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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.

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Chookiat Sakveerakul (as Matthew Chookiat Sakveerakul)

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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:

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Country:

Thailand

Language:

Thai

Release Date:

22 November 2007 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

Ljubav Sijama See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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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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Trivia

Tong's real name, visible on his boyscout uniform, is given as Theerat Tongsrisuebasakul, a tribute to the late production designer Monchai Tongsrisuebasakul. See more »

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

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Pithy and Plentiful
25 May 2008 | by smokerfourSee all my reviews

Just some general commentary as a U.S. viewer watching this movie: It's beautifully directed. I can't comment much on the writing, but as a gay viewer in particular, I really appreciate that the script interweaves two stories: coming out and the coherence of family in a time of grief. The reason I appreciate this is that, even in the U.S., when movies deal with homosexuality, it is generally treated as a singular issue that is separate and distinct from all others. In reality it is one part of the fabric of family and love that comprises everyone's life. Without this key insight, I think the movie would deal with the issue in too patronizing or shallow a manner, as many gay-themed movies do.

Prior to watching I was acutely aware of the commentary that the movie is overlong and not focused enough. There is some truth to this; it is a very long movie for its subject matter. But I think the movie's main strength is in its characters and central subject matter. With too much editing, I could easily see how the core of the movie would be lost. For me personally I was glad the director erred in favor of too much immersion in the interplay between his characters.

As to acting -- clearly I don't speak or understand Thai. But I think some things are universal, like the mother's strength and resolve in times of crisis. And of course Mew's smile. The connection is there.

I loved the movie and I hope it finds its way to broader distribution. If nothing else, the soundtrack should -- it's truly great.

Cheers!


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