Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Nostalgia for an Isaan childhood in Panya Reanu

Bin Banluerit is perhaps most well known for his role in the ultra-violent action film Bang Rajan but as a director he's making the sweet and sentimental childhood romantic comedy Panya Reanu (ปัญญา เรณู ), which hits Thai cinemas this week.

It looks to be channeling the same kind of nostalgia as the 2003 hit Fan Chan. Here, instead of being set in a Thai-Chinese town in central Thailand, the story is set in Isaan and involves a village boy Panya. He has his eyes on a local cute girl but is hounded by the chubby girl Reanu.

The music of Northeast Thailand plays a large part in this movie, with the kids getting involved in a song-and-dance contest.

A few of the familiar comedians make appearances in supporting and cameo roles.

Check the trailer at YouTube.

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