“Film descriptions drawn from various internet sources or written/translated by Justin McDaniel, Kim Kolor, or Rattana Yeang.”
Kingdom of War Part 1 (2006)
Part one of this epic historical film dramatizes the childhood years that Siam’s 16th-century King Naresuan spent as a hostage to the king of Burma, learning the military skills he’d one day use to set his country free of Burmese domination.
Kingdom of War Part 2 (2006)
The second installment of this sweeping historical saga follows heroic Naresuan, a gifted young warrior who would become Siam’s 16th-century King Naresuan the Great, as he initiates a revolution against his country’s Burmese overlords.
Legend of the Tsunami Warrior (2008)
Armed with formidable Thai boxing skills, a rebellious prince takes on his queen, a band of rowdy pirates and a needy village orphan for bragging rights to a vast ocean treasure. But there’s only so much booty to go around. Martial arts star Dan Chupong and Sorapong Chatree star in this fantastical Cannes Film Festival selection, an action-driven tale of adventure set on the high seas. Nonzee Nimibutr directs.
Raging Phoenix (2009)
After she’s rescued from a gang of Thai thugs who specialize in the trafficking of women, Deu endures a grueling regimen of drunken-style, break dancing-inspired combat training and sets out to get her revenge.
When 12-year-old Ton (Charlie Trairat) transfers to an all-boys boarding school, he’s taunted by his peers and terrified by their tales about the ghosts that inhabit the school. Ton is utterly miserable — until he befriends a mysterious fellow pupil (Sirachuch Chienthaworn). Songyos Sugmakanan helms this award-winning supernatural chiller from Thailand.
BKO: Bangkok Knockout (2010)
When a mutual friend is kidnapped, highly trained members of an exclusive fight club pool their talents — including expert skills in kung fu, muay Thai and capoeira — to bring the attackers to justice.
Power Kids (2009)
When little Wun needs a heart transplant, his friends race to save him. But the donor heart he needs is at a hospital that’s been captured by terrorists, so it’s up to the remaining Power Kids to liberate it.
Muay Thai Giant (Somtum) (2008)
Gentle giant Barney Emerald (Nathan Jones) is drugged and robbed while on holiday in Pattaya. He befriends two Thai sisters, one who can speak English, and another who is a muay-thai kick-boxing champion, and stays with them until he can recover his passport. After eating some spicy “somtum” at their mother’s restaurant, he accidentally demolishes the place. He vows to find a way to earn the money to rebuild the restaurant.
Ghost Mother (2007)
After drug lords slay an undercover cop and his sister Nuntha, they turn their sights on the dead cop’s children. But Nuntha returns from the dead to protect her brother’s orphaned kids, and the killers must face the full fury of an angry spirit.
The Coffin (2008)
To rid their lives of bad luck, a man and a woman follow Thai tradition and spend the night in coffins. But the cramped quarters only bring misery. Turns out you can’t cheat death without making him awfully angry.
The Screen of Kamchamod (2007)
When he begins to hear reports that film projectionists screened a movie for an audience full of ghosts, Dr. Yuth sets out to uncover the truth in this horror movie based on real events.
The Haunted Drum (2007)
When his master’s other pupils begin to perish in terrible ways, apprentice musician Ping must prevent further bloodshed by uncovering the secret of a drum that his master gave him, rumored to be made from the skin of a long-dead woman.
Demon Warriors (2007)
In order to investigate a gang of demons called Opapatikas, Detective Techit (Putthipong Sriwat) kills himself so that he can enter a purgatory and acquire superpowers that will allow him to defeat the ghouls in this bloody Thai horror fantasy. Unfortunately, immortality comes at a high price, and each time he battles an Opapatika, Techit must give up one of his five earthly senses. Nirut Sirichanya co-stars as the evil Mr. Sadok.
Train of the Dead (2007)
After committing a robbery and evading police, five teenagers find an empty train and decide to wait out a search by the authorities. Little do they realize that the train is actually inhabited by ghosts on their way to final judgment.
Citizen Juling (2008)
Inspired by the shocking murder of Buddhist teacher Juling Pongkunmul, this documentary from Kraisak Choonhavan, Manit Sriwanichpoom and Ing K. explores the violent uprising of Islamic fundamentalism that has plagued Thailand since 2004.
Director Jack Silberman presents a compelling documentary on an emotional topic: the tragic presence of millions of unexploded cluster bombs in the fields and jungles of Laos, long after the U.S. military deposited them there during the Vietnam War. An estimated 90 million cluster bombs were dropped on Laos between 1964 and 1973, and since the end of America’s “secret” war there, the lethal devices have wounded more than 12,000 people.
Small Voices: The Stories of Cambodia’s Children (2008)
A revealing look at the difficult challenges street children in Cambodia face every day, this documentary chronicles the stories of Charam, Leakhena, Meng Ly, Layseng and Hov Nhagn, five youngsters struggling to overcome their illiteracy and poverty. This emotional tale of heartbreak and hope profiles how one local shelter, the Cambodian Children’s Fund, works hard to help a population the rest of the country ignores.
In this Thai movie, two estranged brothers take a road trip through Tibet together. In that high-altitude country, the younger brother, Wut, is looking for a mythical place called Shambhala with the belief that its magical power will help cure his dying girlfriend. His older brother, Tin, has a painful past and assuages his soul by heavy drinking.
Yes or No 2 (2012)
A sequel of a popular Thai film with a lesbian theme,Yes or No 2 picks up from where the original left off. Two girls, Kim and Pie are in love, but after graduation they have to travel into two different directions for their internship; Kim is going to work in a farm in the northern province of Nan, while Pie is going south to work in a fishery center. Their love is being tested by the distance.
Sat2Mon (Kuen Wan Sao Tueng Chao Wan Jan) (2012)
In this Thai romantic comedy, Chuad meets Tonliw and falls in love with the TV show host. That’s when he decides to seek the help of Pen, Tonliw’s best friend. Pen’s also got her own set of problems in the form of a controlling doctor boyfriend.
Ka Nam Nom (2012)
Ka Nam Nom tells the story of a mother who sends both her daughters to study in Bangkok, hoping that they can get good jobs to raise money for the family. Their determination and relationship are put to the test when the younger sister gets too intimate with the man they are living with.
Echo Planet (2012)
This Thai 3D animation tells the story of Jorpe and Nova, two Karen siblings who rescue Sam, the son of the President of the Capital State, from the jungle. The planet is facing fatal destruction from a monster called BUCT. What will be the solution to this problem when the future of the planet lies in the hands of these three children?
Seven Something (2012)
A feel-good Thai romantic comedy by a trio of directors that entails love stories at different ages: 14, 21 and 42. In the first part, the relationship of a teenage couple is altered by the power of social networking. In the second part, an acting couple’s relationship is put to test as fame takes its toll. In the last episode, a 42 year old reporter encounters a tragic loss in her life; when she meets a young marathon runner, her life is changed forever.
Heaven and Hell (Wong Jorn Pid) (2012)
Three short horror tales make up Heaven and Hell. The movie use images from surveillance cameras set up in a person’s home and in a convenience store.
Gangster (Antapan) (2012)
This Thai gangster film stars Krissada Sukosol Clapp as Jod, a hotshot gangster who terrorizes Bangkok in the 1950′s. His pal is Daeng (Somchai Khemglad), and they have to wage war for territory and loyalty against other young guns and Chinese triads that rule the city.
I Miss You (Rak Chan Ya Kid Tung Chan) (2012)
Art is an 18-year-old boy who dreams of fame, but he still doesn’t know if he has any talent to achieve his dream. Foon is the opposite of Art: she knows exactly what she wants to do in the future and is always logical. However, Foon’s feelings towards Art are confusing when she can’t tell if it’s friendship or love. When Art falls for a pretty girl and is inspired to become an artist, their lives begin to change. This film tells of an urban legend that if you miss someone who has passed away badly enough, they will return…
Distortion (Khon Loke Jit) (2012)
Kuen is a psychologist and criminal profiler. When a gruesome murder takes place in an underground tunnel, he volunteers to help the police find the killer. But strange things start happening to Kuen. He sees things that aren’t there, and his encounter with a childhood friend brings back the secret past that he’s tried to forget.
Chob Kod Like Chai Kod Love (2012)
A flight attendant has to choose between two men in this story of a love triangle.
Home (Kwamrak Kwamsuk Kwam Songjam) (2012)
This film tells three stories about various phases and manifestations of love. The first part is about two boys and their long conversation during the night. The second part is about a middle-aged woman who tries to come to terms with the death of her husband. The final episode is set during a wedding where the bride predictably gets cold feet. All parts are set in Chiang Mai.
Plon Naya 2 (2012)
The movie takes place in a surgery where lady boys are frequent customers. When gangsters break into the offices for an urgent surgery, things get out of control.
Ma Mha 2 (2012)
The sequel to the 2007 movie of the same name, Ma Mha 2 features Jer, a smart dog that has been adopted by a nice family. When things turn bad when the baby of the family gets kidnapped, Jer makes it his duty to find and return the baby.
Rak Ha Ha Ha (2012)
A girl participates in a swimming contest in order to raise money to help an ailing friend. To help her win, she is coached by a former ninja.
407 Dark Flight (2012)
A flight attendant has to deal with a supernatural event when passengers on her plane start to die one at a time.
Rak Aow Yu (2012)
A romantic comedy that is set during the recent flood crisis in Thailand.
Rak Sud TEEN (2012)
It’s love at first sight when a rebellious playboy falls in love with a girl. He now has to go to great lengths to win her heart.
Mae Nak 3D (2012)
This is the 22nd version of this famous ghost story. This time, it’s in 3D. Mae Nak dies during child birth but comes back to her husband as a ghost. The twist is that he doesn’t know that she died while he was away fighting a war at the time.
Ghost Day (2012)
Two exorcists capture their work on video and upload it to YouTube. A TV show seeking to boost its ratings takes notice, but the studio crew remains skeptical.
It Gets Better (2012)
In a world where some believe what they are told to believe, others search for their own truth. When the search leads to love, can circumstances demand that this truth be denied? this courageous and heartfelt film relays the journeys of these three loving souls.
The Melody (2012)
Win, a famous singer and songwriter, has come to the worst moment in his life when he realizes that his fame is going to fade. Win cannot face the truth and escapes from the city to quietly stay in the Mae Hong Sorn province where he meets Mok, a pianist who becomes his inspiration to redeem his fame.
Valentine Sweety (2012)
This romantic comedy is a sequel to the popularBangkok Sweety. As before, it features a number of different love stories that take place on Valentine’s Day.
Rak Leaw Feaw (Love is) (2012)
Korn decides to leave his troubles behind and ventures out to rural villages where he hopes to clear his head.
Rak Sud Tai Pai Na (First Kiss) (2012)
A 25-year-old woman and a high school boy accidentally share a kiss on a bus. He then becomes infatuated by her even though she ignores his advances. Things heat up when her first love re-enters her life. This encourages the high school boy to try even harder to win her heart.
Panya Raenu 2 (2012)
A follow up to the hit movie of the same name about a boy called Panya and his dreams of becoming a popular singer.
ATM (Er Rak Error) (2012)
Two employees at a bank have been having a secret relationship for the past five years. Worried that their romance might soon be discovered and jeopardize his job, he decides he should propose marriage and ask his fiancée to resign from the bank. However, things don’t go as planned.
Rak Wei Hei (2012)
A clumsy young many falls in love with a beautiful girl. Realizing she is out of his league, he calls on the help of a love guru.
Meung Gu (2012)
Two friends become mixed up with some gangster.
Bangkok Sweety (2011)
The film follows a number of different love stories that take place from Christmas to Valentine’s Day.
Tang Yak Wat Jai (2011)
A man’s life changes after he causes a fatal accident. Unlike what we see in the hi-so world, where money talks and the rich drive off unpunished, this one fateful night haunts him for the rest of his life.
Headshot (Fon Tok Huen Fa) (2011)
This Thai crime noir tells the story of Tul, a hitman who wakes up from a coma and realizes that he sees everything upside down. Tul wants to quit but is instead recruited to join a secret organization that gets ride of crooked politicians untouched by the law.
30 Gum Lung Jaew (2011)
A beautiful woman has everything a woman could ever want: a successful career, a partying lifestyle, and a handsome sweetheart. On her 30th birthday, Ja’s perfect life changes when her boyfriend wants to break-up with her.
Racing Love (2011)
A group of friends join the car racing circuit in a quest for fame, fortune and love.
Top Secret (Wai Roon Pan Lan) (2011)
Based on a true story, this film tells of a Thai teenager who used to waste his time in playing online games until one day something happens that turns him into a billionaire.
30+ (Single On Sale) (2011)
Ing is dumped by her long-time boyfriend when she is thirty-two. A fortune teller tells Ing that if she doesn’t find a man soon, then she’ll have to wait twenty years before another one comes into her life.
Love Summer (Rak Talon On The Beach) (2011)
A group of friends head to the beach to find themselves and to search for love.
Friday Killer (2011)
The Po-ngam is back in this sequel of a hit man saga in which he hunts down crooked politicians in Thailand. Yuthlert Sippapak directs.
Baan Phee Phop Reformation (2011)
The latest sequel of a Thai slapstick comedy revolving around a gut-sucking ghost in a rural village. This time the ghost is being cured by a doctor who forces the carnivorous ghoul to go vegetarian.
Lear Lae (2011)
A ska musician becomes fascinated by the world of folk music. He travels to the rural countryside to learn how to perform traditional tunes.
U Mong Pa Meung (The Outrage) (2011)
This Thai reinterpretation of iconic Japanese film Rashomon is set during the Lanna period. A mysterious murder takes place in the woods. However, it is not the killing itself that sparks the controversy but the strange trial that ensues. In the trial, the event is told from the different perspective of three witnesses: a monk, a woodcutter, and an undertaker. As accounts of the incident contradict, the classic story explores time-honored themes targeted at a contemporary Thai (Buddhist) audience.
Love, Not Yet (2011)
A new Thai ensemble film features three short episodes about teen romance and teen pregnancy. In all three, high school girls have unplanned sex and get pregnant. The stories revel how each handles her situation. It’s a romantic comedy rather than a cinematic lecture on one of Thailand’s social issues.
Bangkok Kung Fu (2011)
Four children are abducted by a beggars’ gang and tortured until they’re handicapped. The mute, the blind, the deaf and the mentally impaired form a quartet of unlikely kung fu heroes when, as adults, they meet a Chinese martial arts master who trains then in the art of fighting. The four then set out for revenge.
Kon Khon (2011)
This story of love, set in an elite classical dance school, tells of revenge and friendship between an orphaned protagonist, his teacher and the woman of his dreams.
King Naresuan 4 (2011)
The Burmese, after being pushed back by Naresuan, return with a formidable army that greatly outnumbers that of Autthaya’s.
Gan Core Kud Gan Core Kud (2011)
The Moon (Pumpuang) (2011)
This biopic of Thailand’s “Queen of Country Music” traces the rise of Pumpuang Duangjan from low-born cane-cutter to super stardom.
Mai Ka Mum (2011)
Comedian Petchthai Wongkamlao plays Mum, a male friend of the repeatedly heart-broken woman, Mai, played by Mai Charoenpura. Mum’s wife is upset that her husband is getting too close with Mai.
Bakery Love Ost. สมอลล์รู กูแนว Small-Ru (2011)
Small Ru Gu Naew (2011)
A group of Thai teenagers dream about being musicians. They form a band and enter an audition.
Lao Wedding (Sabaidee Wan Weewa) (2011)
A magazine writer visits Laos for an assignment and meets a beautiful local girl. Will a series of unexpected events keep them apart?
August Friends (Puan Mai Kao) เพื่อนไม่เก่า (2011)
Five friends go on a road trip by bicycle from Bangkok to Lampang and experience many adventures along the way.
Donut โด๋นัท (2011)
A romantic comedy based around three teenagers, a boy and two girls, who are friends and become entangled in a love triangle.
Kob Khun Tee Rak Kan (2011)
The film tells the story about how to love and be loved through the people in three different families.
White Buffalo (E Nang Oie.. Koie Farang) (2011)
A Thai romantic comedy set in a Northeastern province. The film centers on Mark, an Isaan boy who’s gone to study law in Bangkok. When he returns home, he finds that the village is nearly overrun by farang son-in-laws.
Comedian Mum Jokmok stars opposite young action star Jija Yanin in this action-comedy centered on a pretty girl who agrees to partake in illicit trade for the Mafia.
Ladda Land (2011)
A family moves into a new housing estate, and a series of supernatural events start to occur in their own house.
The Cinderella (Nang Pee) (2011)
A movie star has an argument on a film set which leads to his untimely death. His ghost later comes back to seek revenge.
A university specializing in grooming comedians faces a crisis due to a lack of talented students. Their scouts go and recruit students who clearly lack the talents the school seeks.
Mindfulness and Murder (Sop Mai Ngieb) (2011)
When a homeless boy living at a youth shelter run by a Buddhist monastery is found dead, the Abbot recruits Father Ananda, a former policeman, to discover the cause. He discovers that all is not well at this urban monastery, located in the heart of Bangkok. Together with his dogged assistant, an orphaned boy named Jak, Father Ananda uncovers a startling series of clues that eventually exposes the motivation behind the crime and leads him to the murderer.
King Naresuan Part 3 (2011)
The legend of King Naresuan continues with this third of four chapters. It depicts the story of King Naresuan, Thai’s chivalric king and warrior in the Ayutthaya era who fought against the invasion of Burmese troops that wanted to overpower the Ayutthaya Kingdom.
Suck Seed (2011)
In this teen comedy, a group of high-school students form a band even though they’re not remotely gifted with music. Their intention is to impress girls. Things begin to get interesting when a pretty young student wants to join the band as a guitarist.
The Unborn Child (Sop Dek 2002) (2011)
This film is inspired by the true story of a woman who claimed that the ghost of her aborted child was haunting her. The figure “2002″ in the title refers to the number of illegally aborted fetuses recently discovered in a Bangkok temple.
Hug Na Sarakham (2011)
A romantic comedy set in Mahasarakham University in the Northeast of Thailand. TV comedian Tukky plays a student who has refused to graduate after seven fruitful years in college. She falls for a good-looking freshman and enlists the help of her friends to win his heart.
Love Julinsee (Ruk Man Yai Mak) (2011)
A romantic comedy that centers on teenage love and takes place during a musical festival.
The Microchip (Chip Hai) (2011)
A group of friends have misplaced an important microchip that apparently holds top-secret information. They set off on a quest to find it.
Panya Raenu ปัญญา เรณู (2011)
Panya Renu is a comedy set in a Northeastern Thailand village. It tells the story of a schoolboy who forms a traditional pong lang band with his friends and aspires to win the coveted place in the provincial competition. Renu, who has a crush on him, is challenged when a bus carrying Bangkok students breaks down near their village. The rich city kids have to spend the night with the poor rural ones.
Teng Nong Jiwon Bin (2011)
Two of Thailand’s most famous TV comedians, Tong and Nong, star in this action comedy. Nong plays a businessman who charters a flight to Tibet to pick up a monk, who is played by Teng. On the way back, the plane is hijacked and the monk ends up in a war zone where he has to convince the bandits to change their evil ways.
Bang Kon Care Care Bang Kon (2011)
In this romantic comedy, a woman specializes in breaking up relationships on behalf of the involved parties. She doesn’t believe in love, which is why she excels at her job. She then experiences love at first sight, though the man she sees suddenly disappears. She sets out to look for him with the help of a boy who lives next door.
Lud See Lud (2011)
An anthology featuring four stories directed by acclaimed Thai directors. Stories center on themes spanning drama, action, thriller and comedy.
Hor Taew Tak 3 – Wak Shimi (2011)
After three katoey siblings (lady boys) have succeeded in freeing the ghost of an ancient lady in the previous sequel, they become famous and are asked to run a haunted all-male apartment. More ghosts are waiting for these fun-loving katoeys and their cohort of amusing sidekicks.
Sudkhet Salet Pet (2010)
A man who proclaims himself an independent spirit meets a plain-looking woman who proclaims herself beyond the worry of physical attractiveness.
