Friday, October 4, 2013

The Love of Siam

2007 Thai Feature
Alternate Title: Rak haeng Siam

Cast: Mario Maurer, Witwisit Hiranyawongkul, Kanya Rattanapetch, Aticha Pongsilpipat, Chermarn Boonyasak, Sinjai Plengpanich and Songsit Roongnophakunsri
Writer/Director: Chookiat Sakveerakul

Best friends as children, Mew and Tong run into each other years later as young men, when Mew's pop band begins rising to major fame. As they quickly get reacquainted, the two find they have unexpected feelings for each other.



  • DVD: Available


  • Thailand National Film Association Awards for Best Picture, Director and Supporting Actress (Boonyasak).

  • That the gay storyline was not apparent from the film's promotional materials (which marketed it as a typical teen romance between boys and girls) initially caused controversy in its home country. Nevertheless, The Love of Siam was well-received both commercially and critically, winning the Best Picture prize from all the major Thai film award organizations. 
  • The Love of Siam is unusual among Thai films in that, at 150 minutes, it is markedly longer than most other Thai films. A 173 minute "director's cut" was later released successfully in theaters, and is also available on the Thai three-disc DVD special edition. It is also rare in the Thai film industry for dramas to be produced, as well as to depict "straight acting" gay characters.
  • Thailand's official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 2008 Academy Awards.

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