Addicted to Thai movies, I tend to see most new Thai movies that are released and, if I find one I think worth seeing, I recommend it here for you. That’s where a new release, Grean Fictions (เกรียนฟิคชั่น), comes in.
Grean Fictions (odd name, I know, but I’ll get to that in a minute), is a new Thai teen movie that tells the story of a group of high-school boys in Chiang Mai, Thailand. On the brink of adulthood, emotionally they’re still in that time where the way a child behaves often wins over and that’s the situation with Tee (“Fiat” Pattadon Jan-Ngern) the protagonist. Tee lives alone with his older sister, Tip, and being a typical protective brother problems tend to arise when Tee feels the guy she is currently dating isn’t good enough.
The story begins when Tee joins the school’s film club and soon begins making short films and putting them up on YouTube. The name of his channel is “Grean Fictions”. ‘Grean‘ doesn’t mean anything in English but is translated from the Thai word ‘Krian‘, which Thai kids use nowadays to mean ‘boring’ or ‘uncool’.
Soon, word gets around school about ‘Grean Fictions’ and videos begin to go viral as other students watch and tell all their friends. Meanwhile, however, life isn’t getting much better for Tee at home and, after a particularly bad fight, he leaves and gets on a train to Pattaya.
Grean Fictions was directed by “Madeaw” Chukiat Sakweerakul, the director of the popular drama ‘Love of Siam’. It stars “Fiat” Pattadon Jan-Ngern, one of Thailand’s latest young heartthrobs, and Wanida Termthanaporn, better known as Gybzy from the Thai pop band Girly Berry, who plays the role of Tee’s older sister, Tip.
While at first read it might seem that Grean Fictions is a typical melodramatic Thai teen movie, it’s actually not. It’s very funny as well as poignant in places and, if you enjoy that particular flavor of Thai movie that’s far more innocent than anything you’ll find in the west, you’ll really enjoy this one. Particularly as the cinematography is so gorgeous.
You’ll find Grean Fictions showing at most Bangkok movie theaters as well as at movie theaters across Thailand. Just be sure you buy a ticket for the theater that is showing it with English sub-titles if you don’t speak enough Thai to understand the Thai language version.
And if you’d like to watch a few more movies full of Thai teenage angst, Mangpong is the best place in Thailand to buy cheap DVDs.