Saranae Hen Pee (2010)
Two friends pick a fight with an influential local bigwig in a pub and have to run for their lives. They are helped by a dancer, and together the three of them escape to the compound of a deserted temple. However it turns out they have only escaped the frying pan to land in the fire when ghosts surround them…
Yes or No (Yes or No, Yak Rak Kor Rak Loei) (2010)
A so-called Thai lesbian movie, Yes or No tells the story of Pai, a college girl who holds a negative attitude about tomboys. Yet she finds out that her new room-mate, Kim, is a woman who dresses like a man and who likes women. The initial mistrust slowly changes into something else as Kim begins to pursue Pai.
Lunla Man (Pu Chai Lulla) (2010)
Three married guys are always out every night with women who are not their wives. They come up with ingenious ways of not getting caught and falsely believe their wives remain ignorant about their night-time activities. However, the wives have teamed up to seek revenge.
Yamada The Samurai of Ayothaya (2010)
Based on a real character, the movie tells the story of Yamada Nagamasa, a Japanese warrior who settled in Ayutthaya in the 16th Century and became a soldier in King Naresuan’s army. After the battle with Burma, Ayutthaya remains in a state of unrest when a group of mysterious men stage a campaign of terror and robbery. Yamada investigates and finds that the men are actually rogue Japanese samurai. He then has a score to settle with his own countrymen.
Cool Gel Attacks (Kra Deub) (2010)
In this Thai comedy movie starring a number of TV comedians, a cool gel that falls from the sky turns into a cute, yet lethal, monster. It multiplies, and the blobs try to worm their way into people’s bodies.
In a Southern province in Thailand, a young boy lives with his uncle and a monkey called Kapi. When the uncle dies, the boy is threatened by a real estate tycoon who wants to buy their land and turn it into a resort. With his land at stake, the boy trains Kapi to enter a coconut-picking competition.
Fan Mai (2010)
A Thai girl called C follows her sister into the movie business. Although her career as an actress is taking off, her love life takes a nose dive when she finds out that her boyfriend, Aof, has a new girlfriend. She breaks up with him only to find out later that the new girlfriend is dead. Shortly after, C then feels like she is being haunted by a ghost.
My Best Bodyguard (2010)
Water (Nam Pee Nong Sayong Kwan) (2010)
Mook is scared of water ever since her swimming friends drowned in an accident. She later suffers from amnesia when she is hit by Charlie in his car. Charlie takes her home to look after her, but together they start seeing ghosts in the water. They seek the help of a blind man.
I Am Grandmother (Yai Sang Ma Yai) (2010)
Red Eagle (In See Daeng) (2010)
A nuclear power plant is about to be commissioned upon the signing of corrupt and power hungry politicians. The citizens are in frenzy because they oppose this plan but cannot do anything about it. A hero chases down the criminals and the corrupt, killing whatever threatens the city’s wellbeing. He leaves a card with his name, “The Red Eagle”. However, the hero becomes the hunted when the politicians send out their best defense, “The Black Demon.”
Saturday Killer (2010)
The movie is about Tee Rifle (Chusak Aiemsuk) who becomes a hit man to make money to help solve his impotency problems. He falls for a mysterious woman called Chris Styer (Sirin Horwang). The movie is a spoof action/romance movie.
The Snow White (Tai Tang Klom) (2010)
Two students dissect the dead body of a pregnant woman to turn her unborn baby into a dark magic charm, which they believe can grant their wishes. Not only does the magic not work, but they are also haunted by the ghost of the dead woman.
Eternity (Chua Fah Din Sa Lai) (2010)
Set during the pre-war years, the story depicts the forbidden love between Yupadee, the wife of a wealthy old timber tycoon, and the tycoon’s nephew, Sang-Mong, who are chained together when their affair is discovered. The movie is the latest adaptation of Malai Choopinij’s classic 1943 novel and stars Ananda Everingham and Cherman Boonyasak.
Agrarian Utopia (Sawan Banna) (2010)
In Uruphong Raksasad’s ravishing documentary/fiction hybrid, two rural families facing the seizure of their lands come together to work the same rice paddy for a season using pre-industrial farming methods. Its serenely beautiful imagery – golden fields, time-lapse skies – bespeaks nostalgia for a simpler time, but Agrarian Utopia is also clear-sighted and tough-minded in its assessment of the present-day economic and political realities that have transformed Thailand’s agricultural community.
Color’s Love (samarn chan) (2010)
Although Saman and Chantana differ in political opinions, lifestyles and essentially everything else, the college sweethearts marry and have a son. However, being adults with responsibilities puts a strain on their marriage in this romantic comedy.
From Pakse with Love (Sabaidee 2) (2010)
This movie is a follow-up to the popular Sabaidee Luang Prabang. Ray McDonald is a photographer who is down on his luck when he travels to Pakse in Southern Laos to take on an assignment as a wedding photographer. There he meets a beautiful Lao woman who becomes his inspiration to write a movie script about a Thai-Lao romance. In real life, however, the photographer has a slim chance to win the heart of the woman who may already have a boyfriend.
Shadow (Ngao) (2010)
An anthology horror film series that tells four stories of the consequences of what will happen if you do wrong.
Monk Teng 3 (Luang Pee Teng 3) (2010)
A monk comedy that has grown into a lucrative franchise, Monk Teng 3 follows the recipe of temple humor based on the characters of monks who can rap. The attraction of this sequel is the unlikely stars who appear in it, including Krisda Sukosol Clapp, the three rappers of the band Buddha Bless, Add Carabao and Jack Fanchan.
Hello Stranger (Kuan Meun Ho) (2010)
Inspired by Korean culture and entertainment, the film tells a love story of a guy and a girl who are destined to meet in Seoul during their private trips to Korea.
3 Yaan (2010)
The story begins when a bus driver finds a dead girl lying in the bus. He and the bus owner hurriedly arrange to hide it and plan to leave the dead body somewhere along the bus route. Mayhem befalls when the dead girl returns as a furious ghost and scares off all the passengers.
Ong Bak 3 (2010)
The legend of Ong Bak 3 begins after Tien (Tony Jaa) has lost his fighting skills and his beloved stepfather at the Garuda’s Wing cliff because of the raid led by Jom Rachan (Saranyu Wonggrajang). Tien is brought back to life with the help from Pim (Primrata Dechudom) as well as Mhen (Petchai Wongkamlao) and the Kana Khone villagers. Deep into the meditation taught by Phra Bua (Nirutti Sirijanya), Tien finally is able to achieve ‘Nathayut’. His talents are put to the test again when his rivals, including the Golden-Armored King’s Guard (Supakorn ‘Tok’ Kijusuwan), the mysterious killers in black, and Bhuti Sangkha (Dan Chupong) return for the final massive showdown.
Nu Kan Pai (2010)
The story of Arjan Noo, the master of yantra tattooing (Sak yant), through his childhood and struggling life is now disclosed into the film.
2022 Tsunami (2009)
Set in Thailand 2022, where a sign of terrible catastrophes is lurking, Prime Minister Tribhop cooperates with Doctor Siam setting Asia-Pacific and India Ocean base alarm center to monitor and predict earthquakes and tsunamis. Nevertheless, the biggest disaster abruptly and unpredictably rises from Thai Gulf to the land, and it is too late to sound the alarm. An enormous tidal waves claims all life and destroys the land. The way to survive is now judged by the nature.
Secret Sunday (9 Wat) (2010)
At his mother’s request, Nat, a young architect, unwillingly takes a journey to visit nine different temples in order to clean up his bad karma by making merit. He is accompanied by Poon, his beauty columnist girlfriend and Sujitto, a novice monk who takes care of the Tripitaka house and is responsible for the chant to chase away the bad karma. All three characters have different motivations for taking this trip, but later on they discover that they are put together in this trip for an unforeseeable reason. The karma of one person could relate to karma of others. The horrifying acts they committed in their previous lives reveal themselves along the journey.
Kon Thai Ting Paen Din (2010)
The film was inspired by Thai historical heroes who sacrificed themselves to fight against the invasion of the Han tribe. Set in southern Mongolia over 1,000 years ago, a small tribe called Tai was a colony enslaved under the power of the Great Han. Oppressed by the Han, the Tai united to strike back for their freedom, justice, and country.
Big Boy (2010)
Po is a young country guy who dreams of becoming a cool B-Boy dancer to get attention from the girl he has a crush on. When Po hears the news that his grandfather is in a hospital in Bangkok, he tells his parents that he wants to look after his grandfather as an excuse to move to Bangkok. However, his grandfather is a playboy type and always quarrels with Po. Soon, their broken relationship slowly recovers when Po starts to pursue his B-Boy dream and his grandfather becomes his sole companion.
SaRaNair Siblor (2010)
Saranae Siblor centers on an unusual family who travel by truck around the country in order to discover the way to become a real man for one of their members. They encounter surprises, throughout their adventure.
See Sing Confirm (2010)
Four people decide to team up to save their friends from a gang of kidnappers.
Bang Rajan 2 (2010)
Set in the Ayutthaya period, Bangrajan 2 is the sequel toBangrajan, the epic tale of one village’s stand against insurmountable odds and the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of the country. Influenced by the legendary Bangrajan warriors, another village is encouraged to fight back for their own land by waging war against the troops of General Suki, a great Burmese commander.
With Love (Duay Rak) (2010)
The movie With Love revolves around siblings, friends and their complicated stories of friendship and love.
Nak Prok (The Shadow of the Naga) (2010)
Cornered by police, three thieves hide the money that they stole in the grounds of a temple. When they eventually are able to go back to the temple, they discover that the money is now buried under a temple building. They disguise themselves as new monks and plot to unearth the money at night. While their plan is in progress, complications arise from outside forces that make it more difficult than expected to retrieve the money.
Baan Chan..Dta-Lok Wai Gon (Por Son Wai) (2010)
A boy named Tok is the prospective inheritor of his family that has been working as comedians for generations. However, Tok seems not to inherit any hilarity from his family: he can make no one laugh. When Tok meets Namkaeng, the only woman who laughs at his jokes, their story of friendship begins.
Who Are You? (Krai…Nai Hong) (2010)
Nida (Sinjai Plengpanich) is a single mother who takes care of her anti-social son who has locked himself in his room for five years. The only way to communicate with her son is to write on a piece of paper and slip it under the door. When outsiders start to get curious about what is going on behind the door of her son’s room, a series of terrible events starts to happen.
Gong Pan Kreuk-Kreun Tor Ta-Haan Keuk-Kak (2010)
Jiwon, a young man enlists in the army where he meets his new and strange friends—especially Yuri, the girl that he has a crush on. Jiwon tries to win Yuri’s heart, but she seems to be obsessed only by Korean stars. Now, Jiwon has to make an effort to solve all the problems sent his way by the army and the love of his heart.
My Valentine (2010)
When destiny brings three men to a girl called Mind, she finds that they all have different personalities that she likes equally. She must decide for herself—or get her friends, her parents or even let fate decide.
Dtaai Hohng (2010)
Adapted from thrilling headlines on newspapers, this omnibus film consists of four short yet shocking stories of death and horror.
After School (Wing Soo Fan) (2010)
A group of high school students follow the dream of having their own musical band and becoming artists. They spend their time after school to rehearse.
To Sir With Love (Kroo Baan Nok) (2010)
Set thirty years ago, the story follows a new teacher who arrives in a remote Isaan village and struggles to provide the education that can improve his pupils’ lives. In doing so, he earns the wrath of local influential people.
Best Supporting Actor (Yaak Dai Yin Waa Rak Gan) (2010)
Song (Thongpoom Siripipat) is an ordinary person who isn’t good at anything while his best friend, Gao (Nawapol Lampoon), is completely the opposite. Gao is good looking and capable of doing anything. Song tries to break away from his friend’s shadow by setting up a band. In the end, he can only find gigs in a small restaurant. His life brightens when he meets Nor (Rujipas Kohkiat), who is heartbroken from a past lover. They become closer and he tries to confess his feelings for her, but unexpected complications arise…
As It Happens (Bang-Ern Rak Mai Sin Sut) (2010)
Two people keep bumping into each other around the world. Fate keeps bringing them together, and their love starts to blossom.
32 December Love Error (32 Tan Waa) (2009)
Note (Dan Worrawech) doesn’t know who he truly loves. Considering the possibility that his confusion may be caused by an ailment, he decides to seek therapy. Taking a suggestion from the doctor, Note teams up with his buddy Joe (Nong Cha-Cha-Cha) and goes back to a familiar place in attempts to remember what he has forgotten.
October Sonata (Rak Tee Ror Koi) (2009)
Sangchan is a girl working in a factory who falls in love with an attractive guy named Rawee. Rawee has to go study abroad, but he keeps his promise to come back to see Sangchan on October, 8th of each year. While Rawee is away, Sangchan has a chance to befriend Lim, another guy who admires her. This presents a test of love and faith that Sangchan must work out.
Pai In Love (2009)
A group of friends visits Pai in search of ideas for a movie that will best describe the story of the town. Each views the town differently, so they decide that each person will go out and find their own ideas for the movie.
Hello Yasothorn 2 (2009)
In this sequel to the hit comedy directed by popular comedian-turned-director Mum Jokmok, the rural love story continues where it left off: the marriage of Yam and Joei. The couple have a beautiful daughter. When she grows up, Yam becomes a strict father who guards his daughter from unsuitable suitors.
Yom Pee Poa (2009)
A mischievous orphan ordains as a novice monk at a temple where the ghost of his father appears to him. His father’s ghost asks him for help to find his mother in Bangkok, so he can ask her to forgive him for all the wrongs he has done her.
4Bia / Phobia (2008)
Four frightening stories from four Thai directors: a lonely young woman who receives a mysterious SMS, students with a deadly talisman, boys on a jungle adventure, and a scared flight attendant alone on a plane with a dead body as its only passenger.
Teng’s Angel (2008)
Comedians Kotee Aramboy, and Theng Terdterng share the big screen for the first time in this story of the bumbling likay performer (Theng) who, with the help of his guardian angel (Kotee), hopes to win the heart of the superstar Fah (Bongkot Kongmalai).
Psychiatrist Krit (Anada Everingham) is in over his head as he takes care of a troubled little girl while at the same time finding himself dangerously in love with the girl’s overprotective mother, Ing-orn (Mai Charoenpura).
The Last Moment (2008)
A story of a love triangle of college students who find their friendship rocked by the prospect of romance.
Good Morning Luang Prabang (2008)
Sorn (Everingham), a Thai photographer visiting Laos, falls in love with his beautiful Laotian tour guide, Noi (Pallawong). The first privately funded film in Laos since the 1975 Communist revolution,Good Morning Luang Prabang features several tourist sites in Laos.
Haakao (Puppy Love) (2008)
Tomboy Baimon (Wattaporn Lamsinthorn) and Boong (Pongpisut Pew-orn) are best friends who suddenly find themselves facing new challenges. Phetchtai Wongkamlao co-stars.
Teen idols Mario Mauer and Apinya Sakuljaroensuk star in this story of a TV producer who goes back to his high school days in search of his first love.
Woh Mah Ba Maha Sanook (2008)
Nueng Jai… Diaw Kan (Where the Miracle Happens) (2008)
Where the Miracle Happens is a drama directed by Princess Ubol Ratana Rajakanya. The movie aims to unite the hearts of Thai people in its sincere and sympathetic depiction of Pimdao, a successful businesswoman who loses her beloved daughter at a time when they are estranged. In the end, Pimdao, whose role is played by Princess Ubol Ratana herself, realizes that real happiness doesn’t come from external events but lies in the heart.
Hanuman: The White Monkey Warrior (2008)
In the ancient time before Land of Siam was born, armies of invaders came to colonize the land and mercilessly massacred the population. One priest secretly gathered drawings of many animals from all over the world and bound the drawings into a book with great supernatural powers. He gave the book of drawings to the two headman of a Thai tribe to use to tattoo his people and fight the invaders. When the land is rid of vandals and peace returns, the sacred book must be divided into many segments and passed on to the most trusted disciples to guard and preserve it. The time passed and ages went by, the sacred book once again fell into the hands of rivals, invincible because they were protected by tattoos with supernatural powers. When the segments of the sacred book once again reunite, the blood battle of the supernatural animals begins.
Akha Phoo Narak (2008)
Bubbly hilltribe girl Mheeju (Fuana Hiroyama) wants desperately to be part of a new community TV station.
Boonchu 9 (2008)
An angel (Thep Po-ngam) that protects good merit receives an order to pick up a monk, Luang Por, who achieves the status of a saint. On the way to see Luang Por, the angel must first go through the local village. There he finds out that each household has many problems that need to be fixed, and the angel cannot leave without first alleviating everyone’s problems. Things get interesting when the angel thinks of an idea to save the villagers from all of their heartache.
Burn (Khon Fai Look) (2008)
A conspiracy thriller about an outbreak of spontaneous human combustion.
Baan Phee Pob (2008)
After thirteen years, the horror-comedy franchise returns with Nattanee Sitthisaman reprising her role as Pob Yib, a woman inhabited by the gut-munching ghost Phee Pob.
Holy Man 2 (Luang Phee Theng 2) (2008)
In this follow up to the hit 2005 comedy, rapper Joey Boy steps into the lead role as a young monk bringing his wisdom to a remote village.
E-Tim Tay Nae (2008)
Yuthlert Sippapak directs this romantic comedy written by comedian Udom “Nose” Taepanich, who also stars as a heartbroken boxer in a Pattaya bar who falls in love with a pretty Japanese tourist.
Queen of Langkasula (Bpeun Yai Jom Sa-Lat) (2008)
On the Malay Peninsula some 400 years ago, the King of Langkasuka, was assassinated. The royal family had no choice but to promote Princess Hijau to the throne as the first ruling Queen of the kingdom. Hijau and her two sisters, Biro and Ungu, tried their best to protect their rich kingdom from the traitors, threatening pirates and other powers in the region. After a disastrous attempt to acquire a powerful Dutch cannon that ends up in the hands of pirates, the three sisters find their existence more vulnerable than ever.
Haa Taew (2008)
Upon returning to his local village from a stint as a monk, Sak (Sakesan Suttijan) finds that his brethren were killed by a mysterious illness. Baffled by the sickness, Sak attempts to find out what is plaguing his fellow villagers by tapping into the allure of black magic. Sak must use the knowledge he gained during his religious endeavors, while also carefully utilizing supernatural forces to save his people from being wiped out.
Coming Soon (2008)
What kind of scenes in a horror film scares you the most? When a ghost appears totally unexpectedly? When the main character does not see the ghost sneaking up behind him? When at the very end you find out that the main character was actually a ghost all along? But none of this compares to the feeling of arriving home alone and suddenly being stuck by a feeling of deja-vu that you are reenacting the very same scenes in the horror movie you just saw!
Headless Family (2008)
This Thai comedy focuses on the adventures of a family who have quite literally lost their heads. With a slapstick plot, the film follows them as they try to keep their heads on straight without their friends and neighbors noticing that something strange is going on.
Happy Birthday (2008)
Ten (Ananda Everingham) is a photographer. Pao (Chayanan Manomaisantiphap) is a guide. They feel close to each other through reading a travel book some time before they actually met. After promising each other to love and stay together until death do they part, Pao soon falls seriously ill, and Ten proves himself to be more than just a man of his words.
4 Romance (Fan Waan Aai Joop) (2008)
The film puts together four love stories delivered by four leading filmmakers. Each story offers unique angles of love from different perspectives with storytelling styles. These four romances encompass four main genres: comedy, drama, action, and musical.
Super Hap (Super Hap Saep Sa-Bat) (2008)
With the boom of Korean music trend, struggling music company owner J’Ngek (Naowarat Yuktanan) promotes a new Thai-Korean-Japanese-German singer to the market, Tong Lee Hae (Rattpoom Tokongsap), who has a perfect look and voice. His first single goes to the top of the charts for every station. Behind the scenes Tong Lee Hae has a secret: he is lip-synching. The voice is from his friend Tung (Kiatisak Udomnak). Because of his popularity, paparazzi, rival artists and fans try to find fault with him. Can they keep the secret away from those people…?
Deep In The Jungle (2008)
Nawin (Jesdaporn Pholdee), an army secret service agent decides to withdraw from a scientific investigation because of unlawful procedures involving International Forces. He tries to avoid such illegal acts but is constantly under surveillance no matter where he goes or what he does. He thus suspects that there is more to the situation than that meets the eye. Jin (Ploy Jindachote), a young woman whom Nawin once saved from a brutal attack, undergoes a strange transformation within her body as her blood circulates through mutation. This transformation on Jin is what Nawin believes the International Forces are after: a half breed mix between animal and human. Nawin decies to help Jin by taking her back to her birth place. As he leads her home, her illness seems to subside. They will soon grow close and fall in love. When it comes time for Nawin to choose between her and his life, he awakes to find that it has all been an image of his imagination…or was it?
