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ET comes to Bangkok

Published April 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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ET comes to Bangkok

movie & TV April 09, 2019 15:19

By The Nation

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The Thai Film Archive continues its the World Class Cinema Screening programme at Scala Theatre and this month will show the Steven Spielberg classic “ET the Extra-Terrestrial”. It screens on April 21 at Scala Theatre.

 The 1982 American film starts when the imaginative youngster Michael Elliot (Henry Thomas) meets a lost alien and despite being scared decides to befriend him. Michael has to keep his presence a secret while helping him to find his way back home before he is caught by government agents.

Thomas has continued to work in films as has the actress who played his little sister Gertie – Drew Barrymore was seven years old at the time,

“ET” was a major hit and is considered one of the greatest films ever made.

The film won four Academy Awards including best original score, best sound, best sound effects editing and best visual effects.

Tickets cost Bt120, Bt140 and Bt160 and are available at Scala Theatre’s box office. For more information, visit Facebook.com/ThaiFilmArchivePage.

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Netflix launches production hub in Spain

Published April 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Netflix launches production hub in Spain

movie & TV April 08, 2019 12:15

By The Nation

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Netflix last week celebrated the opening of its first European production hub in Tres Cantos, Madrid, the first in a multi million Euro investment in Spanish language content, which will help to support Spain’s growing creative community.

Since launching in Spain four years ago, Netflix has invested heavily in local stories created by local talent and produced locally. It has now added added another two new original shows – “El inocente” and “El crimen del siglo” -– to its 2019 and 2020 slate that includes series such as “La casa de papel Part 3”, “Alta Mar”, “Las chicas del cable Season 4”, “Paquita Salas Season 3” and Elite Season 2.

In 2018, more than 13,000 cast, crew and extras have worked on Netflix originals This year, that number is set to increase to 25,000 – including “La casa de papel” and “Las chicas del cable”, both of which have been international hits.

“Our aim is to be part of the Spanish creative ecosystem. We are investing for the long term, We are here to stay and to participate”, said Reed Hastings during the presentation. “It’s been amazing to see Spanish shows like ‘Elite’ and ‘La casa de papel’ win the hearts of fans not just in Spain, but globally. This is our first European production hub and we’re excited about the great stories that will be produced here in Spain, and watched by the world.”

“El Inocente” is an adaptation of Harlan Coben’s bestseller, the 8-episode series created by Oriol Paulo. One night, nine years ago, Mateo innocently interceded in a fight and ended up becoming a murderer. Now he’s an ex-convict who takes nothing for granted. His wife, Olivia, is pregnant, and both are about to get the house of their dreams. But a shocking and inexplicable call from Olivia’s cell phone again destroys Mateo’s life for the second time.

“Los Favoritos de Midas” is a 6-episode series of a free adaptation based on the short story by Jack London, published in 1901. The story depicts Victor, a rich businessman, who is being blackmailed in a strange way: a mysterious organisation threatens to kill a person randomly on the date they indicate, and will continue to kill other victims periodically unless they get something from him.

The launch saw Reed Hastings’ Francisco Ramos and Maria Ferreras hosting writer and creator Alex Pina, executive producers Teresa Fernandez-Valdes and Belen Atienza, writer, director and president of the Film Academy Mariano Barroso and actor Alvaro Morte for a discussion about creativity and production in Spain.

“Traditionally, Spanish fiction has always been much more watched in Spain than American fiction, now I believe that the challenge ahead is to make the leap to other markets. With “La casa de papel”, we are experiencing success in many countries with cultures very different from our own, such as Saudi Arabia, which is incredible,” Pina said.

Atienza, executive producer of “El Inocente” and “Alma” said: “Our engine are the stories, I find it very exciting that cultures so different feel close to our characters. I have read many times that the consumption of fiction contributes to creating better human beings because it helps us to travel with other characters, to put ourselves in their place and to understand other kinds of conflicts”.

Barroso, director of “Criminal” said: “On the debate between film and television and the distribution windows, I think that we should work hand-in-hand with the Television Academy to support this very good moment for our industry, in which there is room to work with all market players and explore all kinds of exhibition formats.

