The Elephant King (2006)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  15 January 2009 (Thailand)
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The story of two brothers who lead totally different lives. Jake Hunt enjoys life to the fullest in Thailand, while his shy brother Oliver deals with his own depressions back home in the ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Diana Hunt
Oliver Hunt
Jake Hunt
Bill Hunt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Restaurant Manager
Drug dealer
Thanawut Ketsaro ...
Pawarith Monkolpisit ...
Daeng (as Pawalit Mongkolpisit)
Michael Pand ...
Porntip Papanai ...
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The story of two brothers who lead totally different lives. Jake Hunt enjoys life to the fullest in Thailand, while his shy brother Oliver deals with his own depressions back home in the USA. Their dominant mother wants Jake back home and for this reason, Oliver is sent to Thailand to retrieve his brother. Once there, Oliver finds himself in Jake's bizarre life and falls in love with a beautiful girl, Lek. However, it is not a coincidence that she and Oliver have met. Written by Rene Tran-Guillot

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, drug use, language and some violence | See all certifications »






Release Date:

15 January 2009 (Thailand)  »

Also Known As:

Summer in Siam  »

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Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,959 (USA) (17 October 2008)


$21,298 (USA) (24 October 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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The Thai title, "Ruedu hang rak" translates as "Season of Love". See more »


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Written, Produced and Performed by Adam Balazs
Courtesy of Yellowgator Productions
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Great writing, acting and shot selection.
21 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of screening Seth Grossman's film The Elephant King at the 2006 TRIBECA Film Festival. I was highly impressed by the film. Grossman's evocative narrative follows the relationship of two brothers as they overcome alienation, begin to understand one another and struggle with conflicted desires. The film is beautifully shot on location in Thailand and the setting, exotic to the film's main characters, adds to the themes of self-exploration and alienation. The acting, shot choices and writing are all indicative of Grossman's genuine talent as a Writer/Director. The strength of this film, Grossman's first feature length narrative, promises great things to come from this fresh and energetic new filmmaker. I look forward to seeing more of Grossman's work.

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