The phenomenon of the dusky ladies of Isaan getting hitched to pale-skinned foreigners is the basis of the romantic comedy E-Nang Ei Khoei Farang (อีนางเอ๊ย...เขยฝรั่ง ), which is in Thai cinemas this week.
The English title White Buffalo is a metaphor from the superstition of Thailand's Northeast that if a family receives a white water buffalo as a gift, the animal cannot be used for work or killed for food – it can only be kept as a pet.
“Ron AF5” Patarapon Tua-on stars as a young man who returns to his Northeast village after flunking out at a university in Bangkok. He is shocked to discover that the women there are crazy about farang men. Even the mother his old crush, Waewdao (“Preaw AF2” Anusara Wanthongtak), is determined to marry her daughter off to a Westerner. Mark then rallies his old buddies in a campaign to stop Isaan women from marrying farangs.
Rungrawan Tonahongsa, who previously played the troublemaking Isaan maid in Noo-Hin: The Movie, also stars.
The feature directorial debut by veteran industry hand Chinoret Khamwandee was chosen from the Thailand Script Project four years ago and picked up for production by Sahamongkolfilm International. It also received backing from the Culture Ministry's "Strong Thailand" fund.
Read more about the movie in an article in The Nation.
And check out the trailer (embedded below).