Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thai Films a Go Go: Blissfully Thai film series @ Asia Society

This Friday the thirteenth, yet another nyc Asian film event is slipping under the radar before Subway Cinema's New York Asian Film Festival takes over the city.

The Asia Society on the Upper East side brings a retrospective of Thai films, along with some talks involving an interesting mix of directors and actors.

Thai films brought to the US are probably most readily associated with by the numbers supernatural horror and fight-centric martial arts flicks (showing off the regional combat style Muy Thai). However, there are quite a few unique dramas and otherwise uncategorizable movies that have originated from the region, which are the types of films being focused on here.

The part that's got me rushing over is opening night screening of the rarely shown Ploy by director Pen-ek Ratanaruang, who will be on hand for a Q & A after the film. He directed the 2003 gem, Last life in the Universe, a film that has haunted me to this day, so I eagerly anticipate the chance to see more of his work.

Other points of interest include the candy color coated Tears of the Black Tiger, which probably looks great on the big screen, and a film by Uncle Boonmee Who can Recall his Past Lives director, Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The most raucous selection is bound to be The Iron Ladies, a loud and proud blast that documents the trials of a male volleyball team whose athletes are gays and transvestites.

More info at Asia Society's site

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