While the Bangkok International Film Festival is daring to show political documentaries like Citizen Juling, about the South Thailand conflict, and The Betrayal, about Laotian refugees, a gritty portrayal of Bangkok's underworld and the child-sex trade does not sit well with the festival's main sponsor, the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Children of the Dark had been scheduled to screen in the "Made in Thailand" program, but because the film
Director Sakamoto Junji had been scheduled for Q&A appearances at the fest. His film stars Aoi Miyazaki as a Japanese social worker in Bangkok, trying to save children from a prostitution and organ-trafficking ring. Children of the Dark premiered at the recent Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Its timeslot will be filled by another Thai film -- Princess Ubolratana's uplifting drama, Where the Miracle Happens.
Update: Here's a trailer for Children of the Dark on YouTube, courtesy of Nanoguy.