Wednesday, June 22, 2011

PiFan 2011: Four horrors, two Killers and one SuckSeed

Four Thai films are part of the line-up of the 15th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.

They are the Sahamongkol horror anthology Four; Yuthlert Sippapak's Friday Killer and Saturday Killer and GTH's rock 'n' roll romance SuckSeed.

Asian Media Wiki has the line-up of all the east Asian films.

Four (Lud 4 Lud, , a.k.a. 4 Pyscho) makes its international premiere. The four-segment horror-thriller anthology features the work of writer-directors Ekkasith Thairath, Kongkiat Khomsiri, Phawat Panangkasiri and Chookiat Sakveerakul, and features such stars as Ananda Everingham, Alex Rendel, and "Boy" Pakorn Chatborirak.

Friday Killer and Saturday Killer make their Korean premieres after screening at the recent Shanghai International Film Festival, where the moody tragicomedy Friday Killer won the Jury Prize and award for Best Cinematography.

They are part of the Mue Puen 3 Pak trilogy of hitman comedies that pair veteran comedians with young actresses. Made for release by Phranakorn Film, Friday Killer, starring Thep Po-ngam and Ploy Jindachote, screened at the Phuket Film Festival last year and has yet to be released in Thai cinemas. Meanwhile the hilarious Saturday Killer, starring "Nong" Choosak Iamsuk as a gunman with erectile dysfunction chasing Cris Horwang, jumped the gun and played last year. A third entry in the series, Sunday Killer, starring Kohtee Aramboy and May Pitchanart, has yet to be released.

SuckSeed, a fun-filled tale of buddies who form a crappy rock band and have their friendship tested when a girl joins up, is making its "international premiere" at PiFan.

But interestingly, SuckSeed has been playing in Indonesia at the Blitz Megaplex – gotta love the critic's blurb they chose. A bunch of Thai movies have been making their way into Indonesian multiplexes during an embargo by Hollywood studios in protest of taxes on their blockbusters. Other Thai films programmed at Blitz include Bangkok Traffic (Love) Story and Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Recent changes in Indonesia's tax structure means Hollywood movies will be returning to the archipelago. However, here's hoping Blitz Megaplex will keep bringing in Thai films, since they've proven to be pretty popular.

PiFan runs from July 14 to 24.

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