Best Film – Teacher’s Diary (Nithiwat Tharatorn)
OK, the writing or acting in this GTH rom-com won’t blow any minds, but we think it’s just about the best Thai film we watched last year. The premise of a guy falling in love with a girl by reading her diary could easily become bloated and bogged down by melodrama, which makes it even more impressive that director Nithiwat Tharathorn (of Seasons Change, the film that cemented GTH’s position as the best Thai film company for many) was able to craft such a well-rounded story. The film has comedy and warm, fuzzy drama in just the right balance, making it a joy—and a breeze—to watch. The beautiful cinematography, which takes full advantage of one of Thailand’s best-preserved natural environments, also deserves praise.
Best Leading Actress -Toei Jarinporn (Timeline)
The female lead in the sequel to 2004’s hit romance film The Letter, Toei is a veteran of Thailand’s film and TV industry, and she brings all that experience to the fore in portraying the lively and optimistic Mut. While Timeline’s script is average at best, Toei instills her character with life and vigor, stealing every scene she’s in. In fact, Toei’s performance is the best thing about the film, hands down.
Best Leading Actor – Ananda Everingham (Concrete Clouds)
Ananda had a quiet 2013, possibly due to the backlash he received from the supremely disappointing 2012 film Shambala. His acting chops, however, have never been in doubt, and he was back to kick ass in 2014’s Concrete Clouds. He fits the role of a foreign exchange student reluctantly called home perfectly, and his body language and mannerisms are as excellent as ever. Expect to see Ananda in every single TV commercial and music video again.
Best Supporting Actress -Marsha Wattanapanich (Love on the Rocks)
Marsha and her entourage of drinking friends are probably the only good thing about this illogical and poorly-thought out film. Her natural charisma and confident mannerisms make her character a joy to watch, even when everything else in the film makes not a lick of sense (let’s not even get started on the irrationality of the two lead characters). It’s a shame that her character only got such limited screen-time, and the second half of the film is infinitely less interesting without her.
Best Supporting Actor(s) – The kids in Teacher’s Diary (Nithiwat Tharatorn)
It would be remiss not to mention all the kids who truly elevated this film from a run-of-the-mill love story into something more meaningful. The children also serve as another bridge between the two main characters, who supposedly never meet, giving them an important role in the overall story. The talent on display is also pretty impressive, with the kids pulling off comedic and dramatic scenes perfectly.
Best Documentary – The Master (Nawapol Thamronrattanarit)
This year, the edgy director of indie gems like 36 and Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy graced us with The Master, a documentary telling the story of Van Video, a humble little store that sold bootleg foreign art-house films back in the 90s and early 00s. The whole movie is basically just a bunch of people talking, answering interview questions with the occasional piece of inserted footage, yet it impressively elicited both laughter and tears from us throughout its run time.
Best Director Mez Tharatorn (I Fine…Thank You… Love You)
It was hardly a bumper year for Thai film, but the one production team you could rely on to deliver the laughs was GTH. As far as box office hits go, I Fine… Thank You… Love You had the second highest opening day for a Thai film ever—no laughing matter. As with his previous film, 2012’s low-budget smash ATM: Er Rak Error, Mez showed a knack for telling a relatable story coated in over-the-top slapstick comedy, this time centering on English lessons and the often-unintended hilarity that ensues. The story isn’t rocket science, but then we’re not all rocket scientists, are we?
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So what would be your list of best Thai movies ever?
This is what we have come up with. This would be our subjective list of best Thai movies. Not in any particular order. Just a list 😉 Enjoy!
(2001), IMDB rating 6.3/10
Jan Dara is a highly erotic-period-drama that will take your imagination to dangerous places. The film is co-directed and written by Nonzee Nimibutr. The movie is co-starred by the beautiful Hong-Kong Actress Christy Chung. The movie debuted in 2001 at the Toronto International Film Festival. It is based on a novel by Utsana Phloengtham. Jan Dara won Thailand National Film Association Award as well as a variety of local and international festivals.
(2010), IMDB rating 7.6/10
Just like thousands of Thai couples, during the 9 days holiday of Songkran festival, a guy and a girl choose to visit Korea for their own specific reasons. They did not start the trip to go together, but end up returning back home together.
Friends Never Die
(2012), IMDB rating 7.7/10
“Song” is a freshman at a college meets “Gun” – the founder and leader of “Sperm Gang” by a chance. Song later steps into a gangster life. Through violence, brawls and temper of teenagers, each members of the gang learn what “Friendship” truly means.
(2011), IMDB rating 7.9/10
What are you doing at his age? Age 16, TOP gained 400,000 Baht monthly from playing online games. Age 17, He was willing to fail school and instead earned money from selling chestnuts for 2,000 baht. Age 18, His family went bankrupt and remained 40 million Baht in debt. Age 19, He released Tao Kae Noi seaweed to more than 3,000 branches at 7-Eleven. At this present, Top is a 26-year-old businessman, the owner of the bestselling seaweed in Thailand. He owns 85 percent of the market share which is equivalent to 800 million Baht a year, and has 2,000 employees in his company. The Billionaire will let you get to know Top Ittipat in details about how he turned himself from an online game addict whom always got disparaged by teachers, to a famous young billionaire. How did he raise himself up to this position? Surely, everyone desires to get rich, yet not everyone dares to succeed like him. Find the answers that have made Top become a billionaire, while you still can.
Bangkok Traffic Love Story
(2009), IMDB rating 7.3/10
An urban love story set in the center of Bangkok where thirty-year-old Mei Li struggling to find true love. When Mei Li accidentally meets a handsome BTS engineer whom she considers as the right man, she plans to make her first move. Though too many obstacles keep popping up, Mei Li will never give up.
(2008), IMDB rating 7/10
An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother’s debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.
IMDB rating 7.1/10(2005)
A young fighter named Kham must go to Australia to retrieve his stolen elephant. With the help of a Thai-born Australian detective, Kham must take on all comers, including a gang led by an evil woman and her two deadly bodyguards.
(2003), IMDB rating 7.2/10
When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it.
Last Life in the Universe
(2003), IMDB rating 7.7/10
The comedy, Drama and Action movie was released in the year 2003 and it has made it to the international theaters because of its interesting story line. The film is about suicidal, Obsessive Compulsive (OCD) Japanese who is pushed by life to lie low in Thailand together with a pot-smoking woman who is struggling with the loss of a sister she cannot live without. The movie has received several local and international awards and nominations catapulting it to the international arena.
(2000), IMDB rating 6.7/10
Bangkok Dangerous is an action, thriller and crime movie released in 2000. It is about a deaf and mute hitman with his able partner who are operating in the city of Bangkok. He develops friendship with his partner’s girlfriend who happens to be a strip dancer in a local club. He meets a nice and innocent girl who works in a pharmacy as he goes about his assassination business. As the story develops, he realizes that his actions hurt innocent people and he makes about turn to exert his revenge on former boss.
See video from our last shoot in Hua Hin
Location: Hua Hin, Thailand
Photography: allPhoto Bangkok
Video & editing: T.A.I. Films
Models: EM Modeling
Event Coordination: Bangkok Event Entertainment
Shoot for: Thai Fashion Design
Pictures from Short Films Thailand Cultural Festival 2013 Gala.
19th April 2013