Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Iron Ladies director eyes Japanese novel

Producer-director Yongyooth Thongkongtoon, the man behind the transgendered-gay volleyball movies Satree Lex and the sequel and last year’s housemaids' adventure, Jaew (M.A.I.D.), is negotiating to buy the copyright to Colourful, a novel by Eto Mori that has already been made into a film by Shun Nakahara.

As he's explained it to Soopsip, a print-only column in The Nation, it's a "heartwarming comedy about a spirit who wins a lucky draw in heaven enabling him to come back to earth again in a new body."

Yongyooth says it's a story that deserves to be told again.

"The story is universal, and I think it can relate to what we see in Thai society. There's some connection to the economic downturn of 1997 and also the teenage problem," he was quoted as saying.

Flitting about from film festival to film festival (his Jaew is in Vancouver), Yongyuth intends to attend the Tokyo Film Festival and meet author Eto there.

"I hope she’ll let me do it!"

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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