Skip to main content

THE DUMB DIE FAST, THE SMART DIE SLOW

Thailand, 1991 (MIFF 1993)

Director: Manop Udomdej

Thai cinema may be one of the great unknowns in Western film study but a healthy national industry exists, making polished and popular films. Its international profile has been hampered by governmental indifference and producer reluctance to make films available or to subtitle them, however over the last ten years a handful of significant features have been showcased internationally, including several MIFF screenings. We continue the tradition this year with an example of Thailand's up-market, 'populist' cinema.

See also...

6IXTYNIN9

After losing her job due to downsizing, Tum despairs until a noodle carton chock full of cash is wrongly delivered to her door (a simple but superb visual gag explained in the title). When a pair of ... More »

THE ELEPHANT KEEPER

The Elephant Keeper is an exceptionally entertaining and dramatic feature film which is at once an environmental film about the dangers to Thailand's rainforests, an animal film which has all the ... More »

Under Taboo

From a very young age, we are indoctrinated with taboos, told not to mention certain things even though they are neither illegal nor anti­social, forbidden to ask anything about these "shameful ... More »

TROPICAL MALADY

Tropical Malady (Sud Pralad) Thailand/France/Italy/Germany 'all of us are by nature wild beasts and our duty as human beings is to become like trainers who keep their animals in check, and even teach ... More »

Telechante

When the bell rings, a signal of sight and sound of "Suad Pan Yak" (a chant from the Sukhothai period — about 800 years ago) spreads all over the land. Someone has his own Nirvana... ... What ... More »

SOMSRI

When a corrupt land development company tries to evict 20,000 dwellers from their homes, Somsri, a charismatic local teacher leads the fight to save his community. 'Tiger Temple Community' is the ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director