Thursday, August 2, 2012

A dose of mother's milk in Ka Nam Nom

Social-problem dramas used to be a large component of the Thai film industry back in the 1970s and '80s, the heyday of MC Chatrichalerm Yukol.

You don't see them so much these days, but this week in Thai cinemas there's Ka Nam Nom (ค่าน้ำนม), which literally means "mother's milk".

The motherhood drama comes out just before the August 12 Queen's Birthday and Thai Mother's Day holiday, and seeks to get back to the roots of social-problem movies.

Chudapha Chanthakhet stars as a widowed single mother who struggles to raise her boy and girl, and hopes they will rise from their hardscrabble, small-town roots and have better lives.

Full of promise, the good brother and sister head to Bangkok for schooling, but end up getting caught up in all the various problems that come with life in the big city, such as gang fights and drugs.

Teerapat Yamsri and Uttama Chiwanichpan star as the brother and sister. Nati Phunmanee directs. He previously did such low-budget horror comedies and action flicks like Ja-Ae ... Goi Laew Jaa (จ๊ะเอ๋... โกยแล้วจ้า) and Ha Teaw. It's released by Pacific Island Films, which was behind the fairly acclaimed teenage drugs drama Sam Chuk a few years ago.

Check out the trailer, embedded below.

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