Long believed lost and the film’s director Thavi Na Bangchang died in 1970, believing the last 35mm print had been irreparably damaged when it was shipped to London in the 1950, we are lucky to present a restoration that was some six years in the making.
The film itself is not just important for its archival value but it takes a classic trope of the love triangle and puts it through the lens of life in rural Thailand – a blind boy Santi, falls in love with his neighbour Vina but he is sent away to live in a monastery. Naturally, the course of true love never runs smooth and so it is here, as a love rival enters the scene. What you also need to know is that the film is shot in eye-popping colour, with both its cinematography and art direction winning awards, the first won by a Thai film.
See it on the Embassy’s big screen in Wellington, this coming Monday, 6.15pm.