Tag Archives: Thai

Anocha Suwichakornpong – Jao nok krajok aka Mundane History (2009)

Explores the relationship between Ake, a young man who is paralyzed from the waist down after an accident, and Pun, the male nurse who takes care of him, and of course Ake’s father. Ake is at first cold towards his nurse Pun, but as Pun continues to earnestly take care of him he starts to open up his heart through candid conversations. The physical contact with Pun makes him rethink physical desires that he wants to forget. The grudge he held against his father slowly abates. All of this slowly becomes the motivating factor to confirm that he is alive, albeit with physical problems. Read More »

Wisit Sasanatieng – Fah talai jone AKA Tears of the Black Tiger [Director’s cut] (2000)

Synopsis:
In the countryside of Thailand, a gang of outlaws makes the region unsafe. Among them is the handsome gun hero Dum, who became unwillingly involved in the bandit life. Handsome Dum made a promise to his upper-crust lover Rumpoey: despite the class difference, they will get married. When the moment of reunion arrives, Dum gets involved in a fire fight and cannot possibly reach Rumpoey in time. She is desperate: her father has married her off to a policeman. The taciturn Dum, called the ‘Black Tiger’ by his co-conspirators, has however not forgotten Rumpoey. Read More »

Pen-Ek Ratanaruang – Invisible Waves (2006)

Synopsis:
After inadvertently killing his girlfriend, a man (Asano) flees Macau for Thailand in an attempt to cope with his guilt, and avoid possible arrest. But the relocation doesn’t prevent his problems from following him, as his new friends could be potential enemies. Read More »

Ekachai Uekrongtham – Beautiful Boxer (2003)

Synopsis:
Based on the real life story of Parinya Charoenphol, a Muaythai boxer who underwent a sex change operation to become a woman. The movie chronicles her life from a young boy who likes to wear lipstick and wear flowers to her sensational career as kickboxer whose specialty is ancient Muaythai boxing moves which she can execute expertly with grace and finally her confrontation with her own sexuality which led to her sex change op. Read More »

Uruphong Raksasad – Sawan baan na AKA Agrarian Utopia (2009)

Facing seizure of their own lands, two families find themselves farming together on the same field, hoping just to get through another rice-farming season. But no matter how much the world is evolving, how much the country is going through economic, political, and social changes, they still cannot grasp the new ideology of “happiness.” How can you dream of utopia when your stomach is still grumbling? Read More »

Oxide Chun Pang – Som and Bank: Bangkok for Sale AKA One Take Only (2001)

Mak, a street urchin in Bangkok, dreams of being a tough gangster. He earns some money as a drugs runner. One day he meets a young prostitute, who turns out to live nearby and they fall in love. After he has delivered a large batch of drugs to a rich man on the other side of town, they can suddenly afford new clothes, luxury mobile phones and expensive sunglasses. Made reckless, Mak and his partners use the girl for an even bigger delivery to the same rich man. But then everything goes terribly wrong… Read More »

Nonzee Nimibutr – OK baytong AKA Baytong (2003)

Synopsis:
On hearing the news of the death of his sister, a Buddhist monk leaves the temple where he has lived for childhood and struggles to adjust to life on the outside as an uncle to a young niece and as a businessman running a hair slaon in a small Thai town in a southern province. He even must learn to ride a bicycle and zip up his trousers without injuring himself. He is confronted by a flood of feelings – sexual, for a woman and family friend across the street; as well as fear and hatred for the Muslims, who he believes is repsonsible for his sisters death and other sorrows in his life. Read More »