Thursday, August 9, 2012
In memoriam: Kom Akkadej
News reports say the former president of the Federation of National Film Associations of Thailand died today of heart failure. He was 64.
Kom also owned the Coliseum theater chain in southern Thailand.
Several of Kom's movies were shown as part of a tribute at the 2010 Phuket Film Festival.
He made around 12 action movies and dramas from 1975 to 1987. According to ThaiFilmDb.com, he was also an actor in around eight films from 1971 to 1975. He also directed several TV series.
Among his feature films was 1979's The Mountain Lion (เสือภูเขา), a gritty action-adventure drama that starred Sorapong Chatree in one of his many "ethnic" roles. Jarunee Suksawat also starred, playing the plucky hilltribe heroine.
His other films included 1982's Diamond Cuts Jade (เพชรตัดเพชร), an ambitious Hong Kong co-production that starred Norman Tsui Siu Keung, and 1983's The Opera Hero (พยัคฆ์ยี่เก, Payak Yeekay, literally “The tiger of Thai song and dance theatre”).
Another of his iconic movies is 1985's Tubtim Tone (ทับทิมโทน). The poster features jumpsuit-clad leading man Bin Binluerit blasting off with a rocket pack, an image that was featured on the cover of film historian Dome Sukwong's book "A Century of Thai Cinema".
Sadly, many of Kom's films have been lost due to lack of archiving, among them Tubtim Tone.
Update: Religious rites will be on Friday, August 10 at 5pm at Wat Tatong, next to Ekamai BTS station in Bangkok.