“During the industry crisis, we creators couldn’t think of stories that we already knew couldn’t be produced for budget reasons. Now we see that we can have the resources to dream and develop more ambitious projects,” added Fernandez-Valdes, co-creator of “Las chicas del cable” and “Alta Mar”.

“We are very proud of the ongoing productions we currently have, the ones we are developing and the new ones that we have announced today. Stories in Spanish for Spain, Latin America and the rest of the world. Bringing our unique and personal stories of diverse genres and formats to every corner represents a great opportunity for our creative community.”

US anti-abortion film a surprise box office success

Published April 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

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US anti-abortion film a surprise box office success

movie & TV April 06, 2019 08:38

By Agence France-Presse
New York

A movie produced by a Christian studio about a former employee of an organization that provides abortions who became a “pro-life” activist is proving to be a surprising box office hit.

“Unplanned,” which was released in theaters on March 29, has pulled in more than 8.6 million dollars in North America, according to Box Office Mojo.

That put the film in an unexpected fourth place for the week behind the much bigger budget pictures “Dumbo,” “Us,” and “Captain Marvel.”

“Unplanned” comes amid a resurgent campaign in the United States by opponents of abortion, which was legalized in the United States in a landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision.

Among those promoting the movie has been the deeply religious vice president, Mike Pence.

“So good to see movie theaters across the country showing @UnplannedMovie,” Pence tweeted. “More & more Americans are embracing the sanctity of life because of powerful stories like this one.”

Building on its early buzz, “Unplanned” is to be shown in more than 1,500 theaters across the United States this weekend, up from 1,059 the weekend of its release.

‘R’ rating

Produced by the self-described Christian studio Pure Flix, “Unplanned” was launched with little advertising because most cable TV channels reportedly refused to air ads for the film.

Anti-abortion groups have denounced this as part of an orchestrated campaign which they claim also included the film being attributed an “R” rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

An “R” rating requires anyone under the age of 17 going to a movie to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Fueling the criticism was the brief suspension by Twitter of the movie’s account, which the company attributed to a technical problem.

Writing in The Washington Post, columnist Marc Thiessen called “Unplanned” the “movie abortion supporters don’t want you to see.”

“Unplanned” is based on a book by the same name by Abby Johnson, a former director of an abortion clinic in Bryan, Texas, run by Planned Parenthood, the largest family planning organization in the United States.

Johnson recounts in the book how she had a “spiritual awakening” after personally assisting with an abortion.

‘Propaganda’ 

“Unplanned” has been dismissed by some critics as propaganda.

“There have been films that treated Nazi doctors conducting evil experiments in concentration camps more sympathetically,” said Frank Scheck in The Hollywood Reporter.

Writing in the trade publication Variety, Owen Gleiberman said “Unplanned” “isn’t a good movie, but it’s effective propaganda.”

“‘Unplanned’ preaches to the pro-life choir, and it does so by making a case against abortion that’s absolutist and extreme,” Gleiberman said.

The movie’s co-director Cary Solomon shrugged off the criticism.

“We didn’t turn this into a propaganda piece,” Solomon said in an interview with AFP. “We refused to do that.

“We wanted to tell a true life story and let the truth be interpreted by people that see it,” he said.

“It’s an exact retelling of the book,” Solomon said. “Everything in the movie is based on her true story.

“We didn’t fabricate anything, we didn’t make anything up.”

Most US states allow abortion up until 24 weeks.

But there have been attempts in a number of states to restrict the practice.

In Georgia, for example, state lawmakers last month passed a bill that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks.

The bill is awaiting signature by the governor and is expected to be challenged in the courts.

Spirits and superstition

Published April 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Wutt Hmone Shwe Yee stars as a mother whose daughter (Pyae Pyae), an aggressive child, changes her behaviour after moving into a new house in the horror film "The Only Mom".
Wutt Hmone Shwe Yee stars as a mother whose daughter (Pyae Pyae), an aggressive child, changes her behaviour after moving into a new house in the horror film “The Only Mom”.

Spirits and superstition

movie & TV April 04, 2019 01:00

By Parinyaporn Pajee
The Nation

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Thai director Chartchai Ketnust’s second movie is a horror flick that plays with Myanmar beliefs

Even before Thai director Chartchai Ketnust put his efforts into the joint ThaiMyanmar project “From Bangkok to Mandalay”, he was thinking about making a horror flick. He even had a name for it – “Burmese Night” – and it was to be centred on the supernatural traditions of Thailand’s Western neighbours.

