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Thursday, April 26th, 2007
3:56 pm
Free Thai Cinema Movement
(x-posted to weerasethakul)

From: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 00:11:40 -0700
Subject: Free Thai Cinema Movement
Dear All,

Regarding the censorship of my film. I am glad in a way that it is leading
to a very important step for our cinema.
Please kindly forward to the ones you think have relevant interest in this
issue. Thank you very much.



Free Thai Cinema Movement Petition
Statement by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
*with Bioscope, the Thai Film Foundation, Thai Film Director¹s
Association, and Alliances.*

I am saddened by what has happened to my film. However, this is not the
venue to try to make SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY shown in Thai theaters. It
is not my intention to use this opportunity to promote my work.
But, it is time to seriously think about what is going on with our
censorship laws, so that the next generation of filmmakers will not face
the same problems as us, and so that the Thai audiences can truly
achieve a freedom of choice.

It is time we discuss whether all films, before being released, should
be seen by the Buddhist council, doctors council, teachers council,
labor council, the army, pet lovers group, taxi union, representatives
from other foreign countries etc? Or, is it easier to turn our nation
into a Fascist state so that we can live in harmony and don¹t have to
waste time talking about democracy?

The system of the Thai Board of Censors needs to be evaluated. Their
members' relevancy and efficiency needs to be questioned, and we should
decide whether the laws should be changed.

I would like to ask you to reflect on the censorship practices in our
country and to provide us with advice at


Later on, this Petition will be submitted to the Thai government. Your
support will be a great contribution to our fight for one of our most
basic rights - that of freedom.

I am grateful for your time and your participation. Thank you very much.

Warmest Regards,

Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Thursday, April 12th, 2007
11:14 am
Andrei Tarkovsky
As Andrei Tarkovsky is listed on this comm's interests, I thought there would be at least a few people here that appreciate his work. I've recently created a Tarkovsky community for the purpose of sharing his ideas, posting stills from his films and discussing anything to do with him or his films. Do join if interested :)

Monday, December 18th, 2006
5:54 pm
African DVDs
Does anyone know of anywhere that sells a wide selection of African films? I work at Amoeba and we have films from every corner of every continent widely represented except Africa, which is about 20 titles from Kino and a handful or North African/Arabic films. I'm not really sure if there's a market for Nollywood stuff but maybe more stuff from Senegal, Burkina Faso- I'm not picky though.
Friday, June 30th, 2006
3:53 pm
The Newest Jackie Chan's Film : ROB-B-HOOD...Trailer~
Hey you guys check out the newest Jackie Chan film...
The movie it's called ROB-B-HOOD
Here is the trailer...Enjoy it~

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, October 18th, 2005
6:34 pm

Shaolin Soccer-Trailer.

You can download the trailer, and



you can download the dance-scene in front of A-Mui



Current Mood: energetic
Wednesday, July 13th, 2005
11:22 am

Kerd ma lui (Born To Fight 2004) dir. Panna Rittikrai
It's billed as coming to the viewer courtesy the creators of the amazing Ong Bak. Panna Rittikrai is Tony Jaa's (star of Ong Bak) mentor and the stunt coordinator and here here directs. This time around, Chupong Changprung stars as Daew, a cop helping a village under threat from a group of evil men. In the village are a group of star Thai athletes and who put their soccer, gymnast, muay thai and seepak takraw skills to use in combat.
The film is pretty stylized and features some amazing stunts (and the now-expected instant replays). It's pretty fun but if you're expecting martial arts on par with Ong Bak, they're not nearly as in evidence here.

Docharkheh Savar (The Cyclist 1987) dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Ateh (aka Nasim) is a poor Afghan who enters into an agreement to ride his bike for seven days without stopping to raise money for his dying wife's hospital bills. He is surrounded by gamblers, saboteurs and fans in a grotesque carnivalesque community that reminded me of Terry Gilliam.
Makmalbaf allows for some pretty rough and jumpy edits but his fluid camera work and strange shots are the work of a director who places a lot of emphasis on visual flair. The sight of Nasim riding, nearly passed out, with his eyes pried open with matches, his son slapping him in his steaming face is one that made a strong impression.
I was curious about this film after seeing Abba Kiarostami's Nama-ye Nazdik (Close-Up 1990), an amazing film about Ali Sabzian, the Iranian who went to trial for impersonating Mohsen Makmalbaf and then, according to his "victims", mis-using his fame.
Monday, June 20th, 2005
11:15 am

For those that aren't familiar with Ousmane Sembene, he is the godfather of African Cinema. A novelist who wished to reach larger audiences than he could with books can who studied film in the Soviet Union.

