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Rak haeng Siam (2007)

Two boyhood friends are separated due to the disappearance of the sister of one of them, then later meet again as teenagers, when one of them has become a pop singer, and they discover feelings that they did not know they had.

Director:

Chookiat Sakveerakul (as Matthew Chookiat Sakveerakul)

Writers:

Chookiat Sakveerakul (screenplay) (as Matthew Chookiat Sakveerakul), Chookiat Sakveerakul (story) (as Matthew Chookiat Sakveerakul)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sinjai Plengpanich Sinjai Plengpanich ... Sunee
Songsit Roongnophakunsri Songsit Roongnophakunsri ... Korn
Pimpan Buranapim Pimpan Buranapim ... Grandmother
Laila Boonyasak Laila Boonyasak ... Tang / June (as Chermarn Boonyasak)
Jirayu La-ongmanee Jirayu La-ongmanee ... Young Tong (as Jirayu Laongmanee)
Arthit Niyomkul Arthit Niyomkul ... Young Mew
Kanya Rattapetch Kanya Rattapetch ... Ying
Aticha Pongsilpipat Aticha Pongsilpipat ... Donut
Mario Maurer ... Tong
Witwisit Hiranyawongkul Witwisit Hiranyawongkul ... Mew
Pongnarin Ulice Pongnarin Ulice ... Pee Aod
Jarunee Boonsake Jarunee Boonsake ... Physical Education Teacher (as Charunee Boonsek)
Nattapong Arunnate Nattapong Arunnate ... Earth (as Natthaphong Aroonnet)
Taveesak Pehtpraneenukul Taveesak Pehtpraneenukul ... Jeng
Atirat Praseartburanakul Atirat Praseartburanakul ... Kao Sai
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Storyline

Two young boys are best friends living quiet family lives in Bangkok. Their lives are disrupted when one boy's older sister goes missing on a jungle trip. The shattered family moves away, separating the boys. Years later, now in their late teens, the boys meet again. One of them is now the leader of an aspiring boy band whose managing assistant bears a striking resemblance to the lost sister. The boys must deal with their family and social lives and their feelings for each other. Written by loth

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The background song during the second encounter of main protagonists in Siam Square is also composed by the director and perform by the August Band. However, the track wasn't included on the OST, but later was included in the August Band's second album (the track name is "Ard-Ja-Pen"). See more »

Alternate Versions

The Director's Cut of the movie has a running time of 178 minutes. See more »

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Great movie, a reticent statement made with fresh acting
30 March 2008 | by edwinicqSee all my reviews

I can see where the previous commentator came from. However, maybe biased by my own liking of mellow and subtle plot-weaving, I enjoyed the overall picture painted by the music, 2 main actors, and the parents and June.

I personally favor this movie because it doesn't construct/explain explicitly the events and personality surrounding each character as concrete context of the story, which is often a technique used by mainstream films to materialize climax and logic of a movie's plot (e.g. she acts/feels this way because it was established that she was such and such...).

Therefore I suppose the reason so many people like this movie literally across the globe (mainly observed on forums from the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Philippines, and Europe), is because it uses a Thai case to exemplify humanity's constrained reaction toward its surrounding.

Without spoiling the movie, I am referring to the scenes the director ended up choosing as plot construction regarding characters' emotions and actions. Instead of picking the conventional expression that would usually indicate 'sad', 'she is going to blow up', and 'angry', the scenes selected to continue the flow and plot of the movie are rather life-like: Life doesn't always present significant events with significant background music and conventional cues, which often supports both the actors and audiences in moving the drama (or movie in this case) along.

So my friends and I love the movie for such illumination that: if the contemporary cultures often internalize certain procedures, cues, and embodiment that connect external events and internal reactions/feelings, what are humans to do in a real world that is not tamed by our rule?

Maybe from a more speculative audience's eye: what can we possibly do if we cannot bear to lose the one we love, and what if we go on life without loving anyone at all? The movie achieves a 9/10 for me despite its weak elements (some acting are definitely...not so great, but I don't speak Thai and don't know the culture), exactly because it constructs a unconventional platform (the acting, climax-devices, the music, and plot) and operates consistently along its story-telling (a gradually broadening perspective of love across generation (Mew-grandmother), time/space (Tong's family & sister), gender (Mew & Tong), and the peripheral Others (the Chinese-Thai Ying and her crush on Mew, and the Catholic family)).


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Country:

Thailand

Language:

Thai

Release Date:

22 November 2007 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

Rak haeng Siam See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,405,711
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Director's cut) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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