Recent News Stories

  1. Beginning of Time wins top Tiantan Award
  2. Ultron breaks opening day record in South Korea
  3. Asian regulars join Cannes' Un Certain Regard
  4. Cast lands on Three Body Problem
  5. Ko Yi-cheng to receive Taipei award
  6. Miike and Korean noir join Cannes sidebars
  7. Dragonball wins anime battle at Japan box office
  8. Furious 7 races to record gross in China
  9. Hairun details co-production slate with VRPA
  10. Golden Era tops Hong Kong Film Awards
  11. Furious 7 takes third victory lap in South Korea
  12. Luc Besson readies Warrior's China shoot
  13. Black Coal tops China Directors' Guild Awards
  14. Asian trio returns to Cannes competition
  15. Jiang Wen to complete trilogy with wuxia film
  16. Toho to expand into co-finance and remakes
  17. Kang Woo-suk to adapt Map Maker
  18. Solomon finale tops Japan box office
  19. Stephen Chow sues Huayi for missing bonus
  20. Furious 7 shatters China box office records
  21. Taiwan film industry seeks protectionist measures
  22. Furious 7 top in South Korea for second weekend
  23. Wanda Cinema's earnings surge in 2014
  24. Han Gong-ju wins Wildflower Grand Prize
  25. Chang Tso-chi enters prison for rape conviction
  26. China releasing schedule revealed at seminar
  27. Furious 7, Little Big Master top HK holiday
  28. Kim Su-hyeon makes screen comeback with Real
  29. Jackie Chan period epic to open Udine
  30. Foreign films dominate South Korea box office
  31. Korean Film Archive receives historical donation
  32. Wolf Warrior tops China holiday weekend
  33. Italian film to open Beijing Film Festival
  34. April Fools opens third-placed in Japan
  35. Coffin in the Mountains wins at CinemAsia
  36. Jeonju completes 2015 lineup
  37. George Wang (1918-2015)
  38. Huayi and STX finalise deal
  39. Furious 7 races to top of South Korea box office
  40. Alibaba and Golden Harvest announce results

Uncle Boonmee set for uncut release

Uncle Boonmee set for uncut release

By Patrick Frater

Wed, 23 June 2010, 17:59 PM (HKT)

Distribution News

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ), the Thai film that won the Palme d'Or at Cannes last month, has been left uncut by local censors. The film will get its local release on Friday.

It had a gala premiere last week and will now be released by the director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's (อภิชาติพงศ์ วีระเศรษฐกุล) own company Kick The Machine (คิก เดอะ แมชชีน).

The release is extremely narrow, confined to just nine screens a week at the SFX Emporium cinema in Bangkok for a month.

The film attracted a 15+ rating from the censorship board but was left untouched. That is a stark contrast to Weerasethakul's past two feature films. Blissfully Yours (สุดเสน่หา) had its sex scenes removed before a limited release, while Syndromes And A Century (แสงศตวรรษ) fought a two year battle to get a release. Censors insisted on cutting six scenes including a monk playing a guitar and doctors drinking whisky.

Weerasethakul replaced the scenes with scratched black film to draw audience attention to the enforced cuts. And in protest at the authoritarian stance taken by the authorities, he and other film-makers in 2007 launched the Free Thai Cinema Movement, which lobbied for replacement of the 1930s rating system.

While Uncle Boonmee contains moments of surreal oddity, including a disfigured princess having sex with a talking catfish, Weerasethakul said that this time he would not lobby or pressure the new censorship regime that took effect in Thailand two years ago.

But he still argues that the new law is dangerous as it is open to such wide interpretations. "You cannot make a film about politics, religion and other issues, so 1960s and 70s, when filmmakers resorted to a symbolic kind of movie rather than an overtly political one," he told reporters recently.

Sign up with your email address for our free weekly newsletter: