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Pop Aye (2017)

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On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a journey across Thailand, in search of the farm where they grew up together.

Director:

Kirsten Tan

Writer:

Kirsten Tan
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Credited cast:
Penpak Sirikul ... Bo
Thaneth Warakulnukroh ... Thana
Sasapin Siriwanji Sasapin Siriwanji ... TV Host (as Sasapin Siriwanij)
Bong Bong ... Popeye
Chatchawan Wongarj Chatchawan Wongarj ... Senior Monk
Narong Pongpab Narong Pongpab ... Uncle Peak
Nannapas Buranaworakun Nannapas Buranaworakun ... June
Wachira Supasu Wachira Supasu ... Peak's Wife
Wasu Wanrayangkoon Wasu Wanrayangkoon ... Officer Toh
Chaiwat Khumdee Chaiwat Khumdee ... Dee
Supanthu Julma Supanthu Julma ... Moo (Truck Driver)
Nattaphat Chullasuwan Nattaphat Chullasuwan ... Young Peak
Prawit Boonprakong Prawit Boonprakong ... Officer Chad
Kantisuda Meebunmak Kantisuda Meebunmak ... Mae
Tossapol Leongsupporn Tossapol Leongsupporn ... Udom
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On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a journey across Thailand, in search of the farm where they grew up together.

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Drama

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Country:

Thailand | Singapore

Language:

Thai

Release Date:

13 April 2017 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Popeye See more »

Filming Locations:

Thailand

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,276, 7 July 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$77,976, 26 October 2017
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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Singapore's submission to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards. See more »

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An interesting road drama
12 November 2018 | by lukechongSee all my reviews

"Pop Aye" is quite different from your Hollywood blockbuster. Low-key and independently made, this maiden feature by Kirsten Tan (a Singaporean director) employs a cast and crew of native Thais. The feature is filmed in Thai and revolves around an aging architect who finds an elephant eerily similar to the one his family sold in his youth. He embarks on a road journey with the elephant, encountering cops, misfits and transvestites along the way.

Tan does well in her direction: clean, uncluttered and direct. Now and then one wishes for more stylistic flourishes: her compositions are conservative and the editing a bit languid. The storyline is a little static, the focus scattered. I do feel Kirsten Tan was handicapped by the script which a low budget calls for.

The architect doesn't exactly change much: he seems the same at the end as at the start. When the transvestites appear, there is one gratuitous sex scene. Why must the architect engage in sex with a transvestite? Doesn't move the plot or characters in any way... All in all, an interesting enough film.


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