Monday, May 30, 2005

Wookiee home planet is Thailand

"Good relations with the Wookies have I."

I'd heard that Thailand was one of the locations for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and in watching the film, I picked up a certain Thai flavor now and then.

The excellent website,, validates this, identifying Krabi as the Wookiee home planet, Kashyyk.

Additionally, there were references to a planet Utapau. It's a common place name in Thailand, one of them being U-Tapao Naval Airbase, near Sattahip on Rayong province, along the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand. It was once used by the US Air Force B-52s in their missions over Vietnam and Cambodia.

2Bangkok also has a list of the Thailand-based crew used in the "additional photography" shoot:
  • Production Services Provided by Santa International Film Productions Co., Ltd. (run by Ratana Pestonji's son, Santa Pestonji)
  • Production Manager - Piya Pestonji
  • Location Manager - Somchai Santitharangkul
  • Director of Photography - Ron Fricke
  • Camera Assistant - Teera Boonsri
  • Key Grip - Surat Thongwang

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