Thursday, January 14, 2010

In memoriam: MC Tippayachat Chatchai

Filmmaker MC Tippayachat Chatchai died yesterday. He was 75, according to The Nation.

Prince Tippayachat (also Dhibbayachat) was best known for a string of romance films he made in the 1980s. The Bangkok Post has more:

He made his first film, Jao Mae, in 1976. In the 1980s, he wrote and directed romantic dramas and created a signature style that relied on the presence of pop stars, location shooting in Europe and sweetly sentimental soundtracks.

Some of his well-known films include Kor Kae Kid Tueng in 1984 starring Thongchai McIntyre and Mai Charoenpura; Laew Rao Kor Rak Kan in 1984 starring Jarunee Suksawasde; and Jong Rak in 1988 starring Marsha Watanapanich.

He directed his last film, Pieng Rao Mee Rao, in 1992.

According to Thanr and Thai101 on Twitter, Prince Tippayachat was well-known in recent years for translating subtitles for foreign films. Thanr reports last seeing Tippayachat's name on Sherlock Holmes, which is currently in cinemas.

He had suffered from Parkinson's disease for 15 years. He died at his home in Nonthaburi.

Funeral rites for Tippayachat are at Sri Mahathat Temple in Bang Khen.

On the same day Tippayachat died, Thailand also lost National Artist Krisda Arunvongse na Ayudhya, an architect and former governor of Bangkok. He was 78.

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