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Sibha kham doan sib ed (2002)

Khan, a Nong Khai native now attending university in Bangkok comes home for the annual Naga fireballs festival, just as a debate is raging over the cause of the fireballs. A local physician... See full synopsis »

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Jira Maligool

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Credited cast:
Thidarat Chareonchaichana Thidarat Chareonchaichana ... Teacher Alice
Noppadol Duangporn Noppadol Duangporn ... Luang Por Loh
Boonchai Limathibul Boonchai Limathibul ... Dr. Norati
Jonathan Morrill ... Phelong
Surasee Patham Surasee Patham ... Headmaster
Somlek Sakdikul Somlek Sakdikul ... Dr. Surapol (as Somchai Sakdikul)
Anuchit Sapanpong Anuchit Sapanpong ... Khan
Boonsri Yindee ... Aunt Oong
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Khan, a Nong Khai native now attending university in Bangkok comes home for the annual Naga fireballs festival, just as a debate is raging over the cause of the fireballs. A local physician, Dr. Nortai, believes there is a scientific explanation for the phenomenon. A university professor, Dr. Suraphol, thinks the fireballs are manmade and are a hoax.

Khan knows the truth: Having grown up as a dek wat at a Buddhist temple across the river in Laos, he helped the temple's abbot and the monks there to create fireballs and plant them on the bed on the Mekong. It is how he grew up to become such a strong swimmer and obtain an athletic scholarship.

The temple's abbot, Luang Poh Loh, seeks Khan out and begs him to once again help with the planting of the fireballs. But Khan, weary of perpetuating a myth and of the crowds that accompany it, refuses.

This sets up a conflict between science and religion that threatens to change the annual celebration.

For his part, Luang Poh Loh is philosophical, ...

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Country:

Thailand

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Thai | Lao

Release Date:

11 October 2002 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

Mekhong Full Moon Party See more »

Filming Locations:

Mekong River, Thailand

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The Thai title means 'the 15th day, 11th month' which is the full moon day of the 11th month according to the Lunar calendar. See more »

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Beautifully shot and wonderfully entertaining.
23 March 2003 | by dragonthunderentSee all my reviews

I quite enjoyed watching Full Moon Party on an imported DVD from Thailand. I was surprised to see independent film director and movie star, Jonathan Morrill (The Left Side of My Brain, The Brides of Johnny in Monsterland) make a cameo appearance in the film eating grasshoppers! That is just one more little accolade to this truely unique film, which tells the tale of the annual full moon party, and the celebration of the illusive payanak. The director of photography was certainly on top of his craft, as one capitivating scene is followed continuously by another. Funny, spiritual, and universally humanistic, this wonderful film is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED VIEWING for anyone who has a heart and a conscience. Congratulations to the cast and crew of this artful, insightful, and just plain entertaining piece of art from beautiful Thailand.


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