Now he is bringing that dream to life with the release in Thailand today of the Myanmar language film “The Only Mom”.

Already a blockbuster in Myanmar, taking around MMK1.5 billion (about Bt48 million), it is showing at the SF Cinema multiplex chain nationwide.

“In fact I was offered the chance to make a horror film before ‘From Bangkok to Mandalay’ but I convinced the producers that it would be better to start with a romantic drama,” he says.

 

Photographer (Daung), right, prepares a child before capturing her on a wet colloid plate.

For his previous outing, the director joined up with two Myanmar sisters who had won scholarships to study music and science at Mahidol University. They were unable to speak Thai and thus the working process took place in broken English. The script was translated into the local language a few weeks before shooting began.

“I can say about 10 Myanmar words. But language is not a barrier as we can understand each other through our body language. I also know much more about the Myanmar people and their culture. So when I’m directing, I can see through their body language whether they are doing what I want,” he explains.

 

Since “From Bangkok to Mandalay”, Chartchai has worked on such projects as the documentary “Yodia Thee Khid (Mai) Thueng”, which traces the fate of the Siamese captured by the Burmese army after the fall of Ayutthaya Kingdom, and another documentary exploring a Mae Fah Luang Foundation project designed to assist people in Myanmar’s central region. That took him to Yenanchaung, an arid area in Magway Division, about two hours from Mandalay and 10 hours from Yangon. It was here that General Aung San studied as a youngster. And so Yenanchaung was chosen as the main location of the film.

“That area is called the dry land and produces most of the oil and natural gas in Myanmar. I like the vast landscape, which is like a desert in the hot season but fills with water during the rainy season,” says the director.

 

Ang (Nine Nine) searches for the mystery behind the old photograph in his new home.

“The Only Mom” tells the story of married couple Ang and May (Nine Nine and Wutt Hmone Shwe Yee) whose daughter (Pyae Pyae) has an aggressive behaviour problem. The child is also far closer to her father than her mother. The family decides to move from Yangon to Yenanchaung in the hope it will help their daughter. Once there, they take up residence in a new colonialstyle house full of old photographs taken by the late owner, a professional lensman played by Daung. The move seems to suit the child although she starts sleeping during the day and remaining awake at night but her behaviour stabilises and she becomes closer to her mother. May is happy that her daughter is no longer turning her back on her but before long, strange things happen that appear to be related to the old photographs and so Ang starts searching for the truth before they lose their daughter for good.

The idea for the setting arose when Chartchai saw a photograph of Aung San, the late father of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, in every house he visited and wondered why the military regime tolerated this practice.

 

Then he learned about Nat, as the spirits of those who die unnaturally are known in Myanmar. A Nat is an aggressive spirit but one that is worshipped in the country. Thais will know the most famous of the spirits, Nat Boboyee, as Thep Than Jai Nat, who is said to grant you one wish instantly.

Myanmar has 37 royal Nat that can be monarchs, soldiers or alchemists as well as another group known as outlaw Nats. The Nat in “The Only Mom” is Ameh Jum, which is related to the mother element.

 

Real life Nat Kadaw U Hla Aye plays as Nat Kadaw but sadly died before the film was released.

Nat is the spirit of a person who was respected and powerful while he or she was alive but was killed in a conflict with an enemy. They are still respected once they become Nat and the powerful individuals involved in their deaths allow this as it doesn’t affect their power.

“I found that management of power interesting. However it’s from my own perspective, it is not grounded on any theory,” Chartchai says.

The Nat communicates with people through Nat Kadaw, literally “the Nat’s wife”. Similar to a medium in the Thai culture, Nat Kadaw is possessed by the Nat’s spirit though in Myanmar, she is a man dressed in a traditional female costume and dances during her possession. Men who are Nat Kadaw can be either straight or transsexual. In Myanmar, the Nat Kadaw is highly respected and is invited as a honoured guest for special occasions like the blessing of a new home or the opening the new company.

