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What To Watch In Thailand In Autumn 2016

Picture of Kelly Iverson
Updated: 27 September 2016
The Thai movie and television industry is currently suffering. With more and more Thai people simply relying on foreign films to have a good evening at the cinema, fewer and fewer Thai directors are willing to spend the millions of baht it takes to make a film. There are many factors as to why Thai people rely on Hollywood: low budgets for production, bland material, and sometimes, just plain old bad acting. That being said, there are a number of films and television series, both Thai and foreign, that are drawing in the crowds in Thailand. Here, we have listed the best and most popular things on screen sweeping the Land of Smiles.

Fan Day

Fan Day, directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun, tore at the heartstrings of Thais throughout the country. This is Banjong’s first feature in three years. The movie is both comical and romantic, as it tells the story of a young boy in love with a girl who is seemingly out of his league. Banjong’s last film, Pee Mak, was released in 2013. This comedic twist on a Thai horror legend made one billion baht at the box office. While it will certainly be hard to follow his last, huge success, Fan Day has received nothing but good reviews from those who have gone to see it.

The Voice Thailand

This series premiered in September 2012 and has been a hit every since. The Voice has seemingly taken oven televisions across the world, with sister programs in the United Kingdom, United States, and now Thailand. We may have no idea what they are saying, but every performer to hit the stage is impressive, nonetheless.

I Hate You I Love You

Director Yong Songyos is out with a brand new television series, I Hate You, I Love You. The show has already gained some momentum with new audiences, having just premiered on September 17, 2016. He is also the creator of the award-winning horror movie, Dorm. This plot intertwines the stories of its five main characters, with romances and friendships at stake. The story is told from the viewpoint of each character, making it both an exciting and interesting series to watch.

The Face Thailand

Modeling-themed reality television series have become a hit internationally. Tyra Banks seemingly started the trend back in 2003, with the show she hosted, America’s Top Model. The Face Thailand is similar to its Western counterpart, with drama, tears, and epic photoshoots. Regardless of the language barrier, this show is addicting to watch.

Seoul Station

This anime film is one like you have never seen before. The animation is used to scare viewers right out of their seats in this horror film. Seoul Station was released on August 18, 2016. This film is surprisingly frightening. After a homeless person at Seoul Station contracts something that leaves him craving human flesh, the whole city seems to follow suit and go absolutely insane. With multiple plots weaving around this flesh-eating epidemic, Seoul Station is sure to have you entertained throughout its entirety.

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Bridget Jones is back with a vengeance … and a baby on the way. This is the third installment of the popular Bridget Jones movies. This preview seems to be playing on repeat on the BTS Skytrain in Bangkok, and Thai people are loving it. Bridget’s ‘happily ever after’ continues to be put on delay, this time with a scandal too big for only two people to handle. This love triangle is sure to have you laughing throughout the film.

 

By Kelly Iverson