The Happiness of Kati (2009)
Kati (Passorn Khongmeesuk)is a nine years old girl whose parents went separate ways before she was born, and now her mother is dying of the incurable Lou Gehrig’s disease. Living with her retired grandparents in a peaceful village of Ayutthaya on the banks of Chao Phraya river, mourning the loss but feeling very well-loved, Kati must decide whether to find her father and start a new life after her mother’s death or stay with her warm, extended family, which includes a kind-hearted temple boy and three very close friends of her mother.
Blue Sky of Love (Faa Sai Jai Cheun Baan) (2009)
Set in October 1976 during a revolutionary period in Thai history, Blue Sky of Love tells a story of a university girl who wants to work for the good others. She leaves her comfortable life in Bangkok to participate in the army of the communist party located in a remote forest. There, she meets new companions who have different points of view about life.
The Fatality (Tok Tra Phee) (2009)
A Taiwan-Thai co-production, The Fatality tells story of an unsuccessful Taiwanese man who commits suicide in Taipei only to wake up and find himself in the body of a coma victim in Bangkok. Taking both new body and new life, he now has a stable job and a beautiful wife. Everything seems to be perfect till the soul dispelled from the body comes back with a vengeance. Fighting for control of one body, the two souls develop supernatural powers over life and death itself, leaving havoc in their wake.
The Elephant King (2009)
A drama about American expatriates in Chiang Mai, Jake (Jonno Roberts) and Oliver (Tate Ellingham) are two brothers locked in a bully-victim relationship that they both struggle to transcend. They live in the northern city and fall for the same bargirl, Lek (Florence Vanida Faivre).
Hoht Naa Hieow 966 (2009)
Thai Comedy starring Jaturong Mokjok as a criminal recently released from jail. He rounds up his old gang of half-witted thugs and sets out to get his revenge against those who put him behind bars.
Fireball (Taa/Chon) (2009)
Tai, a young man arrested on a crime charge, is discharged thanks to his twin brother Tan’s relentless help. After being set free, he finds Tan in a coma with severe injuries. Tan’s girlfriend, Pang, tells Tai that his brother got involved in some risky business to raise money to fight Tai’s case. Tai feels guilty that his problems brought his brother trouble. He traces what happened to Tan, which ultimately leads him into illegal basketball gambling. Tai wants to find out who is behind this gambling and why his brother was beaten unconscious. He finally joins the “Fireball” team, a team which belongs to Hia Den and whose players include Singha, Kay, Ik, and Muek. In order to uncover the truth, Tai trades many things—possibly even his life.
Before Valentine (gon rak…moon rop dtua rao) (2009)
Joke, a normal teenager who lacks confidence in himself, is secretly in love with his close friend Jib who is a popular girl in school. When he reveals his true feelings before Valentine’s Day, can he be her lover, or will he continue to be her close friend?
Sutee and Chidchanok have had on-and-off relationship since they were in university. Chidchanok decided to break up with Sutee and find new love to build her own family, but Sutee wants to ask her to marry him. Will their love continue on or will it end…before Valentine’s Day.
Hia and Jae have been married for 10 years. They opened a flower shop together, but they have never once spoken nicely to each other. Many people think that they are forced to be together. Hia is really bored with Jae so he decides to court a woman who works in the shop opposite theirs. Will their flower shop… and their long time love finally end?
Jack and Mam have been lovers for a long time and are ready to get married. Before Valentine’s Day, there is an incident that makes Mam think that Jack has cheated on her. Seeking revenge, Mam then wants to cheat on Jack…The obstacle of their love is a misunderstanding that occurs before Valentine’s Day. How will their love survive?
A Moment in June (Na Ka-Na Rak) (2009)
Three stories of love are interwoven by writer and director O Nathapon in his first feature film set in 1999. Pakorn (Shahkrit Yamnarm) is a theater director who has second thoughts about his career as well as his relationship with Phon (Napaskorn Mit-Aim). Aware that they’ve been drifting apart, Pakorn gives Phon an ultimatum — he takes a trip to Chiang Mai, and if they don’t meet at the same time and place when he returns, they are both free to move on. Elsewhere, author Arunya (Deuntem Salitul) is also traveling to Chiang Mai, and on the train she meets Krung (Suchao Pongvilai), a man she had a brief but passionate fling with many years ago. Shaken by the encounter, Arunya finds herself discussing the ups and downs of her love life with a stranger on the train — Phon. Pakorn begins work on a new production in Chiang Mai, a drama set in 1972 in which a young woman soon to be married (Sinitta Boonyasak) falls in love with another man — the groom’s best friend and best man (Krissada Sukosol Clapp).
Sathu (Luang Pee Gap Pee Ka-Noon) (2009)
Seua, a sophisticated swindler is in trouble when he’s chased by adventurous Agent Kongdaj. Tired of running away and convinced by his mother, Suea hurriedly abandons his old ways becomes a new monk. However, being a monk is not easy, and Suea must learn many religious lessons. He also must handle the mischievous ghost of an old woman who wakes up from her coffin and starts to haunt people around the temple.
Best in Time (Kwaam Jam San..Dtae Rak Chan Yaao) (2009)
Yongyooth Thongkongtoon puts together a lucid yet dreamy rumination on the fleeting passage of time and the connections we make in our all-too-brief moments on this planet. The ensemble romance brings together two couples: young and old. The younger are Kreng (Arak Amornsupasiri), a lovelorn veterinarian who thinks he still has a chance with his high-school crush, and Fai (Yarinda Bunnag). An older widow, Sompit, falls in love with Jamrus, a silver-haired gent who she’s met in her seniors computing class.
Miss You Again (A-Neung Kit Teung Bpen Yaang Ying) (2009)
This film centers on a high school that is going to be taken over by foreign investor who plans to turn the whole school into a department store. When the alumni hear this shocking news, they join together and return to their school to fight against the new project and set their beloved school free.
Meat Grinder (Cheuat Gon Chim) (2009)
Meat Grinder tells of the bizarre horror of the traditional noodle recipe cooked by Boot, a woman who owns a noodle stall. Boot has lived a stressful life working hard for her family and is sometimes controlled by a mysterious voice that directs her actions. She invents a new recipe for noodles that calls for human flesh, and her secret recipe attracts many new customers. Meanwhile, the haunting voice continues to tell her what do as Boot tactfully starts to lure and murder people.
Khan Kluay II (2009)
Khan Kluay is an elephant of King Naresuan the Great. Shaba Kaew, his beloved one, keeps a secret that she is pregnant. He must three qualities – sacrifice, courage and stable love deep in his heart – to struggle through obstacles. Khan Kluay II is animated film set after the victory of Ayutthaya against the invasion of the powerful Burmese Empire when Khan Kluay is appointed as King Naresuan’s royal elephant and services the king in many battles. When the Burmese soldiers kidnap Khan Kluay’s wife and children, he escapes from Ayutthaya and takes on his greatest challenges yet in order to save his family from danger.
Sassy Player (Dtaew Dte Dteen Ra-Bert) (2009)
A girls’ school in town plans to establish a male football team, but only sixteen boys join the team, seven of whom are transgender. The team proves their spirit and potential as they strive for the championship.
Rahtree Reborn (Buppha Rahtree 3.1) (2009)
Oscar renovates apartment 609 after the death of the previous owner. When roommate Rang moves in, he is able to see the ghost of Buppha, a mysterious girl who lives in room 609. Rang falls in love with her but fails to realize that she is the dangerous spirit that haunts the apartment.
The Vanquisher (Suay Samurai) (2009)
After completing a covert mission in southern Thailand, CIA agent Gunja finds herself forced to fight off operatives who have been ordered to take her out at all costs. She survives and after two years of lying low, re-emerges in Bangkok to face her old foes and foil a plot to detonate a bomb in the city.
Ja-Ae..Goi Laew Jaa (2009)
A woman takes her own life and returns as a ghost, waiting for her boyfriend to come back to the village. Her haunting scares off the villagers, and it seems no one can make her rest in peace. When her boyfriend comes back, he doesn’t realize that she is a ghost. After she tries to persuade him to commit suicide to be with her forever, he realizes the horrifying truth.
The Scout (Bit Pi-Pop Ta-Lu Lohk) (2009)
No one expected an ordinary scout camp could turn into an extraordinary adventure that the children would never forget. The camp is situated near an ancient castle in a forest that the teachers consider as a peaceful and harmless place. But as the night falls, things go from bad to worse when the children encounter a giant ferocious serpent, flying frogs, and many more horrifying creatures.
Slice (Cheuan Kaat-Dta-Gam Ram-Leuk) (2009)
A terrible homicide leaves the bodies of the victims in pieces. The police are desperately seeking for the serial killer. A former hit man named Tai (Arak Amornsupasiri) who is now imprisoned tries to help solve the murders with Shin (Chatchai Plengpanich), a detective on the case. Tai is set free from prison on the condition that he find the culprits within fifteen days. Tai uses his skills and inside knowledge from his hit man days to help him.
Haunted Universities (Mahalai Sayongkwan) (2009)
Based on various horror and ghost tales, the film centers on students who encounter paranormal events at their universities. They must fight against their fears and scary things that are haunting their university.
Bangkok Traffic love Story (Rot Fai Faa..Maa Haa Na Ter) (2009)
Thirty-year-old Mei Li (Cris Horwang) struggles to find true love in this film set in central Bangkok. When Mei Li accidentally meets a handsome BTS engineer ‘Lung’ (Ken Theeradeth), she plans to make her first move. Though she encounters many obstacles, Mei Li will never give up.
The Sanctuary (Saam Pan Bohk) (2009)
In 1897, the “Poisoned Knife” clan broke into the royal palace of Thailand to steal the Royal Antiques that the King intended to give to America as a reward for aiding in negotiations that avoided Thai territorial cuts. The clan succeeded in stealing the antiques but hid them near the palace before meeting their deaths. During his interrogation, the last bandit chose to end his life by Master Sawang’s sword; thus, the hiding place of the royal antiques dies with him. Now, people search to recover these treasures with different—and conflicting—intentions.
Oh My Ghosts! (Hor Dtaew Dtaek Haek Gra-Jerng) (2009)
A horrible ghost haunts three companions in their dorm. Tired of running away, they summon a spirit to help them defeat the ghost. But things turn chaotic when they lose control over the situation is this hilarious and haunting story.
Dreamaholic (Fan Koht Koht) (2009)
Ping Lumprapleng, the director of Kon Hew Hua andLoveaholic (Koht Rak Eng Loei), returns with his new project: Dreamaholic (Fan Koht Koht), a romantic drama about an unlikely couple’s different points of view on love, life and dreams.
Mor 3 Bpee 4 Rao Rak Naai (2009)
Four teenagers make friends online and come across each other in unusual situations. Thee (Kanin Bhatia) and Nut (Suppasit Chinwinijkul) are siblings who live in Bangkok while June(Sarocha Tanjararak) and Jane are siblings who live in Phuket. The teens encounter challenges and surprises because of the circumstances of their online interactions.
SaRaNair Haao Bpeng
Two new university graduate students, Starbuck and Langlens, have to prove that they have what it takes to be Saranair creative crews. Their mission is to play pranks on Thai and Korean stars.
Bangkok Adrenaline (2009)
Fresh off the plane in Thailand, four western backpackers find themselves in a card game they cannot win. Their dream vacation takes an unexpected turn when they owe local gangsters a million baht. Desperate to save themselves, they concoct a plan to kidnap a beautiful heiress and hold her for ransom. The zeros become heroes in this martial arts extravaganza when they accidently save the heiress from her father’s murderous intent…
Gra-Seu Fat Bpop (2009)
A fight between two ghosts set in a village where people believe in superstition. When a wicked witch doctor summons a bloodthirsty yet beautiful ghoul from her grave, the only person who can stop the dangerous ghoul is a kind-hearted, pretty girl who has a secret: a filth-eating spirit. Meanwhile, a group of college students plan a trip to the village. They finally struggle into the middle of the ghoulish fight and find the way to stop threats to the village.
Pop and Note form their own musical band called ‘The Roommate’ to fulfill their dreams of becoming artists. They move into the same house as roommates because they will get to know more about each other. But things change when Pop and Note need to add a lead vocal in their band. Soon Anne, an old love of Pop, moves in to join the band and starts a relationship with him again. Things get complicated when Note confesses that Anne is the girl that he’s been waiting for.
Anuban Dek Khong (2009)
“King Kong Gang” is the high respected, powerful and invincible gang that rules the kindergarten kids. It consists of Om, a big, tough, and overgrown leader boy and his trusted entourage of Jon, Aun and Piek. One day, Om unexpectedly meets a pretty high school girl and suddenly falls in love with her, comprising his ability to rule the gang. He tries to win her heart with the help of his followers by disguising as a high school boy. A new enemy arrives, new problems occur in the gang, and the love affair gets more complicated. To save the gang and to win the heart of the girl, Om must fight to conquer all the obstacles.
Pee Tum Tim (2009)
Tanom is a Thai goalkeeper who joins the football team for the World Cup. While competing against Saudi Arabia during the playoff game, his head accidentally hits the goal post and dies. His body is possessed by the spirit of Sa-ngem, a transsexual whose own body is burnt after committing suicide. Hell allows Sa-ngem to temporarily inhabit in Tanom’s body, and sends Dung-Ding, the Reaper, to control and watch Sa-ngem, especially to urge him to fulfill the great hope of Thai people: bringing the football team to the World Cup’s finale.
Nymph (Nang Mai) (2009)
May is a city woman who has everything she could ask for. Her long-time husband, Nop, showers her with love and attention. But fate and desire play tricks on the couple as they watch their lives drift by without much thought or reflection. One day Nop, a professional photographer, is assigned to take a trip into the forest to film wildlife. He decides to bring his wife along, but the journey slowly reveals how the invisible weight of their urban lifestyle haunts them. When her husband fails to return to the tent, May sets out to look for him only to find that he has returned. But the forest has changed Nop into someone else.
Wongkamlao tells the story of Petcharawut (Mum Jokmok), the heir of the wealthy Wongkamlao family, who falls in love with Piramon (Akamsiri Suwannasuk), an English tutor for his own younger brother. Petcharawut and Piramon inevitably confront the turmoil caused by Wongkamlao’s unusual family members and struggle in their world of jealousy, secret, and fun.
Dear Galileo (Nee Dtaam Galileo) (2009)
Dear Galileo is created by the director who was behind the runaway success of Seasons Change. It is the story of two friends, Tai and Toey: one wants to run away from school and the other from love. They decide to travel and work as waitresses in Europe. Their goal is to see the birthplace of Galileo.
Death Happen (6:66 Dtaai Mai Daai Dtaai) (2009)
A crime reporter working for a Bangkok newspaper (Susira Angelina Naenna) teams up with a cop (Jason Young) to investigate a series of strange supernatural events that seems to be somehow linked to her father’s death (and also to his inexplicable resurrection).
E-Som Som Wang Cha Cha Cha (2009)
Som and Somwang abandon their musical band to pursue their dreams in Bangkok. Somwang gets a job as a singer in a night cafe, but he soon is allured by the night life, girls and fame. The change of Somwang breaks Som’s heart, but the news of Som’s pregnancy seems to reconcile their problem. However, their lives change when Somwang becomes an artist and decides to leave everything behind.
Rahtree Revenge (Buppha Rahtree 3.2) (2009)
The sequel to Rahtree Reborn that continues the romantic-horror story of the revengeful ghost of Buppha and her love-struck cartoonist.
My Ex (Faen Gao) (2009)
Ken (Chakrit) is a heartthrob actor who has a bad boy reputation for loving beautiful girls and then dumping them for new ones. His complicated relationships are always the subject of gossip. Soon, Ken is convinced that he is threatened by his fan club and paparazzi. As the threats get deadly, Ken begins to realize that an envious ghost of one of his ex-girlfriends never wants to let him go.
Phobia 2 (5 Praeng) (2009)
This sequel returns with a portmanteau horror film by a talented set of directors – Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter, Alone, 4BIA – In the Middle), Paween Purijitpanya (Body, 4BIA – Tit for Tat), Songyos Sugmakanan (Dorm), and Parkpoom Wongpoom (Shutter, Alone, 4BIA – Last Fright).
Based on a true story of seven teenage boys as they turn to drugs to cope with their difficult lives in the rural village of Samchuk, Thailand. A local school teacher who becomes concerned for the teenage boys intervenes…
Ghost-in-Law (Saphai Breu..eu..eu) (2008)
An ailing noble man declares that his son is going to marry his nurse Nual (Morakot Kittisara) and his huge mansion will be given to the couple, much to the disappointment of his wife Khun Ying (Naowarat Yuktanant) who wants to sell the property to pay her debts. An ex-convict is hired to drive Nual away but unexpectedly Nual is killed and comes back as a vengeful ghost. In desperate attempt to get the money, Khun Ying decides to hold a dinner at the haunted mansion with potential buyers with hopes to have the business completed before nightfall.
Puen Gun Cha Pau Wan Pra (2008)
Suddenly capable of seeing and communicating with spirits against his will, art professor Trirong (Thana Suttikamon) sees two male student ghosts make their home at the university and badger students on campus. All three meet a lingering female student ghost, Ladda (Angsuma Saparakpanya), who thinks her lover’s spirit is trapped inside one of her old paintings. Trirong is then forced to team up with the two prankster ghosts to help Ladda with the small clues she provides them.
Pirate of the Lost Sea (2008)
Lost from their parents’ cruise ship and left stranded on a deserted island after a big storm, three boys and six girls survive with unexpected help from one-eyed pirate Rick (Sarunyu Wongkrachang) and his crew. Rick, the grandson of the legendary “One-eyed Pirate of Andaman Sea,” has the map to hidden treasure, but they must battle Rick’s rival who has already taken away Rick’s girlfriend. Meanwhile, giant sea creatures guard the treasure.
The Ghost and Master Boh (2008)
A girl named Wan (Praschol Kumpraewpan) is raped and murdered. Her spirit comes back waiting for revenge. Meanwhile, Master Boh (Jatirung Mokjok) is conning people as psychic who can communicate with spirits and randomly predicts the numbers for everyone who wants to win lottery. His job greatly annoys the powerful underground lottery host who is also Wan’s murderer. A plan is set to get rid of Master Boh, but with Wan on his side Master Boh not only dodges the danger coming his way but also determines to strike back.
Busba Bold & Beautiful (Suay Sing Krathing Sab) (2008)
Pod (Suppakorn Kitsuwan) and Ad (Weraparp Suparppaibul) are con artists leading a hectic life of theft on the streets of Bangkok when father of Pod’s childhood friend Dao comes to plead with Pod to find his run away daughter and bring her back home. A con artist herself, Dao (Suwanant Kong-Ying) soon gets Pod and Ad involved in a big diamond heist and, while on the run with the diamonds, uses her charm to gain the upper hand on the two friends who, against reason, have both fallen in love with her.
Orahun Summer (2008)
In the summer of 1983, five mischievous kids are made novices at a Buddhist temple and put under the supervision of a new young monk, Bai Boon (Thatchaphol Chumduang). For the children, entering contemporary monkhood is like discovering a new playground. They soon get into their usual behavior and cause a lot of headaches for the young monk Twenty-five years later, two young men meet by chance at Thai International Airport and recall one memorable summer of their lives.
Mum Deaw (2008)
Isarn native Mum (Petchthai Wongkhamlao) comes to Bangkok to study Chinese in hope of becoming a guide. House-sitting for a rich relative, he finds a mysterious boy, Deaw (Pattadon Kliangjun), who claims he is his soon-to-be-born son. If Mum fails to woo the woman who will be his mother, he will instead be born a puppy. The cunning little boy will not let poor Mum ruin his “future,” despite the fact that the woman, Fah (Benjawan Ardner), a teacher at the Chinese language school, is far too beautiful and elegant for Mum to dream of.
