No matter if it's a slice-of-life story like The Protector or not, a successful drama should be able to make its viewers feel strongly. These intricately designed worlds may send endorphins rushing through us, make us laugh or cry, or keep us up at night. But at their core, they are all about mankind. In no particular order, these are my top 10 all-time favorite drama films.
1. The Protector
Kham, a teenage fighter, must travel to Australia to get back his kidnapped elephant. Kham must take on all foes, including a gang commanded by a wicked woman and her two vicious bodyguards, with the aid of an Australian investigator who was born in Thailand. Fighting and martial arts are present together with theatre.
2. Beautiful Boxer
Parinya Charoenphol, a transgender Muay Thai boxer who competed to pay for her gender reassignment operation, is the subject of a biopic. A man enters the tough world of Thai boxing to pay for a sex change and terrifies his opponents by applying cosmetics ritualistically before each round.
Zen, a young autistic child, decides to go after her mother's debtors to get the money she needs to treat her illness. Her eerie martial arts talent is put to use at that point.
4. Syndromes And A Century
Dr. Nohng (Jaruchai Iamaram) joins the staff of a small, remote clinic in Thailand after being interviewed by Dr. Toey (Nantarat Sawaddikul), a busy woman who previously harbored aspirations of becoming a country singer. They become close friends.
5. Game Of Death
Phuchit, Krissada Sukosol, races against time to fulfill 13 tasks given to him by an unknown caller who promised 100,000,000 Thai Baht in exchange for their completion after losing his job, his car, and his money.
6. Bang Rajan
Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand, is attacked in 1765 by an army of soldiers under the command of the new Burmese king. The army encounters an obstacle on the way, though, as men and women in the village of Bang Rajan decide to fight back against the invaders.
7. Tropical Malady
A soldier named Keng (Banlop Lomnoi) is stationed in a sleepy Thai town where the days move slowly and methodically. Before Keng meets Tong, a local guy (Sakda Kaewbuadee), and the two starts a flimsy romance, not much interesting happens.
8. Som And Bank: Bangkok For Sale
An unhappy young prostitute named Som (Wanatchada Siwapornchai) is saved by hapless hustler Bank (Pawarith Monkolpisit) from goons on the street, and the two start a modest relationship. When Bank is given the chance to work as a drug courier for a wealthy dealer, he decides to raise the money necessary to free Som from the sex industry.
9. Wonderful Town
Before Ta shows up one day, every day at the tiny motel Ta manages is pretty much the same. Ta, a city architect, arrives to supervise the construction of new development, and very gradually, their relationship transforms into something more amorous.
10. Last Life In The Universe
When he is paired up with a Thai woman who is absolutely the opposite of him, a suicidal obsessive-compulsive Japanese librarian realizes that his life has radically changed. Pen-Ek Ratanaruang is the director of the 2003 Thai romantic crime movie Last Life In The Universe. The movie stands out for being trilingual; the two main characters switch between Thai, Japanese, and English depending on what their vocabulary calls for.