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Cinema Of Siam Thai

The cinema of Siam Thai can be traced back to the early times of filmmaking, when Francois-Henri Lavancy-Clarke first recorded the King Chulalongkorn’s visit to Berne, Switzerland. Later on the film was bought to Bangkok and it was exhibited. This adds up interest to Thai Royal family as well as local businessmen and they bought filmmaking equipments and began to exhibit foreign films. By the 1920s, a local film industry was started and in the 1930s, the Thai film industry had its first "golden age", with a number of studios producing films.

In the history of Siam Thai cinema, the cinema industry saw resurgence after the World War II, which used 16 mm films to hundreds of cinema or films. Today, cinema of Thailand has different genres which include action, animation, comedies, crime, gay films, historical epics, horrors, teen, musical and romance. Recently, actions cinema of Siam Thai, starring Tony Jaa, Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior and Tom-Yum-Goong have put Thai action films on the global or international level.

As far as animation film or cinema in Siam Thai is concerned, the first computer animated feature film was released in 2006, Khan Khluay – it’s about king Naresuan the Great’ war elephant. One of the classic comedy film or cinema in Siam Thai include the 60s Ngern Ngern Ngern starring Mitr Chaibancha and Petchara Chaowarat. The film was a story of a nephew of an unscrupulous moneylender who takes sides with a group of debtors against his uncle. In recent years, the comedy film which became a big hit was Luang phi theng (The Holy Man). The worth mentioning crime films of Siam Thai are Fun Bar Karaoke, Invisible Waves, Macabre Case of Prom Pirom and Zee-Oui.

The cinema theaters of Siam Thai also bring out historical epics films. Some of the well known and biggest hit historical epic movies includes The Legend of Suriyothai by Chatrichalem Yukol, King Naresuan, Bang Rajan, Sema: Warrior of Ayutthaya and Kun Pan: Legend of the Warlord. Talking about the genres of cinema of Siam Thai, we can’t leave behind horror films; this film also contributes to the cinema of Thailand. Some of the hit horror movies include Pang Brothers’ The Eye, Nonzee's pan-Asian compilation Three, Bangkok Haunted and Oxide and Shutter. Horror films of Yuthlert Sippapak, Buppah Rahtree are also featured at Toronto Film Festival. Besides this, there are also musical, teen and romance films which also contribute a great part of Thai Cinema.

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