Sunday, April 29, 2012

SuckSeed on DVD in Taiwan, donates prize money to charity

The cast and crew of SuckSeed donate 150,000 baht to the MIirror Foundation. Photo via Thai Rath.

The teen rock 'n' roll romance SuckSeed is out on English-subtitled Region 3 DVD in Taiwan. It's listed at YesAsia. In fact, it's been out since January, but I'm pretty slow when it comes to English-friendly releases of Thai films on DVD, which are a rarity these days, but occasionally they do happen.

SuckSeed has been reviewed at Coffee Coffee and More Coffee, which notes that "while SuckSeed is not the Thai equivalent to A Hard Day's Night, it is, by turns both funny and charming."

In related news, the film's cast and crew have donated some of the prize money they won in Japan to a Thai charity, according to news reports.

SuckSeed was voted winner of the audience's Laughter Award at the recent Okinawa International Movie Festival, a prize that came with a 2.5 million yen purse, or about 900,000 baht.

Chayanop Boonprakob, his lead actors Patchara Chirathiwat and Jirayu La-ongmanee and other cast members turned right around and gave a portion of that money, 150,000 baht in the form of a big check, to the Mirror Foundation in support of its charitable efforts to support a children's hospital. "Moo" Chayanop was once a volunteer teacher at the Mirror Foundation.

They're open to suggestions about other worthy causes to support.

Previous award-winning GTH films have also donated to charity. The romantic comedy Guan Muen Ho (Hello Stranger) picked up two prizes at last year's Osaka Asian Film Festival, which occurred right around the same time as Japan's earthquake and tsunami disaster. They donated 100,000 baht to the Osaka Consul for victims' relief.

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