In the movie, a Nat Kadaw helps the couple to find their missing daughter and is played by a real Nat Kadaw, U Hla Aye. Unfortunately he died of a heart attack after completing his scenes.

 

Director Chartchai Ketnust, left, with U Hla Aye on the set.

The director also adds photography to the story, choosing the wet collodion process, which was popular in the 19th century and was often used when young children or infants died in the home to make them look like live subjects. Sometimes known as postmortem photographs, they served as memories of the deceased. Both the director and his cinematographer Teerawat Rujintham are interested in the old technology in which the photograph is printed on glass.

“It was popular in the west so I guessed it would be in Burma also,” he says.

Actress Wutt, who starred in “From Bangkok to Mandalay”, is convincing as the mother rejected by her daughter yet still desperate to protect her.

With the exception of Chartchai, Teerawat and acting coach Boonsong Nakphu, the entire crew is from Myanmar. The post-production work, however, was completed in Thailand.

Chartchai’s is not anticipating a major turnout in Thailand for his film so he has decided against the wide release he chose for “From Bangkok to Myanmar”.

“What I learned from ‘From Bangkok to Myanmar’ is that although there are millions of Myanmar nationals in Thailand, they don’t go and watch movies in the cinema. However, I want to show the movie to a Thai audience and hope it will teach them something about their Western neighbour.

“It is perhaps boasting on my part to say that ‘From Bangkok to Mandalay’ opened a new chapter for filmmaking in Myanmar, but it’s true. The movie opened the door to new generation directors to make their films and brought in new investors too. They are working hard to upgrade Myanmar movies so they can stand side by side with international films,” he says.

But even though the movie industry is booming, the movie theatre business is not. “They are worried about streaming though it has yet to come to the country,” he explains.

“I would like to thank Myanmar for giving me the opportunity to do what I love, which I still don’t have in my own country. And I am also grateful to the Myanmar audience for welcoming my work and giving me the courage to do another project,” he says.

He adds that he also prefers the way the movie theatre business is handled in Myanmar, explaining that it is far more transparent that the Thai system. There, the cash from ticket sales is shown on every theatre’s box office monitors and the income is shared with the producer every Friday rather than waiting for the film’s run to end.

Chartchai also admits to being in love with the Myanmar way of life. “It’s do different from the way Thailand is these days. There, we still see a flask with a glass in front of a house for passersby to drink. We see people laughing or crying in the cinema like in the old days. The people are humble and the landscape is magnificent. It’s an inspiring place to make a movie,” he says.

His next project is a TV series based on Thai-Myanmar history and starring Daung as the protagonist.

Polish metal band ‘Ready to Roll’ onscreen

Published April 3, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Polish metal band ‘Ready to Roll’ onscreen

movie & TV April 01, 2019 18:21

By The Nation

The Contemporary World Film Series 2019 will kick off at TK Park in Bangkok on May 18 with an intriguing title from Poland, “Ready to Roll. Exterminator” (“Gotowi na wszystko.Exterminator”).

 It will be screened at 4pm at Central World’s TK Park.

The film depicts five devoted friends who shared a great dream when they were kids – to rock the Polish metal music scene and draw big crowds to their concerts as the band Exterminator.

The band broke up and now its leader, Marcys, works in his father’s store and his relationship with Magda is in crisis.

Meanwhile guitar virtuoso Lizzy is a bank employee, bassist Jaromir, punches a time card at a polyurethane foam factory and struggles to live up to his responsibilities of head of a family, and drummer Makar is in a mental institution. The fifth member, Cypek, emigrated for financial reasons.

However, one day, old memories return. The mayor turns out to have been a great fan of Exterminator and promises to finance their reunion. But there is a catch: The guys have to betray their ideals and perform at a number of fairs, playing songs quite distant from their usual repertoire.

Their male pride won’t let them compromise, and their long-standing friendship as well as their relationships with women will be put to a true test.

The film created a wave at festivals abroad and was a big hit at home.

The screening is supported by the Polish Embassy, which will also pop for snacks afterward.

Polish Ambassador Waldemar Dubaniowski will introduce the movie.

For reservations email filmforum17@gmail.com and learn more at http://www.TKPark.or.th.