Handle Me with Care (Kod) (2008)
Working at the post office sorting letters, Lumpang native Kwan (Kiatkamol Lata) has one extra left arm to his advantage. Apart from his job, the arm is largely an encumbrance. Dumped by his girlfriend and tired of stares, Kwan decides to go to Bangkok to have the arm cut off. On the way he saves Na (Supaksorn Chaimongkol) from a rapist. Na is also on her way to Bangkok in search for her estranged husband. Travelling together, the two form a platonic friendship that evolves into love.
Valentine (Krit Ka Ja Ba Sud Sud) (2008)
Keng (Chakrit Yamnam) is a husky drag queen; Prae (Nutthaweeranuch Thongmee) is a delicate tom-boy. A car crash flips everything upside down. Shocked to realize their souls are switched into each other’s body after the accident, Keng and Prae must find the way to get back where they belong.
Hormones (Pidterm Yai Hua Jai War Wun) (2008)
During their school summer break, two boys chase a girl and race to get her phone number; another boy prepares a surprise for his secret crush; a young girl learns Chinese to prepare herself for the concert of her favorite Taiwanese pop-star; and a boy fights the temptation to remain loyal to the love of his life.
First Flight (Rak Siam Tao Fah) (2008)
In the pioneering days of aviation in Thailand, Lt. Colonel Luang Gat (Khajonsak Rattanisai) is tasked with forming the first Aviation Department in Asia and training the first group of Thai pilots with the help of French flight instructor Pierre (Tom Claytor). Marking the new step, farm boy Duang (Sornram Theppitak) becomes the only non-commissioned officer in the flying unit. The men encounter many obstacles, including resistance from powerful defense ministry officers, before they eventually prove their ability and fly off to Europe for their mission in WW1.
Dream Team (2008)
Soccer coach Byrd (Kiat Kitcharoen) is persuaded by teacher Noo Lek (Sakolrat Wora-Urai) to help coaching tug of war for a team of five-year-old kids to participate in 18th National Kindergarten Sports Competition. Tension arises upon learning the rules clearly state that only 9 players are allowed in each tug of war team; thus, the 10 boys “Dream Team” must sit one member on the bench as a substitute.
Autistic girl Zen (Yanin Wismitanant) is a fighting genius. When her mother Zin (Amara Siripong) falls ill with cancer, Zen innocently tries to get money from people labeled as ‘indebted’ in Zin’s old notebook. This leads her to confront Zin’s past as a gang member of No.8 (Pongpat Wachirabunjong), a Thai mafia boss. Meanwhile Zen’s Japanese father and No.8′s rival, Masashi (Hiroshi Abe), a Yakuza, decide to come back to protect his daughter and the woman he left behind years ago.
Art of the Devil 3 (Long Kong 2) (2008)
Panor (Napakpapha Nakprasit), a seductive rural teacher, longs to live a normal and peaceful life like everyone in her village. But her beauty becomes her biggest curse as Panor is the object of desire for a number of young men. Both her male colleagues and students resort to variety of black arts in attempts to win her favor. To counter their endless menace, Panor is forced to kill Porn, an amoral witch doctor, and in the process comes into possession of the powerful Three-Eyed Devil. This introduces to her life Sgt.Dit (Suppakorn Kitsuwan), a man obsessed with voodoo art and whose willingness to possess the Three-Eyed Devil is evident.
Asia Close Up: Japan/Cambodia (1996)
This film is part of the Children of the Earth series and is meant to show US children the different ways children live in other parts of the world. In the first segment, it traces a day in the life of a thirteen-year-old Japanese schoolgirl. The second segment follows the struggles of a young Cambodian boy who has lost his leg to a land mine. The film allows a rare view into rural Cambodian life in the aftermath of the country’s genocidal civil war.
Cambodia: Year Ten (Documentary) (1993)
This program shows the effects of Khmer Rouge economic and political policies that resulted in mass murder, starvation and disease for the Cambodian people. The unlikely role of Communist Vietnam as invader and savior of Cambodia is examined.
Cambodian Court and Folk Dances (1986)
Ministry of Culture, People’s Republic of Kampuchea (PRK)
Khmer Court Dance (1992)
The first of its kind in content and quality, this videotape includes five dances in the Court dance tradition with examples of pure dance and dance drama. A brief, clear history of the tradition is also provided. Chan Moly Sam, dance director; John Bishop, video director; Sam-Ang Sam and Naomi Hawes Bishop, producers.
The Tenth Anniversary Celebration in PRK (1989)
The TV Kampuchea broadcast of the activities surrounding the tenth anniversary of the People’s Republic of Kampuchea regime in 1989. It includes speeches by Heng Samrin and Tea Banh, a parade, and footage of boat races and fireworks.
Asia: Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam (1996)
Progress versus culture, preserving archaeological sites, and rebuilding war-torn nations are featured in this program. A Frenchman and a Laotian are working together to improve the lives of local farmers in Laos by incorporating the farmers’ opinions and cultural concerns. In Cambodia, efforts by the UN to preserve Angkor Wat, the famous archeological site and temple in Angkor, are detailed. In Vietnam, 62-year-old American Bob Sidell is helping the people of Dai Loc to rebuild infrastructures and generally improve their lives. A series of Our Developing World: Regional, Political, Geography.
From Mulberry Leaves to Silk Textiles
This video presents the entire process of textile creation in Laos, from making silk from silkworms to the rich variety of Laotian weaving techniques and motifs. Produced by Douang Deuane Bounyavong, et al.
Kmhmu Folklife in America
Music of the Pii reed flute, Sqkuul mouth organ, toot flute and voice accompany still photographs of Kmhmu craftspeople making instruments, basketry, crafts, food. The video also shows rituals, dances, families together and more food. No narration. It was photographed in 10 cities in the U.S. which have Kmhmu communities, and was produced by the Smithsonian Institution Office of Folklife Programs.
The Other Thailand (Documentary)
This video presents the southern area of Thailand, an area of rubber plantations, coconut palms, tin mines and mangroves. The majority of the people are Muslim, and mosques dominate the skyline. Journey into Thailand series. Produced by Landmark Films.
One Way Ticket to Hualamphong: Thailand’s Market in Children (1982)
One World: The Kingdom of Thailand
Prostitute: A Factor to Nicdom
This documentary film provides a brief sketch of the primary factors contributing to the increase of prostitution in Thailand. The film poses a number of questions about the Thai sex industry. Why does Thailand have the largest sex-for-hire industry in Asia? Who creates the image of Thailand as a sex stop for tourists? Why do women become prostitutes and what are their lives like? How do modernization and industrialization relate to the Thai sex industry?
Fictionalized account of young man in Thailand who becomes involved with drugs and the related AIDS epidemic. It was produced by the Drug Control and Suppression Office, Ministry of Health, Thailand and was funded by USAID. English subtitles.
Thailand, whose name means “land of the free,” is the only country in Southeast Asia to have never been ruled by a Western power. Viewers will journey through the four major regions of Thailand – from the bustling international trade center of Bangkok to the Central Plains, which is regarded as one of the most fertile areas in the world. This program also explores the tremendous influence Buddhism has on all aspects of society. Viewers will also visit the historic Bridge over the River Kwai and learn the effects of Japanese occupation during World War II. A Southeast Asia Today series.
Mekong Hotel (2012)
Shifting between fact and fiction in a hotel situated along the Mekong River, a filmmaker rehearses a movie expressing the bonds between a vampire-like mother and daughter… Mekong Hotel is a 2012 Thai film directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The film was screened in the Special Screenings section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Lost Loves (2010)
Lost Loves is Cambodia’s first feature film about the Khmer Rouge for more than 20 years, and coincides with a key hearing at the UN-backed war crimes court. Lost Loves focuses on Sotheary’s mother, who lost seven members of her family – including her father, husband and four children – during the hardline communist regime of 1975-79, which killed about 2 million people.
An old rich man named Kiles, who has four wives and countless servants, has his fortune read from his palm and is told that his fifth wife will be a beautiful young woman. He orders his servants to tract down someone who owes him money and demands that he gives him their daughter’s hand in marriage to clear the debt. The unfortunate and indebted man who the servant finds conveniently has a beautiful daughter named Teuy. Her devoted boyfriend Plok is a cremator, and he has been taking the golden coins from the mounts of corpses to save for their wedding. When the servant comes knocking he has 99 of the 100 coins needed to get engaged. Teuy’s father predictably agrees to marry her off to erase his debts. It’s not long before old man Kiles and young beauty Teuy are preparing to be married.
Two Shadows (2011)
Winner of the Audience Award and Cinematography Award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival,Two Shadows launches Cambodian-American hipster wannabe Sovanna (SOPHEA PEL) into an unexpected odyssey of self-discovery. After she opens a cryptic letter from Cambodia claiming that her long-lost brother and sister are still alive, Sovanna travels to her birthplace alone to seek out her two siblings who disappeared during the civil war 20 years earlier. Upon discovering a girl who may or may not be her real sister, Sovanna is ensnared into an increasingly dangerous situation, pitting her in a tug-of-war between her own personal safety and her compassion for a stranger.
My Family My Heart (2012)
KMF’s latest made-for-TV movie ‘My Family My Heart’ is 30 episodes. Commissioned by CTN for its youth channel MyTV, the first episode was shown on Sunday 25 December 2011. The idea was to create a drama that appealed to whole families to attract a wider audience base to MyTV.
Techo Domden (2000)
The film retells the 13th century story of Khmer hero general “Techo Domden.”
The Snake King’s Grandchild (2001)
The Snake King’s Child (Kuon puos keng kang, also Snaker and Ghost Wife 2), the 2001 Cambodian-Thai horror film, is based on a Cambodian myth about the half-human daughter of a snake god. This internationally known sequel to the 1970 film was a joint production between Cambodia and Thailand.
Cheam Anata (2002)
Actors Chea Yuthon and Saom Vansodany’s life during the Khmer Rouge
Tum and Teav (2003)
The story follows young lovers Tum and Teav. Tum is a young monk from a poor family renowned for his beautiful chanting. It is exactly this skill that first causes Teav, the daughter of a relatively wealthy family, to fall in love with him.
LUUK ISAN (A Child of the Northeast)
Luuk Isan or “Child of the Northeast” is about a year in the life of a family in a Lao village in Northeast Thailand during the 1930’s. This movie is based on Khampoun Bountavee’s award-winning novel in which the author used the memories of his own childhood in Isan during the depths of the Depression.
The Leaf, Not Yet Falling
The Leaf, Not Yet Falling is a documentary film of a little girl’s childhood memories of her home in Laos, her bitter experiences during the Communist Regime, and the involvement of the American CIA during the secret air war era. It recaptures over two decades of experiences living in exile.
Journey from Pha Dong: A Decision in the Hills (1998)
Produced originally by the CIA in 1967, Journey from Pha Dong tells the story of the alliance between the Hmong and the Americans as they joined effort to fight against the Communists. This war was later known as the Secret War. In this video, Hmong people in the villages and in war fight against the enemies in northern Laos.
The Secrets of S-21: Legacy of a Cambodian Prison (1998)
In this documentary, two American photographers piece together the details of the genocide that took place at S-21 through thousands of photos and interviews with former prison guards and prisoners.
Fear and Hope in Cambodia (1993)
This documentary chronicles the story of Cambodia from the signing of the Paris Peace Agreement to the elections and the signing of a new constitution.
Ah Lev (2004)
Ah Lev is a 2003 Khmer comedy film. It stars Sovann Makura, Danh Monika and Suos Sotheara. Ah Lev convinces his mother that his father is dead.
The Twin Diamonds (2009)
In this Cambodian suspense film, two long-separated twins find each other and uncover their family’s past.
The Crocodile (2005)
The Crocodile is a Cambodian award-winning Horror action film based on the crocodile’s influence in Khmer culture. San, a farmer-turned-crocodile-hunter, is determined to kill the crocodiles that claimed the lives of those closest to him.
The Road to Freedom (2011)
The Road to Freedom tells the story of two Photo Journalists in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s, who are trying to bring the world’s attention to Cambodia about the Khmer Rouge.
The Sea Wall (2008)
A troubled mother’s spirit crumbles when her adult children strike out for independence. Feeling abandoned she contemplates taking drastic action.
Enemies of the People (2009)
The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s. Yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain unexplained—until now. Enter Thet Sambath, an unassuming, yet cunning, investigative journalist who spends a decade of his life gaining the trust of the men and women who perpetrated the massacres. Amidst his journey to discover why his family died, we come to understand for the first time the real story of Cambodia’s tragedy.
Good Luck for You Every Day: The Incredible Story of Peng Phan (2010)
Peng Phan lived through the brutally repressive regime of Cambodian dictator, Pol Pot. She came close to death but was one of just a few that managed to escape. Haunted by her memories of child after child being murdered by the Khmer Rouge, Peng Phan decided to devote her life to Cambodia’s children and turn her home into an orphanage.
Three Khmer Flowers (2004)
When the adoptive parents of a Cambodian orphan girl decide to adopt two more orphans, the U.S. government suspends adoptions from Cambodia…
Pain is Temporary, Pride is Forever (2010)
Nick has lived a wayward life, grappling with alcoholism before discovering kick boxing as a tool to keep him focused and out of trouble. This documentary follows Nick over 6 months as he struggles to keep on a solid path of training in preparation for his ultimate goal – a fight at Cambodia’s CTN stadium.
Gibier d’élevage (2011)
When an American plane crashes in the Cambodian jungle, the pilot is taken captive by the Khmer Rouge. They instruct the kids of a village to keep an eye on the prisoner. While the younger kids gradually become friends with the stranger, the older boy called Pang has a different attitude.
Sovann Komar (2004)
This film follows the struggle of Cambodia’s orphans and one NGO’s effort to help them.
Rice People (1994)
(Neak sre) In Cambodian refugee camps, when children are asked where rice comes from, they answer, “from UN lorries”…
Open Season (2011)
This documentary tells of a Hmong immigrant that is convicted of killing six white hunters in a violent confrontation during deer hunting season in northwestern Wisconsin…
My Way Home (2010)
My Way Home is a documentary film chronicling one young Hmong-American woman’s journey to reconnect with her past. Seeking answers about her family, the war, and her cultural identity, Dao Chang finds herself unable to find the answers she needs in the United States.
Sabaidee Luang Prabang (Good Morning, Luang Prabang) (2008)
Sorn (Everingham), a Thai photographer visiting Laos, falls in love with his beautiful Laotian tour guide, Noi (Pallawong). The film features several tourist sites in Laos.
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The Last God King: The Life and Times of Cambodia’s Sihanouk (1998)
In four interviews, King Sihanouk, discusses his life while looking back over the highs and lows of Cambodia’s struggle for survival. Filmmaker James Gerrand, who documented every phase of Cambodia’s turmoil since the 1960’s, is a leading expert on that country’s complex politics. This definitive profile draws on unique archival material.
The film describes historical events in the life of the heroine, Suriyothai, the queen of King Mahachakrapat from the age of 15. It depicts love and attachment, royal weddings, resettlement in the capital, court life, intrigues, and the sustenance of royal dignity.
13 Beloved (2006)
A 2006 Thai psychological thriller and black comedy directed byChukiat Sakveerakul and starring Krissada Sukosol Clapp . The story, about a man who is led through progressively challenging, degrading and dangerous stunts by mysterious callers from an undergroundreality game show , is adapted from the 13th Quiz Show episode in the My Mania comic-book series by Eakasit Thairaat. It was the second feature-length film for Chukiat, who previously directed the2004 horror film , Pisaj .
A young woman who was given the nickname Rainbow is a new transfer student to an international school in Phuket from Chiang Mai. She joins a clique led by Sun, and Rainbow’s new friends are curious about the mysterious, violent death that took place in her old school.
According to Rainbow, the victim, just before his death, had received a call on his cell phone from the number 999-9999, in which recipients are supposed to have their wishes fulfilled.
One by one, Rainbow’s new friends try to call the number and die, until Rainbow is the only one left.
a.k.a. Don Bonus
After escaping the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the Ny family became one of thousands of refugees faced with resettlement in the U.S. Their lives unfold through the lens of this stirring video diary. As 18-year-old Sokly Ny (Don Bonus) struggles to graduate from high school, his family is harassed in the housing projects, his eldest brother cannot fill a dead father’s shoes and his youngest brother ends up in a youth prison. Sokly shares these experiences, his personal feelings and his hopes as the year progresses. Ultimately, “a.k.a. Don Bonus” becomes a story of triumph and survival from the perspective of one of America’s newest arrivals.
After the War: A Family Album
Short film consits of photographs and film clips from the time of the Vietnam War to the present and interviews with Hmong community members now living in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The film also includes interviews with several Hmong teenagers.
Ahingsa-Jikko mee gam (2005)
Ahingsa is a young man who’s haunted by his karma , which takes the form of a mysterious red-haired man who dishes out abuse when Ahingsa runs afoul of morality . When Ahingsa was a young boy, ashaman had the mysterious man removed, but the man returns when Ahingsa is a young man and starts taking drugs and getting involved in rave culture . Ahingsa’s behavior soon causes trouble for his friends, Ukhoht and Einstein, and a female physician, Dr. Pattaya.
A young man, Fak, is a revered novice Buddhist monk, and the entire village has turned out to the local temple to hear him preach a sermon. Fak’s talk is interrupted a coughing fit by his widower father, though, and Fak struggles to maintain his focus. Fak then decides he must put aside his aspirations for monkhood to take care of his father. Then he is conscripted by lottery into the army . He hopes that when he completes his national service, he will return to the village, be ordained as a monk and devote his life to religion.
The Adventure of Iron Pussy (2003)
A 2003 Thai musical – action – comedy film written and directed byApichatpong Weerasethakul and Michael Shaowanasai and starring Shaowanasai as the main protagonist – a transvestite Thai secret agent whose alter ego is a gay male 7-Eleven clerk. A homage and parody of the 1970s Thai action films, musicals and melodramas, particularly those that starred Mitr Chaibancha and Petchara Chaowarat , the movie premiered at the 2003 Tokyo International Film Festival and has also played at the Berlin Film Festival , theInternational Film Festival Rotterdam and other festivals. It is a cult film and has screened at several gay and lesbian film festivals as well.
The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979)
Sudsakorn , the son of a mermaid and a minstrel prince, fights on different occasions, an elephant, shark, and dragon horse, and encounters in his meanderings a king, a hermit, a yogi, a magic wand, and ghosts.
Pim was born as a twin , conjoined at the stomach with her sister, Ploy. The twins had an operation to separate them, but one did not survive. Now living in South Korea, Pim receives a phone call fromThailand that her mother has had a stroke. Pim must return to Thailand and her childhood home, where memories of Ploy come back to haunt her and become frighteningly real.
The Angry Skies
As this traumatized country finally prepares for the setting up of an international tribunal to try those responsible for genocide committed under Pol Pot’s regime, Kerr traces and interviews survivors of the S21 torture center, many of whom still fear for their lives. Traveling deep into the country’s dark hinterland, Kerr attempts to meet the last remaining architects of the Khmer Rouge regime, many of whom continue to exercise enormous power and influence. The film uncovers revelations ranging from US influence in the Khmer Rouge’s rise to power as a result of the Nixon Administration’s carpet-bombing strategies to the chain of command that resulted in the killing of Scottish academic Malcolm Caldwell and the true identity of the man who killed three western backpackers in 1994.
Born a Brahmin , Ahimsaka is studying under a guru when he sees a woman named Nantha attempting to commit suicide by jumping off a cliff. He saves her, but later learns that Nantha was intended to be the bride of his teacher.
The teacher, angered by Ahimsaka’s attention to his wife-to-be, tells his student that the only way he will attain enlightenment is to kill 1,000 people. This sets Ahimsaka off on a life as a highwayman , and at first he seeks to kill only bandits and other evildoers. To keep track of his victims, he takes a finger from the right hand of each, and wears the fingers around his neck, thus earning him the nameAngulimala , “the wearer of a garland of fingers.” He struggles to find 1,000 victims, so he resorts to killing all who cross his path. Nantha, wanting to stop the killing, tries to kill Ahimsaka, but only succeeds in killing herself.
Animal appetites is a wry look at the 1989 Long Beach trial of two Cambodian immigrants charged with killing a dog for food. With over 99 million cattle and 5.7 billion chickens consumed per year in the US, this humorous video poses the question, “Why all the fuss over one dog?” The story follows their trial on animal cruelty charges and examines the law prohibiting consumption of pets, passed as a result of the case.
