Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Warlords: The Thai connection

That The Warlords, a film directed by Peter Chan, has a Thai connection is hardly surprising. Chan grew up in Thailand and has long used his Bangkok connections to get films made. It's been hinted that he could be working with Sahamongkol Film International on a major Hong Kong-Thai martial arts epic.

When The Warlords (distributed in Thailand by Mongkol Major) premiered in Bangkok in December, it was the biggest movie premiere event in Bangkok yet, with Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Peter Chan all present for a stroll down a heavily cordoned-off red carpet at SF World at CentralWorld, in front of around 1,000 screaming fans.

Aside from that, some of the region's premier film production facilities are located in Bangkok -- watch the end credits for many Hong Kong and Chinese films, and when the post-production credits come up, you're liable to see a lot of Thai names and places rolling by. This is the case with The Warlords, which had work done at Oriental Post and Kantana studios.

At the 27th Hong Kong Film Awards, one of the eight trophies bagged by The Warlords, aside from best film, best director, best actor for Jet Li, best cinematography, best art direction, best visual effects and best costume and makeup design, was best sound. The award went to Sunit Asvinikul and Nakorn Kositpaisal. Their other credits include Last Life in the Universe, Ong-Bak and many, many other films.

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