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Thailand goes to Japan

Mar 01. 2017
Mai U-turn Wai Huajai Return
Mai U-turn Wai Huajai Return
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By The Nation

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Five Thai films have been selected for the Osaka Asian Film Festival and will be screened as part of a special programme celebrating the 130th anniversary of Thailand-Japan diplomatic relations.

They include the masterpiece “Duay Klao” (“The Seed”), the feature still hailed as the best film about His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's hundreds of royal development projects to date.

Duay Klao  (The Seed)

Directed by the late director Bhandit Rittakol, the film was made in 1987 to mark the King's 60th birthday and remastered 10 years ago to include nine of the King's compositions.

Two movies are in competition for the top prize: the hit romantic drama by Banjong Pisunthanakun “Fanday Fan Kun Khae Wan Diaw” (“Fanday”) and the independent film by Anocha Suvichakornpong's Dao Khanong” (“By The Time It Gets Dark”).


Mai U-turn Wai Huajai Return (Suddenly Twenty)

Anthology “Pohnjakfah” (“A Gift”) and “20 Mai U-turn Wai Huajai Return” (“Suddenly Twenty”) are being shown in the New Action! Southeast Asia category.

Films from South Korea, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia as well as the host Japan are grouped into different categories for the festival, from competition to special screening, New Action! South East Asia and special programmes like the 130th anniversary of Thailand-Japan diplomatic relations. Seminar and other activities also feature.

The Osaka Asian Film Festival runs from Friday (March 3) to March 12.

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