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JAN DARA- One more Version of Famous Thai Erotic Tale
‘JAN DARA’- Steamiest Version of Famous Thai Erotic Tale
I'm just back from the premiere of the steamiest version of possibly the steamiest (and cruellest) novel in Thai literature 'Jan Dara' .
The story of a sex-crazed house where a father despises his son and sexually lures every woman he encounters, of older women who seduce young boys, of maids who beckon virgin-masters, and servants who violate virgin mistresses. This is not a story that is easy to like at all ,and yet, it continues to seize the imagination of the top film-makers of the country.
Well-known director Nonzee Nimibutr made 'Jan Dara' in 2001 and it caused a sensation .
This new film, by the venerable 'Mom Noi' Devakula is sure to create huge waves too.
Nonzee cast Hongkong actress Christy Chung to show her bare skin. But in this film, it's an all- Thai cast who have no hesitation to shed all clothes, display breasts and bums, and indulge in every kind of coital activity,from masturbation to sadism . This is a Thai film where sexual explictness is raised to a new level.
Mom Noi ,a revered acting- teacher to many top Thai stars, made a come-back as Director ,after a long break,with another famous Thai novel 'Eternity'. In this film, his lavishly mounted sexually explicit scenes, with top stars like Ananda Everingham and Ploy Boonyasak, set a precedent, which he followed with his next film 'Outrage' (the Thai version of Kurosawa's 'Rashomon') . It has probably now climaxed (no pun intended) with 'Jan Dara'.
The venerable director seems to have introduced a new form of sexual dialetics and visuals in Thai cinema, which has been little seen. One hears 'Jan Dara' has an 18+ rating, but one wonders how it escaped a lot more of the Censors ' scissors. One will have to wait and see.
In between all the steamy scenes, the baby-faced Thai heart-throb Mario Maurer, does manage to exude a certain innocence and purity that is refreshing in the orgiastic movie. The early scenes with him as on old man recounting his life-tale, however,seem gimmicky and pointless (unless this leads to 'Jan Dara' -Part 2, as some say)
Actress Bonkoot also turns in a mature performance , and deserves to get a lot more meaty roles in her career. There are other lively performances too,including the protagonist's servant-friend.‘
'Jan Dara' will be released in theatres,this week- watch out for the media blitzkrieg,in the country.
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