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October 1, 2009
Bhandit Rittakol

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.

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  1. October 16, 2009 9:23 am

    Thailand’s 81-year-old King Bumibol Adulyadej, who has been hospitalized since September 19, continues to receive treatment for a ”lung inflammation” and is undergoing physical therapy, the royal palace says.

    Thailand’s stock market continued a decline on Thursday after rumors circulated earlier this week that the king’s condition was worse than reported.

    Bhumibol was hospitalized on September 19 for fever, fatigue and lack of appetite. A statement from the royal palace late on Wednesday said the king’s doctors asked him to stay in the hospital ”for dietary supplements and physical therapies.” The statement said his ”general condition is good. However, lung inflammation which has reduced will require some time to fully recover, as is the case for the elderly.”

    Lung inflammation can be a symptom of pneumonia, but the palace has not called it that.

    Although the palace has issued almost daily statements on the king’s condition, they have not been very detailed, and no photos of him during his hospital stay have been released. He has rarely made public appearances in the past few years.

    The Stock Exchange of Thailand index fell 2 percent on Wednesday to close at 731.47, its largest decline in nearly two months. By midday Thursday, the index had tumbled 4.7 percent to 697.13 on heavy foreign selling.

    The disappearance from the public eye of the revered king has caused great concern in Thailand and the region where he is seen as a stabilizing figure.

    Bhumibol is a constitutional king with no formal political role, but he has repeatedly brought calm in times of turbulence and is widely revered as the country’s moral authority and a unifying figure.

    The heir apparent, his son, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, does not yet have the stature of his father.

    Thousands of well-wishers have crowded daily outside Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital and events have been organized around the country in honor of the king.

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