Thai New Wave

I won't include every contemporary Thai art house film I watch here, nor am I suggesting that I truly love each of these movies, but I wanted to keep track of those that feature some if not most of the following traits:

1. Photography that casually follows or lingers upon the subject. A detached, unemotional lens. Prominent use of natural or available lighting. Muted, low contrast color.

2. Naturalistic performances. Mundane events and conversation. A narrative that meanders or understates dramatic tension. Moments play out according to their own need, unconcerned with the demands of overarching storyline.

4. Intrusion of surrealistic elements or meta moments that may or may not have a bearing on the plot.

5. The inability of…

  • Blissfully Yours
  • Last Life in the Universe
  • Tropical Malady
  • Invisible Waves
  • Syndromes and a Century
  • Ploy
  • Wonderful Town
  • Emerald
  • Sawasdee Bangkok
  • Phuket
  • Mundane History
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
  • Hi-So
  • Eternity
  • P-047
  • Headshot
  • I Carried You Home
  • 6 to 6
  • 36
  • In April the Following Year, There Was a Fire
  • Mekong Hotel
  • Karaoke Girl
  • Boonrerm
  • Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy.
  • Concrete Clouds
  • The Life of Gravity
  • Vanishing Point
  • The Blue Hour
  • Cemetery of Splendour
  • Heart Attack
  • The Scala
  • The Island Funeral
  • Snap
  • Motel Mist
  • By the Time It Gets Dark
  • Railway Sleepers
  • Happy Ending
  • Samui Song
  • Malila: The Farewell Flower
  • Die Tomorrow
  • Ten Years Thailand
  • Nice to Meet You
  • BNK48: Girls Don't Cry
  • Manta Ray
  • Krabi, 2562
  • Until We Meet Again
  • Happy Old Year