Sawatdee khrap! That’s Hello in Thailand. 🙂
Lately, I’ve been obsessed with Thai stuff. I’ve been watching Thai movies, listening and rocking to Thai music, trying to speak Thai, and even bought myself a Thai T-Shirt. I have absolutely no idea what’s written, but I seem to recognize it as a Coca-Cola shirt, based on the print, and the color too, which is red.
Ever since I befriended actual people from Thailand, I’ve begun to love their culture. It’s just like how I love Japan’s anime shows. Though, frankly speaking, Thai language is harder to speak, learn, and understand compared to Japan’s language.
My first ever encounter with anything Thai was when I watched the movie Shutter. It is a 2004 Thai horror film by Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom; starring Ananda Everingha, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, and Achita Sikamana. It focuses on mysterious images seen in developed pictures.
I was a high school sophomore, at that time. I didn’t even know it was a Thai movie, nor did I care. All I wanted was to watch the movie because it was trending at our place. I watched the movie at my friend’s house, together with a couple of my classmates, because she was all alone for the night. Her mother was coming home the next day because of her working schedule. We knew it was scary, hearing rumors from others. That was the reason why we decided to turn off everything that illuminated the house, and left only the television and DVD Player on. We played the DVD, half-expecting someone like Sadako popping out of the television. As the movie progressed, we slowly began to compress, sitting beside each other to the point where we could hardly move. The movie was building up tension. We would be startled once in a while. But the most memorable scene was when one of my friends screamed so hard, she actually jolted outside the door, making us panic and make a run for it too. We were laughing so hard, we could hardly breathe, our faces turning purple and our tummies aching. We did finish the movie, with all the lights off, concluding that it was one of the best horror movies ever.
First Love(Crazy Little Thing Called Love)
To be honest, I didn’t even want to watch this. I’m not really a fan of romance. But, I didn’t have much choice back then. It was either that, or stare at the window for hours.
I was a college junior, performing duties at my University’s Practical Laboratory, as part of my course’s requirements. I was assigned as a Room Attendant, at that time. Basically, after room checking, my job was done. All I had to do was wait until my duty was done. But I still had two to four hours left to consume, and I’m the type that gets bored easily.
One of my co-workers announced that he found a movie worth watching (I didn’t know back then that it was a Thai movie). He shared it with everyone, majority of which were girls.When the girls saw the leading man, they screamed in delight, claiming that Mario was their boyfriend. All the reason for me to hate the movie. The girls positioned themselves in front of my co-worker’s laptop. They were so near that one would think that they had vision problems. As the movie progressed, the girls tried to suppress their shrieks of excitement as much as they could. They failed a couple of times, but I guess it was natural among girls. I hardly payed attention to the movie, but I was able to grasp it’s story. When the movie was nearing to it’s end, on the part where it fast forwarded to a few years, I stopped watching. I got bored. I didn’t finish it, but I heard it was one great movie, with the girls still screaming and craving for Mario.
Love of Siam
The third movie I watched was The Love of Siam. It is a 2007 Thai gay-themed romantic-drama film written and directed by Chookiat Sakveerakul. A multi-layered family drama, a groundbreaking element of the story is a gay romance between two teenage boys.
The film was released in Thailand on November 22, 2007. The fact that the gay storyline was not apparent from the film’s promotional material initially caused controversy, but the film was received with critical acclaim and proved financially successful. It dominated Thailand’s 2007 film awards season, winning the Best Picture category in all major events.
I was still at Virginia Beach, Va, U.S.A. when I came across the movie. I was actually searching for a movie about music. I searched through random forums, and found this movie. The comments were all positive, quoting how awesome the music was. That’s how I decided to watch it. I was so excited to watch it that I didn’t have waste my time watching the trailer and reading the synopsis. I was gonna watch the movie anyways, so why bother?
Seeing the little Thai kid playing the piano, with elegance and style, I knew the movie was gonna be great. But soon, I discovered something strange. The kid version of the stars were beginning to be intimate. I didn’t mind, since they were still just kids. When the leading MEN made their appearance, being all mushy and stuff, that’s when I learned that it was a boy’s love movie. I wasn’t expecting that at all. I saw the promotional material (poster) and it just seemed to be another typical romance story. That poster was very misleading. I ended up finishing the movie, because, aside from the boy’s love theme, there were also two other kinds of love – familial love and love of friends – which, in my opinion, was executed and portrayed brilliantly. I enjoyed the movie, with it’s musical elements as my number one reason, and it’s themes of love as my second.
SuckSeed is a Thai comedy film released in 2011 by GTH. Directed by first-time feature director Chayanop Boonprakob, it stars teenage actor Jirayu Laongmanee as well as first-time actors Pachara Chirathivat, Thawat Pornrattanaprasert, and Nattasha Nauljam. The film follows the antics of threesecondary school students who form a rock band to impress girls, but, despite their efforts, play poorly and regularly end up losers.
Again, my search for music-themed movies brought me to this one. And, I must say, I made the right choice. It was a movie I enjoyed so much. The movie had it’s fair share of comedy and romance, incorporating the love-triangle theme. This movie also introduced me to the band Big Ass which is currently my favorite Thai band. Big Ass sang the theme song for this movie entitled Deep in my Heart. It’s a rock/pop type song where you could just let your head loose and do some headbangers.
Hormones (Pit Thoem Yai Hua Chai Wawun) is a 2008 Thai romantic comedy film directed by Songyos Sugmakanan. The literal meaning of the Thai title is ‘restless hearts during school break’ or ‘school break, hearts aflutter’.
Honestly, I dunno if this is weird, but I checked this movie out because I read that a Japanese girl (Aoi) was in the cast. I’m really fond of Japan as well. I was curious as to why Aoi was part of the movie. I was also curious as to how she would act in the movie, how her character would develop, how she would speak. I expected her to speak Thai, but she spoke English the most. She spoke “Thank You” in her language and in Thai. Those were the only two words she spoke which were not in English.
The movie was great. I couldn’t compare it with other movies since it’s a romance type, and I’m not too good with these types. One thing to note, the theme song of the movie was sung by none other than… *drumroll* Big Ass! Yup, that’s right, Big Ass! I couldn’t believe I didn’t recognize the band from the trailer. No wonder I had this uncanny and unexplainable urge to watch it (aside from Aoi being part of the cast).
Another movie about music. I found this movie when I was watching Big Ass music videos. I wondered how this movie was related so I checked it out. Turns out, another Big Ass song was used in the trailer. The band must be really popular to be featured in a lot of films, some of which I’ve already seen. It’s about music and Big Ass is involved, so I just had to watch it.
Some of the characters here were also from Hormones, so it was fun to see them act different characters here. It was cliche, but it possessed unique elements that made the movie so much entertaining and fun to watch.
This marks the end of my loooooong blog about Thai stuff. I’ll try not to be too obsessed. 🙂