Thursday, April 9, 2015

Bangkok Cinema Scene: Movies opening April 9-15, 2015

The Legend of King Naresuan Part VI

After years of struggle that eventually bankrupted his studio, director MC Chatrichalerm Yukol brings his epic historical-drama franchise to its logical conclusion with Tamnan Somdet Phra Naresuan Maharaj 6: Awasarn Hongsa (ตำนานสมเด็จพระนเรศวรมหาราช ภาค 6 อวสานหงสา...อ้างอิง, a.k.a. The Legend of King Naresuan Part VI: The Fall of Hongsa.

With resplendent costumes, elaborately staged scenes of palace intrigue and plenty of action, King Naresuan, portrayed as always by Royal Thai Army Lt-Colonel Wanchana Sawatdee, leads his loyal Ayutthaya troops into battle against the forces of Hongsawadi, and the vengeful disfigured King Natabureng (Jakkrit Ammarat).

Temfah Krisanayuth joins the cast as a Mon warrior woman who becomes allied with Naresuan's forces. Noppachai Jayanama and Grace Mahadumrongkul also star. Rated G.

Also opening

Little Forest: Summer and Autumn – A young woman moves from the big city back to her small hometown in the mountains. There, she gains new energy from nature and a healthful, self-sufficient lifestyle. Ai Hashimoto stars. Based on a monthly manga by Daisuke Igarashi, a sequel Little Forest: Winter and Spring, was released in February in Japan. It's In Japanese with English and Thai subtitles at Apex and House.

Also showing

The Friese-Greene Club – Tonight, Woody Allen famously breaks the fourth wall in one of his first and arguably still his best films, Annie Hall. Tomorrow it's Static, a rare screening for a 1986 feature by Mark Romanek, an inventive helmer who is known for his many music videos. Saturday's western has Gary Cooper keeping an eye on the clock, waiting with dread in High Noon. And stuff blows up real good in Sunday's French film, the gripping 1953 trucking yarn The Wages of Fear. Next Wednesday, celebrate the end of Songkran with an unusual offering from Werner Herzog, his 1970 comedy Even Dwarfs Started Small. Shows are at 8pm. The FGC is down an alley next to the under-renovation Queen's Park Imperial Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 22. For more details, check the club's Facebook page.

Sneak preview

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – Totally in the ridiculous spirit of Songkran, TV's Spongebob Squarepants and his pals from Bikini Bottom break out of their cartoon world to make a freakish appearance in our dimension. Antonio Banderas is among the talents in this second feature film based on the hit Nickelodeon cartoon series. Critics love it. It's in sneak previews from around 2 daily before going wide next Thursday. It's in real 3D with 2D offered as well. Rated G.

Take note

Owing to Songkran, the water-soaked and powder-clouded Thai New Year holiday that is celebrated annually from April 13 to 15, there is no free French film next Wednesday at the Alliance Française.

Following the holiday, events include a Portuguese film festival from April 19 to 25 at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center and the Thai Film Archive, and the Swedish Film Festival from April 23 to 26 at SF World Cinema at CentralWorld. I hope to have more details on those soon.

And the FCCT's Contemporary World Film Series starts back up on April 20 with Hong Kong director Peter Chan's musical Perhaps Love.

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