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February (2004)

February is a film that one wouldn’t expect to come from Thai director Yuthlert Sippapak. In fact, I’m surprised this film even came from Thailand, as it’s rather unique in terms of typical Thai romantic-dramas. However in this case unique doesn’t particularly connote good.

February is a beautiful looking film, and aside from that, it’s not much more. You don’t tend to catch yourself thinking that the stylistic elements are bad, but you at times you have to stop yourself … (read more)

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Citizen Dog (2005)

With its visceral imagery and child-like imagination, Wisit Sasanatieng’s new film Citizen Dog proves him to be Thailand’s answer to Tim Burton and Jean Pierre Jeunet. Sasanatieng has once again pushed the limits of popular imagery, as he did in 2000 with Tears of the Black Tiger. However, Citizen Dog has taken a positive new direction — its modern day setting and forceful social commentary give it a real focus and meaning that Tears of the Black Tiger seemed … (read more)

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Buppha Ratree (2003)

Buppha Ratree has to be one of the most unconstrained films I have seen from Thailand. It’s no wonder they screened it for the Midnight Madness program at the Toronto Film Festival this year. The story is over the top, the characters are bizarre and the style that Sippapak chooses to shoot the film is uncontrollable. Nonetheless amongst this fluttering chaos great fun can be found!

At first glance Buppha Ratree is seemingly just another ghost story out of Thailand … (read more)

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6IXTYNIN9 (1999)

Certainly an interesting film to come from Thailand’s leading director Pen-ek Ratanaruang, however in saying that, a film like this is not uncommon for him. In fact, 6ixtynin9’s story is a precursor of things to come later in Pen-ek’s career, particular in terms of genre and story.

6ixtynin9 makes amusing use of genre; this film seems to sit somewhere between a dark comedy, a drama and a gangster flick. With influences coming from each genre, I find it praiseworthy … (read more)

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