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Gendering the Thai Economic Crisis: The Films of Pen-ek Ratanaruang

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The aim of this article is to assist in the project of overcoming indifference to and unawareness of Thai cinema, and to begin to position Thai films as objects deserving of critical attention, by focusing on one young Thai director of particular merit. The three feature films to date of Pen-ek Ratanaruang have stood out among recent Thai productions, not only for their stylistic inventiveness and playfulness, their eschewing of generic form (in a market dominated by crime films, teen films, period films, and, most recently, horror films), and their pitch-black humor, but also for their incisive, gender-conscious examination of a changing Thai society at the turn of the 21st century

Keywords: Thai cinema; Thai tradition; conflicting realms; gendered resonance

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2003-09-01

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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