Limitless Cinema in Broken English

May 1, 2008

FAVORITE FILMS ABOUT THE NORTHERN PART OF THAILAND

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 12:18 am

This is my reply to Peter Nellhaus in my blog, with some added information:
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/04/images-of-films-about-urban-landscapes.html

I have been to Chiang Rai only once in my life—in late 1994. I really love the weather there in winter. It was around 8 degrees celcius at night in Chiang Rai at that time. I felt like I was in heaven. I love cold weather. I’m fed up with the 38 degrees celcius here in Bangkok. In my next life, I wish I will be born in the tundra or taiga area.

I have been to Chiang Mai only three times. I enjoyed it a lot as a tourist.

Your comment inspired me to make a list of my favorite films about the northern part of Thailand. Here is the result:

FAVORITE FILMS ABOUT THE NORTHERN PART OF THAILAND

(I don’t know the official English titles of some films below, so I just tried to translate the Thai titles into English.)

In roughly preferential order

1.MUANG NAI MORK (A TOWN IN FOG) (1978, Permpol Choei-arun)

2.THE BOY FROM MARS (2003, Philippe Parreno, short film)

3.Many short films by Uruphong Raksasad

4.KEU CHAN (IT’S ME) (1990, Jazz Siam)
http://www.fivestarent.com/movies/movies.asp?MoviesID=156

5.DONG ROK FAH (THE FOREST WITH SKY-HIGH TREES) (2001, Chookiat Sakvirakul, 30 min)

6.VIOLET BASIL (2004, Supamok Silarak)

7.JUST A SECOND: THE KHONG LEGEND (2003, Santiphap Inkong-ngam)

8.TAM HA KWAM RAK (SEARCHING FOR LOVE) (1984, Apichart Popairote)

9.DUAY KLAO (1987, Bhandit Rittakol)

10.WITEE KON GLAR (PATH OF THE BRAVE) (1991, Euthana Mukdasanit)

11.NORTH COLD (2006, Veramon Liptawat, 24 min)
This film is a real guilty pleasure for me, because it’s a very romantic gay film.

12.WAI ONLAWON 4: TUM + OH RETURN (2005, Rutaiwan Wongsirasawad)

13.MAHASAJAN HANG RAK (MIRACLE OF LOVE) (1995, Ml. Bandevanop Devakul)

14.VIRTUAL BORDERS (2004, Manu Luksch)

15.MY GUITAR (2005, Piroon Romkaew, 30 min)

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–Talking about the northern part of Thailand reminds me of a recent art exhibition. It’s the painting exhibition of Pornchai Jaima at Galerie N in Bangkok. The exhibition is called THE WAY OF LANNA ARTIST: 4TH PROGRESSION. His paintings are about the northern part of Thailand. You can read the details of his exhibition from the link below:
http://www.galerienbangkok.com/drupal/?q=gallery&g2_itemId=256

These are some of Pornchai Jaima’s paintings:

1.THE BIG PIPAL TREE

2.A CLAW OF CATS

3.THE HARVEST

4.THE MAD MAN AND THE DOGS

5.PICKING DUCK EGGS

 

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1 Comment »

  1. This is my reply to Peter Nellhaus’ in my bilingual blog:
    http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/05/favorite-films-about-northern-part-of.html

    Peter, thank you very very much for your mentioning of the film VAMPIRES: THE TURNING (2005, Marty Weiss). I saw a part of this film from a cable TV a few years ago. I can’t remember much of it. I only remember that Dom Hetrakul, whose look I like very much, stars in this film. Your mentioning of this film made me check its information in imdb.com, and I found some information which is very useful for me. Nophand Boonyai stars in this film !!!!!! My friends and I are very crazy for Nophand Boonyai now. I think he is one of the most interesting Thai stage play directors/performers this year. I wouldn’t have known that he stars in VAMPIRES: THE TURNING, if you hadn’t mentioned this film. Now my friends and I have to add VAMPIRES: THE TURNING into our DVD wish list. I don’t care if the film is good or not. I just want to watch Nophand Boonyai and Dom Hetrakul. 🙂 However, I think it’s rather unfortunate that film industry doesn’t have a proper place for such a talented artist as Nophand Boonyai. It seems nowadays many Thai artists/performers can only express their real talents in stage plays, not in films.

    Comment by celinejulie — May 5, 2008 @ 10:55 pm


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