Monday, August 22, 2011

Camellia is coming to Thailand


Months ago, I wondered if I would ever see Camellia, the pan-Asian trilogy of shorts made for last year's Pusan International Film Festival.

It includes a new Iron Pussy segment by Wisit Sasanatieng.

Well, I have to wonder no more. Camellia is getting a theatrical release in Thailand on September 15, from Five Star Production.

The trailer is on YouTube (embedded below).

I've also found a couple of posters, and I thought it was funny that they don't have any pictures of the Thai star, Michael Shaowanasai, and instead focus on the Korean actors, I guess owing to the continued popularity that Korean dramas and music enjoy in Thailand.

The segments, all filmed in Busan, are divided in "past", "present" and "future".

Wisit directs the "past", Iron Pussy: A Kimchi Affair, starring Michael in character as the transvestite secret agent Iron Pussy, who he's portrayed in a series of shorts and a 2005 feature that he co-directed with Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Capturing the colorful spirit of the 1960s Thai romance movies, it has Iron Pussy travelling to Korea on a mission and falling in love with a local man (Kim Min-Jun).

Kamome by Isao Yukisada is set in the present and is about a director (Sol Kyung-Gu) making a movie in Busan and falling in love. Yuriko Yoshitaka also stars.

And Love for Sale, directed by Joon-hwan Jang, is set in a future the when buying and selling memories is common. Gang Dong-Won plays a guy wanting to retrieve his memories of a lost love (Song Hye-Kyo).

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