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Starring: Anne Thongprasom, Uttaporn Teemakorn
Director: Pa-oon Jantrasiri
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2004


VCD Format (2 Discs)
Subtitles: English & Chinese
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Distributor: InnoForm Media



After reading a letter detailing her grandmother’s death, Dew went to Chiang Mai where by chance she met Ton, a kind officer at an agricultural research center. Dew started to feel true love for her new acquaintance. They eventually married and begin a peaceful life together. Everything was fine until Ton died after a savage illness. Now Dew is alone again but then something strange happens: she receives a letter – a love letter – inscribed in familiar handwriting. It’s from Ton.


It is amazing how a certain film genre can inspire different countries to produce movies of the same storyline. One look at this Thai production and you can easily guess which kind of film genre it was inspired by.

Yes, you won’t be the only one who thinks that this 2004 movie directed by Pa-oon Jantrasiri spells “K-o-r-e-a-n W-e-e-p-i-e” all over it. If you got this one correct, you can at least consider yourself a discerning movie-goer.

The 100-minute movie is inspired by a 1997 Korean film of the same name. It tells the story of a computer programmer who falls in love with an agricultural research officer and marries him. Alas, heaven isn’t too fair to nice people like them, because he contracts brain tumour and dies. Heaven decides to continue being cruel to the poor woman by letting her receive some mysterious love letters penned by her dead husband.

You’d have to agree with us - the misery a woman has to undergo these days is depressing.

If you haven’t realized already, all the ingredients of a Korean sappy drama are in place. The falling in love, the marriage and finally, the tear-inducing death due to some incurable disease, they are all signature elements of a Korean weepie.

But the important question here is: do all these work when the filmmakers decide to change the location to hot and humid Thailand?

Interestingly, the formula churns itself out just fine, and decently creates a unique tropical and down-to-earth style set in Chiang Mai. Girls, please take note, romantic love stories need not take place in scenic and snowy locations every time.

However, the movie which gave the lead actress Anne Thongprasom a Best Actress award at the 2005 Thailand National Film Association Awards does drag on quite a bit. Having seen other such dramas, viewers would know what to expect from this movie. The amusement of the change in location and language wears off after a while, and what is left is the anticipation for the movie’s final “twist” where the origination of the letters is revealed.

And with a revelation like this, we’d think that viewers won’t be too impressed. Worse, they’d think that the Koreans do it better than the Thais.


Review by John Li


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. Beautiful, Wonderful, Perfect

. Hit Man



This review is made possible with the kind support from InnoForm


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