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Jan Dara

Asian Premiere
Director
논지 니미부트르/Nonzee NIMIBUTR
Country
Thailand
Entry Year
2001
Running Time
120min
Format/Color
35mm / COLOR
PROGRAM NOTE
The modernist of Thai cinema, Nonzee Nimibutr is back with a film about "sexuality". On the surface, Jan Dara is a film about growing up. However, ultimately, this film boldly depicts the double-faced nature of human beings through the theme of sexuality. 1940s in Bangkok. Jan Dara grows up unloved by his father who blames him for his mother′s death in childbrith. One person who looks after him is an aunt who ends up marrying his father. Jan Dara falls in love with a classmate at high school. All the while his relationships with his father deteriorate, and his sister, too, hates him. One day, a young woman moves in next door. Her name is Boon Luang and she once had an affair with Jan Dara′s father. Jan Dara becomes enchanted by her beauty, and starts to awaken to bodily pleasures. Slowly, he transforms into an egocentric man with violent rages. Nimibutr argues that male-dominated society allows men to express their anger and rage, to follow in the footsteps of the men who came before them, as Jan Dara tragically starts to resemble his father. (Kim Ji-Seok)
DIRECTOR
Director
Nonzee NIMIBUTR
Nonzee Nimibutr started his career as a music video creator. In 1998, he formed a production company "Buddy Film & Video Production," and began directing music videos and TV commercials. His previous two films, Dang Bireley′s and Young Gangsters(1997) and Nang Nak(1999), are milestones in Thai film history for breaking box-office records and attracting Thai audiences back to Thai films. Now, he is undoubtedly one of the most influential Thai derectors. Jan Dara is his third feature film.
CREDITS
credits.
DIRECTOR Nonzee NIMIBUTR
PRODUCER Peter Ho-Sunchan , Nonzee Nimibutr , Duangkamol Limcharoen
CAST Eakarat Sarsukh, Suwinit Panjamawat, Christy Chung
SCREENPLAY Nonzee Nimibutr, Sirapak Paoboonkerd
CINEMATOGRAPHY Nattawut Ki
ART DIRECTOR Arkadech Kaewkotr, Rach-chanon hayannagan
EDITOR Sunit Asvinikul
MUSIC Pakwat Waiwitaya, Chartchai Pongprapapan
PRODUCTION COMPANY Applause Pictures
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