Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ploy, Wonderful Town, Opapatika in Deauville

The Deauville Asian Film Festival runs from March 12 to 16, and it features two Thai films in its main features competition: Aditya Assarat's now-ubiquitious Wonderful Town (seems like it is playing everywhere but Thailand) and Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Ploy (when's the uncensored, English-friendly version coming to DVD?).

A third film, the karmic action drama Opapatika, is featured in the Asia Action Competition.

The three Thai films join a program that includes tributes to Korean director Im Kwon-taek, Chinese director Jia Zhangke, actor Jiang Wen, who is described by festival director Bruno Barde as "the Chinese Marlon Brando", Japanese actor Koji Yakusho, and Japanese film-score composer Joe Hisaishi.

Here is the list feature competition films:

  • Beautiful, directed by Juhn Jai hong, South Korea
  • Exodus, directed by Pang Ho-Cheung, Hong Kong
  • Flower in the Pocket, directed by Liew Seng Tat, Malaysia
  • Fujian Blue, directed by Robin Weng, China
  • Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers, directed by Daihachi Yoshida, Japan
  • Keeping Watch, directed by Fen Fen Cheng, Taiwan
  • Ploy, directed by Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thailand
  • Solos, directed by Kan Lume & Loo Zihan, Singapore
  • The Red Awn, directed by Cai Shangjun, China
  • With A Girl of Black Soil, directed by Jeon Soo-il, South Korea
  • Wonderful Town, directed by Aditya Assarat, Thailand

And the Asia Action competitors:

  • Black Belt, directed by Nagasaki Shunichi, Japan
  • Coq De Combat, directed by Soi Cheang, Hong Kong
  • Crowns Zero, directed by Takashi Miike, Japan
  • Heros De Guerre, directed by Feng Xiaogang, China
  • Opapatika, directed by Thanakorn Pongsuwan, Thailand

More information:
(Via Hong Kong Standard/AFP, ThaiCinema.org)

1 comment:

  1. The funniest(?) thing about this, there's some Thai fans of this movie who don't want to own the censored-DVD. They ordered the DVD from Korea, where the movie was released too, but the Korean distributor used the same master with Rose Media.



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