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Thai Cinema: The last decade

December 21, 2009

Based on a study of the current state of the Thai film industry from the Campain for Popular Media Reform, Kong Rithnee of the Bangkok Post offers his own assement of the last decade of Thai cinema: “In terms of GDP, this 80-year-old industry has matured into a sector that generated an average domestic revenue of one billion baht each year during the later part of the decade, plus a handsome windfall of a couple of hundred million baht from the international market; Tony Jaa, if no one else, is better known in LA, Cape Town and Tokyo than our successively short-lived prime ministers. In terms of artistic contribution, a handful of independent Thai filmmakers have toured film festivals around the globe haloed with the aura of respected, if not revered, artists, despite the fact that their films do not curry hearty favour with Thai audiences – and conservative-leaning Thai cultural agencies.” An important article from the Bangkok Post.

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