Every year, a large number of people gather by the Mekong River in Northeast Thailand, just across from the Lao border. When the sun sets, fireballs rise from the water and disappear into the sky. The only imaginable explanation for the villagers is that these are the actions of the mythical dragon Naga, paying homage to Buddha. However, with the Western influences brought to the village, the origins ofthe phenomenon are increasingly questioned. Based on a classical Thai myth, and presented in beautiful, slow photography that truly does justice to the colourful setting, Mekhong Full Moon Party created quite a stir when it world-premiered at the Vancouver Film Festival. It successfully plays on traditional folklore and puts it in contrast to science and modern Western ethics and values. Though confronting important issues and highly philosophical, well-reputed national advertising genius Keng-Jira Malikul has not made a heavy and difficult feature debut - on the contrary it is funny, life-affirming and uplifting. A veritable cinematic set of fireworks - in more than one sense. MARTIN WEGELAND

Titel
Mehkong Full Moon Party
Regissör
Jira Maligool, Keng-Jira Malikul
Längd
119 min
Festival
2003
Sektion
Spotlight
Språk
Thai
Produktionsår
2003
Skådespelare
Thidarat Chareonchaichana
Producent
Yongyuth Thonghunhthan
Manus
Jira Maligool
Musik
Amornbhong Methakunavudh

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