The Love of Siam Full Movie

The Love of Siam is a 2007 Thai gay-themedromanticdrama film written and directed by Chookiat Sakveerakul. A multi-layered family drama, a groundbreaking element of the story is a gay romance between two teenage boys. The film was released in Thailand on November 22, 2007. The fact that the gay storyline was not apparent from the film’s promotional material initially caused controversy, but the film was received with critical acclaim and proved financially successful. It dominated Thailand’s 2007 film awards season, winning the Best Picture category in all major events.

The Story of Love of Siam

Ten-year olds Mew and Tong are neighbors. Mew is a soft-featured but stubborn kid, while Tong is a more masculine, energetic boy who lives with his parents and sister, a Roman Catholic Thai family. Tong wants to befriend Mew, but the quiet boy and his outgoing neighbor are not initially close. At school, effeminate Mew is teased by several other students and harassed until Tong steps in to defend him. Tong receives injuries and now they begin a friendship. Tong apologizes to Mew for the chewing gum incident. Mew is grateful for Tong stepping in and responds that now they are even. Mew plays on his late grandpa’s piano and is joined by his grandma, who begins to play a song. Mew asks his grandma why she liked that song and his grandma responds by telling Mew that it was played for her by his grandpa. It was a way for him to express his love to her and she explains that one day, Mew will understand the meaning of the song.

Six years pass; Tong’s father is a severe alcoholic, due to his guilt for losing his daughter. Tong has a pretty–but uptight–girlfriend, Donut. Tong and Mew are reunited during their senior year of high school at Siam Square. The musically talented Mew is the lead singer of a boy band called August. The meeting stirs up old feelings that Mew has harbored since boyhood, his love for Tong.

Mew is also the object of an unrequited crush of an obsessive neighbor girl, Ying, who is trying to use a voodoo doll and other tricks to make the boy like her. Unfortunately for her, Mew is more interested in his boyhood friend Tong, who has now become the inspiration for writing the new songs. The manager, as well as the entire band, are all impressed with Mew’s composition.

Mew and Tong at the garden after the performance of Mew

At Christmas time, as Tong and his mother are decorating their Christmas tree, he finally finds a way to show her how controlling she is. June has saved money and about the same time heads off in a bus to Chiang Mai. Whether June and Tang were the same person, we will never know.

Tong goes to Siam Square for a date with Donut. Mew has rejoined the band, and they are playing nearby. Tong abandons Donut, telling her they are no longer together. He then rushes to see Mew play and is guided there by Ying, who has accepted the fact that Mew loves Tong. After the performance, Tong gives Mew his Christmas gift, the missing nose from the wooden doll that Tong gave him when they were children. Tong then says to Mew, “I can’t be your boyfriend, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love you.” The film ends with Mew putting the missing nose back to the wooden puppet, saying “thank you” and crying quietly.

Marketing controversy and audience response

From left to right – Mario Maurer, Kanya Rattanapetch, Witwisit Hiranyawongkul and Chookiat Sakveerakul Marketed as a typical teen romance between boys and girls, the gay aspect of the love story was controversial. Thai-language web boards were posted with messages of support, as well as accusations by moviegoers that they were misled into watching “a gay movie.” Writer/director Chookiat Sakveerakul admitted the film was marketed on the film posters and in the film’s previews as a straight romance because he wanted it to reach a wider audience.

“The movie is not all about gay characters, we are not focusing on gay issues, we are not saying, ‘let’s come out of the closet,’ so obviously, we don’t want the movie to have a ‘gay’ label,” he said in an interview.

But the director confirmed the mixed reaction of audiences. “I went incognito to a movie theater and observed the audience. I didn’t expect such a strong reaction. Maybe I was just too optimistic that homophobia in Thai society had subsided.”

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