The first of the six to break out on his own, Komkrit's first project after the nostalgic tale of childhood friends in the 1980s is Puen Sanit (literally "closest friend"), which is adapted from a romantic travel story by Apichat Petchleela and centers on an art student who secretly falls for his best friend at Chiang Mai University. But when the guy travels down to Pha-ngan island in the South, he forms a friendship with a local nurse, who in turn secretly falls for him.
"I feel like I have to prove myself with this film, but I know, as does everybody in our group of six, that it's unlikely that we can pull off another 100-million-baht hit," Komkrit says. "The thing is, we don't know what we have to do exactly to make a 100-million-baht movie. So for me, I started from doing what I felt like doing, something that really got me worked up all right."
Other Fan Chan directors at work include Nitiwat Tarathorn, who is shooting Seasons Change, a love story set in a music college, while Adisorn Treesirikasem is shooting a football comedy called Mak Tae.
(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)