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Nang Nak is based on a Thai true story of a beloved wife whose loyalty to her husband is legendary. It is believed that her devotion could not be extinguished by her death. In Nonzee Nimibutr's exceptional film, Nang Nak's husband, Mak, departs for war, leaving his pregnant wife to care for ... Read more
“Oozes a sylvan sensuality.” - Bangkok Post ... Former MIFF guest and Thai revelation Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Invisible Waves, MIFF 06; Ploy, MIFF 08) returns with a moody supernatural drama about a how a couple is changed by encounter with a strange jungle spirit.When Nop, a photographer, accepts ... Read more
Ong Bak Thailand'a muscular, no holds-barred action film'-VarietyMove over Jackie Chan and Jet Li, there's a new man in town; his name is Tony Jaa and he's out to inflict some serious damage. Full of hyperkinetic and visually dazzling action sequences played out in the back alleys and seedy clubs ... Read more
“Tony Jaa and his team have once again raised the bar for fight choreography… Outstanding.” - Martial Development ... As the audience at MIFF's Closing Night screening of Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior in 2004 can attest, Tony Jaa's no-CGI, wire-free stylings left jaws hanging slack. For Ong ... Read more
Every relationship needs its fantasies; some are more real than others. ... Arriving back in Thailand after a decade abroad, Wit and his wife Dang check in to a five-star hotel downtown. As Dang sleeps, a jet-lagged Wit retires to the hotel bar where he meets Ploy, a Lolita-like 19-year-old girl ... Read more
Through the personal moral confusion and conflicts of a young idealistic police officer, Salween highlights the terrible killing and lawlessness of the Thai-Burma border. A conflict that stretches back to when Burma achieved independence without first having found an acceptable solution to the ... Read more
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 name of one of the biggest slums in Bangkok. Formerly useless swampland, it belongs to the government ... Read more
Sang, Prang and Tubtim (husband, wife and sister-in-law), jointly crew a barge that brings sand down the Chao Phaya river to Bangkok. Arriving in Bangkok, the dissatisfied wife, Prang, goes ashore to seek to improve her life. Sang sets out to find his wife who has been lost in the big city... ... Read more
Sang, Prang and Tubtim (husband, wife and sister-in-law) jointly crew a barge that brings sand down the Chao Phaya river to Bangkok. Arriving in Bangkok, the dissatisfied wife, Prang, goes ashore seeking to improve her life. Sang sets out to find his wife who has been lost in the big city, a cabbie ... Read more
Purportedly based on the courtship of the filmmaker's parents, this film experiments with narrative to tell a story twice - in radically different settings. Purportedly based on the courtship of the filmmaker's parents, this film experiments with narrative to tell a story twice - in radically ... Read more
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 would happen if doctrines, pravers and rituals were combined with modern tech­nology, a totally ... Read more
Deserted by his wife, Thongpoon comes to Bangkok to save for his small son's future education by working as a taxi driver. His concern for others and his trusting nature allow him to be cheated by many of his fares, but win him the friendship of two: a legless cripple and a city prostitute. But the ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 magic of the best films about relations between humans and animals, and a film about the way in which ... Read more
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 magic of the best films about relations between humans and animals, and a film about the way in which ... Read more
The banyan tree is the symbol of eternity in Thailand. A middle-aged man, feeling the pressures of the city, returns to the village of his birth where the banyan planted during his childhood is full grown. Personal crisis' and poignant memories are relived as the man questions whether his dreams ... Read more
Confusion in thought and experience is a con­stant of every big city in the world, caused by conflicts, struggles, beliefs, death, money and environmental degradation. Many people are able to endure and survive in this oppressive situation, but some fall, get trampled, leave. This film shows a ... Read more
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 them to perform tasks alien toothier bestiality.' -Ton Nakajima, novelist Co-recipient of the Jury ... Read more
“More than my other films, Uncle Boonmee is very much about cinema, that's also why it's personal. If you care to look, each reel of the film has a different style - acting style, lighting style, or cinematic references - but most of them reflect movies. I think that when you make a film about ... Read more
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 and nasty" matters. ... Why does something normal become abnormal? ... If sexual desire is the most ... Read more
“An elegant combo of slow-burn romance and social realism… Wonderful Town reaches deeply into the hearts and minds of people struggling to rebuild themselves long after the physical shockwaves have subsided.” - VarietyA Bangkok architect travels to a coastal town in the south of Thailand ... Read more
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