Wednesday, July 25, 2012

GTH says happy birthday to itself with Seven Something

Nearly 10 years have passed since production companies GMM Pictures, Tai Entertainment and Hub Ho Hin collaborated on the now-classic hit childhood romance Fan Chan. The companies formally merged in 2004, forming a movie-making machine that's churned out a solid string of hits, many of which are critically acclaimed.

Plans to mark the studio's auspicious seventh anniversary have been in the works for a long time and were due to be held last year but for one reason or another things were delayed, and it's only just now they are getting around to having the big party.

The Nation has more on that as well as other details about how GTH makes its movies.

The special film marking the seventh anniversary is Seven Something (รัก 7 ปี ดี 7 หน, Rak Jet Pee Dee Jet Hon) a three-segment drama that looks at the stages of life at various seven-year cycles.

The first part, directed by Paween Purijitpanya, and starring Jirayu La-ongmanee and Suthata Udomsilp is about romance at the age of 14.

Adisorn Trisirikasem directs the second part, which covers a celebrity couple (Sunny Suwanmethanon and Cris Horwang) breaking up when they are 21 and reuniting at age 28.

Jira Maligool directs the third part, which features boyband star Nichkhun Horvejkul and newscaster Sukwan Bulakul in a story about a female marathon runner going through a crisis at age 42.

Most of the cast and crew have all been a major part of GTH's success.

Director Paween did the well-regarded horror thriller Body #19 and also had a hand in the hit horror compilations Phobia and Phobia 2. His segment in Seven Something, called 14, marks a departure for him as he makes a foray into teen romance.

Young actor Jirayu was in last year's hit rock 'n' roll romance SuckSeed while actress Suthata was in another big GTH hit from last year, the psychological thriller Laddaland.

Adisorn is one of the six directors of Fan Chan and also directed and co-wrote the hit romance Bangkok Traffic (Love) Story. His segment, 21/28 reunites him with his BT(L)S leading lady Cris Horwang, who co-stars with Sunny, the star of the big GTH hit romance Dear Dakanda.

And Jira, a co-founder of the studio, marks his return to directing for the first time since 2005's historical drama The Tin Mine.

His segment, 42.195, about marathon runners, has a pair of acting newcomers – veteran newscaster Sukwan Bulakul and singer Nichkhun Horvejkul. Despite the presence of many big stars in the movie, it's been the popular Nichkhun – a member of the South Korean boyband 2PM – who's been getting the most attention from fans, the media and promoters at the studio. However, a drunken-driving arrest will likely mean further promotional appearances by Nichkhun on behalf of the film will be curtailed.

There will also be cameos and supporting appearances by other GTH stars. Among them is Panissara "Opal" Phimpru, who's been the saucy comic-relief character in several GTH films, most notably Dear Dakanda. Show's moved on from acting in films and is now a popular TV personality and hostess of special events.

There's an international version of the trailer, embedded below.

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