Sunday, December 14, 2008

Limitless Cinema lists favorite Thai female performances

Following up on the list of 20 favorite actresses (a meme that was started by also featured on Coffee Coffee and More Coffee), Limitless Cinema's CelineJulie lists his "Favorite Thai Female Performances in Films/TV Series".

At the top of the list is Benjawan Boonyakerd's performance as a serial killer in Muang Nai Mork (A Town in Fog), directed by Permpol Choei-arun. It's so nice to finally put some names and faces with this film. I've had the poster hanging on my wall and could never get anyone to tell me what film it was or who was in it.

The whole list is well worth a read. But just for my own edification, I'll break it down here, Digg style.

Favorite Thai Female Performances in Films/TV Series
  1. Benjawan Boonyakard -- Muang Nai Mork (A Town in Fog), 1978, Permpol Choei-arun
  2. Chanutporn Wisitsopon -- Ploy Talay (The Gem from the Deep), 1987, Cherd Songsri
  3. Janjira Jujang -- Mai Sin Rai Fai Swat (The Flame of Love Never Dies), 1994, Adul Dulyarut (TV series)
  4. Jariya Saranakom -- Soi Prartana 2500 (An Alley Named Desire, B.E. 2500), 1998, M.L. Bhandevanop Devakul (TV series)
  5. Jintara Sukhapat -- Yue (Victims), 1987, Chana Kraprayoon
  6. Mayura Thanaboot -- That Woman's Name is Boonrawd, 1983, Supan Buranapim (TV series)
  7. Mayrachat Muenprasitthivet -- Prasart (Insane, 1975, Piak Poster
  8. Nattaya Dangbu-nga -- Tang Sai Tard (The Path of Slavery, 1989, Suprawat Patamasoot (TV series)
  9. Sinjai Hongthai (Plengpanich) -- Lar (Hunt, 1994, Supol Wichienchai (TV series)
  10. Supan Buranapim Muang Nai Mork (A Town in Fog), 1978, Permpol Choei-arun

Favorite Female Performances in Recent Thai Films
  1. Bongkoj Khongmalai -- The Judgement (Ai Fak, 2004, Pantham Thongsangl
  2. Focus Jirakul -- Pidtermyai Huajai Wawoon (Hormones) 2008, Songyos Sugmakanan
  3. Intira Jaroenpura -- The House, 2007, Monthon Arayangkoon
  4. Janet Khiew -- Yam Yasothon, 2005, Petchtai Wongkamlao
  5. Naowarat Yuktanan -- Ghost in Law, 2008, Seree Phongnithi and Tanit Jitnukul
  6. Napakpapha Nakprasitte -- Long Khong (Art of the Devil 2, 2005, Ronin Team
  7. Patharawarin Timkul -- Body #19, 2007, Paween Purijitpanya
  8. Pichanart Sakakorn -- The Victim, 2006, Monthon Arayangkoon
  9. Pimpan Chalaikupp -- Colic: Dek Hen Pee, 2006, Patchanon Thammajira
  10. Vasana Chalakorn -- The 8th Day, 2008, Chatchai Yodsaranee
Update: In the comments and and on his blog, CelineJulie offers a fascinating detailed synopsis of A Town in Fog. It is the Psycho of Thai cinema.


  1. Thank you very much for posting this. I really hope that MUANG NAI MORK (A TOWN IN FOG) will be released as a DVD with English subtitles. I really love this film. It is about a rural hotel run by a mother (Supan) and a daughter (Benjawan), who is also a rape victim and is the heroine (or anti-heroine) of this film. They keep killing their guests to steal money from their guests. Sorapong Chatri plays the long-lost son of Supan. He wants to surprise his mother by disguising himself as a guest in his mother’s hotel, but he doesn’t know that his biological family is a family of murderers. They try to kill him, because they think that he is just a guest. Parichart Borisuthi plays a promiscuous girl who is also a guest in this hotel. She fights back when the heroine tries to kill her. However, my most favorite characters in this film is three unnamed women in a village nearby. These three women can scare the serial killer/heroine (Benjawan) without obvious reasons. These three women also participate in a cursing ritual. It is possible that these three women have some kind of magic power, because after they perform the cursing ritual, the serial killer is gang-raped and her father is killed.

    I’m sorry if I don’t write the above synopsis in chronological order. There are many events in this film, so I just write about something I like very much in the film.

  2. Credit for the meme should go to Nathaniel R of "Film Experience". I just do what I can to remind a few people of interesting films and people beyond Hollywood.


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