book "Sightseeing" by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, the film is set in the economic fringes of Bangkok and examines the joys and challenges of growing up in contemporary Thailand. HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME) is director Josh Kim's debut feature film.

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Critic Reviews for How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

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  • Kim makes it all look so effortless and natural, and his film's bittersweet climax will stay with you.

    October 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • How To Win At Checkers (Every Time) signals the arrival of a talented and observant artist making killer moves in coaxing the best out of his material and his actors.

    October 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • This low-key but deeply felt tale of fraternal bonds... reps a confident feature-length debut for the Texas-born Kim, who brings both non-native objectivity and a traveler's eye for geographic detail to the pic's earthy Bangkok setting.

    October 9, 2015 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Variety
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  • How to Win at Checkers is annoyingly uneven, a character study that has fleshed out the least interesting elements and left the engaging ones firmly in the margins.

    February 18, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The length of the work results in a lean, effective and moving look at class divisions, sexuality and politics in Thailand.

    March 2, 2016 | Rating: Recommended | Full Review…
  • Anyone looking for the answer to checkers success might be disappointed, but everyone else should find something to admire and engage with in Kim's profoundly winning film.

    October 12, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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