Art of the Devil 2 (2005)
A sequel in name only to a 2004 film ( Khon len khong ), Art of the Devil 2 is about a teacher, portrayed by Napakpapha Nakprasitte , who has a cruel prank played on her by some students. She then turns to black magic to exact revenge.
Bang Rajan (2000)
The Burmese army is seeking to invade Ayutthaya , the capital ofSiam . Seeking to block the invasion is a small band of villagers inBang Rajan . The forces are at first led by Nai Taen, who is injured in an early battle. The villagers then turn to an outsider, Nai Chan Nuad Kheo, a moustachioed, veteran warrior. He brings along a handful of other men, who with the remaining men and women of Bang Rajan vow to put up a fight. They use all their resources to prepare the village for a siege, including melting down all available metal farming implements into a crudely constructed cannon . Lacking horses, the village drunkard, Nai Thongmen, mounts an old water buffalo and rides the draft animal into battle.
Bangkok Haunted (2001)
Legend of the Drum- An antiques dealer discovers that a dancer ‘s vengeful spirit possesses an old drum in her shop.
Black Magic Woman- To attract lovers, a lonely young woman is given an aphrodisiac perfume extracted from corpses, with unpleasant consequences for her sex partners.
Revenge- A police cadet searches for the truth behind a girl’s suicide by hanging .
Bangkok Dangerous (1999)
Kong is a deaf gunman, an assassin for hire who can neither hear his gunshots nor the people pleading with him not to kill them. He receives his assignments through Aom, a hostess at a Bangkok go-go bar .
Kong lost his hearing when he was a child. Because of his disability, he was taunted by other children, and he grew up into an angry young man.
At a target range, he found he had a special aptitude for target shooting when he pictured the faces of the boys that taunted him in the target. His deafness gives him an edge in shooting, as he doesn’t react to the gunshots and can better hold his attention on his target. He eventually gets a job as a janitor at the range.
Bangkok Loco (2004)
Bay is a talented young rock drummer in Thailand in the 1970s. One day he is practicing on his drum set in his apartment and is in atrance , but he suddenly notices that everything is covered in blood and that his drumsticks are actually knives. Apparently, he has killed his landlady, Mrs. Victoria. Panicked, he runs out his door, through the streets and alleys to his friend, Ton, who is also a drummer and is in a band called The PC with Meow and Ooh. Despite Bay’s circuitous flight to Ton’s apartment, she only lives next door to him.
Bangkok Love Story (2007)
BBC Television Clips on Thailand’s “Bloody May” (1992)
(45 min) This videotape is a compilation of more than 12 news reports by the British Broadcasting Corporation on the violence in Bangkok in May of 1992, the worst political violence in Thailand in 20 years. The news reports include extensive footage of protestors and military police action, but also include interviews with analysts, academics and others for perspectives on political, economic and social context. Narrated in English. Picture quality varies.
Beautiful Boxer (2004)
A 2003 Thai biographical – drama – sports film by Singapore -based director Ekachai Uekrongtham . It tells the life story of Nong Thoom , a famous kathoey (male-to-female transgendered person), Muay Thai fighter, actress and model. She was portrayed by male kickboxer Asanee Suwan .
Becoming American: A Film
Follows a Hmong refugee family from northern Laos awaiting resettlement in a remote refugee camp in northern Thailand, from the time its members learn of their acceptance as immigrants, to the time they are settled in Seattle, Washington.
Behind the Smile
Illustrates the living conditions of young female factory workers in Bangkok, who come to work in the city at a very young age to help support their families in the poorer rural areas of the country.
Beyond the Killing Fields
Beyond the killing fields is an eyewitness account of cultural genocide of Cambodian refugees living in the limbo of a squalid prison camp.
Black Silk (1961)
Seni, a club owner, is under pressure by a rival, Wan, to pay an outstanding loan. Upon hearing that he has a long-lost brother named Sema, Seni sends his loyal lieutenants, Tom and Pon, to visit Sema, only to find that Sema has died. Seni decides that he can use the situation to his advantage, and buries Sema’s body in a forest.
Seni and Tom orchestrate the death of Wan, by setting fire to Wan’s car, pushing it off a cliff and framing Wan’s assistant Sin, also dead, for the murder. Seni then assumes the identity of his dead brother, free and clear of debts and Wan’s meddling.
Tom, meanwhile, has fallen in love with Phrae, a widowed mother who has worn black silk since her husband died two years before. Seni sees Phrae as a threat to his scheme and orders Tom to stop seeing her. Wan further plots to use Tom to psychologically manipulate Phrae.
Phrae then leaves Tom, shaves her head and enters a Buddhisttemple. Tom tries to stand up to his boss, with disastrous consequences.
Blackbirds at Bangpleng (1994)
A village in rural Thailand is celebrating Loy Krathong , when the festivities are disrupted by the descent of a spaceship. Ray beams are fired from the craft and all the village’s women find they are suddenly pregnant. That very day, they give birth, their offspring aliens. The children have the power to kill with just their stare, and they have an insatiable appetite for raw meat.
Blissfully Yours (2002)
Roong longs for the day when she can be in the arms of her Burmese lover, Min, an illegal immigrant. She pays Orn, an older woman to take care of Min while she looks for a place for them to share their happiness.
The story begins on a Saturday afternoon when they take Min to see the doctor for his mysterious skin problem. The doctor prescribes some more medication. But Orn is not satisfied and decides to make her own medication. She stops to buy some ingredients at the market on the way to her husband’s office. With her ingredients, Orn invents a miracle cream for Min.
Later that afternoon, Min takes Roong to have a picnic in the jungle where they feel free to express their love. Meanwhile, Orn has also gone to the jungle with Tommy, her husband’s co-worker. With him, she has found all the pleasure she has dreamed of. They are suddenly interrupted by a Burmese immigrant who steals their motorcycle. Tommy chases after the thief and disappears. Orn wanders around lost until she reaches the stream where she meets Roong and Min. Above the forest, the sky is about to rain.
Blue Collar and Buddah: A Documentary
Documents public opinion and reactions in Rockford, Illinois after immigration of Laotian refugees. Documents Laotian refugees’ special problems in adjustment to life in U.S., with emphasis on religious belief and practice.
A Thai horror – thriller film . It is produced by GTH , the same production company that made the hit Thai horror film, Shutter .Body is directed by Paween Purijitpanya and co-written by Chukiat Sakweerakul , who had previously directed the thriller, 13 Beloved .
Body has parallels to an actual murder case in Thailand, in which a physician was convicted and given the death penalty in the dismemberment of his estranged wife.
Among the cast is Arak Amornsupasiri, who plays the main protagonist Chon. Arak is the singer in the Thai rock band, Slur.
The Bodyguard (2004)
After a shootout with dozens of assassins, Wong Kom, bodyguard to Chot Petchpantakarn, the wealthiest man in Asia, finds his subject killed.
Chaichol, the son and heir to the family fortune, fires the bodyguard and takes it upon himself to find the killers. He’s then ambushed, and the rest of the bodyguard team is wiped out. Chaichol, however comes out of it alive, and finds himself in a Bangkok slum, living with a volunteer car-accident rescue squad and falling in love withtomboyish Pok.
Meanwhile, Wong Kom is working to clear his name, and stay ahead of the chief villain and his bumbling gang of henchmen.
The Bodyguard 2 (2007)
Khamlao is a secret agent for the country of Wongnaileum, which shares the common Isan dialect and culture with its neighboring country, Thailand (similar to Laos ). He is dispatched to Bangkok on a secret mission to track down some terrorists. To do so, he goes undercover as a luk thung singer working for a record label that serves as a front company for dealers in weapons of mass destruction. As he probes deep inside the record company, he finds that the company’s executive secretary is actually a CIA agent, assigned to the same mission. Meanwhile, Khamlao’s wife, Keaw, discovers that Khamlao had lied to her about his job in Thailand.
Body Jumper/Porb Wheed Sayong (2001)
2000 A.D. A Thai entrails-hungry ghost, haunts Sam Kotr, a small village in Roi Et Province. One by one, the men in the village fall victim to her insatiable appetite. An eerie silence grips the fear stricken village as no one dares venture from their homes late at night. Banding together, the villagers bring in an excorcist to rid them of Pob’s wrath.
As a new school year begins, a student club volunteers to aid rural development project in Roi Et province. Its members include Kom, Fah, Wu, Ger, Isabella, Pim, Krating, and Nidnoi. Upon arrival in Sam Kotr, they’re struck by a sense of unease stemming from the eerie silence. They spend their days working in the village and relax at a waterfall when evening arrives. Unbeknownst to them, Pop’s hunger has been stirred.
She possesses Ger and travels back to Bangkok with the other students. For a short while, she’s enthralled and engrossed by the bright lights of Bangkok. But soon enough she searches for new victims. Ger turns on her sex appeal to seduce one man after another. As the man returns pale and jaundiced, his friends become concerned and pursue their nagging doubts to discover his liver missing.
So the hunt for Pop begins.
Borne in a War: A Real Personal Story
This semi-autobiography traces the maker’s birth on a secret CIA military base in the hills of Laos to his anti-war college years during the Persian Gulf War. Mixing archival footage, family photographs and dramatization — Thoj looks at how his life life has been controlled and his identity shaped by the war born — and finally links his personal history to Hmong history under French colonialism and during the American wars in Laos.
Buppah Rahtree (2003)
Buppah Rahtree is a loner female student at a Bangkok university who becomes the object of a wager by a group of male students to see if she can be bedded. Ake, the son of a wealthy family, takes the bet and courts young Buppah. She resists him at first, but one day sees him feeding pigeons in a park and goes to talk to him. She remarks that in her next life she hopes to become a bird , so she could fly away. Noting his BMW convertible parked nearby, she goes on to say that if she had a way, she would fly away right now. So Ake takes Buppah for a ride down the highway. They continue to have a relationship, which culminates in a three-day weekend at Bang Saen , during which Ake has sex with her and stays in bed with her the whole time.
Buppah Rahtree Phase 2: Rahtree Returns (2005)
The vengeful female ghost , Rahtree, continues to inhabit apartment 609. She shares the room with her ghost boyfriend, Ake, who has been left legless by Rahtree after his transgressions in the first film. A blind woman named Thip rents a neighboring apartment. She is due for an eye operation, but the doctor treating her tries to rapeher. He is stopped by Rahtree. Meanwhile, a comic foursome of bank robbers have entered Rahtree’s apartment and are using it as a hideout.
Butterfliews and Flowers (1985)
Euthana Mukdasnit’s renowned film about young teenagers in Southern Thailand leaving the security of their school to encounter the challenges posed by finding employment in a largely undeveloped rural community, where many other young people face the same challenges, with limited guidance.
For more information:http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/mai/films/butterflies.html
Butterfly Man (2002)
Adam, an English backpacker , breaks up with his girlfriend after he finds her in bed with another man in a guesthouse on Khaosan Roadin Bangkok . Adam then strikes out on his own, heading for Ko Samui. There, he meets Em, a young masseuse . At first, their relationship is innocent, but Adam soon grows frustrated and starts hitting the bars and becoming a sex tourist , or ” butterfly man”, flitting from woman to woman. Meanwhile, the ugly side of Samui starts to reveal itself, with a white slavery and prostitution ring, run by British mafia exposed.
Cambodia: The Betrayal
The investigative team of David Munro and John Pilger uncover the tragedy of the holocaust which has taken place in Cambodia at the hands of the Khmer Rouge.
Candles for New Years
(28.5 min.) Video featuring anthropologist and ethnographer Jacquette Hill narrating a look at a group in Northern Thailand and their New Years preparation and celebration. The village in which Hill works is north of Chiang Mai, where the group works in migrant farming. The narrative discusses farm economy, relation of group to mainstream Thai society, and preparation for the New Year. High quality photography. Produced by Earlham College, Richmond, Ind.
Chai Lai (2006)
The five “Chai Lais” are tasked with foiling a kidnapping and keeping a mysterious, powerful “Pearl of the Andaman” out of the hands of a crime syndicate.
Citizen Dog (2004)
A 2004 Thai romantic drama film directed by Wisit Sasanatieng. Hilarious, beautiful & touching film about urban & rural life, Thai ecological movement, contemporary Thai life.
Coat of Many Countries
The clothes we wear today are the remarkable coming together of goods and services from all over the world. By following the evolution of a suit, we glimpse the practical application of the new global economy.
Colic: The Movie (2006)
Prae and Pong are young couple enjoying their lives and careers. Prae works as a graphic artist, while her boyfriend, Pong, directs television commercials. One day, Prae collapses at work, and it turns out she is pregnant. At first Prae is worried that Pong will not accept the baby, but he surprises her with a marriage proposal. The couple settles into a home. The adjustment is difficult, as Prae must quit her job and soon becomes bored, while Pan works overtime to make up for the lost income.
Then the baby, Pan, is born. He cries constantly, adding to the tension felt by the new parents. A doctor says the baby simply hascolic , and that after about six months, things will settle down. But the crying continues. Prae, because she spends most of her time with baby, notices strange things happening and becomes convinced that sinister forces are making the baby unhappy.
Country Hotel (1957)
Noi runs a rural bar and guesthouse called the Paradise Hotel. He tends bar and arm wrestles any challengers. The hotel, which has only one room, already has a guest, a man named Chana.
Chana is annoyed that the hotel plays host to various musical groups, including a man who sings European opera, another man who practices the trombone, a Peking opera troupe, a Filipina ballad singer and a brass band that accompanies two bare-knuckles boxers.
A young woman named Riam arrives and attempts to check in, only to be told that the one room is already occupied.
The reasons for Chana’s stay at the hotel are mysterious, and Riam is equally enigmatic, stating her age at 65 years old, saying she has a dozen children and is an opium trader.
In reality, it appears that both Chana and Riam are on the run from the mafia, whose men come calling in search of some missing money they believe Chana or Riam have in their possession.
Dancing Through Death: The Monkey, Magic & Madness of Cambodia
This is the story of Thavro Phim, who came of age under the Pol Pot regime and lost his father, brother, and grandfather to the Khmer Rouge. What kept him whole after the ordeal was his Buddhist faith and dedication to Cambodian classical dance where he performs the role of Hanuman, the magical white monkey. We follow Thavro from California to the Kingdom of Cambodia, a country still in turmoil, for a bittersweet reunion with his family and teachers.
Dang Bireley’s and Young Gangsters (1999)
Dang, the son of a prostitute , growing up in 1950s Thailand, compensates for his inferiority complex by boosting up his ego. At the age of 13, he killed a man who was beating his mother. By age 16, he had dropped out of school and started his own protectionracket . With his right-hand man Lam Sing, Dang is high protective of Piak, and is also friends with Pu Bottle Bomb and Pu’s sidekick Dum.
Dark Heaven (1958)
A poor orphan girl, Nien, is on the run after stealing some food that a wealthy man had purchased to feed some dogs. She takes refuge with a singing garbage collector named Choo, who hides Nien in his garbage cart while the wealthy man and a policeman search for the girl.
Choo then takes Nien back to his humble shack and gives her shelter. The pair fall in love, but their romance is cut short when he is drafted into the army and sent off to war. For a time, Nien takes over Choo’s job as garbage collector, until she is adopted by a wealthy woman, who treats Nien as the daughter she never had.
Choo comes back from the war, blinded by an explosion, Nien, while experiencing unimagined luxuries, is tortured by the conflict between her newfound wealthy lifestyle and her simple life with Choo.
Death of a Shaman
Examines how Fahm’s Mien immigrant family suffered through a 20-year ordeal of poverty, racism, religions, drugs, jail and the murder of a family member. It is a chronicle of a darker side of the pursuit of the American dream that affected many of the 40,000 Mien who came from the mountains of Southeast Asia to America.
Dek hor (2006)
In Thailand, the young Ton Chatree is sent to a boarding school by his father to study harder and have less entertainment with television. Once in the school, Ton feels outcast and misses his family and friends. He becomes scared with the ghost stories his new schoolmates tell about a boy that died in the swimming pool and a young pregnant woman that committed suicide. He becomes a close friend of the also lonely boy Vichien, and later Ton realizes that Vichien is the boy that drowned in the swimming pool, and his death repeats every night. Ton tries to find a way to help his friend to rest in peace.
Les Derniers Jours Du Colonel Savath
In this drama about the fall of Phnom Penh in 1973, the Cambodian military abdicates its authority in a dangerous alliance with the Khmer Rouge against King Samdech Sihanouk.
Down With Us
Drama about a high school student from a Hmong immigrant community in America and his growing participation with a gang, the gang’s methods of initiation and indoctrination, his involvement in crimes, and his eventual arrest.
Dynamite Warrior (2006)
The story is set in 1890s Siam .  Jone Bang Fai (the Fireball Bandit) is a young Muay Thai warrior and rocketry expert who steals backwater buffalo taken from poor Isan farmers by unscrupulous cattle raiders . He is also searching for a man with a tattoo who killed his parents.
Meanwhile, a local nobleman, Lord Waeng, wants to create a market for the steam tractors he’s selling. So he hires a hulking convict, “The Thief”, to kill all the cattle traders and round up all the water buffalo for slaughter, depriving farmers of the draft animals they need to cultivate rice . Lord Waeng’s men are eventually pitted against Nai Hoi Sing, a cattle trader with supernatural martial arts powers and a tattoo on his chest. The tattoo gets Jone Bang Fai’s attention, and while the Thief is trying to steal Sing’s cattle herd, Jone Bang Fai tries to attack Sing, but is repelled.
Lord Waeng then enlists Jone Bang Fai in a scheme to defeat Sing. To do so, they also need the help of the Black Wizard , who was once cursed by Sing so that he cannot withstand sunlight. The Black Wizard says the only way to defeat Sing and reverse his spells is to use the menstrual blood of a virgin – the Black Wizard’s daughter, E’Sao.
The Eye (2002)
A young woman who has been blind since the age of two. She undergoes a corneal transplant and is pleased to discover that she can see once again. However, because she has essentially lived her entire life in the dark, her eyes need time to properly focus on distant objects, while her brain must essentially re-learn how to interpret the new flood of visual signals that it receives.
But within a few hours of having the bandages removed, it is clear that something is wrong. Mun begins to see odd shadows in her blurry field of vision that turn out to be the spirits of the recently departed. Of course, nobody believes what she is experiencing is real, including her eye doctor and psychotherapist. Too traumatized by the horrors she has seen and in fear for her life, Mun gradually retreats back into the comfort of darkness.
The Eye 2 (2004)
Believing she is being rejected by her boyfriend Sam ( Jesdaporn Pholdee ), Joey ( Shu Qi ) attempts suicide with sleeping pills, but recovers after having her stomach pumped. When she looks forward to a brand new life, she discovers that she is pregnant. Being tortured by the thought of an abortion and unable to contact Sam, the man she knows is her baby’s father, Joey finds herself becoming delusional and emotionally unstable. She is frequently threatened by the sudden presence of strangers, and also feels stalked by a mysterious ghost woman. She believes the ghost wants to hurt her unborn baby. As the story unfolds, it is discovered that the woman is a ghost awaiting the baby’s birth so that she may be reincarnated within Joey’s baby. But after discovering the identity of the ghost woman, Joey would rather kill herself and her baby than let this woman become her child.
An experimental video about a group of Cambodian women who are histerically blind because of the ‘eye-searing’ horrors of war.
Be, Po, and Sung are young friends who have different living styles. Be is upset with both his work and love life – but the latter seems to have most influence on him. After his lover left all he does is sit and wait for her return. So Po and Sung send him ten ways of how to cure a broken heart. Po, a playboy surrounded by girls, began to question the difference between sex and love. One day, he meets a girl who he thinks is right for him; will he be right for her? Sung is always hungry for love and for a job – he’s just unsure of what kind, although he’s prepared to try anything. One day, a job leads him to Paveena, his part-time employer. Sung is confident that she is his ideal girl. However he fail like every time before?
Fan Chan (2003)
Jeab, a young man working in Bangkok , receives word that his best friend from childhood, Noi-Naa is to be married. While driving back to his hometown, the memories of his friendship with her come flooding back, and their story is told in a flashback .
A 2003 Thai romance – drama film, written and directed by Yuthlert Sippapak . The involves a young Thai woman with a terminal illnesswho goes to New York City to live her final months, is hit by a car and then develops amnesia , forgetting that she’s in need of medical care.
