Wednesday Night Southeast Asia Movie: Thailand

December 2, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Center for Korean Studies Auditorium, 1881 East-West Road Add to Calendar

Butterfly and Flowers (ผีเสื้อและดอกไม้)

Thailand (1985, 120 min) Thai w/English subtitles

Director: Euthana Mukdasanit

Screenplay: Euthana Mukdasnit, based on the book by Nipparn (Makut Oradee)

Cinematography: Panya Nimchareongpong

Editing: M.L. Varapa Kasaemsri

Music: Butterfly

Sound: Nivat Sumneangsanor

Cast: Suriya Yaowasang (as Hu Yan), Wasana Pholyiam (as Mimpi), Suchao Pongwilai (as Huyan's dad), Daojai Hathaikarn (as the teacher)

Hawaii Internatioanl Film Festival Best Film Winner, 1985. Join us as this rare film returns to Honolulu again after 30 years.

An early work by one of Thailand’s most important directors, Euthana Mukdasnit’s magical film is about Muslim kids in a relatively unvisited part of Southern Thailand, who earn a living of sorts smuggling bags of rice on trains across the border into Malaysia. It centers on Huyan, a gifted teenager forced to drop out of school when he becomes his family's breadwinner; the smuggling trade offers him lessons in survival, friendship and rivalry. The kids (non-professionals, of course) are brilliantly directed and the camerawork has the agility and grace of early Raoul Coutard, but Euthana's real triumph is that he makes the unfamiliar milieu and people as emotionally vital as they are credible. The film is sweet, unquenchably moral and very beautiful.” - Tony Rayns

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