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Mah nakorn (2004)

Pod is a man without a dream. He's a country bumpkin who comes to work at a tinned sardine factory in Bangkok. One day, Pod chops off his finger and packs it in the can, prompting him to go... See full summary »

Director:

Wisit Sasanatieng

Writers:

Koynuch (novel), Wisit Sasanatieng
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mahasamut Boonyaruk Mahasamut Boonyaruk ... Pod
Saengthong Gate-Uthong Saengthong Gate-Uthong ... Jin
Sawatwong Palakawong Na Autthaya Sawatwong Palakawong Na Autthaya ... Yhod
Nattha Wattanapaiboon Nattha Wattanapaiboon ... Kong - the Motocycle Taxi Driver
Raenkum Saninn Raenkum Saninn ... Grandmother
Pakapat Bunsomtom Pakapat Bunsomtom ... Tik
Pattareeya Sanitwate Pattareeya Sanitwate ... Nawng Ma'am
Phasin Maloyaphan Phasin Maloyaphan ... Muay
Chuck Stephens Chuck Stephens ... Peter / Andre (as Chuck Stephen)
Akranee Inyotha Akranee Inyotha
Butsara Ong-art Butsara Ong-art
Sukhon Khanjaroen Sukhon Khanjaroen
Manoon Thaiyanan Manoon Thaiyanan ... Pod's Father
Thatsanai Chaisap Thatsanai Chaisap
Gerard Fouquet Gerard Fouquet ... Foreign Teacher
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Pod is a man without a dream. He's a country bumpkin who comes to work at a tinned sardine factory in Bangkok. One day, Pod chops off his finger and packs it in the can, prompting him to go around looking for his lost finger at various supermarkets. The incident convinces him to change his job, and Pod becomes a security guard at a large company. There he meets Jin, a lanky maid who carries a mysterious white book around even though she cannot read a single word written in it. The aimless Pod has a crush on Jin, a dreamy girl who dreams that one day she'll be able to decipher the meaning of the white book. In this bright, colour-splashed world of director Wisit Sasanatieng, Bangkokians can grow tails and a dead grandmother can come back as a chatty gecko to deliver a few life lessons to her grandson. It's a world where innocence is so precious and yet impossible to preserve. The unusual love story between Pod and Jin is set against the playfully ironic portrait of Bangkok, the city ... Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Thailand

Language:

Thai | English | Mandarin

Release Date:

9 March 2006 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Citizen Dog See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand

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THB 60,000,000 (estimated)
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Chuck Stephens, who portrays Peter/Andre, also worked on the English subtitles for the film (with Bangkok Post film critic Kong Rithdee). See more »

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Amelie Cranked to 11!
28 January 2006 | by mcnallySee all my reviews

I saw this film at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. I'd heard some buzz around this film, that it was sort of a Thai Amelie. In fact, it's Amelie cranked up to 11. Which is entirely too much. This film is absolutely overstuffed with whimsy. A narrator tells us the story of country boy Pod, who comes to Bangkok to find work and falls in love with Jin. Along the way, he loses and then finds his finger, drives around a chainsmoking talking teddy-bear as well as a man who licks everything, and shares his house with a gecko that has the face of his dead grandmother. If that's not enough, the object of his desire is an obsessive neat freak who carries around a book written in Italian that she can't read. A case of mistaken identity sends her off on an environmental crusade that results in her accumulating a mountain (literally, a mountain) of plastic water bottles. Will this pair find love in the end? Well, by the end, I didn't care that much.

The problem was that the visual tricks and whimsy overwhelm the characters, who end up being nothing more than a collection of quirks. The constant voice-over also never really lets the characters tell their own stories, and the romance never feels believable.

Sasanatieng is obviously a director of huge talent, and there are quite a few great sight gags and some really original visuals. But there's just far too much of it. It's like eating a whole chocolate cake at one sitting. If he could tone down the trickery a bit, and find a story with real characters, he could one day make a really outstanding film. This isn't it yet, but I hope he does it.


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