Final Score (2007))
The film focuses on Suwikrom “Per” Amaranon, a middle class Thaistudent in his senior year at Suankularb School in Bangkok , and his three friends, Big Show, Lung and Boat. They are depicted as average students, not especially studious but are still obedient of their parents and are hopeful of their prospects for getting into auniversity in Thailand .
The film follows the boys through one year, from May 2005 to May 2006. Documentarian Soraya Nagasuwan is never heard asking the boys questions, simply letting her camera crew follow the boys through their days at school, at home with their families or enjoying time off school while on a visit to the beach and attending a rock music festival.
In order to qualify for admission to a university faculty, students must take standardized tests . In Thailand these tests are the O-Net/A-Net exams. Minimum scores are needed in order to be admitted to certain universities and university faculties .
Coincidentally, the February 2006 exams that the boys took were hit with a scandal after the results were incorrectly reported. Approximately 300,000 students were affected by error, with many puzzled over receiving test results when they had not even taken the tests.
The boys weather the pressure of taking the exams and the erroneous reporting of the scores, however, and ultimately win their choice of disciplines and universities.
Fivestar Production (1973)
Established in 1973, Five Star Production Company Limited is one of Thailand’s oldest and most famous production and distribution houses. Along the years, Five Star Production has developed, founding the first Motion Picture Studio in Thailand in 1979, expanding its activities to TV programs production and producing drama series between 1992 and 1998, even creating a Variety Show aiming at discovering new talents and that has launched the careers of dozen of Thailand’s famous actors and actresses. Five Star has recently created a new division, Stadio, a full-service provider for film marketing already reputed for the quality and qualification of its staff.
For more information: http://www.fivestarent.com/index.asp
The Flute Player
Nearly thirty years ago, Pol Pot overtook Cambodia and over one million perished in the Khmer Rouge’s brutal “killing fields.” Many others were forced into unspeakable acts in order to survive. Arn Chorn Pond is one of these survivors. Now, after living in the United States for 20 years, Arn is a musician and activist, travelling the country and giving lectures on human rights. He is also on a mission to reconcile the demons of his past.
“The Flute Player” chronicles his return to Cambodia, where he has begun a master musician project to revive the traditional music that was lost under the Khmer Rouge. A complex and moving film, it reveals the history and tradition lost to Arn’s generation and the search for healing and forgiveness in a country wounded by war.
From Angkor to America
Narrates the history of a community-based arts project, presents historical antecedents and religious basis for Cambodian classical dance and music, and shows the new functions within American culture.
Fun Bar Karaoke (1997)
Pu is a young woman who is having some bad dreams. Her father, meanwhile, has fallen in love with a karaoke bar hostess girl named Yok who’s the girlfriend of a mobster. A hitman named Noi is then dispatched to kill the father, and Pu ends up falling in love with Noi.
Ghost of Mae Nak (2005)
In modern Bangkok, the life of groom Mak is disturbed, after having successive nightmares with a ghost woman, Mae Nak , an ancient Thai legend. He meets his beloved fiancée Nak to acquire an antiquebrooch and an old abandoned house in Phra Khanong with the unscrupulous real state agent Angel and they decide to buy the property.
After their wedding, two small-time thieves break into the house and steal their gifts and other objects. When Mak sees the criminals on the streets of Bangkok selling his goods, he chases the burglars and they run their van over Mak, who falls into a deep coma . The ghost Mae Nak protects the young couple against Angel and the burglars, but in return she holds the soul of Mak.
Nak finds the remains of Mae Nak in an ancient cemetery, and with some monks, they exorcise Mae Nak from Mak using the ancient brooch and release her spirit.
Ghost Station (2007)
Udd and Yai are a gay couple who love cowboy movies and move from the city to a rural area to have a more intimate, rustic setting for their relationship. They buy an abandoned filling station and look to settle down. Udd then finds that Yai is having an affair with Tangmo, a local woman who has a lesbian lover, Jenny. Neither Yai nor Tangmo are aware of either of their sexual histories, but Udd discovers the affair and plans murder out of revenge. However, none of them know that their gas station already has some scary spirits.
The Good Woman of Bangkok (1991)
Disturbing and controversial docu-fictional look at the life of a prostitute; link to film reviews from Libraries catalog entry for this film. 82 minutes DCL 031. What’s controversial about this film is that the movie maker had a close relationship (the nature of which is never made clear) with the sex worker whom he films – thus opening him to criticism for exploiting her. This film was directed by Dennis O’Rourke.
In this hard-nosed Thai action/thriller, a hitman with a tragic wartime past comes up against a cold-blooded policeman, too cowardly to have fought in any war — but not cowardly when it comes to killing his own unarmed victims. When the hitman goes to rescue his son from a hospital room — set as a trap for him, the policeman tracks him down and the final fight between good and evil begins.
The Hmong, Hilltribe People of Laos
The Holy Man (2005)
A monk comes to a small city and takes up residence at a smallBuddhist temple. With his no-nonsense advice and humble ways, a new monk builds a following that starts to rival a flashy scam temple across town, making an enemy of its operator ( Somlek Sakdikul ).
Hotel Angel (1974)
Malee is a farm girl from Northern Thailand who decides to sneak away to Bangkok with her boyfriend, Chate, but shortly after arriving, Chate disappears and Malee finds herself held captive in a ” love hotel “. To pay for the room, she is forced to sleep with men. Af first, she is horrified by what she must do, but after a time, she becomes resigned and accepts her situation as fate.
With her debt paid, she starts to earn money working as a prostitute, giving her the ability to buy new clothes and send money home to her father, telling him she is working as a seamstress . As Malee is taking her clothes off, her father is putting new windows on his house.
Malee gains a reputation in her community as a person to be relied upon to help break new girls in. One particularly hard case refuses to be accepting as Malee was, and despite Malee’s advice continues to be rebellious and eventually commits suicide .
Even after the death of her charming pimp (Sorapong Chatree), Malee continues until one day she is able to become independent of the sex trade, and there is a happy ending for her as she is able to open her own dress shop in Bangkok.
Shot on digital video , the documentary tells the story of Prayoon Kamchai, principal of the Baan Mae Toh school in rural, mountainousChiang Mai Province . Faced with poor families of hill tribe (mostlyKaren and Hmong ) subsistence farmers and rugged terrain, Prayoon sought to find a way to ensure children in his far-flung school district received a proper education. Children would often have to travel 80 to 90 kilometers on narrow, winding mountain roads, which in the rainy season became impassable, to get to school. Often, children’s parents were too poor to afford tuition.
Prayoon, who asked to be assigned to the school when he started teaching in 1983, at first noticed the children had no food, so he decided to start a free lunch program. He then solved the problem of transportation by creating a boarding school and finding a way for as many children to attend as the school could accept.
The school receives a small amount of funds from the Thai government . Building supplies for the boarding school dorms were donated, and much of the building work and other improvements at the school were made by the students and teachers themselves. To supplement the small meal allowance from the government, the students raise their own vegetable crops and livestock.
Baan Mae Toh school offers classes up to Mattayom 3 , or ninth grade . As a reward for graduating from the school, Prayoon arranges for the class to take a trip to the beach in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province , a trip of more than 1,000 kilometers that takes three days, by truck and bus. For all the children, it is the first time they will see the ocean. Along the way, the children stay at Buddhisttemples for free to keep the cost of the journey low.
Insee thong (1970)
Rom Ritthikrai ( Mitr Chaibancha ) is at a nightclub getting very drunk and trying to persuade others to join him in his fun. He is retrieved by his faithful assistant Oy ( Petchara Chaowarat ). Rom is actually the masked crimefighter, Insee Daeng, or Red Eagle, and he uses the persona as a fun-loving drunkard as a cover.
However, an impostor Insee Daeng (Kanchit Kwanpracha) is committing murders, so Rom must change his masked alias to another color, and he becomes the Golden Eagle, or Insee Tong.
The Iron Ladies (2000)
The film is set in 1996 , when the real team competed and won the national championships in Thailand. The two main characters, Mon and Jung, play two gay transvestites, who had been constantly overlooked by volleyball coaches because of their appearance. However, when a local team changes coaches, the new coach holds tryouts for a new team. When Mon and Jung are selected, most of the old players resign, leaving the new coach, Coach Bee, in a sticky predicament.
Mon and Jung are then forced to enlist the help of other gay and transsexual friends who they used to play volleyball with in university. These new players include Wit, who hasn’t told his fiance he is gay, Pia, a transexual dancer and Nong, a gay army officer. When the competition begins, all but one player in the team are gay or transsexual.
Because of their appearance on court, many of the match officials intend to ban the team, soon dubbed “The Iron Ladies”, from the tournament. However, seeing how much the team is liked by the crowd soon changes many of their opinions.
At the end credits of the film, the real “Iron Ladies” are shown as they were at the time of making the film.
I-San Special (2002)
A 2002 Thai experimental independent drama film directed byMingmongkol Sonakul and based on an idea by Apichatpong Weerasethakul . Set aboard a ramshackle inter-city bus traveling from Bangkok to Isan , the audio of a Thai radio soap opera is acted out by the passengers. However, when the bus stops, the drama of the passengers’ normal lives is portrayed. Parallels are seen between the soap opera and reality in terms of the characters’ social class.
Invisible Waves (2006)
Kyoji is a cook living in Macau . He works for a Thai restaurant inHong Kong and has been having an affair with Seiko, the wife of his boss, Wiwat, who orders Kyoji to poison her. After the deed is done, Kyoji is ordered to leave Hong Kong. He consults with the mysterious Monk, who gives him money and advice to contact Lizard. Kyoji then boards a cruise ship , and is given a small, dreary cabin belowdecks, where nothing seems to work properly. In trying to find his way back topside, he gets lost. Finally, up on deck, he meets Noi. Noi has a baby named Nid, whom Kyoji finds hanging on the deck rail in a harness, where Noi left the child while she was swimming. Eventually, the ship reaches its destination, Phuket , Thailand , where real life-or-death adventures begin for Kyoji as he starts to put the pieces together about what he’s done.
Iron Ladies (Satree Lek) (1996)
102 minutes SEA 023, Region 3 English subtitles. A 1996 comedy directed by Youngyooth Thongkonthun. Based on a true story of a volleyball team made up of transvestites, gays, bisexuals & straight guys. This 1996 film was a box office hit in Thailand & acclaimed at international gay/lesbian film festivals. Critics railed against its stereotyped characters. In “real” life, the Volleyball Ass’n. of Thailand persuaded the winning team not to enter international competitions saying that to do so would tarnish the Thai image; instead the VAT wanted straight-looking (whatever that means!) male athletes. As another sign of the times, in 1997, the Rajabhat Institute (which administers Thailand’s 36 teachers’ training colleges) banned homosexual students from courses on teaching elementary school ed. Fortuitously, in 1997 Thailand adopted a new “people’s” Constitution & the government lifted the ban Rajabhat had imposed. This film was directed by Youngyooth Thongkonthun.
Jan Dara (2001)
Some say that Jan Dara’s life was blighted from birth – from the moment his mother Dara died while giving birth to him. Certainly Dara’s husband Khun Luang (Great Master) hated the boy from that moment. That was why he named him Jan, short for Janrai (accursed). And that was why Khun Luang viewed the boy with such hatred and treated him so cruelly, beating him and locking him in a “ghost room” for daring to grieve for his mother.
But Khun Luang’s hatred for the boy had nothing to do with his licentious behavior around the Visanan compound in which they both lived. Jan Dara’s earliest memory was of seeing Khun Luang have sex with a maid, right in front of a portrait of his sexual desires, and didn’t care who in the household knew about it. When Dara’s old friend Waad arrived from Pijit to be a surrogate mother to the boy, Khun Luang lost no time in adding her to his lists of conquests. And when Aunt Waad bore Khun Luang a daughter, Kaew, the doting patriarch taught the child to hate Jan Dara as much as he did himself. In other words, Jan Dara grew up surrounded by immoral and licentious acts and perhaps blurred them in his mind with both the image of his beloved mother and the cruelty of his hated father.
And when he was summoned back three years later, Jan Dara found himself in a position to take revenge on Khun Luang. Kaew was pregnant (no-one ever said by whom) and need a husband. Khun Luang had chosen Jan Dara, the only other male of Visanan lineage, for the role. Jan Dara agreed to marry the girl, but demanded a high price for his compliance: ownership of the Visanan compound. Astonishingly, Khun Luang agreed to sign over the title deed. Now master of his own house, Jan Dara began taking pleasure in toying with the affections – and the bodies – of the various women around him, just as Khun Luang used to. Was the young man exacting a revenge on Khun Luang at last? Or was he rather living out the curse placed on his head when he was born?
Kelly Loves Tony
Seventeen year-old Kelly Saeteurn has a dream — she calls it her “American dream.” As a fresh high school graduate on her way to college, she envisions a rosy future for herself. Kelly is the first in her family of Iu Mien refugees from Laos to have accomplished as much as she already has, but her dreams exist in sharp contrast to her reality. She is also pregnant. Her boyfriend Tony is a junior high drop out and ex-con. The brutal honesty of this film’s footage and dialogue offers viewers a rare glimpse into the lives of two young people struggling to make their relationship work in the face of overwhelming obstacles like parenthood, gender issues and cultural and educational differences.
Kerd ma lui (2004)
Diew, an undercover cop, having just lost his mentor in a raid on an arch-criminal’s hideout, decides to take a trip with his sister Nui – a national taekwondo champion – to a rural village with a group of other national athletes of various sports. The bucolic retreat turns ugly when the athletes and villagers are taken hostage by the brutal, heavily armed militia of a drug lord. After learning of the criminals’ shocking plans, the cop, the athletes and villagers of all ages resolve to fight back using their unique skills.
Khan Kluay (2006)
When Khan Kluay is born, his grandmother notes that his back is “gently sloped like a banana stalk … I suppose that is what I should name you”. “Khan kluay” is Thai for “banana stalk”.
As a young elephant, Khan Kluay is taunted by the other elephants because he is fatherless. Naturally, Khan Kluay is curious about his father, and he’s told that his father is a war elephant for the king.
So Khan Kluay wants to find his father. Still a young elephant, he wanders off to being his search. He is soon captured by a Burmese raiding party. In trying to escape from the Burmese camp, the young elephant is befriended by a Siamese boy prince, Naresuan , who has been ransomed to the Burmese. Naresuan has the ability to calm Khan Kluay into thinking clearly, and Khan Kluay makes his escape.
Khao Chon kai (2006)
Khao Chon Kai is a military training camp where Thai boys who apply for military lessons will face the challenge of the training during their senior year of high school. A group of boys meet at the camp and begin their training together, encountering many obstacles during the rigorous training regimines. Despite the hardships, they discover that friendship and true friends are the most precious things they’ve found in Khao Chon Kai.
Killer Tattoo/Muer Puen: Lok/Pra/Jun (2001)
Bangkok, 2011 A.D. Pae Buffgun, a seasoned hit man, is released from prison and quickly hired to assassinate the Iron Cop, a ruthless law enforcer. Because the job is too big for one man, he assembles his old team for the hit. Dog Bad Bomb, Err M-16, and Ghost Rifle, old hands in the assassin game, have seen their jobs dwindle of late. Meanwhile, Kit Silencer, an up and coming hit man, is also contracted to kill Iron Cop. Both groups pick the same day for the hit and the end result is complete chaos. Based on his memory of a tattoo on the killer’s wrist, Kit suspects Pae is the man who murdered his parents when he was a child. As a result, Kit Silencer comes after Pae Buffgun and his gang.
The Killing Fields (1984)
Sydney Schanberg is a New York Times journalist covering the civil war in Cambodia. Together with local representative Dith Pran, they cover some of the tragedy and madness of the war. When the American forces leave, Dith Pran sends his family with them, but stays behind himself to help Schanberg cover the event. As an American, Schanberg won’t have any trouble leaving the country, but the situation is different for Pran.
The King Maker (2005)
The story opens with Portuguese soldier Fernando de Gama drowning in the ocean after a shipwreck. He comes to, finds some wreckage to float on and washes up on the coast of Siam . After almost being eaten by a crocodile , he is captured by some Arabslave traders and taken to Ayutthaya . Released from his bonds to be put on the auction block, he promptly knocks down his captors and leads them on a chase throughout the ancient city.
King Naresuan (2006)
Part I deals with Naresuan’s boyhood, when he was taken hostage by Burmese King Bayinnaung to keep the vassal Ayutthaya Kingdomsubservient. During this time, he was a novice Buddhist monk under the tutelage of a wise father-figure monk ( Sorapong Chatree ). Part II depicts Naresuan as a young adult prince, already a formidable military strategist, as he leads his army on exploits against breakaway kingdoms for King Bayinnaung’s successor, King Nonthabureng, and eventually breaks away to declare sovereignty for Siam. Part III was to depict Naresuan’s military and leadership skills and the expansion of the Siamese kingdom.
King of the White Elephant (1941)
Set in the Ayutthaya Kingdom of the 16th century, King Chakra is going about his usual palace duties, granting audiences to his advisers, including his Lord Chamberlain, who is keen to see the king fulfill his royal duty of taking 366 wives, including, hopefully among them, the chamberlain’s own daughter.
However, the threat of invasion by the King of Honsa has King Chakra pre-occupied. The peace-loving King Chakra at first wants to negotiate for peace, but is unsuccessful, and finds himself forced to go to war to stop the Honsa invasion.
Krasue Valentine (2006)
Sao is a nurse who comes to work at an older, rundown hospital inBangkok . Witnessing her arrival is Num, a disabled orderly . Num isshy , but a little girl selling roses convinces him to buy one. He gives her money and the girl in turn gives the rose to Sao, forming a bond between the two. Sao takes room in an old house behind the hospital, near a disused gymnasium and the old morgue . She is getting over a breakup with an old boyfriend who left her because she turns into a ghost . And, indeed, unbeknownst to her, she does turn into the krasue ghost that very night, scaring the hospital’s security guard.
In A Strange Land: Police and the Southeast Asian Refugee
Journey into Thailand: Tales of Gods and Demons
Describes the history of the masked ballet performed by Thai dancers. Explains the dance drama Ramakien.
Last Life in the Universe (2003)
A mysterious, obsessive-compulsive, suicidal Japanese man living in Bangkok, Thailand is thrown together with a Thai woman through a tragic chain of events. The woman is everything he is not. He is a neat freak who keeps his dishes washed and his books neatly stacked and categorized. She dresses like a slob, smokes pot and never picks anything up. It’s a match that somehow works though. Slowly and entertainingly, more is revealed about the Japanese man and why he’s suicidal and living in Bangkok.
The Letter (2004)
Dew ( Anne Thongprasom ) is a young computer programmer who meets Ton ( Attaporn Teemakorn ) in Chiang Mai during her distant cousin’s funeral. They immediately become attracted to each other and start to date each other over the phone.
Back in Bangkok on Valentine’s Day, Dew refuses to accompany her best friend, Ked, to a blind date because she is anxiously waiting for Ton’s phone call. The consequence of this breaks Dew’s heart as her friend is murdered by the blind date.
Dew immediately leaves for Chiang Mai and finds comfort in Ton. The two start a serious relationship and marry soon after. However, their new-found happiness is cut short when Ton dies of a brain tumor. Dew is again left alone.
Before leaving for Bangkok, she receives a mysterious letter, seemingly from her dead husband. As it turns out, Ton had written a series of letter prior to his death and arranged for them to be sent after his death to his widow. The letters help Dew through her grief. She finally is able to live without the love of her life and continues to live in Chiang Mai with their son, born after the death of his father.
Letter Back Home
A rare and uncompromising look at life in the United States for some Laotian and Cambodian youth. Shot in San Francisco’s “inner city” Tenderloin District.
Laos: The Forgotten War
This Cuban documentary focuses on the history of foreign intervention in Laos, first by France and then by the United States. It show how the liberation forces of Laos, under continuous U.S. bombing, where able to run an entire society in hidden caves and tunnels. Throught the leadership of the Pathet Lao, they organized schools, cultural activities, clinics, as well as political and military activities literally underground.
