Putthiphong Promsakha na Sakon Nakhon, the director of last year's teenybopper hit First Love (Sing Lek Lek Thee Riak Wa … Ruk, สิ่งเล็กๆ ที่เรียกว่า...รัก,), a.k.a. A Crazy Little Thing Called Love or A Thing Called Love, has another movie coming out.
Only this time, instead of spying on the romantic life of a high-school girl, he's got a 30-year-old woman on his hands in 30+ Singles on Sale (30+ โสด on Sale).
"Ploy" Cherman Boonyasak stars in this Sahamongkolfilm International production, playing a rare comedic role. And from the looks of the trailer (English-subtitled and embedded below), she's a charming teary-eyed mess, similar to Cris Horwang in GTH's 2009 thirtysomething romance Bangkok Traffic (Love) Story. Ploy's a single 30-something gal stuck in the city. Musician-actor "Pe" Arak Amornsupsiri co-stars along with Phichitra Siriwetchachaphan and comedic actress "Tukky" Sudarat Butrprom as her supportive best friends.
Putthiphong, who has possibly the longest name in Thai showbiz, is helpfully nicknamed "Sena Petch". About his movie, he was quoted by The Nation's Soopsip, talking about the pressure to make another hit that follows his debut feature:
"It all comes down to the same thing – everyone needs to love and be loved. I don't feel any pressure because I think my second movie is the same as the first. I offer something good and something I put all my effort into. If people like it, then they'll like it."
Sena Petch is actually a veteran of the movie industry, working on the crews of various productions before making his directorial debut last year with Sing Lek Lek, which he co-directed with Wasin Pokpong.
Sing Lek Lek has been a sensation.
Starring the young actress "Bai Fern" Pimchanok Luevisetpaibool as a girl head-over-heels in love with her school's star athlete (played by hearttrob actor Mario Maurer), the cute romance has been making the rounds at film festivals, and working crowds into frenzies.
It won the Technicolor Asia Award at this year's Udine Far East Film Festival as well as the Laugh Award at last year's Okinawa International Movie Festival. It was also a runner-up in the Thai Film Director Association Awards,
German fans of the movie called Immer diese Liebe! have a chance to watch it at the 16th Schlingel, the International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences, running from October 10 to 16 in Chemnitz.
30+ Singles on Sale (30+ โสด on Sale) opens in Thai cinemas on October 13, ironically the same day the indie director Aditya Assarat's romantic drama Hi-So opens in a limited release. It stars a frequent co-star of Ploy's – Ananda Everingham.
Let the battle of the hearttrobs begin.