In a welcome move by GTH, the 2003 mega-hit childhood comedy-drama Fan Chan (แฟนฉัน, My Girl) has been re-released on DVD in Thailand, with, get this, English subtitles.
Could this be the first in a trend by Thailand's major studios, to re-release their older films with English subs?
Probably not. After all, Five Star Production, Sahamongkol and GTH are all releasing their older classics for home video in bare bones packages, with no English subs.
So the English-friendly Fan Chan is probably just a fluke.
Fan Chan was released on DVD in Thailand in 2003, which despite an elaborate package that resembled the typical Thai schoolbag, had no English subs.
An English-friendly release came from Hong Kong.
Fan Chan was the movie that laid the foundations for the GTH studio, which was formed from the 2004 merger of the movie's three production companies, GMM Pictures, Tai Entertainment and Hub Ho Hin.
It was also the debut for six rookie filmmakers: Songyos Sugmakanan (Dorm, Hormones, Phobia 2), Nithiwat Tharathorn (Seasons Change, Dear Galileo), Witthaya Thongyooyong (The Little Comedian, The Possible), Adisorn Trisirikasem (Bangkok Traffic (Love) Story), Komgrit Triwimol (Dear Dakanda, Bedside Detective, Noo Hin: The Movie) and Vitcha Gojiew (film editor on many GTH movies).
It's still one of my favorite movies. Set during the 1980s in a small Thai town, and when I watch it, it still makes me nostalgic for that time, even though I didn't grow up in 1980s Thailand.
Special features, none of which are subtitled but all are fun to watch, include video footage of the cast and crew's travels to film festivals in Berlin and Tokyo. There's a layer of confusing advertising screens that have to navigated through before the main menu comes up. But it’s bargain priced, in shops for around 109 baht.
It's at eThaiCD.com for $10.