The directorial debut of Anucha Boonyawatana The Blue Hour serves as a note that there is a new “kid” on the block in the Thail film industry. Apparently, he has a taste for style and shock.
In a time when Thailand is facing a serious and deadly insurgent problem, we witness the coming of age of a Thai named Oat (Ingkarat “Ryu” Damrongsakkul อิงครัตดำรงค์ศักดิ์กุล ). The 11-year old kid has an older brother, Ek (Thira “Um” Chutikul ถิรชุติกุล), who is about to participate in a military draft. Unlike the way Koreans are drafted into their own military, the Thai way is reported to be based on “luck”, though the film shows that it depends on social standing and ability of the family to “keep” their sons out of said drafting.
While Love Sick [season one] can be described as “up close and personal”, the second season is chaotic and complicated, but in a good way. Suffice to say, viewers have voluntarily made “emotional” investment on the characters and the series itself. I have to argue that yes, Season 1 is simple and engrossing – but Season 2 has something that the original series don’t have – Earn and Pete. I also like to think that Jeed, being the most villainous among the girls, has the potential for dramatic acting and so is Yuri, who gets more charming after each episode.
A “best friend” is someone who will love you the day you forget to love yourself. – Love Sick Ep4
We are tormented because love goes on, not because it goes away. – Love Sick Ep 11
I should have been blogging about Thai BLs years ago! (nope, Thai movies came early in my radar, but this Thai BL ‘phenomenon’ appeared to be an adventure into the unknown).