Saturday, September 24, 2011

Headshot gets North American distributor, enters competition in Tokyo

Good news for Pen-ek Ratanaruang's upside-down hitman thriller Headshot (Fon Tok Kuen Fah, ฝนตกขึ้นฟ้า).

It's been picked for release in North America by Kino Lorber, which plans to give it a theatrical release, according to Film Business Asia.

Plus, Headshot is set for its Asian premiere in the competition at the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival, also according to Film Biz Asia. Th

The pending North American release for Headshot is the first of Pen-ek's since Last Life in the Universe, almost 10 years ago. Although the following film Invisible Waves got English-friendly releases, Pen-ek's under-rated marriage drama Ploy and his forest thriller Nymph have so far been passed by in the English-speaking world. And that's bad for Thai film lovers outside Thailand. They are missing out.

But what's good is the buzz coming off Headshot's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Aside from one mixed industry review, the couple folks I follow on Twitter who've seen Headshot really liked it.

4 comments:

  1. Did Ploy or Nymph ever get a release over there with English subs? I have been frustrated by not being able to see these! Excited to see Headshot! Well done Kino!

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  2. Almost DVDs of Thai movies are released with English subs in Thailand. I've not come across English-friendly releases of Ploy or Nymph anywhere.

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  3. there's been no subbed releases of ploy or nymph, but both are out there circulating unofficially - each respective party continues to blame one another for it not being viable to release a film that's been torrented, but p2p users often do so because they're aware of films that companies aren't picking up - so it's not impossible to see some stuff you'd imagine might never see the light of day, considering how these situations perpetuate year on year. looking forwards to a BD of headshot though.

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  4. I'm hoping there's still a chance for Ploy and Nymph through legitimate means. Sometimes these things take years, and stuff from awhile back is starting to trickle out now.

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