Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Thai film in Seoul

It's not Pusan by any stretch, but it does offer a chance to see a great lineup of Thai films.

It's a screening of six recent hit Thai films, with English subtitles, at the Korea Foundation. Joong Ang Ilbo has more.

The films are:
  • Ong Bak - Starring Tony Ja, which rose to cult status for its incredible kickboxing footage and death-defying stunts, all executed without wires, special effects or safety nets.
  • Beautiful Boxer - Tells the true story of the transgender boxer Nong Toom (Asanee Suwan), who enters the sport to support his family while earning money for a sex change. It won best film awards at several international gay and lesbian film festivals last year.
  • The Judgement - Also called Ai Fak, the drama is about a young man named Fak living with his retarded, widowed stepmother, who happens to be a beautiful, young woman (Bongkote 'Tak' Kongmalai). The film opened to good reviews in New York this June.
  • Mekhong Full Moon Party - Part documentary, part drama, Jira Milagool's 2002 film explores the phenonmenon of mysterious fireballs that annually fly out of the river at Nong Kai, across from Laos.
  • The Overture - "A lyrical film about Thailand's modernization at the turn of the 20th century seen through the eyes of a famous traditional Thai musician."
  • The Adventure of Iron Pussy - Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Tropical Malady) co-directs this musical comedy about a transvestite secret agent (the irrepressible Michael Shaowanasai).
(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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