Xala concerns a man named El Hadji who helps end colonialism and then usher in neo-colonialism with its attendant corruption. He decides to take a third wife with the money he's funneled from social programs and is cursed with impotence on his wedding night. As with many African films, the hypocrisy of those who retain African customs and western customs wherever it suits their selfishness.

El Hadji goes to marabouts and colleagues hoping to restore his virility while everything in his life falls apart around him while his wives and a daughter conspire against him. A lot of comical and sad twists and turns occur before ultimately wrapping up in an arresting ending that I didn't see coming.

Xala, along with Mandabi, have just been released on DVD and are the first two Ousamne Sembene films to be available in the US.
Saturday, June 18th, 2005
11:47 pm
Monday, February 28th, 2005
3:00 pm
Crimson Gold
This may be Jafar Panahi's best film yet. It was written by Abbas Kiarostami and concerns a pizza delivery guy/pick-pocket who butts heads with condescending richie riches, bureaucrats and depression without ever cracking a smile. The film begins with him shooting himself in the skull during a robbery and then shows us the events leading up to it. The protagonist, Hussein, is played by a real life schizophrenic pizza delivery guy I learned after watching it but was totally riveted by his performance.
The mix of Panahi and Kiarostami's talents and styles works so well. It's less didactic than some of Panahi's stuff but typically colorful and dark. As in a lot of Kiarostami films, a significant chunk of the action involves driving (in this case a motorcyle) around the streets of Tehran but doesn't have any of Kiarostami's normal redemption, uplift of self-reflexivity.
One of the only slightly humorous scenes occurs when Hussein gets blind drunk in the apartment of a wealthy Iranian-American wherein he makes himself at home per his hosts request, swimming in his pool fully clothed then taking in the sights of the Tehran's skyline at night. The lights flicker, the stars twinkle, cars hiss quietly for what seems like several minutes and then Hussein lets rip a violent belch. Other than that, the film is so bleak that it's almost humorous. I don't like to compare filmmakers much but Crimson Gold is like watching Takeshi Kitano playing Strozseck. Sorry, I had to do it. Somewhere Ian Curtis watched it and hanged himself all over again.

Current Mood: depressed
Saturday, November 20th, 2004
8:39 pm
A great movie I can't find
I saw this movie in a plane a while ago, loved it, and forgot all about it. Now I just remembered it, and I'd really like to find it again, but I've forgotten the title.

The movie was in French - I was watching a subtitled version. It was about a 10-or-so-year-old French boy who went to England with his two best friends to find his father.

If anyone knows anything about this movie and could help me identify it, it would be greatly appreciated!
Thursday, November 18th, 2004
4:39 pm
35th Street Mission Premiere - Free TIX Online!
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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
1:46 am
any satyajit ray fans?
if so ... what's your favorite movie?

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, September 30th, 2004
9:09 am
This weekend the 4th Annual Coney Island Film Festival. 111 Films in two days! Special Screening Saturday Night at 10pm! Opening Night Party this Friday. Info at:


Monday, August 9th, 2004
11:03 am
the price of art.

About the artists and athletes in this world who enable us to feel truly the meaning of loss, hope, accomplishment, and joy. I've read, and I also hear what happens in the industry through my sister and peeps in the mix.

Are the lives which are changed / ruined by the lives of these folks worthy exchange for the effect these they all have on us? I don't think none of us can understand the far-reaching influence and beauty of good art. I put athletes in the same basket because I see some of the stuff they do as artistic.

We all have our demons, and in the end I'm thankful for what's been brought to the table and how it's affected my life.
Thursday, August 5th, 2004
4:45 pm
Sunday, May 30th, 2004
11:59 am
Tuesday, May 18th, 2004
12:50 am

 i made a community for filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. I bet a lot of you like his films here,
so do check it out, spread the word please, and help it grow...and anyone is
welcome to give me advice, help out, i'm open for anything :) [</a></a></a></b>


Tuesday, March 16th, 2004
7:49 pm
A new community. For Scandinavian cinema. Thank-you.

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