A tried-and-true, well-known, and intensely evocative cinema genre that cuts over genre, age, historical era, and so much more to convey to the viewer a sense of the universal experience that is passing beyond infancy is the Thai coming-of-age film. Of course, there are many other classics in the sector, but here are ten of our favourites if you want the best of the best.
1. How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)
11-year-old Oat, who lost both of his parents, now faces an uncertain future because his older brother is required to participate in Thailand’s annual military recruitment lottery. Oat takes matters into his own hands with surprising results after failing to persuade his brother to try anything to change his destiny.
2. Love of Siam
Chookiat Sakveerakul wrote and directed the multi-layered romantic drama film Love of Siam in 2007. A narrative of love, friendship, and family is shown in the movie. Thailand saw the movie’s November 22, 2007, release. Although there was some controversy at first since the homosexual romance pt was not made clear in the film’s promotional materials, the movie garnered positive reviews and did well commercially.
3. Tang Wong
In 2013, Kongdej Jaturanrasmee released the coming-of-age drama film Tang Wong in Thailand. It is set against the backdrop of the 2010 Thai political crisis and depicts the tale of a group of secondary school kids who struggle to learn a traditional dance as an offering for the neighbourhood spirit shrine.
4. 15+ IQ Krachoot
An adolescent comedy movie about a Yorkie puppy. The first movie that played on screen was “Rising.” It has become common knowledge that fun gangs of teenagers with hormones gurgling at the desire to experiment with their love and sex.
5. The Tin Mine
Based on a collection of autobiographical short stories written by Archin Panjabhan, the 1950 setting opens with Archin (Pijaya Vachajitpan) being expelled from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok during his second year. He is transported to southern Thailand, where he is allegedly waiting for employment.
6. Dangerous Years 1996
After his parents are killed during a battle between villagers and soldiers, a boy is adopted. Years later, he finds himself in peril after getting sucked into the underworld.
7. Body Jumper
A rampaging female ghost by the name of Pop is terrorising the village of Sam Kotr, Roi Et in 1932 Siam and slaughtering all the men. An exorcist is called in, and he binds the ghost, or so it is believed, by wrapping her in magical rope. A group of university students from Bangkok arrived in Sam Kotr to participate in a rural development project in 2000, at the start of a new academic year.
8. Back to the 90s
In this fantasy comedy, a rebellious teenager who has been magically transported two decades in the past pursues romance and dreams. A teenager is magically transported back to the 1990s after a fight with his father, where he attempts to mend their relationship.
9. Friends Never Die
A pupil who experiences bullying frequently has a close relationship with the gang’s boss. He learns the true meaning of friendship as they become closer.
10. Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy
Twitter posts from a teen girl tell the tale of her day-to-day activities and her new headmaster’s attempt to thwart her dream of making a stunning yearbook for the school.