(aka "Dokfa nai meuman" )

 

directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Thailand 2000

 

This masterpiece from new Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul blends fiction and non-fiction into a new form of cinema previously forged by Hou Hsiao-hsien and Abbas Kiarostami.

For his low-budget, 85-minute, black-and-white film, Weerasethakul traveled all over Thailand, inviting people to continue the storyline he has begun about a teacher, her student, and a mysterious boy who has suddenly appeared and has magic powers.

Whenever eager storytellers are not crowded in the frame tossing out ideas faster than any Hollywood pitch meeting, Weerasethakul's camera simply follows the day-to-day events of the region -- from fishmongers selling their wares to children playing with a dog.

Excerpt from Jeffrey M. Anderson located HERE

Theatrical Release: 2 October 2000 (Vancouver International Film Festival)

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DVD Review: Plexifilm - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Arvid for the Review!

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Distribution

Plexifilm

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 84:06
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.4 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Thai Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Subtitles English (hard)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Plexifilm

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (8:16)

DVD Release Date:
Keepcase (transparent)

Chapters 14

 

Comments:

This low budget movie was shoot on 16mm b/w, so the non-anamorphic image look far from fantastic and a lot different from his later narrative movies like Tropical Malady or Syndromes and a Century. The DVD is a single-layered DVD5 (uses 4.09GB), but that's not a big issue for a movie this short. I think the weak image is mostly due to the films source quality. There are at least two other dvd-versions of this movie released in the world, one Australian that uses the same transfer and extras as this one and a French dvd released by mk2 together with A.Ws Blissfully Yours (if anyone have the MK2 Mysterious.. I would be interested to see how it look). The English subtitles are non removable, but white and clear.

There is one 8-minute interview with Weerasethakul as extras, it's interesting and in English. There are also a fourpage booklet with an essay by Chuck Stephens.

To sum it up, it's really great to be able to see the debut film from one of today's most interesting and talented directors, the image is weak but I doubt we will see a much better DVD-release of the movie so I recommend this DVD-release to all interested.

 - Arvid

 



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