Sunday, July 01, 2012
WHY I LIKE SOME OLD THAI FILMS
This is a copy of what I wrote on a friend's Facebook wall, talking about why we're interested in old Thai films:
I share the same reasons as Graiwoot about why I'm interested in old Thai films. As for me, I think I'm interested in films in general, and old Thai cinema is just a part of them. It is just one of the uncharted territories for me. There are so many old Thai films which I still haven't seen but would like to see, such as THE HEART HAS FEET (หัวใจมีตีน) (1972), starring Pairoj Jaising as a male prostitute.
A group of old Thai films which I'm particularly drawn to are the melodramatic ones and the dramatic ones about lives of women. There seem to be many Thai films about women's lives in the 1970s and the 1980s, but there are very few contemporary Thai mainstream films about women's lives now. I like such films as LITTLE DUCK (เป็ดน้อย) (1968, Prince Panupan Yukol), INSANE (ประสาท) (1975, Piak Poster), LAST LOVE (ความรักครั้งสุดท้าย) (1975, Chatreechaloem Yukol), THE FOREST OF EROS (ป่ากามเทพ) (1976, Vijit Kunavudhi), CHARMLESS (ไร้เสน่หา) (1979, Chana Kraprayoon), DIVORCE BECAUSE OF ADULTERY (หย่าเพราะมีชู้) (1985, Manop Udomdej), I DON'T GIVE IT A DAMN (ช่างมันฉันไม่แคร์) (1986, M.L. Bhandevanop Devakul), WATER AND SAND (น้ำเซาะทราย) (1986, Chalee Intaravijit), RIVER OF NO RETURN (สายน้ำไม่ไหลกลับ) (1987, Banjong Kosalvat), DON'T SAY SHE IS A SINNER (อย่าบอกว่าเธอบาป) (1987, Tanit Jitnukul), and IT'S ME (คือฉัน) (1990, JazzSiam), partly because they don't make melodramatic Thai films like some of these anymore, and partly because it is easier for me to identify with the adult heroines in these old Thai films than the young heroines in Thai contemporary mainstream films now.
As for old Thai directors, I like Permpol Choei-aroon the most. I have seen four films of his, and it made me feel so unexplainably great. I think I share the same wavelength with him much more than other old Thai directors. I find films made by other old Thai directors very entertaining, especially Dokdin Gunyamarn and Rangsee Tasanapayak.