Prachya Pinkaew "The Kick" cover

The Kick

The Kick (더 킥) Director: Prachya Pinkaew Writer(s): Lee Jong-suk, Prachya Pinkaew Country: Thailand, South Korea Year: 2011 “The Kick” on Amazon. “The Kick” is a co-production between Thailand and South Korea. Primarily, it is a family action-comedy movie with very … Continue reading

The Iron Ladies

The Iron Ladies (สตรีเหล็ก) Director: Yongyoot Thongkongtoon Writer(s):  Visuttchai Boonyakarnjawa, Jira Maligool, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon Country: Thailand Year: 2000 “The Iron Ladies” on Amazon. A lot of movies from Thailand explore themes of transsexuality, homosexuality, and sexual identity in general. “The Iron … Continue reading

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Nang Nak

Nang Nak (นางนาก) Director: Nonzee Nimibutr Written: Wisit Sasanatieng Country: Thailand Year: 1999 “Nang Nak” on Amazon. “Nang Nak” is not simply another ghost story. It is a Thai legend, deep rooted in the nation’s psyche and imagination. It has … Continue reading

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The Love of Siam

The Love of Siam (รักแห่งสยาม) Director: Chookiat Sakveerakul Written: Chookiat Sakveerakul Country: Thailand Year: 2007 “Love of Siam” on Amazon. “The Love of Siam” is a teen love story with a twist. The twist is that it’s a gay teen romance … Continue reading

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Beautiful Boxer

Beautiful Boxer (บิวตี้ฟูล บ๊อกเซอ) Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham Written: Desmond Sim, Ekachai Uekrongtham Country: Thailand Year: 2004 “Beautiful Boxer” on Amazon. If “Rocky” and “Million Dollar Baby” were crossed together, you would get something like “Beautiful Boxer,” but it is much more. … Continue reading

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ) Director: Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul Written: Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul Country: Thailand Year: 2010 “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” on Amazon. “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past lives” is part … Continue reading

Prachya Pinkaew "Chocolate" poster

Chocolate

Chocolate (ช็อคโกแลต) Director: Prachya Pinkaew Written: Napalee, Chookiat Sakveerakul Country: Thailand Year: 2008 “Chocolate” on Amazon. When you hear the plot of this movie – the autistic daughter of an ex-gangster woman becomes a great martial artist in order to … Continue reading

Prachya Pinkaew "Ong-Bak" poster

Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior

Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (องค์บาก) Director: Prachya Pinkaew Written: Prachya Pinkaew, Panna Rittikrai, Suphachai Sittiaumponpan Country: Thailand Year: 2003 “Ong Bak – The Thai Warrior” on Amazon. Whenever I hear someone talking about Thai movies, the first one mentioned is … Continue reading

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Thoughts and reflections on Thai movie history

Before I go into the Thai movie month I will begin with an overview of Thai movie history. It dates back all the way to birth of cinema, when brothers Lumière toured Southeast Asia and screened their films. After seeing … Continue reading