This is an article in the Daily Xpress today that gives a list of the major Thai movies for 2009.

THE YEAR OF THE SEQUEL
By Wise Kwai
DAILY XPRESS
Published on January 12, 2009

'Ong Bak 3' and 'King Naresuan 3' are just the beginning for Thai movie releases in 2009

Sequels, sequels and more sequels are planned for 2009 by Thai film studios. "Ong Bak 3" and "King Naresuan 3" are among them, but there's also "Ha Phrang", "The Holy Man 3", "Yam Yasothon 2", "Khan Kluay II", "Buppah Rahtree 3" and "14", the follow-up to "13 Beloved".

Sahamongkol Film brings on the action, planning the release of the long-shelved, controversial robbers-turned-monks drama "Shadow of the Naga", which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year.

There will be kiddie kicks in "Power Kids", coming on February 5, and a project for "Chocolate" star Jeeja Yanin.

Another heroine will be introduced in "Suay Samurai" ("The Vanquisher"), directed by Manop Udomdej and starring Jacqueline Apithananont. That was a project that was originally to feature Chotiros "Amy" Suriyawong, until the young actress wore a too-revealing dress at the Subhanahongsa Awards in 2007.

There's also muay thai basketball action in Bangkok Film's "Fireball" on January 29, by director Thanakorn Pongsuwan. And foreign stuntmen take things into their own hands with "Bangkok Adrenaline".

Love stories

For romance, there's love and comedy communist style in "Blue Sky of Love", opening on Thursday; tearful 1970s heartbreak in "A Moment in June" on February 12; and Yongyuth Thongkongtoon directs "Best of Time", about a veterinarian (Arak "Pae" Amornsupasiri) in love on March 5.

Five Star has "Before Valentine" on February 5, and there's teens travelling in Europe with "Dear Galileo" by GMM Tai Hub's Nithiwat Tharatorn.

Also from Five Star, veteran director Bhandit Rittakol is at work on "A-Nueng Kidthueng Pen Yang Ying" ("Miss You Once More"), a reboot of his 1990s romance series that began in 1992 with "A-nueng Kidthueng Por Sangkeb" ("I Miss You") then "I Miss You 2" in 1996.

The horror

Thrills and chills from Five Star will come from acclaimed director Pen-ek Ratanaruang, who is at work in the jungle filming "Nymph". Meanwhile, Kongkiat Khomsiri and Wisit Sasanatieng will serve "Slice".

There's also "Red Eagle", Wisit's re-imagining of the 1960s masked-crimefighter series that starred Mitr Chaibancha and Petchara Chaowarat. Ananda Everingham is donning the mask.

More horror comes with the Thai-Taiwanese co-production "The Fatality" on Thursday, and Phranakorn has "Kiew Tiew Nua Kon" ("Meat Grinder") on February 12. Both are directed by Thiwa Meyathaisong.

Sahamongkol deals in horror comedy with "Luang Phi Kab Phi Kanun" on February 19 and blood-stained university uniforms in "Mahalai Sayong Kwan".

RS Film has criminal hijinks in "Hod Na Hiew" on January 29 and Poj Arnon directs the gay teen football story "Taew Nak Te Teen Rabert" on March 12 for Phranakorn.

With a vengeance

And back to those sequels, which Thailand's cinema operators are banking heavily on.

"Tamnan Somdej Nareasuan Maharaj Pak Yutthahatti" - the third part of MC Chatrichalerm Yukol's "King Naresuan" historical epic - is expected to be in cinemas by April 30.

"Buppah Rahtree 3", further tales of the vengeful female ghost by Yuthlert Sippapak, is due on April 2.

No specific release date is given for Tony Jaa's "Ong Bak 3". Nor is there one for Mum Jokmok's "Yam Yasothon 2", the follow-up to his 2005 country comedy.

Chukiat Sakveerakul has been working on "14" since 2006's gore-filled social satire "13 Beloved".

GTH plans a followup of its four-segment horror "See Phrang" ("4Bia") with five fears in "Ha Phrang".

"Khan Kluay II", the follow-up to the first Thai computer-animated feature in 2006, is planned for release around March. The sequel comes in the wake of the first film - reworked, appended and dubbed in Hindi - being released in India three weeks ago as "Jumbo".

And Phranakorn plans to cash in with another sequel to their smash-hit "Luang Phee Teng" ("The Holy Man") franchise.
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