Saturday, October 8, 2005

Thai films by foreigners

The Bangkok Post's Kong Rithdee gets back to the days of King Kong filmmaker (and MC Chatrichalerm Yukol's mentor) Merian C Cooper, when Thailand was a sought-after location for filmmakers looking for elephants.

In his article yesterday, Kong surveys a more recent crop of foreign-made Thai films, name-checking Paul Spurrier's P and the recent Ghost of Mae Nak by British cinematographer-director Mark Duffield.

There's also mention of The Cool Season, feature Thai and farang talent and made in Chiang Mai by New York filmmaker Seth Grossman. He's now editing the film in New York, the Post says.

But the big one is the 250-million-baht (about US$6 million) historical fantasy, The Kingmaker, produced by David Winters. Based on a turbulent chapter in the Ayutthaya kingdom's history, it involves everything from Portuguese mercenaries and Arab slave-traders to gravity-defying Ninjas. Starring Gary Stretch, it opens in Thailand on October 20.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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