Monday, March 28, 2011
Crazy Little Thing Called Love wins in Okinawa
Demonstrating that Thai romance films have strong appeal in other Asian markets, Sahamongkol Film International's box-office blockbuster Sing Lek Lek Thee Riak Wa … Ruk (สิ่งเล็กๆ ที่เรียกว่า...รัก, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, a.ka. First Love) won the award in the audience-chosen Laugh category at the third Okinawa International Movie Festival, which wrapped up over the weekend.
Starring Mario Maurer and "Bai Fern" Pimchanok Lerwisetpibol and directed by Putthiphong Promsakha na Sakon Nakhon and Wasin Pokpong, the ugly-duckling coming-of-age romance also received a special mention from the jury along with Miss Kurosawa Film II by Taku Watanabe.
The Japanese melodrama Hankyu Train by Yoshishige Miyakewon won the prize in the audience-voted Peace category and took festival's top prize, the jury-selected Golden Shiisa Award.
The jury was led by Lee Yong-kwan, chairman of the Pusan International Film Festival, with Chinese actor Wang Rugang, Taiwanese writer-director Chu Yu-Ning and Japanese artist Kiyota Oshiro.
According to Variety, the Okinawa festival was on the verge of cancellation after Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami disasters, but showbiz leaders banded together to make the festival a charity event.
The Okinawa win for Crazy Little Thing Called Love follows an Osaka win earlier this month for the rival GTH romance Hello Stranger.
(Via Jason Gray, Screen Daily)