SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies



Date: 25 May 2019Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 25 May 2019Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Film Screening


“Mi” has nothing to lose. Everything to gain. But that doesn’t necessarily mean she is winning in life. “Mi” is dying of Tuberculosis (TB). At the time, (Post War Period) there was no cure for Tuberculosis (TB). Mi does not care for a bit. She even presses on cigarettes and brandy. Rangoon night life is her playground. She is popular among upper class men in Rangoon. She is known for her cleverness and abilities to fool men. No one knows her true back story. 

Still, most men fall for her. Even though they knew that she could fool them, men are always after “Mi”. Among those men, Mg Ko Lay is the young one and madly in love with “Mi”. Mi treats Mg Ko Lay the same as others. Mg Ko lay got hurt badly at some point. And he rans away from her by taking a job at timber camp which is far away from Rangoon. There, he met Ko Thaw Swe who is his boss and treated Mg Ko Lay like his own brother. Ko Thaw Swe gets to know “Mi” from Mg Ko Lay’s late night talk. “Mi” is writing to Mg Ko Lay out of boredom. One day, Mg Ko Lay committed suicide out of blue. Ko Thaw Swe got fired because of the incident. 

He really wants to meet “Mi” who could drive a man to his own death. Thaw Swe came back to Rangoon, wanting to teach “Mi” a lesson. When they meet, everything changes. Thaw Swe learns stories of “Mi” from a lot of different men. Each man has different stories of “Mi”. Thaw Swe could not figure out which one is true. Even though, Thaw Swe knows “Mi” is fooling him, he can’t get away from her. He thought Mg Ko Lay was too soft for believing Mi’s lies. When he realizes that he is becoming like Mg Ko Lay, he find himself trying to rescue “Mi” from her bad environment. 

But there are so much more that he doesn’t know about “Mi”. Later he get tangled in a Murder Case of a rich man who has connection with Mi. Is Mi innocent? Mi is dying anyway. What’s the motive of the murder for “Mi”. Ko Thaw Swe doesn’t understand Mi from the beginning. Mi doesn’t try to prove her innocence either. “Mi” has bigger problem than any other things, doubting her existence. Will Thaw Swe able to help Mi? The real question is, “Does Mi really want to be helped?”

(2018, Myanmar)
Running time: 2 hours
Subtitles in English
Genre: Drama

Organiser: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, London Committee in collaboration with the SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies

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