The Last God King: The Lives and Times of Cambodia’s Sihanouk
last Life in the Universe (2006)
Kenji is a mysterious librarian with the Japan Foundation in Bangkokwho might be a Yakuza. Living in an obsessively neat apartment full of precise stacks of books, he is convinced that death will be a pleasant nap between lives, but finds his half-hearted attempts to kill himself continually interrupted by the people around him. Kenji’s most notable obstacle is his self-absorbed brother, Yukio, a yakuza , or Japanese gangster. Yukio is on vacation from Japan to escape the wrath of his employer, whose daughter he slept with. Yukio’s friend Takashi suggests that if it were his daughter, he would have the despoiler killed, but Kenji’s brother laughs this warning off. Yukio frequents a club where he can enjoy the attention of a bunny-earedhostess , a local girl named Nid. Nid’s sister, Noi, is furious at her sibling for having slept with her boyfriend, Jon.
Legend of Sudsakorn (2006)
A 2006 Thai fantasy film . It is based on a story from Phra Aphai Mani , an epic poem by Sunthorn Phu . Charlie Trairat , the young male lead from Fan Chan , portrays the title character, a boy who is the son of a mermaid who is sent on a magical quest to find his father, a prince. It is a mix of live action and computer-generated imagery .
The Lengend of Suriyothai (2001)
A Thai film directed by Chatrichalerm Yukol , telling the history ofQueen Suriyothai , who died in a battle in 1548 against Burmese invaders. Taking her battle elephant in front of the Burmese army, Suriyothai sacrificed herself to save the life of her King Chakrapat , and his kingdom .
Letter Back Home
An honest and compelling look at life in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district for Laotian and Cambodian youth. Tough and with attitude, they long for home while also carving out a life in their neighborhood. Through this bittersweet “letter back home,” you can feel the history, resilience and strength in these youth.
The Life of Buddha
The Love of Siam (2007)
A 2007 Thai romantic – drama film , written and directed by Chukiat Sakweerakul . A multi-layered family drama, one of the controversial elements of the story is a gay romance between two teenage boys.
Rong, a comedy screenwriter, finds out his wife, Daeng, has had an affair with a physician. Rong’s and Daeng’s relationship had grown routine and boring, which was why Daeng had the affair. Rong quarrels with Daeng, who angrily drives away in her car. Later, Rong is told that his wife is dead. Grieving, he blames himself for her death. However, Rong notices that many things in the house are being moved around, and he starts to think that perhaps Daeng is not dead.
A 2007 Thai comedy drama film directed by Pantham Thongsang and Somkiet Vituranich about a pack of stray dogs in suburban Bangkokwho want to cross a busy highway in hopes of finding a better life on the other side of the road. It is the first Thai live-action feature film to feature main characters that are animals.
Mae bia (2001)
Chanachol, recently returned to Thailand after living overseas, signs up for a tour to get back in touch with Thai culture, and finds himself attracted to the tour guide, Mekhala.
There are several problems with the relationship: Chanachol is married, with family, and Mekhala has a mysterious, symbiotic relationship with a deadly cobra , and many of her previous suitors have ended up dead.
Mah Nakorn (2004)
A 2004 Thai romance film , directed by Wisit Sasanatieng and based on a story by Wisit’s wife, Koynuch ( Siriphan Techajindawong ), which was illustrated by him. The second film by the director ofTears of the Black Tiger , it is a colorfully surrealistic story set in contemporary Bangkok , where a boy (Pod) without a goal in life falls in love with a girl (Jin) who lives for her dreams. The movie is frequently compared with the French movie Amélie . One of the main themes of the movie is that people will only find something from the moment when they stopped looking for it.
Me … Myself (2007)
Part 3 of a series on the Mekong River, this film looks at Laos and Thailand and the river. 55 minutes. FFH8827
Mekhong Full Moon Party (2002)
More than 100,000 people gather by the Mekong River in Northeast Thailand on November Full Moon each year. After sunset, mysterious fireballs rise up from the river and disappear into the sky. While the locals still adhere to the traditional myth of the dragon, Great Naga, making a sacred offering to Buddha, the Western visitors take a more skeptical stance: Dr. Norati sets out prove that the fireballs are natural; Dr. Surapol wants to prove the phenomenon a hoax. Meanwhile, temple-custodian Abbot Loh believes his monks have been responsible for the “miracle” for the past 30 years. This film was directed by Jira Maligool.
A 2006 Thai romantic – comedy about four women who believe their best friend is about to marry a man who is gay . The film was directed by Yongyooth Thongkongtoon , who also directed The Iron Ladies . The five female leads all co-host a daytime talk show onThai TV Channel 3 .
Mercury Man (2006)
After being stabbed with an ancient Tibetan amulet , a Bangkokfirefighter named Sharn is transformed into a superhero when his body becomes a massive heat source, which he learns to manipulate to give him super strength, increased agility and the ability to make great leaps.
Sharn’s fate is entwined with an Afghani terrorist , Osama bin Ali, who wants the power of the Tibetan amulet to use in a plot to destroy the United States . With his international terrorist organization, led by henchwoman Areena, Osama kidnaps Sharn’s mother and transsexual sister and takes them to the Royal Thai Navybase, where he hopes to launch a rocket at a US Navy chemical weapon ship. Osama also has suicide bombers spread out throughout Thailand, ready to act on his word.
Aided by the young female guardian of the amulet, Sharn rescues his mother and sister. However, he must face Areena, who has stabbed herself with a companion amulet, giving her the powers of extreme cold and ice.
An emotionally charged documentary about the resilience and courage of Luk Nam, an 11-year old girl in Thailand whose life has been forever changed by AIDS. Filmed over two years at a community hospice in the slums of Bangkok (which we will visit), the story unfolds through Luk Nam’s voice; reading from her journal as she recalls losing her entire family and her best friend. The video follows Luk Nam as she cares for her little sister dying of AIDS. Mercy explores the humanity of three staff at the hospice who encourage her to go on as they struggle with their own feelings in caring for HIV positive children. The documentary is an intimate portrait of an overlooked side to the AIDS crisis -focusing on children of HIV+ parents who are deeply affected by the loss of their loved ones. Mercy is a film about survival and the power of compassion. This moving story is a lesson about how to embrace life in the face of death. This documentary was directed by Jeanne Hallacy.
The film features a change of pace for comic actor Petchtai, who offers a sombre, dramatic portrayal of a taxicab driver who develops a relationship with a young woman (Woranut, in her debut feature film role) who is working in a massage parlor .
The film has dream sequences that place the characters in scenes that might have come from a classic Thai melodrama film of the 1960s or 70s, with a dubbed soundtrack, which was a common method of filmmaking in the era.
Miss Suwanna of Siam (1923)
The film is a romance about a young woman named Suwanna who is the object of affection for many men. In her search for true love, she has many adventures and mishaps, including overcoming her father’s disapproval, before finally finding her soulmate.
Children of Cambodian refugees, three teens in Lowell, Massachusetts inhabit a gritty blue-collar world shadowed by their parents’ nightmares of the Khmer Rouge. Traditional Cambodian dance links them to their parents’ culture, but fast cars, hip consumerism, and new romance pull harder.
Monrak luk thung (1970)
A 1970 musical – comedy – romance film directed by Rungsri Tassanapuk and starring Mitr Chaibancha and Petchara Chaowarat . Released on May 15 , 1970 , the film was an enormous hit, playing in Thai cinemas for six months.
Monrak Transistor (2001)
A 2001 Thai film directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang . Blending several genres, including comedy , romance , musical and crime , it is the story of a young man named Pan and his odyssey after he goesAWOL from the army and tries to make it as a luk thung singing star.
This film relays the story of some of the most important events in recent Thai history from the perspective of two students at the heart of the action. In the early 1970s, Seksan and Chiranan — two university students in Bangkok — were young, in love, and passionately committed to ending military dictatorship in Thailand. Seksan and other student leaders led the biggest mass demonstration in modern Thai history in October 1973, an event that led to the popular uprising that toppled the military dictatorship and restored democracy. But Seksan and Chiranan’s lives take a drastic turn when they are caught in the wave of political violence, stirred up by remnants of the old ruling elite agitating for the return of dictatorial rule. The two flee to the jungle to join the Communist Party, fighting guerilla-style in the forests of Thailand. Cutting between “newsreel” footage of the 1973 protests and the activist’s lives in the jungle, this film is a thought provoking attempt to come to terms with a part of recent Thai history that still has social and political repercussions.
Moving Mountains: The Story of the Yiu Mien
The Yiu Mien lived a rural lifestyle in the mountains of Laos until the Vietnam War forced them from their homeland. This is an exploration of the lives of some of these refugees and their perceptions of and adaptation to a very different life in the United States.
Muay Thai Chaiya (2007)
Growing up in Chaiya , Surat Thani Province , three boys, Piak, Pao and Samor, are followers of Pao’s brother, Krang (Prawit Kittichanthira), a legendary muay Thai fighter who is taught by Pao’s father, Tew ( Samart Payakaroon ).
After an accident partially cripples Samor, Piak and Pao train as boxers under Tew, but the boxing school is broken up when Tew and Krang are recruited for a gym in Bangkok .
Eventually, Piak and Pao go to Bangkok themselves, bringing along Samor, and Sripai, a nurse who is engaged to Piak, but whom Pao secretly loves.
Piak’s hot-headedness makes him a fierce fighter, but it is also a liability that costs him a fight and ends his career. He joins the world of underground bare-knuckles brawling, and he and Samor take on other jobs in the underworld as well, including helping out at go-go bar where the pretty Warn dances and seduces Piak.
Pao, meanwhile, begins training with his father, and works his way up the ranks, is put forward as a top boxer in a match against a fierce farang , Diamond Sullivan, which places Pao at odds with the gangsters whom Piak and Samor work for.
Muen and Rid (1994)
Directed by Cherd Songsri, one of the finest craftsmen in Thai cinema, Muen and Rid tells the story of Muen, a peasant woman in mid 19th century Thailand, who rejects an arranged marriage and seeks help from a Buddhist monk, the two eventually bringing her case before the Thai king.
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Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)
The film is unscripted and uses the exquisite corpse party game as a concept, with the film crew traveling across Thailand , interviewing people and asking each person to add their own words to a story. This film was directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
The film was shot in 16mm and enlarged to 35mm for international exhibition.
Nang Nak (1999)
A romantic tragedy and horror film directed by Nonzee Nimibutr in1999 through Buddy Film and Video Production Co. in Thailand . It features the life of a devoted ghost wife and the unsuspecting husband. Particularly poignant in the film is the devotion of the wife to her husband. A particularly impressive and eerie scene is where the husband (Mak) sees his wife extend her arm all the way to the ground from the elevated hut.
Itti ( Chatchai Plengpanich ) is a former police officer, now convicted criminal, and endowed with powerful black magic abilities that make him a feared prisoner. He is moved to solitary confinement in a specially constructed cell, but with his mind-reading abilities, is able to detect a weakness in the one jailor who brings him food. In his interactions with the jailor, he is able to take over the man’s mind and use the man to help him escape.
A young police officer, Santi ( Akara Amarttayakul ) is assigned to track Itti down, and in confronting Itti, Santi becomes increasingly obsessed with gaining magical powers himself.
New Hmong Life in Amreica
The Hmong-language version provides refugees, both as newcomers and in camps abroad, with information and support in the transition to life in the United States. Through interviews and coverage of various aspects of life in America, the videotape deals with such topics as education, jobs and training, legal matters, shamanism, and the difficult issue of cultural survival in America. The English version of the program is being distributed and screened publicly to promote a better understanding of the Hmong and to provide a fresh perspective on American culture.
Nong Teng Nakleng-pukaotong (2006)
In 1920s Siam , Bunteng, a member of a likay performing troupe, is faced with the prospect of his art dying when he and his family are threatened with eviction by a businessman who hopes to build amovie theater on the site of their stage. At the same time, the firstHollywood film, Miss Suwanna of Siam , is being made on location in the country. Seeing film as a corruptive influence on traditional Siamese culture, Bunteng, with the help of his gangster friend, Nong, sets about to disrupt the filming and keep his family from being evicted.
Noo HIn: The Movie (2006)
Noo Hin is a young woman living in Ubon Ratchathani in Northeast Thailand , and as the story opens, she is hunting for something to eat, and she spots a lizard (an animated character), which she chases throughout the countryside, causing a stampede of water buffalo and disrupting a village fair.
Nothing to Lose (2002)
Somchai (Pierre Png), a debt-ridden gambling addict, goes to the top of a building to commit suicide and finds a young woman, Go-go (Arisara Wongchalee), standing on the ledge ready to do the same.
Rather than going through with the plans for death, the two talk and decide that there’s nothing they can’t do, since they had decided to die.
So they embark on crime spree, starting out by eating in a restaurant and not paying the bill, then stealing a car and crashing it for fun.
They rob a convenience store, and are pursued by the police, and the gangsters Somchai owes pursue the couple as well.
OK Baytong (2003)
Tum is a young man who has been a monk living in a Buddhisttemple in Thailand since he was 5 years old. But after hearing that his sister has been killed in an attack on a train by insurgents , he decides to leave the monastery and make his way to southern Thailand where his sister ran a beauty salon in a town called Betongin a district in Yala Province on the border with Malaysia .
In looking to put his sister’s affairs in order, Tum finds himself conflicted. Should he take over his sister’s business? His sister has a daughter, by a Muslim man who lives on the Malaysian side of the border . Should Tum try to take a greater role in the raising of the child?
But first, Tum must figure out how to zip up his trousers without hurting himself. It’s only one of the many new things to the young man, who has worn a Buddhist monk’s robes for most of his life. He also encounters romantic and sexual feelings when he develops a relationship with a neighbor lady, who was a friend of his sister.
And, Tum must reconcile the feelings of hate and rage that sometimes come into his head when he thinks about Muslim people and the insurgents who were responsible for his sister’s death.
One Night Husband (2003)
Sipang (Nicole Theriault) is a woman who tastes sweet nuptial bliss briefly with her man Napat before the phone rings on the night of their wedding. Napat picks up, mumbles something, and leaves the house. When he doesn’t return, Sipang asks for help from Chatchai, Napat’s brother, who’s married to the demure introvert Busaba (Siriyakorn Pukkavej). The wife’s search for her husband reveals his hidden past, revealing a painstaking portrayal of contemporary Thai women’s values, as Sipang and Busaba become two halves of the same feminine whole.
One Take Only (2001)
Bank (Pawarith Monkolpisit) is a small-time hoodlum in Bangkok . He uses drugs, and sometimes works for some local gangsters, smuggling guns and drugs. One day he meets Som, a teenage girl who works as a prostitute . The pair fall in love, and in a bid to better their lives, they get into a drug deal that is too big for either of them.
Ong Bak (2003)
A sacred Buddha statuette called Ong Bak is stolen from a rural village and it soon becomes the task of a young man, Boonting (Phanom Yeeram), to track the thief down to Bangkok and reclaim the religious treasure. Along the way, Boonting must use his astounding athleticism and traditional Muay Thai skills to combat his adversaries.
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Ong Bak 2 (2008)
The story is adapted from Ai Noom Saraphad Phid , a low-budget martial arts film Jaa developed with his mentor Panna Rittikrai , but was never released because it was shot on expired film stock. The action will incorporate khon , the sacred Thai masked dance. The title roughly translates to “man with poisons” and involves a character whose dark side is dominant until he’s transformed by the gracious power of khon dance.
A narrator explains that according to Buddhist belief the evolution of birth can be divided into three forms: Sangsethaca, Anthaca, Chalaphucha. Then there is a fourth form, Opapatika , which goes against Buddhist beliefs because it involves suicide : a class of supernatural beings who are born out of suicide. However, the powers that they gain also have a negative effect.
The narrator, it is revealed, is Thuwachit ( Pongpat Wachirabanjong ), the loyal mortal henchman for the elderly Sadok ( Nirut Sirichanya ), an Opapatika who is quickly decaying and needs to feast on the flesh of other Opapatikas in order to sustain himself. He sends Thuwachit out to capture others.
The Other Thailand
(Documentary: 29 minutes) This video presents the southern area of Thailand; an area of rubber plantations, coconut palms, tin mines and mangroves. The majority of the people are Muslim and mosques dominate the skyline. Journey into Thailand series. Produced by Landmark Films.
Out of the Darkness (1971)
Astronomer Professor Thongchai and his assistant Sek observe somemeteorites falling and determine they struck somewhere in Southern Thailand . They head for Ranong Province where they start their investigation at a potash mine owned by Luang Kosit. When they arrive, they find the place under siege by some gunmen. Sek pitches in to help out, and to return the favor, Luang Kosit brings Thongchai and Sek to his home and offers them a place to stay.
The Overture (2004)
Siam, 1886, and Som’s brother, a famous xylophonist, is killed by a competitor, leaving Sorn to take over. After asking his dad to take him to Bangkok to prove his skill, Khun in proved the most adept competitor and Sorn returned home to practice. Presently, he pioneered a unique style and became a musician of the royal palace, marrying Shote, his dream girl and a fellow palace staffer, and finally besting Khun In a xylophone contest. Som eventually became an important teacher, who promoted traditional Thai music at a time when the traditional culture of developing Thailand was under threat of being subsumed by the influx of European influences.
Pak Bueng on Fire
This narrative film looks at the struggle of first generation Thai immigrants in Los Angeles. Two friends, one a college student and the other a worker in a small grocery store, play cat-and-mouse with the INS. How do they establish themselves in the US if they are constantly looking over their shoulders? In English and Thai, with English subtitles.
Doctors try a new way to prevent pandemics at the source; comparisons of Thailand, Australia and the U.S. 57 minutes PBS 127
After her parents are killed in a drive-by shooting , a young woman named Oui has no place else to go. She shows up at a printing house run by her Aunt Bua and is given the task of caring for her aunt’s grandson, a young boy named Arm, a kid who sees ghosts .
Oui suffers from hallucinations, brought on by the trauma of seeing her parents killed, and is taking medications. And Aunt Bua is involved in some sort of mysticism , and keeps a strange shrine in the house.
With the drug war by prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as a subtext, many threads in this strange ghost story are somehow tied together.
The Place Where We Were Born (2007)
My name is Kao Kalia Yang. I’m a young writer who has made a film that might be of interest to the collection you’re building on the Hmong. It is a work about how memory haunts. It’s an object film, about 22 minutes long and available at: http://www.vimeo.com/748923 . I think it’ll be particularly useful for interests. In addition, I have also written a book titled The Latehomecomer. It was released in April from Coffee House Press, and is the first full-length literary work on the Hmong by a Hmong author in America. It’s received generous and strong reviews nationally. You can learn of the book on the Coffee House Press website: www.coffeehousepress.org , and on my website: www.kaokaliayang.com .
Plae Kao (1977)
In 1936 in rural Bang Kapi , at the time nothing but rice paddies and small farming villages, Kwan and Riam are the son and daughter of rival village chiefs. They both work in the rice fields with their water buffaloes . Riam at first resists the courtship of Kwan, but Kwan, a jolly young man who sings and plays bamboo flute, is persistent. Kwan pleads with Riam, telling her he wants to die in the river if he doesn’t have her love. Riam gives in to Kwan’s charms and the two pledge their love for each other at a spirit shrine on an island in the river.
Pleasure Factory (2007)
A 2007 Singaporean – Thai docudrama film set in Geylang , the red-light district of Singapore . A series of intertwining tales involve “pleasure seekers and pleasure providers” during the course of one night in Geylang , Singapore ‘s red-light district . There are three distinct stories, united only by the presence of characters from all the stories in a streetside eatery.
The drama film stars Thai actress Lalita Panyopas in a story of a middle-aged married couple who question their relationship after seven years. Ananda Everingham is featured in a supporting role as a bartender.
The Possible (2006)
In 1969 in Thailand , The Possible are the most popular band. But the fame has caused the band members to have big egos . They ignore their fans. The lead singer, Toi, is cavorting with a farangwoman, and is caught by his Thai girlfriend, Straw.
Prostitute: A Factor to Nicdom
This documentary film provides a brief sketch of the primary factors contributing to the increase of prostitution in Thailand. The film poses a number of questions about the Thai sex industry. Why does Thailand have the largest sex-for-hire industry in Asia? Who creates the image of Thailand as a sex stop for tourists? Why do women become prostitutes and what are their lives like? How do modernization and industrialization relate to the Thai sex industry?
Rebuilding the temple: Cambodians in America
Details the Cambodian Americans quest to build their temples, hold their religious ceremonies and survive as a culture in the United States.