Games of Thrones: the inside story

Published March 30, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Games of Thrones: the inside story

movie & TV March 29, 2019 01:00

By THE NATION

The eighth and final season of “Game Of Thrones” will debut on Monday April 15 and immediately after that, on Monday May 27, the documentary on behind the scene in “Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch” will debut in Asia at the same time as the US.

“Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch” will also have a same day encore at 9pm and will be available on HBO GO via AIS Play and AIS Playbox.

For a year, acclaimed British filmmaker Jeanie Finlay was embedded on the set of the series, the documentary chronicling the creation of the show’s most ambitious and complicated season. The documentary delves deep into the mud and blood to reveal the tears and triumphs involved in the challenge of bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life in the very real studios, fields and carparks of Northern Ireland.

Made with unprecedented access, “Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch” is an upclose and personal report from the trenches of production, following the crew and the cast as they contend with extreme weather, punishing deadlines and an ever-excited fandom hungry for spoilers.

Much more than a “making of” documentary, this is a funny, heartbreaking story, told with wit and intimacy, about the bittersweet pleasures of what it means to create a world – and then have to say goodbye to it.

Finlay’s previous credits include the documentaries “Seahorse”, “Orion: The Man Who Would Be King”, “Pantomime”, “The Great Hip Hop Hoax”, “Sound It Out” and “Goth Cruise”. “Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch” is her eighth feature film.

The eighth and final season of “Game Of Thrones” will debut in Asia at the same time as the US on Monday, 15 April at 8am, with a same day encore at 9pm, exclusively on HBO. New episodes will premiere every Monday at the same time.

Isaan in love

Published March 30, 2019 by SoClaimon

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"Seen Sam Ton" is promoted at Ton Tann Green Market in Khon Kaen with fans of Tao AF8 and Ritz The Star.
“Seen Sam Ton” is promoted at Ton Tann Green Market in Khon Kaen with fans of Tao AF8 and Ritz The Star.

Isaan in love

movie & TV March 28, 2019 01:00

By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul
THE NATION

A new romantic comedy set in Khon Kaen tells a simple but amusing story of two guys and a girl

Thailand’s Northeast returns to the spotlight today with the nationwide release of romantic comedy “Seen Sam Ton”. The latest offering from M Pictures Group, the film is expected to do as well, if not better than 2017’s Isaan movie “Som Pak Sian”, which grossed a very respectable Bt200 million.

“The film’s title means ‘three pieces of meat’ in the Isaan dialect and while the plot involves three people, it isn’t so much about a love triangle but a love game, where two men have to achieve separate missions to win a woman’s love,” says Pornchai Wongsriudomporn, chief operation officer of M Pictures Group, during the recent press conference for the movie held at Ton Tann Green Market in Khon Kaen.

 

Seeho (Tao) and Chilor (Ritz) are close friends fighting to win the heart of the same girl.

“In fact, the name came after the story had been written. As I said, it’s about two men competing to win a girl’s heart. But what I think viewers will find most entertaining are the steps they each take to try and solve the game,” he adds.

“Seen Sam Ton” features new faces in the film industry, all of them natives of Isaan. Sattaphong “Tao” Phiangphor, a contestant of “True Academy Fantasia Season 8”, was born in Kalasin, while Ruangrit “Ritz” Siripanich from “The Star Season 6”, and Chonnipa Poppy Wisetsud hail from Roi Et.

 

Seeho is dating Peepuan, played by Poppy.

Tao admits that at first he had problems speaking in the Isaan dialect.

“I don’t use it in my daily life,” he explains with a grin. “When I was picked to star in the film, I wasn’t worried about learning the script or acting with emotion but that I wouldn’t get the dialect right.”

 

Chilor approaches Peepuan, a nurse at the hospital.

But Pornchai wouldn’t have had it any other way. “While they were all born in Isaan, they each speak the dialect that is common to their hometowns. The second reason for picking them is that Tao and Ritz are very popular and have their own fan bases and, more importantly, are suited to the characters they portray in the movie. They can play jokes on each other quite naturally. The story focuses on the lives of young working individuals who want nothing more than to settle down and have a family. This movie shows that if we are sincere in love, then nothing can undermine that love. Both boys have good intentions towards the girl,” he says.

 

Seeho makes a gesture of love to Peepuan.

