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THAI MOVIES IN HK

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In 1970s decade, some Thai producers developed their film in some locals labs in Hong Kong. Mandarin Laboratory is located in Kwun Tong in Kowloon. Union Film Laboratory is located in To Kwa Wan in Kowloon. Some Thai film negative were left in Hong Kong. So some Thai movies have been released later in Hong Kong with Chinese names.

Hong Kong Film Archive
Hong Kong Film Archive
Hong Kong Film Archive is located in Sai Wan Ho on Hong Kong island. Hong Kong Film Archive is part of the Leisure and cultural services departments. The Hong Kong Film Archive is a four storey building with exhibitions, cinema, office, resource centre, library.

Many old Thai movies are not released in Thailand as old Thai movies fans are not enough to justify the business case. Some old Thai movies were Chinese / Thai coproductions especially during decades 1960s-1970s.

Hong Kong Film Archive
Hong Kong Film Archive
Hong Kong Film Archive has a big pdf file with 9861 Hong Kong movies listed from 1914 to 2010. It is written in Chinese. Only the title is available in English also some movies related to Thailand are "Operation Bangkok" (1967), "Night in Bangkok" (1967), the "greatest Thai boxing" (1974), "Carry on Bangkok" (1977), "Springtime in Pattaya" (1976), "Bangkok lover" (1995). Videos are not available for those titles. Only still pictures are still available.

A total of 25 Thai Hong Kong possible coproduced movies needs to be investigated.

Hong Kong Film Archive
Hong Kong Film Archive
Staff in Hong Kong Film Archive are as friendly as in Thai Film Archive. Few old items can be seen such as this old projector. The Hong Kong film archive features a 300,000+ items in their archive collection (video, book, pictures...)

The below list includes some Hong Kong-Thailand co-productions or some Hong Kong movies shot in Thailand:

  1. Unforgettable - 終生難忘 (1955) with Thai actress Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit - Co-production
  2. Golden dragon - 金龍 (1957) - Hong Kong movie shot in Thailand
  3. The autumn phoenix - 秋鳳 (1957) with Thai actress Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit and Thai actor Surasit Sattayawong - Co-production
  4. Flame in ashes - 地下火花 (1958) with Thai actress Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit and Thai actor Surasit Sattayawong - Co-production
  5. Love and war - 紅粉干戈 (1959) with Thai actress Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit and Thai actor Surasit Sattayawong - Hong Kong movie shot in Thailand
  6. The serpent and the lovers - 毒蟒情鴛 (1961) with Thai actress Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit and Thai actor Surasit Sattayawong - Co-production
Hong Kong Film Archive
Hong Kong Film Archive
There is also a web online search, which is much better that the pdf file available inside the Hong Kong Film Archive. It is possible to ask for pictures for 3 movies at a time only and with one day in advance as they need to look inside their 300 000 documents archives.

Some 1950s-1970s films produced by big Thai producers like Prince Anusornmongkolkarn had two versions, one Thai version with Thai stars and one Chinese version with Thai and Chinese stars.

Actor Settha Sirachaya in Nakhon Pathom
Actor Settha Sirachaya in Nakhon Pathom
Photocopying is not allowed as HK film Archives are not the copyright owners but they can help to contact the owner and then a fee is applied for copies. Too bad it is not possible to keep the copies stamped with Hong Kong archives logo to prevent mobile pictures. So not sure what they are doing with those copies after.


Thai movie in Hong Kong
Thai movie in Hong Kong
Nowadays Thai movies released in Hong Kong are mainly modern Action movies or Horror movies.
Thai movie in Hong Kong
Thai movie in Hong Kong
During year 2012, Thailand even released the first Thai 3D movie abroad.
Thai movie in Hong Kong
Thai movie in Hong Kong
Tony Jaa is the most famous Thai actor in Hong Kong. In year 2015, Tony Jaa played in Hong Kong Chinese action film "SPL II".


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