For Mike Siv, the trip begins innocently enough. “Me and my homies, David and Paul, we’re going to Cambodia. We’ll see the sights, visit family, have some fun.” But after their journey, they will never be the same. These three young refugees, raised on the streets of San Francisco’s tough Tenderloin district (a.k.a. the “T.L.”), head back to Cambodia for the first time in “Refugee,” a new documentary by the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Spencer Nakasako.
Ruang Talok 69 (1999)
Tum is a secretary working for a bank when the company is forced to shed staff. As the boss could not bear to select which staff to fire, he uses the Kau Cim to determine who must leave. Tum draws one of the unlucky numbers and is laid off. Back at her apartment building, she finds the elevator is out of order, and is somewhat bothered by a young man who is a little too helpful. She is nonetheless accommodating and friendly. Once alone, though, she envisions all kinds of suicidal scenarios, including drinking household cleaning chemicals or blowing her head off with a handgun.
Ruk Jung (2006)
Superstar singer Film is involved in a car accident in the rural, remote mountain forests of northern Thailand . He is rescued by some hill tribe people, but because he has amnesia , he can’t remember who he is. A paparazza named Jaa has followed Film. Before the accident, Film and Jaa were enemies, but now he thinks that she is someone he might have loved in his past life brought back to him by the legendary fireflies.
S21 The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (2002)
A 2002 documentary directed by Rithy Pahn. This is an awesome documentary in which survivors of the S21 torturers and victims tell their story to the world.
Child prostitution between Burma and Thailand. 50 minutes FL 005 By Ellen Bruno. See a clip of the film atwww.brunofilms.com/sacrifice.html. Sacrifice examines the social, cultural, and economic forces at work in the trafficking of Burmese girls into prostitution in Thailand. It is the story of the valuation and sale of human beings, and the efforts of teenage girls to survive a personal crisis born of economic and political repression.
Sai Lor Fah (2004)
Tun and Tao are friends who enjoy spending time together inkaraoke bars in Pattaya . Tao has the bad habit, however, of always singing a loud, off-key rendition of the Asanee-Wasan song “Sai Lor Fah” (“Lighting Rod”), which always results in Tao and his friends being thrown out of the club.
Tao is dealer of counterfeit DVDs, but his real vocation is gamblingand he frequently bets on Premier League soccer . He finally wins some money and decides to pay back a 100,000 baht loan from Tun and also treat Tun to a big night out at the city’s finest karaoke club.
At the club, the shy, portly Tun meets a young woman, Nok, shares a duet with her, and ends up taking her back to his house. The next morning, Nok disappears. It turns out she is the mistress of Mee, a local crime kingpin, and Tao paid her for a one-time deal to sleep with his friend. Tun, a dealer in rare Buddhist amulets , becomes obsessed with finding Nok. He gives the 100,000 baht he received from Tun to a transvestite pimp who might have a lead on Nok.
Tun, meanwhile, is involved with crimes of his own, and has become beholden to Mee and a rival kingpin, Moo, who are both interested in obtaining a rare amulet that Tao has in his possession. In a complicated scheme, Tao ends up perpetuating the kidnapping of a wealthy American man’s daughter, and holding her for 3 million baht ransom. Also, a shadowy female assassin has entered the picture to complicate matters.
The border of Burma and Thailand is lawless place, where people live and die by the law of the gun. Into this situation comes a young police lieutenant, intent on reforming the rough and rowdy local police force along the Salween River. But the ongoing fight by the Karen tribe against the Burmese government spills over into the Thailand, making the lieutenant’s task a difficult one.
Samsara: A Film
Program based on the memories and stories of Cambodians in the U.S. and Cambodia. It documents the suffering, loss, and rebirth of the Cambodian people in the aftermath of the take over of Cambodia by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge revolutionary forces and the subsequent invasion of Cambodia by Vietnam.
SARS Wars (2004)
A 2004 Thai horror – comedy directed and co-written by Taweewat Wantha. The story involves people who are infected with a fictional Type 4 strain of the SARS virus and turned into zombies . The outbreak is contained to one apartment building in Bangkok , and the Health Ministry is determined to keep it contained at all costs. But the building also happens to be the hideout for a gang that haskidnapped a teenage schoolgirl. She is to be rescued by a sword-wielding superhero crimefighter, who must not only contend with the criminals, but also the zombies in a race against the government’s plan to blow the building up. Though it starred popular comic actorsSuthep Po-ngam and Somlek Sakdikul , the movie fared poorly in Thailand but went on to attain cult film status by playing at such film festivals as the Fantasia Festival and the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival and through a DVD release that included English subtitles.
Saving Private Tootsie (2002)
Inspired by a real-life event in December 1998, this action-packed comedy follows a group of Katoeys (ladyboys) caught in a border dispute after their plane crashes. A group of six straight soldiers reluctantly takes on a mission to save them – but first they must attempt to cast aside their personal prejudices in order to tackle the task. The movie digs deep into gay characterization, presenting the multi-layered conflicts presented to gender-benders from different backgrounds. Model Ornapa Krisadee portrays a selfish high-society transsexual, who has a sex change yet still envies the other players: one is younger, one is smarter, one is lower in social class and so on.
A unique coming-of-age story from writer-directors Kongdej Jaturanrasamee and Kiat Songsanant. Teenage tomboy Tao (Pimaporn Leenutapong) writes freelance articles, based on fake sexual experiences, for a porn magazine called Sayew. But Tao’s imagination alone isn’t enough to keep her editor satisfied, and he’s soon asking for raunchier fantasies for the column. He cites his new writer “the Stallion” as inspiration, and Tao is compelled to broaden her erotic horizons – first by visiting a porno theater; then by spying on her neighbor’s nighttime activities. Eventually it seems only a full-blown plunge into a real boudoir escapade, aided by the well-endowed Stallion, will suffice.
Seasons Change (2007)
The story takes place in a music school in Thailand over one year and covers the three seasons that Bangkok typically experiences – summer, winter and monsoon. It chronicles the life of a young high school student, Pom, and his impulsive decision to attend a music school, unbeknownst to his parents, because of a girl he has secretly liked for three years, Dao. At the music school, he befriends Aom, who eventually becomes his best friend at the academy.
As a talented rock drummer he aids a wise Japanese instructor, Jitaro in research. He also forms a rock band with two friends, Ched and Chat. However, in order to become closer to the talented violinist Aom, he joins the orchestra and is assigned by the feisty conductor, Rosie, to play tympani .
Eventually, as time schedule collides, he is forced to choose between playing in a rock band or the orchestra, and is also forced to choose between his crush on Dao, or his best friend, Aom.
See Angkor and Die
This film tells the tragic story of a young author who is diagnosed with an incurable illness and wishes to return to Angkor to spend his final days. His rich but selfish wife refuses to accompany him and instead asks her young female cousin, a recent graduate of a medical school to care for him during his stay in Angkor.
The Shadow of Angkor
A 2004 horror film from Thailand starring Ananda Everingham ,Natthaweeranuch Thongmee , and Achita Sikamana . It focuses on mysterious images seen in developed pictures. It was directed byBanjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom .
Siam Renaissance (2004)
Maneejan (Florence Vanida) is a Paris-based archive specialist. A mysterious French work is brought to her for interpretation at the Thai consulate in Paris. She realizes the document is Voyageur, written by French naturalist Francois Xavier about Siam in the mid 19th century. Maneejan is moved by the record’s allusions to Siam’s shadowy past. When she returns to Thailand, she finds herself in a half-dream state, witnessing and experiencing her home country as it was more than a century ago, Siam as it struggled to defy outside influences to become a new civilization. Maneejan learns much about her country’s history, becomes a fighter alongside her cultural ancestors, and finds valuable lessons in life and love along the way. Based on the classic Thai novel Tawipop by Tamayanti.
Sick Nurses (2007)
In a run-down, suburban Bangkok hospital, young Dr. Tar (Wichan Jarujinda) and seven nurses have been running a scheme to sell dead bodies on the black market. But one nurse, Tawan (Chol Wachananont), has found out that her boyfriend, Dr. Tar, has been having an affair with her sister, Nook (Chidjun Rujiphan), is tired of the body-selling scam, and is ready to call the police.
However, before Tawan can take action, the doctor and six resident nurses at the hospital, strap Tawan to an operating table, kill her and then wrap her in a black, plastic garbage bag. They then dump her in the trunk of the doctor’s car, where her corpse will be kept on dry ice until it can be sold.
All the woman have their own obsessions and weaknesses, which are preyed upon in the days that follow, when Tawan’s ghost returns to kill each one of her former co-workers.
(Drama: 40 min) Fictionalized account of young man in Thailand who becomes involved with drugs and the related AIDS epidemic. It was produced by the Drug Control and Suppression Office, Ministry of Health, Thailand and was funded by USAID. English subtitles.
Sisters and Daughters Betrayed (1996)
(28 min) Sex trafficking is a global crisis of growing dimensions. Millions of women and young girls have been illegally transported from rural to urban areas and across national borders for the purpose of prostitution. This compelling video explores the social and economic forces that drive this lucrative underground trade, and the devastating impact it has on women’s lives. A hopeful note is sounded by the actions of women’s organizations working against sex trafficking in their native countries, including Nepal , Thailand , and the Philippines . National Educational Film Festival Award, American Psychological Association honoree, American Public Health Association honoree, Association for Asian Studies honoree. This video was directed by Chela Blitt.
(also, 6xtynin9) (Thai, 1999). Comedy about gangsters, muay Thai, and a woman who finds a boxfull of money outside her door. This film was directed by Pen-ek Ratanaruang.
The Sperm (2007)
A young, struggling Bangkok rock musician, Sutin, constantly dreams about having almost sex with sexy model-actress La-mai, but always wakes up before he can actually have sex. When he wins a chance to appear in a battle of the bands contest, and La-mai presents the prize, he is not sure he is dreaming, so he crudely propositions La-mai on live television. Embarrassed by what he’s done, Sutin proceeds to go out to dinner with his bandmates and become very intoxicated. Later that night, he masturbates in front of a poster of La-mai, and then the next day thousands of women in the city become pregnant . The women then give birth to abnormal, fast-growing babies that all look like Sutin.
Observing the proceedings is a scientist, Dr. Satifeung, and assisted by his daughter, he tries to come up with a way to stop the “look alike gang”, but soon there are bigger problems.
Son of the Northeast (1982)
the story follows a tight-knit group of Isan subsistence farmers as they struggle against drought and other depredations.
Sugar Is Not Sweet (1964)
Chaokum, the owner of a shop that sells hair-loss treatments, wants to pay back his debt of kindness to a friend, whose formula is responsible for the Chaokum’s prosperity. So he arranges for his good-for-nothing son, Manas, to marry Sugar, the daughter of his dear friend.
Sung Horn (2003)
Set in 1934 Siam , the story involves a young pregnant woman named Nualjin who’s searching for her missing husband . She comes to stay in the spooky rural mansion of a widow , Runjuan. The overgrown property is managed by the stern caretaker Somchit and inhabited by a number of other people, including another young woman, Choy, who becomes Nualjin’s friend, as well as an old woman, a little girl and a man who is seen at the back of the property, digging a hole.
Sunset at Chaophraya (1996)
A 1996 romantic – drama film directed by Euthana Mukdasanit . Adapted from the novel Khu Gam (or Koo Kam ) by Thommayanti , the story is a love triangle , set in World War II -era Thailand , and depicts the star-crossed romance between a Imperial Japanese Navyofficer and a Thai woman who is involved with the Free Thai resistance .
Syndromes and a Century (2007)
A 2006 Thai drama film written and directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul . The film was among the works commissioned forPeter Sellars ‘ New Crowned Hope festival in Vienna to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart .  It premiered on August 30, 2006 at the 63rd Venice Film Festival .
The film is a tribute to the director’s parents and is divided into two parts, with the characters and dialogue in the second half essentially the same as the first, but the settings and outcome of the stories are different. The first part is set in a hospital in rural Thailand , while the second half is set in a Bangkok medical center.
Tears of the Black Tiger (2000)
A 2000 Thai western film written and directed by Wisit Sasanatieng . The story of a tragic romance between Dum, a fatalistic , working-class hero, who has become an outlaw, and Rumpoey, the upper-class daughter of a provincial governor, it is equal parts homage to and parody of Thai action films and romantic melodramas of the 1950s and 1960s.
Teng Nong kon maha hia (2007)
Bumbling parking valets Nong (Choosak Iamsuk) and Teng ( Pongsak Pongsuwan ) are assigned by their gangster boss (Phairoj Jaising) to deliver a valuable Chinese statuette to another gangster boss Hia See (Andy Khemphimook). During the journey, they decide to take a side trip and what should have been a simple job turns into a major fiasco with a police chase led by Lt Namtarn (Jirada Yohara).
Thai Thief (2007)
In World War II , Japanese troops occupied Southeast Asia with the intention of making new colonies. Thailand was one country that allowed the Japanese troops to transport their weapons and gold viatrain . For Kom, a well-known Thai thief, this was the perfect opportunity to commit a crime. Meanwhile, Toe, the leader of an anti-Japan movement has a plan to stop the train, but the situation becomes more difficult when Kom and Toe are forced to help a secret agent from being captured by the troops.
Thailand–An Exotic Paradise
(Travel Video: 56 min) A travel video through Thailand, including Bangkok’s floating market, an orchid farm in Chiang Mai, village life, and Buddhist monasteries, temples and statues. The inclusion of activities such as making a thatched roof, riding an elephant and learning traditional Thai dancing make this video accessible to many age groups. Produced by Video International. *Thailand Before Buddha 1994 (44 min) One archaeological theory holds that, 12,000 years ago, large parts of what is Thailand today was submerged by massive floods. This program traces old legends of seafaring Thai nomads in the south and visits the 9000-year-old funeral site known as the Caves of the Spirits, as well as the Spirits of the Yellow Leaves, a people who live as nomads in the jungle and are considered the ancestors of the Thai people.
Threads of Life (1993)
(28 min) A vivid portrayal of Hmong gender roles in a mountainous Thai village illustrated by the production and use of hemp strings and cloth throughout life cycle events. This film addresses gender and kinship issues, social change and traditional crafts. In Hmong with English subtitles. Directed by Susan Morgan.
Memories- A man goes to a psychiatrist to try to remember what happened the day his wife disappeared from his life. Meanwhile, his wife wakes up and finds herself lying on a deserted road, having no idea how she got there in the first place. She tries to find her way home. At the same time, her husband drives home to their apartment. Separately, they begin to regain their memories of what happened.
The Wheel- A puppet master lies dying in his bed. This is no ordinary death bed, as screams of terror erupt from him, surrounded by ghosts, which await his death. We later find out that his death was a result of a curse – a curse brought about by the improper ownership of ancient Thai puppets. The puppets belong to their proper master, and whosoever claims these puppets will suffer a horrible death.
The puppets are stolen, and the curse lands on the head of an oblivious Thai puppet troupe. They see great promise in the puppets, yet violence and destruction rains down upon them.
Going Home- While searching for his missing son, a cop, Wai, finds himself detained by his neighbor Yu in his apartment. Yu has been tending to the body of his dead wife for three years, apparently believing that his wife is still alive and will wake up in a day or two so they can go home together.
The Tiger Blade (2005)
A gang of criminals with supernatural powers, led by Mahesak, break a rebel Karen warlord Kaoyot out of prison, and plan to steal the national treasury of Thailand in order to fund Kaoyot’s continuing fight. A secret police unit, led by Yosthana engages the criminals in various battles. Among the criminals they must face are the Five Bullets Bandit and the female warrior, G.I. Jenjila.
Though the police unit puts up a good fight, among them female officer Deungdao, in order to ultimately defeat the criminals, they need to use magic. So Yosthana obtains an old, magical sword, which is activated by the menstrual blood of a virgin .
Child prostitution in Thailand, PAL format. 28 minutes SEA 029
Today’s Tomorrow (1992)
(29 min) This documentary on children of Thailand focuses on the hardships of girls who have become prostitutes, and on homeless boys. The film explores some of the reasons why these children are not living in homes with their parents and discusses the emotional, physical and economic conditions of the children. Individuals working to help the children discuss their projects
Tom-Yum Goong (2005)
Kham is the last of a family line of guards who once watched over the King of Thailand ‘s war elephants . He grows up forming close relations to his elephant, Por Yai and his calf, Kohrn. DuringSongkran festival, the elephants are stolen with help from Mr. Suthep, a local MP and his son who are collaborating with elephant poachers. Kham discovers that they are in the hands of Johnny, a Vietnamese gangster who runs a Thai restaurant named Tom Yum Goong Otob in Sydney, Australia.
It is just after 1973 democracy movement and university students from Bangkok are going to rural Thailand to talk to farmers about their cause. Among the farmers the students meet is Tongpan, a father of two children with a wife, eaking out a living on rented farmland.
Years before, Tongpan had his own farm, but lost it when a dam was built. Now, a bigger dam is to be built on the Mekong . The students urge Tongpan to attend a seminar about the dam proposal and share his experience.
Tongpan: Son of Isan (1975)
(Feature Film: 65 min) 16mm. The real Tongpan disappeared from the small Mekong River town of Chiang Khan in June 1975. He was a peasant from the province of Kalasin who had lost his land because of a small hydroelectric dam that held water back during the dry season and released it during the wet. Isan is “the Northeast” of Thailand , and dam building is seen as the panacea to Isan’s problems. This Thai feature film was directed by Surachay Chantimathorn who also wrote the music for the soundtrack and acts in the film. English subtitles.
Tropical malady (2003)
Keng, a young soldier, is assigned to a post in a small city in ruralThailand . The troops’ main duties, it seems, is to investigate the mysterious slaying of cattle at local farms.
While in the field one day, Keng meets Tong. Later, Keng sees Tong riding in a truck in town. The two men have made a connection and embark on a romance, taking trips in the countryside.
Then one night, the country boy wanders off into the dark. The film’s narrative abruptly shifts to a different story, about a soldier sent alone into the woods to find a lost villager.
The Unseeable (2006)
Set in 1934 Siam , the story involves a young pregnant woman named Nualjin who’s searching for her missing husband . She comes to stay in the spooky rural mansion of a widow , Runjuan. The overgrown property is managed by the stern caretaker Somchit and inhabited by a number of other people, including another young woman, Choy, who becomes Nualjin’s friend, as well as an old woman, a little girl and a man who is seen at the back of the property, digging a hole.
Voices of Challenge: Hmong women in transition
Hmong women provide insight into the Southeast Asian refugee experience and the dramatic changes challenging them as they break from a traditional patriarchial family structure and assimilate into American society.
The Victim (2006)
Ting is a struggling young actress who one day is noticed by Royal Thai Police Lieutenant Te, who heads up the crimes re-enactment unit and is always on the look-out for fresh talent. Ting is put to work playing the victim in photo shoots with the hand-cuffed accused killers and rapists at crime scenes. The photos are published in Thai newspapers as a means of the police publicizing that they have closed the case and done their jobs.
Ting takes a liking to her job, and is so convincing that even the criminals are moved to remorseful tears. Her popularity soaring, Ting is signed to play the lead in a film based on one of her true-crime re-enactments – the murder of Meen, a former Miss Thailand whose husband, Dr. Charun, is accused of the crime. Ting then starts experiencing some scary visions that lead her believe that Meen’s longtime friend, Fai, is responsible.
Then it is revealed that the events were actually entirely a film about Meen’s murder, and Ting is merely a character being played by another actress named May.
Yam Yasothon (2005)
The story is set in 1967 Yasothon Province , Thailand , where Yam is a hard-working, humble and kind farmer – kind that is except when it comes to the attentions of Joei, the homely maid of Soy, who is the girlfriend of Yam’s cousin, Tong. Yam tends to stray and injured animals of all kinds, but he never has nice things to say to Joei. Despite this, she persists in flirting with Yam and making unwanted physical advances.
Details Hmong customs and wedding rites.
Who Is Running? (1997)
Life appears to be looking bright for Jiab and Wan, a young couple looking forward to their impending marriage . All that changes, however, when Wan is struck by a car and is brought to the hospital near death. When Jiab goes to a temple to pray, a mysterious monktells him that in her past life, Wan murdered five people, and now is fated to die early in this life. To undo her bad karma and save her life, Jiab must even the balance by preventing five other people from being killed. The clock is now ticking, and Wan’s life is slipping away….