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Monrak Transistor (2001)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 27 November 2002 (France)
Phaen is a suburban young man with a great love for music. He never misses a chance to show off his voice at temple fairs in his village. It is at one of the fairs that he meets and falls ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Supakorn Kitsuwon ... Phaen (Pan)
Siriyakorn Pukkavesh ... Sadaw (Sadao)
Black Phomtong ... Yhord (Yot)
Somlek Sakdikul ... Suwat
Porntip Papanai ... Dao
Ampon Rattanawong ... Siew
Prasit Wongrakthai ... Old Chuey, Sadaw's Father
Chartchai Hamnuansak ... The Old Prison Guard
Ackarat Nitipol ... Kiattisak
Sawang Rodnuch ... Yen
Chanikan Pocharat ... Oi
Baworanrit Chantasakda ... Sia Noum
Jakra Rujiwanich ... Sia Noi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ornnapa Krissadee ... Charity ball announcer
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Phaen is a suburban young man with a great love for music. He never misses a chance to show off his voice at temple fairs in his village. It is at one of the fairs that he meets and falls in love with Sadao. On their wedding day, Phaen gives Sadao a transistor radio that the new family loves, and it also gives Phaen many a daydream of becoming a famous singer himself. Soon, Sadao is pregnant and it is hard for Phaen to leave home, but he has to enter military service. While there, he enters a singing contest, and winds up first runner-up. So he decides to leave the service and heads for Bangkok to follow his dream. He spends two years in a band that never goes anywhere, and eventually is forced to work in a sugarcane plantation. But a fight causes him to lose his job. As things go from bad to worse, he recalls his transistor radio with fondness, for it evokes in his mind much better and more peaceful times, when dreams were still possible. Written by <goodtanin@yahoo.com>

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Official submission of Thailand for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 75th Academy Awards in 2003. See more »

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Dedicated to singer Surapol Sombatcharoen (1930-1968), who wrote "Don't Forget". See more »

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Features Fah talai jone (2000) See more »

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Siriyakorn Pukkavesh
19 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film is finally showing in London, at the ICA. It's not the greatest piece of cinema I've ever seen and some of the performances are over-acted; but I just wanted to comment that the actress that played Sadaw (Siriyakorn Pukkavesh) gave one of the best performances I have seen for years. She was absolutely brilliant. Thailand's Gong Li? Wait 'til Hollywood execs see this performance. It was absolutely touching and she shone.


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