Love of Siam – รักแห่งสยาม (2007)

Love of Siam - Wikipedia
Film Poster (Source: Google)

A very controversial film that tells a story of love, friendship, and family. This was a 2007 film written and directed by Chookiat Sakveerakul. And this was released in Thailand on November 22, 2007. The mere fact that gay romance storyline was not apparent from the film’s promotional material that initially caused controversy, but on the other hand was received with critical acclaim and proved financially a box office on that year. The film also receives an award as Best Picture category in all major event on Thailand.

CAST

  • Sinjai Plengpanich as Sunee
  • Songsit Roongnophakunsri as Korn
  • Chermarn Boonyasak as Tang/June
  • Mario Maurer as Tong
  • Witwisit Hiranyawongkul as Mew
  • Kanya Rattanapetch as Ying
  • Chanidapa Pongsilpipat as Donut
  • Jirayu La-ongmanee as young Tong
  • Artit Niyomkul as young Mew
  • Pimpan Buranapim as Grandmother

STORYLINE

Ten-year-old Mew and Tong are neighbors. Tong wants to befriend Mew, his outgoing neighbour, but initially Mew acts cold towards him. At school, effeminate Mew is teased by several other students until Tong steps in to defend him. Tong is injured, but Mew is appreciative and they finally become friends. Mew plays on his late grandpa’s piano and is joined by his grandma, who begins to play an old Chinese song. She explains that one day, Mew will understand the meaning of the song. Tong’s family goes on vacation to Chiang Mai and his older sister, Tang, begs her mother to allow her to remain with friends several days longer. Tong buys Mew a present, deciding to give it to Mew piece by piece in a game similar to a treasure hunt. One by one, Mew finds all of the pieces except for the last one which is hidden in a tree that is cut down just as Mew is about to retrieve it. Tong is disappointed at their misfortune, but Mew remains grateful for Tong’s efforts and gift.

Tong’s parents are unable to contact Tang in Chiang Mai, and go there to look for her. Tong, devastated that his sister is missing, cries and Mew tries to comfort him. Tong’s parents are unable to find Tang, and believing she is dead, the family decides to move to Bangkok. Six years later, Tong’s father Korn is a severe alcoholic, due to his guilt for losing his daughter. Tong has a pretty—but uptight—girlfriend, Donut. Tong and Mew are reunited during their senior year of high school at Siam Square. The musically talented Mew is the lead singer of a boy band called August. The meeting stirs up old feelings that Mew has harbored since boyhood. The manager of Mew’s band, Aod, says they must write a song about love in order to sell more records. He assigns them a new assistant manager, June, who coincidentally looks identical to Tong’s missing sister. When Tong eventually meets her, he and his mother, Sunee, devise to a plan to hire June to pretend she is Tang, in hopes that it will pull Korn out of his alcoholic depression. Mew is also the object of an unrequited crush from a neighbor girl, Ying, but he is more interested in his boyhood friend Tong, who has become his inspiration for writing the new love song.

As part of the deception with “Tang”, a backyard party is held in honor of her return, and Mew’s band provides the entertainment. Singing the new love song for the first time in public, Mew’s eyes lock intensely with Tong’s. After the party, the two boys share a prolonged kiss. Unseen, Sunee accidentally witnesses their kiss. The next day, she firmly commands Mew to stay away from her son. Mew is heartbroken and loses his musical inspiration, so he quits the band. Korn’s alcoholism leads to a liver condition that sends him to a hospital. June questions the effectiveness of the “Tang” ruse, noting that Korn has not reduced his alcohol consumption and she leaves. After she leaves, Korn starts eating more and begins taking his liver medication.

At Christmas time, as Tong and his mother are decorating their Christmas tree, he shows her how controlling she is to him sometimes. Tong goes to Siam Square for a date with Donut. Mew has rejoined the band, and they are playing nearby. Tong abandons Donut and rushes to see Mew sing and is guided thereby Ying, who has accepted the fact that Mew loves Tong. After the performance, Tong gives Mew his Christmas gift, the missing nose from the wooden doll that Tong gave him when they were children. Tong then tells Mew, “I can’t be your boyfriend, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love you.”

This Thai film is absolutely worth to watch from the start until the end of the movie. Will make you cry, inspire, and to be angry from the start until the end. There is no dull moment because it tackles more about friends, family and love. A must watch movie until now because of the storyline.

Here’s a very short video on Mew’s Confession:


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