In the film, Peepuan, played by Poppy, is a nurse at the Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre of Srinagarind Hospital in Khon Kaen and is getting over a broken heart. Seeho (Tao) is an engineer and a close friend of Chilor (Ritz), whose parents own a local restaurant. Both Seeho and Chilor like Peepuan and are looking for ways to conquer her affections. But soon they are forced to decide whether it’s more important for them to be with the one they love or if they want the one they love to be happy with the man she loves.

 

“Have you heard of the name Seeho?” asks Tao. “Seeho is actually an auspicious creature in the Isaan folk tale ‘Sangsinchai’, with the head of an elephant symbolising abundance and body of lion depicting elegance. Seeho is rich. He owns a construction company, and is behind the construction of several buildings in Khon Kaen. He also drives a luxury car. But while he can manage his working life and his money, he has no room for love until he meets Peepuan.”

 

“The success of ‘Som Pak Sian’ proves that an Isaan soundtrack isn’t an obstacle for audiences.” – Pornchai Wongsriudomporn, of M Pictures Group

Ritz explains that Chilor in an Isaan word for a type of brown cricket. “The character of Chilor comes from my real life – handsome with a good line in chat – but with poor parents who sell food in their small restaurant. I ride a motorcycle to deliver food to customers’ homes. It is the first movie I have appeared in and I worked hard to learn my lines and act but Phi Mum [producer Petchthai “Mum Jokmok” Wongkhamlao] told me to forget it and improvise instead. He wanted us to speak naturally.”

“Peepuan is a kind of fruit. I’m a nurse at Srinagarind Hospital and a cheeky and friendly sort. Before Seeho and Chilor came into my life, my heart had just been broken into a million pieces by my ex boyfriend,” says Poppy.

“Seen Sam Ton” was shot all around Khon Kaen – in the city as well as at the University, the Dinosaur Museum, and Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon at Wat Nong Waeng.

 

Chilor delivers food to customers at home.

“Khon Kaen has a beautiful landscape, tourist destinations and landmarks. Khon Kaen is also a major city that is famous for education and is Thailand’s third most prosperous city after Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Peepuan is caring for a patient – the mother of a monk at Wat Nong Waeng and the monk offers all three of them advice on how they should live their lives,” says Pornchai.

“I think this movie is for all members of the family. They will enjoy and laugh at the story. The success of ‘Som Pak Sian’ has clearly shown that using the Isaan dialect in the soundtrack didn’t put audiences off.

“Besides, presenting a story that takes place in other provinces proves that Bangkok is not Thailand’s only prosperous city. Khon Kaen is prosperous too and we are delighted to show off its diverse culture and lifestyles. And I think the movie might also encourage viewers to fight for the boy or girl of their dreams.”

Ghastly ghost

Published March 27, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • Director Prachya Pinkaew

Ghastly ghost

movie & TV March 26, 2019 18:00

By Parinyaporn Pajee
The Nation

Prachya Pinkaew becomes the second director this year to tackle the story of Thailand’s Krasue spirit with the release of his latest film “Sisters”

SLIGHTLY more than a month after Transformation Films’ re-interpretation of the time-worn ghostly tale “Sang Krasue” (“Inhuman Kiss”) hit cinemas, a second film focusing on this spirit whose head with the body’s internal organs hanging from it hovers above the ground at night, comes to theatres on April 4.

Directed by Prachya Pinkaew, “Krasue Siam” (“Sisters”) is set in contemporary Thailand and focuses on teenage sisters Veena (Ployyukol Rojanakatanyu) and Mora (Nannaphas “Mewnich BNK48” Loetnamchoetsakun) who have lived with their father (Supakorn Kijsuwan) since their mother, a krasue hunter, died. Veena has to take care of her younger sister who has inherited the krasue curse and whose body is currently in the transformation stage. In the meantime, Mora is being closely watched by Ratree (Ratha Pho-ngam), queen of the Krasue tribe, who is waiting to take revenge for her mother’s acts.

