Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Muay Thai over Miami

Fresh off its leading haul of five golden swans at the Suphanahongse Awards, Muay Thai Chaiya is set for the Dramatic Features category of the World Cinema Competition at the Miami International Film Festival from February 28 to March 9.

The gritty drama, set in the underworld of Thai boxing in Bangkok of the 1970s, stars best-actor winner Akara Amarttayakul as a hot-headed fighter who is banned from the ring and becomes an unlicensed bare-knuckles brawler and mob enforcer, assisted by his childhood buddy, best supporting actor winner Sonthaya Chitmanee. Meanwhile, another childhood friend (Thawatchai Penpakdee) follows the straight-and-narrow path to become a top contender in the ring.

In Miami, Muay Thai Chaiya is a nominee for a Knight Foundation Grand Jury Prize of US$25,000.

Other films in the competition are The Drummer by Kenneth Bi and Getting Home by Yang Zhang.

(Via press release from Five Star Production)

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