Bhandit Rittakol ┼
Thai director Bhandit Rittakol, 58, died a day after the first screening of his latest film, reports the Nation. He had long been battling diabetes and heart and kidney disease, and did not make films for a couple of years.Yet, he recently made a comback with the teen comedy Boonchu 9, and was working on yet another sequel of the franchise that he had developed in the 1980s and 1990s.
Bhandits ouevre is ecletic, almost chameleonic. While the Boonchu movies were among his most successful films, he also directed a biographical film of Thai communist revolutionary Seksan Prasertkul, thrillers such as Tigress of King River, but also a semindocumentary on the cloud seeding program of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. His last finished project is Maha Nakorn, one of nine shorts by different directors in the Sawasdee Bangkok anthology, an omnibus film on the Thai capital comissioned by a local television station. A review of the film is here.