My cousin in Tokyo (Carol) introduced me to this fascinating movie. We watched it together in her home in Roppongi.
When you're traveling the way I was, you often have some time to kill. More often than not, I did it just to take a break, on a hot afternoon. This movie I saw near Pacific Place mall in Hong Kong. I had gone over to search for movie times. I ended up meeting a young lady from the Philippines, and she and I made an arrangement to return to the theater at a certain time to watch the movie together.
This was one I also saw in Hong Kong - around the corner from the guesthouse where I was staying.
I didn't know about the book or even the movie prior to traveling to Thailand. I'm pretty sure a pirated copy was played on a big TV at a restaurant somewhere. Viewing movies while or after eating was a common activity for the backpacking set.
I had returned to Bangkok. I had met Rung and one of her friends at World Trade Center (today called Central World). They wanted to see this movie, and I went with them. Rung worked at Asia Books, and her friend worked in an art gallery.
I saw tons of movies during the six months I traveled around Asia. Some I saw at movie theaters; many I saw at restaurants. I will continue updating this post.