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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 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 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.
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:
Golden dragon - 金龍 (1957) - Hong Kong movie shot in Thailand
The autumn phoenix - 秋鳳 (1957) with Thai actress Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit and Thai actor Surasit Sattayawong - Co-production
Flame in ashes - 地下火花 (1958) with Thai actress Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit and Thai actor Surasit Sattayawong - Co-production
Love and war - 紅粉干戈 (1959) with Thai actress Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit and Thai actor Surasit Sattayawong - Hong Kong movie shot in Thailand
The serpent and the lovers - 毒蟒情鴛 (1961) with Thai actress Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit and Thai actor Surasit Sattayawong - Co-production
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.
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.
Since 1999, some Thai movies
such as "Nang Nak", "Iron Ladies", "Bang Rajan", "Jan Dara", "Ong bak"
have been released outside Thailand in Asian countries such as Hong Kong.
Nowadays Thai movies released in Hong Kong are mainly modern
Action movies or Horror movies.
During year 2012, Thailand even released the first
Thai 3D movie abroad.
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".