This is the first horror ghost movie by the director of the action blockbuster series “Ong Bak” and “Tom Yum Goong” but the idea for “Krasue Siam” goes all the way back to 1997 when Prachya was working at Grammy (GMM). Back then, he was thinking of calling it “Krasue 2000” or “Krasue Y2K” and it was on his list of projects to develop alongside “Ong Bak.” After he left Grammy and went to work on “Ong Bak” with Sahamongkol Films, the project was shelved until the right time came around.

“While I was busy on other projects, I watched several films about the krasue ghost so I’m confident that my version will be different,” he says.

Nor did he mind when he heard that Transformation Films had started work on the “Sang Krasue” project, knowing that it would be different from his.

“It’s a good opportunity to see two different krasues in two weeks and it will mean that young people know more about this traditional spirit rather than forgetting it as has happened in the past,” says Prachya.

And the two films are indeed very different. “Sang Krasue” is set in World War II and is a romantic drama with the protagonist Sai trying to free herself of the curse. “Sisters” draws more on vampire series and movies.

Prachya has been fascinated with the ghastly ghost since he watched Krasue Sao” starring Pitsamai Wilaisak as a child. “I was so scared,” he laughs.

Krasue is best known as a ghost who haunts a village as she tries to find food – usually the inner organs of livestock. People see her as a red flame hovering in the dark and where they spot the head and the intestines trailing below, become terrified even though she is no threat to them and will return to her normal body during the day.

She is not a ghost in the true sense of the word as she manifests as a normal teenager during the day. She is not an evil spirit killing people. She lives a quiet life and what she eats is just waste or the inner organs of animals.

“But what if the krasue lived in a big city like Bangkok with neon lights everywhere? How would she appear then? The krasue in “Sisters” are not single entities but a whole clan of ghosts able to remove their heads,” he says.

In “Sisters”, Mora becomes infected with the krasue virus as a consequence of her late mother’s actions in hunting the ghosts. “I try to explain the nature of the krasue. She’s different from what we have seen in the past,” says the director.

Prachya also points to Thailand’s other famous ghost, Mae Nak Phra Khanong. “Her story has a much stronger storyline compared to krasue. All films portray her the same way – sneaking out at night, getting hunted down and passing on the curse to her successor,” he says.

Because Mae Nak’s husband Pee Mak isn’t aware that his wife died in childbirth, it has been easy for a succession of directors, among them Nonzee Nimibutr and Banjong Pisunthanakun, to bring new interpretations of the story to the screen. With Krasue, there’s a constant struggle to come up with new ideas and that kills its value.

“I like the peculiar appearance of the krasue but it is undeniably more difficult to portray the shape as it requires strong visual techniques and these have never really been up to par. In some movies, the ghost was made by dangling a pig’s heart and intestines from a sling and dragging it on a line above the ground. Many times the story has ended up as a cheap comedy,” he says.

Perhaps to up the marketing value, both “Sisters” and “Sang Krasue” have chosen to make their heroine a young teenage girl rather than an old woman.

In the new film, Mora is played by young actress and BNK48 member Mewnich worked as a child actress before being selected for the second generation of BNK48 though she landed the part before joining the idol group. For her part, Ployyukol earlier appeared in Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit’s short.

“Sisters” started shooting early last year but, with visual effects required for more than 300 scenes, spent a long time in post production.

“Thai audiences are smarter as they have grown up watching Hollywood movies with terrific special effects like superhero movies from Marvel and blockbusters. They even notice flaws in Hollywood movies. Special effects on Thai films wilt in comparison so that makes it hard for us. We have skilled people but we face budget and manpower limitations,” Prachya explains.

“And audience behaviour has also changed, especially with the arrival of streaming services like Netflix and iflix. It’s no longer necessary to go to the cinema to see a film. The magic of the big screen is in decline and so each movie must have something that draws spectators to the cinema. Superhero or action films still have that charm but romantic dramas and comedies have lost their strength,” he says.

“You can’t blame the killing of movie magic on new technology, as it has been created to give people what they want and that’s why its popularity continues to grow. I like it myself and am not in the least opposed to it. However as a filmmaker, it’s my job to make my movie shine brighter than streaming magic,” he concludes.

iflix gives viewers a ‘sporting chance’

Published March 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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iflix gives viewers a ‘sporting chance’

movie & TV March 22, 2019 11:37

By The Nation

iflix brings the March Madness basketball tournament and more to Southeast Asia with the launch of the ZSPORTS channel

iflix, Southeast Asia’s leading entertainment streaming service, is proud to announce the launch of ZSPORTS – a premium sports linear channel – in multiple Southeast Asian markets, on iflixFREE and iflixVIP.

