Top 10 Thai Movies, part 2 Posted by palmisano on Jun 24, 2011 in Culture, History
2. Ong Bak
You’ve probably already seen this film, as it was released around the world. It’s an action film with your typical simple/limited plot. That said, the action is of the style that made Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li famous. But I’d say it’s even better. The typical action scene of an ordinary action movie consists of ultra-closeups, changing views in the middle of a strike, and various other annoying/dizzying trickery. With Ong Bak, however, the action goes into slo-mo, with clear full screen shots of the action. It’s much more convincing and realistic.
Carrying the same general theme, Ong Bak 2 was almost just as good, trading in the fists and kicks of the original to various martial arts weapons.
3. Faen Chan แฟนฉัน (My Girlfriend)
This story is about a boy and a girl who are somewhere between girlfriend-boyfriend and just friends. They are still at the age where boys think girls have cooties and girls just haven’t ‘discovered’ boys yet. It’s a cute, somewhat serious comedy that all Thais will know. A++ on the plot. Jeaaabbbbb!!!
Shutter is an original Thai ghost movie, later remade as a western mini-series that probably sucked (I don’t like western remakes of Asian films, so I didn’t watch it). I’m the type of guy that doesn’t get scared watching a movie, and this film was no exception. That said, Thais will wizz their pants watching this – it’s that scary for them. The plot is pretty good, and I’ve seen it at least 3 times and still enjoyed it. If you know a Thai girl that likes ghost movies, invite her over and watch it together. You won’t be disappointed (wink wink).
5. Macabre Case Of Prom Pi Ram
The unfortunate aspect of this film is that it is a true story. I won’t say much as I don’t want to spoil the film, but I’d recommend watching it for the same reason as Mon Rak Transistor – it dives deep into Thai culture, albeit a more negative aspect of it. This isn’t an uplifting story, but it’s one that you will definitely be emotionally moved by. I couldn’t find a trailer for you, and it’s probably good as any trailer would ruin the experience.
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