Cinema Diverse: Director's Choice - The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008)
Nonzee Nimibutr (born 18 December 1962) is a Thai film director, film producer and screenwriter. Best known for his ghost thriller, Nang Nak, he is generally credited as the leader among a "New Wave" of Thai filmmakers who were credited with reinvigorating the Thai film industry.
Nonzee graduated with a bachelor of arts in visual communication design from the Faculty of Decorative Arts at Silpakorn University in 1987. He started his career as a director of television commercials (for which he won 2 TACT Awards for Best Commercial), documentaries and music videos.
He made his feature-film debut with 1997's Dang Bireley's and Young Gangsters. The story was set in 1956 in Bangkok and follows the adventures of a gang of young criminals, with the action showing the influence of John Woo films. It was named best picture at the Thailand National Film Awards and was nominated for a Dragons and Tigers Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
His next film was Nang Nak (1999), a thriller based on a popular Thai ghost story that has been depicted in many Thai films and television series. He reinterpreted the famous tale and turned it into a moodily framed horror film. Nang Nak was greeted with critical and commercial success (its total gross in Thailand was 149 million baht). It won numerous awards, including Best Picture at the Thailand National Film Awards. It also made history by becoming the first Thai film to win Best Picture at Asia Pacific Film Festival.
Both Young Gangsters and Nang Nak were hits at the box office and helped reviving the Thai film industry. With his third film, Jan Dara (2001), Nonzee began a trend of pan-Asian film production, bringing in Hong Kong actress to star in the erotic drama. Continuing on his path of pan-Asian production, Nonzee initiated the horror trilogy, Three (2002), in which he and two other directors, Hong Kong's Peter Chan and Korean director Kim Ji-Woon, each directed a segment. While keeping busy as a producer, he directed 2003's OK Baytong, a drama about Buddhist-Muslim relations in southern Thailand. His next film, Queens of Langkasuka (2008), is an epic historical-fantasy involving pirates and princesses who must protect their realm, Langkasuka.
In 2008, Nonzee became the fifth filmmaker to be honored with the Thailand Culture Ministry's Silpathorn Award. He was also selected as the president of the Thai Film Director Association twice as well as a committee of Thailand National Film Association.
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Cinema Diverse: Director's Choice : a Korean film, The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008) directed by Kim Jee-woon and chosen by Nonzee Nimibutr, a renowned Thai director of Nang Nak, Dang Bireley's and the Young Gangsters, Queens of Langkasuka and Timeline.
“A Western Cowboy film with Eastern flavour in the style of Kim Jee-woon, a renowned Korean director who is usually known for his intense horrors. This thrilling action film is visually stunning and guaranteed to keep the audience on the edge of their seats the whole time.” Nonzee Nimibutr
The Good, the Bad, the Weird is a 2008 South Korean Western film, directed by Kim Jee-woon. It was inspired by Sergio Leone's The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
The Good, The Bad, The Weird was screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival. It received screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, and the London Film Festival. It won Best Director and Best Special Effects at Sitges Film Festival; Best Director, Best Cinematography and Most Popular Film at Blue Dragon Film Awards; and Best Supporting Actor (Jung Woo-sung) at Asian Film Awards 2009.
Kim Jee-woon (born 27 May 1964) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. He is a suspense filmmaker in the same league as David Fincher or Brian De Palma, Kim’s movies peer into the darker corners of the human mind to stunning effect. Kim Jee-woon has a history of successfully tackling a wide range of film genres, garnering a cult following among fans of Asian cinema.
Kim Jee-woon entered Seoul Institute of the Arts, but left school and worked in the theatre scene. He began his career as a stage actor, then stage director, and finally has become one of the most popular and acclaimed figures among modern Korean directors/screenwriters. His second screenplay, The Quiet Family (1998), won him the Best Screenplay prize in a local contest, and Kim went on to make his directorial debut with this screenplay. The film was invited to many film festivals.
Kim’s films have been hailed by critics and audiences alike for his unique style and storytelling. His second feature, The Foul King (2000), drew more than 2 million spectators, while his astounding horror film of true visual elegance, A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), reached 3.5 million viewers nation-wide. It went on to be remade by Dreamworks in the US.
His 2010 thriller film I Saw the Devil is a serial killer classic in waiting. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. While The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008) is an action movie with brains as well as brawn. Kim's next film was his US debut, featuring the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to lead acting roles, The Last Stand (2013).
Event Date: 17 May 2014
Location: Auditorium, 5th floor
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