Best new Thai Movies (2017) - Top Netflix & Cinema

Thai Cinema is probably best known for director Weerasethekul Apichatpong. If anything, he is proof of the abolute unique character of the cinema of Thailand. Please make sure you’ll watch some other gems too!
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best Thai movies of 2017 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Josh Kim & Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit Thailand's biggest directors?

Since the end of the 90s, Thai cinema has been building up international presence. Before then, the Cinema of Thailand was really at the bottom of the barrel and nobody paid attention to it. But with the emergence of a new breed of young filmmakers, both artistically and intellectually more audacious, the national film industry enjoyed a prosperous development. Directors like Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives, 2010) – he also goes by the name of “Joe” – and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Last Life in the Universe), have helped Thailand contribute substantially to the international film scene for the past 15 years. Being part of the so-called new wave in Thai Cinema at the turn of the century, they created a logical gateway for the flourishing of Thai Independent Film. Many new artists have come on the scene to try and experiment, and to express their own voice, in whatever way befits them best.

By giving you a list of the most interesting Thai films of the decade so far, this article should serve as a perfect introductory to Thai Independent and Contemporary Cinema for beginners.

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Anticipated 2017 Thai movies to watch

    By the Time it Gets Dark (Friday January 27, 2017)

    By the Time it Gets Dark film poster Director
    Anocha Suwichakornpong
    Arak Amornsupasiri
    Apinya Sakuljaroensuk
    Achtara Suwan

    'By the Time it Gets Dark' is a contemplative and meandering film about several lives that are loosely connected. As a whole, it paints a beautiful of both contemporary Thai history and the art of filmmaking. ...Read more

Best Thai movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017 & 2016

2010's best rated Thai movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

    Tae peang phu deaw (Monday November 12, 2012)

    Tae peang phu deaw film poster Director
    Kongdej Jaturanrasamee
    Margot Chung
    Weerasak Glunrawd
    Nastnathakit Intarasut

    Two Friends, Lek and Kong, one of them being a locksmith, have made it a hobby to break into other people’s houses and stay there for a while to drink their wine, watch television, but not really steal anything. One day, things go wrong and the film takes a totally unexpected and different course. A fascinating mystery ensues....Read more

    36 (Monday February 6, 2012)

    36 film poster Director
    Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
    Vajrasthira Koramit
    Wanlop Rungkamjad
    Nottapon Boonprakob

    Memories fade, but photographs live forever. This experimental film explores the differences in this digital age between our own real memories and the memories we capture, meaning the photographs we make. The title of the movie is to be taken literally, as it consists of only 36 static shots, all more random than spectacular. If the main characters are in it or not does not matter, the camera will not move. Life is simple....Read more

    Dao khanong (By the Time It Gets Dark) (Wednesday August 10, 2016)

    Dao khanong (By the Time It Gets Dark) film poster Director
    Anocha Suwichakornpong
    Arak Amornsupasiri
    Apinya Sakuljaroensuk
    Achtara Suwan

    'By the Time it Gets Dark' is a beautiful and melancholic film, exploring the massacre during a student uprising in Bangkok, 1976. Director/writer Anocha Suwichakornpong chooses to tell her story through identity shifting characters that are different and somehow the same.
    ...Read more

    Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Saturday September 25, 2010)

    Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives film poster Director
    Apichatpong Weerasethakul
    Thanapat Saisaymar
    Jenjira Pongpas
    Sakda Kaewbuadee

    It would be a shame not including The Palme D’or of 2010 in this list. It is certainly not Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s best film, but it’s definitely a good start for exploring his oeuvre for film lovers not familiar with him. Because of its sheer absurdity (you will see a man in a monkey suit) it’s quite inarguably his most accessible to date....Read more

    In April the Following Year, There was a fire (Tuesday January 31, 2012)

    In April the Following Year, There was a fire film poster Director
    Wichanon Somunjarn
    Wichanon Somunjarn

    This Thai independent film, with its cool title, is a typical example of fun meta-cinema. It’s quite obvious that the main character is supposed to represent the director himself, so we quickly get into the areas of self-reflection and portrayal, which always proves to be interesting, but sometimes also a tiny bit forgettable....Read more

    Mekong Hotel (Saturday March 16, 2013)

    Mekong Hotel film poster Director
    Apichatpong Weerasethakul
    Apichatpong Weerasethakul

    Mekong HOTEL is a mix between a horror movie, a documentary and a boring movie rehearsal that gives you the creeps of alienation. Do not ask me what it’s about. Just see it for yourself. It’s weird and annoying for sure, but also strangely pretty and entertaining in its laziness....Read more

    Motel Mist (Saturday January 30, 2016)

    Motel Mist film poster Director
    Prabda Yoon
    Prapamonton Eiamchan
    Vasuphon Kriangprapakit
    Wissanu Likitsathaporn

    Motel Mist is a very entertaining sci-fi film, obviously flirting with exploitation cinema, but in a rather stylish way. The story evolves around four different persons all staying in the same motel, for various reasons. Weird, funny and shocking....Read more