Pen-ek Ratanaruang and Ekachai Uekrongtham will present their projects at the Tokyo Project Gather as part of the Tokyo International Film Festival's Tiffcom market.
Pen-ek is presenting Headshot, being produced by Pawas Sawatchaiyamet and Raymond Phathanavirangoon. I don't know if this is the same project as Fon Tok Kuen Fah (ฝนตกขึ้นฟ้า, or roughly "rain falling up to the sky", also "rain in blue"), which is adapted from Win Lyovarin's "film noir novel" about a hitman, but I suspect it is.
Ekachai is producing his Dessert Queen, and this is the first I'm learning of it. At previous project markets, the Beautiful Boxer director has been pitching the film adaptation of his Chang & Eng stage show about the original Siamese twins and Enemies, a thriller about Thailand's Thaksin-era war on drugs. Dessert Queen sounds different from either of those.
Also good to see is Monk on Fire, Vietnamese superstar Dustin Nguyen's long-in-development action followup to The Rebel. Casey Silver is producing. There's also projects from Malaysians Edmund Yeo and Woo Ming-jin (The Book Keeper), Indonesia's Nia Dinata and producer Constantin Papadimitriou (Trans Sumatra) and Vietnam's Minh Nguyen-Vo with a France-Canada co-production Dance of the Executioner.
The Tokyo Project Gathering runs from from October 25 to 28.
(Via Screen Daily, Film Business Asia)