Four Thai filmmakers envisage their homeland a decade onwards in this second installment of the Ten Years project, following the first Hong Kong-based anthology in 2015. Aditya Assarat, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, and Wisit Sasanatieng each contribute a segment that taken together sound a warning about the current political climate in Thailand. Since 2014, the country has been ruled by a military dictatorship that curbs dissent, public expression, as well as creativity and diversity of thought. A new form of nationalism is on the rise, one with rigid rules of state-sanctioned logic and action. Left unchecked, what will the decade ahead look like?
Investigating a routine complaint, several soldiers visit an art gallery as part of checks on exhibitions around town to ensure there are no images that may cause conflict and misunderstanding. Young and naive conscript Kaen has a romantic encounter with Ann, the gallery's cleaning girl, but does not have the courage to speak up.
A young man leads an otherwise average life except for one difference: he is the sole human remaining in a world of cats that walk, dress, act, and talk the way people do. Some are even his friends. However, the humanoid felines are unaware that he is not of their kind, and so he must blend in as much as possible to escape suspicion.
A youth organisation is trained by the state to find and arrest citizens who diverge from the established norms. Offenders are brought to the Ministry of VHS, where they undergo correctional discipline by way of a special light treatment. Through this, the authorities maintain a peaceful society of permanently happy faces.
In Rathchadanussorn Park in Khon Kaen, people gather to enjoy the breeze and chit chat under the watchful eyes of Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat's statue. Construction abounds in the surroundings as they pass the time talking about old memories, new plans, and a device that promotes restful well-being.