29 user 100 critic

Tropical Malady (2004)

Sud pralad (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 24 November 2004 (France)
A romance between a soldier and a country boy, wrapped around a Thai folk-tale involving a shaman with shape-shifting abilities.
7 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Banlop Lomnoi ... Keng
Sakda Kaewbuadee ... Tong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Huai Dessom Huai Dessom
Sirivech Jareonchon Sirivech Jareonchon
Udom Promma Udom Promma


'Tropical Malady' explores the passionate relationship between two men with unusual consequences. The film is divided in two parts. The first half charts the modest attraction between two men in the sunny, relaxing countryside and the second half charts the confusion and terror of an unknown menace lurking deep within the jungle shadows. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Fantasy | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


The film was inspired by the adventure tales of Thai author Noi Intanon and by Jacques Tourneur, director of I Walked With a Zombie and the original Cat People. See more »


Features Half-Life: Counter-Strike (2000) See more »

User Reviews

Lucid dreaming
5 December 2011 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

Two parts of a spiritual journey here, in an effort to sink behind the familiar, worldly narrative and transport to the center of vision where images flow from.

The first part: youthful cheeks and cheap cologne, the lull of a summer afternoon, prayer at an underground temple, urban nights blossoming with the promise from neon lights, heat, openness. A Wong Kar Wai done without the catchy melancholia and filmed in long sweeps and relaxed breathing. The plot is about a young patrolman who pursues the affections of an unassuming country boy. They touch. He mysteriously vanishes into the night.

The second part: memories of that desire folded back into the jungle, a jungle stretching inland into the soul. Portents and divinations paving way for a wrestle with some internal darkness. The dreamlike pursuit to apprehend loss leads to a monkey that guides, a tree luminous with life. He lets go the ineffable as the only means of coming back into the light.

Between these we have a photograph that permits passage inside, a folk legend about a shapeshifting shaman that provides the ritual of primal images to transform to. He transforms collective mind into personal vision that enables himself to be transformed.

It is captivating stuff overall beckoning from the gaps between restless sleep and lucid dreaming, though not quite essential in the long run. From our end, we need to be the blank space that will allow the emptiness to ring through. We need to be the hollow shaft of the bamboo flute that will accommodate music. And ears that harken for the jungle night as it plays itself. You could spend a lifetime trying to arrange logically, but the only way it can have power is to absorb now, in a way that purifies. Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 29 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official site


Thailand | France | Germany | Italy



Release Date:

24 November 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Tropical Malady See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$270, 26 June 2005

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed