Two movies that had been postponed from earlier release because of Thailand's ongoing political protests finally opened today, despite that protests are still going on.
The Kantana historical epic Kon Thai Tin Pandin opened yesterday and producer Poj Arnon's snakes-in-an-apartment horror thriller Kheaw Aa-Kaard (เขี้ยว อาฆาต, The Intruder) opened in Thai cinemas today.
In production for more than three years, Kon Thai Ting Pandin (คนไท ทิ้งแผ่นดิน, The Edge of the Empire) was earlier tipped for release on April 10. Heralded as the Kantana studio's return to live-action feature films, Kon Thai deals with the Tai people of China, who according to legend migrated south and settled in what is known today as Thailand.
Poj's Khaew Aa-Kaard has been postponed three times, according to an item in The Nation's Soopsip column today.
The movie is directed by "James" Thanadol Nualsuth and "Ping" Thammanoon Sakulbunthanom. The ensemble cast includes Akara Amarttayakul and Apinya Sakuljaroensuk.
“My film is about snakes and Nong Ngu Hao,” Poj is quoted as saying in Soopsip. He's referring to "Cobra Swamp", the traditional name of the wetlands area east of Bangkok that eventually became Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok's main international gateway.
Under his Film Guru shingle, Poj produced the film for release by Phranakorn. I'm not sure exactly when its earlier openings had been planned.
“I think we should release some snakes to scare off the protesters,” Poj was quoted as saying by Soopsip.
The protests by the red-shirt anti-government group continue to occupy the Rajprasong intersection, a neighborhood of glitzy shopping malls and hotels. CentralWorld shopping center and its SFW multiplex have been shut down.
Down the street, Siam Paragon has closed some days or curtailed hours, taking another 14 multiplex screens and Bangkok's IMAX out of the equation.
The Apex cinemas in Siam Square are seeing much-reduced business.
Bangkok's skytrain, blocked by tires earlier in the week, has reduced hours.
Although the red-shirt protests do become mobile and deadly on some days, much of the rest of Bangkok outside of the Rajprasong, Siam and Silom areas continues to operate as usual. Despite travel warnings, other parts of Thailand are generally not affected and safe.
But I don't think the snakes would stand a chance on Rajprasong.