Saturday, March 6, 2010

Historical epic Kon Tai Ting Pandin set for April 10 release

Three years in production, Kantana's historical epic Kon Tai Ting Pandin (คนไท ทิ้งแผ่นดิน), a.k.a. The Edge of the Empire, is set for release on April 10.

There's a website that may or may not be up and running when you click that link. A teaser poster is floating around. And there's a trailer at YouTube (embedded below).

It's about the legendary ancestors of Thai people and their struggle for freedom.

The cast includes Praptpadol Suwanbang, Anant Lapanich and Sarah Legge.

It's directed by “Ta” Nirattisai Kaljaruek, who last directed a film 16 years ago, Ka-wao Ti Bang Pleng (กาเหว่าที่บางเพลง, Cuckoos at Bangpleng), a horror thriller based on a book by National Artist and statesman MR Kukrit Pramoj. The book is said to bear a resemblance to John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos, adapted by John Carpenter into Village of the Damned. Aptly for the story, the ka-wao bird, a.k.a. the Asian koel (hear it here), is a brood parasite -- it leaves its eggs in other birds' nests for the hatchlings to be reared.

Khon Tai Ting Pandin is based on a 1973 book by Sanya Pholprasit, The Nation's Soopsip column said earlier this week. And there are various sources say that book won an award from the John F. Kennedy Foundation in Thailand. This is before "the Internet", so there's no record of that I can find on it except for those press releases.

(Via Filmsmash, also thanks to Deknang)


  1. I suppose I should wait to make this comment until I've seen the film, but I'm pretty sure that Watchmen is more historically accurate than this film will be.

  2. I read this book that the film is based on, and it's very touching. And this is coming from a Zhuang Tai ethnic in China. I love Thailand and it will be my future home.


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