Thursday, November 9, 2006
Pen-ek directs footie flick
Soccer is an extremely popular sport in Thailand. People love to play it, but ever more they love to watch it on TV and bet on it.
Its influence has extended to such Thai movies as Pattaya Maniac, which had a character who was into gambling on Premier League football matches. There was Leo Kittikorn's Goal Club several years back, which was also about football wagering. The sport has even spawned full-length features, such as the recent Lucky Loser, and at least one other comedy film, Sagai United.
Now Pen-ek Ratanaruang has co-directed a short film about football that will be shown before the main features on the Apex Circuit starting December 14, reports Soopsip yesterday in The Nation.
Total Bangkok runs for just under 30 minutes and is co-directed by Passakorn Pramunwong, who founded a day magazine and now runs an advertising agency. The film is sponsored by Nike.
The film tells the story of footie fever in Bangkok and touches on street football matches to the talented Thai players who've achieved their dreams.
(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)