Available from mid-March in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Brunei, the launch coincides with the popular NCAA Division I Basketball Championships (known colloquially known as March Madness) where 68 American collegiate teams compete in a single-elimination tournament over three weeks to become national champion. ZSPORTS is featuring live coverage of most games including the “Final Four”, as well as repeat broadcasts of selected games.

In addition to March Madness, the dedicated ZSPORTS channel, the Home of American Sports in Asia, will provide viewers with more than 1,000 hours of live sporting events each year, including NCAA basketball and football, the National Hockey League’s regular season, playoffs and the Stanley Cup, X Games and motorsports, as well as local and regional sporting events as it caters to hardcore and casual fans alike.

Craig Galvin, iflix Global Head of Content, said: “March Madness is one of America’s biggest sporting events, a staple on any sports calendar, and we’re excited to give fans across the region virtual front row seats to tomorrow’s NBA stars, today.

“iflix is proud to welcome ZSPORTS to the Company’s growing premium sports offering in our commitment to providing our audiences the best and broadest range of world-class competitions,” he added.

Howard Jiang, CEO of ZSPORTS, commented: “Partnering with iflix is a major milestone for us and increases our channel reach to millions of users on the fastest growing entertainment platform in Southeast Asia, pleasing hardcore and casual sports fans alike.”

Now available to more than one billion consumers throughout Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa, iflix has established itself as the clear market leader in video streaming. Offering consumers a vast library of top Hollywood, regional, and local TV shows and movies, including many first-run exclusives and award-winning programmes, each subscription allows users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever.

Keeping an eye on politics

Published March 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Keeping an eye on politics

movie & TV March 20, 2019 16:18

By The Nation

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Netflix gets in tune with Sunday’s general election by streaming eight series and movies with political themes from history to office dramas for Thais to get ready to cast their votes.

 Showing now is the original Netflix “House of Cards”, a political thriller about the destructive power behind the White House, which wrapped after 6 seasons. The show was the first original online series to receive nominations from Primetime Emmy Awards in 2013, and has since received 53 Emmy nominations to date. Even if you are not a fan of politics, you’ll enjoy the drama, fall in love with Claire Underwood’s costumes and be enthralled by several excellent plot twists!

Also streaming is the first original Netflix series from South Korea, “Kingdom”, which admittedly is about zombies but also has a linear political plot.

The British series “Bodyguard” is a thrilling drama focusing on a war veteran David Budd (Richard Madden) who is assigned as a private security specialist to protect a Conservative Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes). Both are initially at odds as David is forced to choose between responsibility and self-belief, but eventually the relationship crosses over from a cautious professional alliance into a personal tryst. Responsible for her safety, will Budd turn into her biggest threat?

How will the world’s greatest country survive if the President and all the senators were assassinated? “Designated Survivor” may provide the answer. Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), a former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is named as a designated survivor after an incident destroys the United States Capitol building and claims the President’s life. How will Kirkman hold on to his new position through the bad times?

“Suits”, sets in a fictional law firm in New York, allows a sneak view of the other side of politics. The show begins when Harvey’s promotion requires him to recruit a graduate of Harvard Law. He chooses Mike Ross who accidentally shows up during an interview session. But Mike doesn’t actually have a law degree. Will Ross get caught?

“The Hunger Games”, a dystopian trilogy, is set in the fictional land of Panem, which is divided into 13 districts with Capital as its control centre. Ever since District 13 rebelled against Capital and was destroyed, the Hunger Games have been held every year as a punishment for the rebellion. The trilogy starts when Peeta and Katniss are selected to represent District 12 in the Hunger Games. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

“Six Flying Dragons”, a South Korean historical series, combines imagination with the story of the foundation of the Joseon Dynasty in which six dragons battle for supreme control.

The last one is the action thriller “Homeland” which is now available on Netflix for the whole six seasons. Season 7 is currently in production. It’s told through the eyes of Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), a CIA analyst who struggles with mental health and family issues while leading the global war against terrorism.

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