Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wisit Sasanatieng and Eric Khoo give us Hans

A distribution tie-up between Thailand's Five Star Production and Singapore's new horror-genre imprint Gorylah has apparently resulted in a co-production effort between the two companies, with Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo producing a new project by Wisit Sasanatieng.

It's a science-fiction film called Hans and Twitch has more details. Here is the synopsis:

Hans is a tribute film to Hans Christian Andersen. Borrowing characters from his books such as the Steadfast Tin Solider, the Ugly Duckling and the Little Match Girl, the film is set in the not too distant future. It traces the adventures of android Hans (meaning brave in Thai). Built with a defective leg, Hans is sold off to a Bangkok mafia boss to be his bodyguard. In the dark and crime-ridden streets of Patpong, he befriends a little girl droid who sells matches and it is also there in one of his boss’ a-go-go bars that he chances on and falls in love with a beautiful but mute dancer android who once was a mermaid. Hans sets out to discover out more about the girl of his dreams and her sad past. Along the way, he has to fight off other androids that his boss sends to kill him.


Twitch's Todd Brown says Hans is in pre-production already and will follow closely after Wisit's current project Red Eagle with Ananda Everingham wraps. Add to that Kongkiat Khomsiri's Slice, which Wisit co-wrote, and it's turning out to be a busy time for the director of Tears of the Black Tiger, Citizen Dog and The Unseeable.

During the Cannes Film Festival, it was announced that Five Star had picked up the distribution rights to Gorylah's Macabre by the Mo Brothers. Macabre recently won a best-actress prize in Puchon. Wonder when Macabre will be shown in Thailand?

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