Hormones (film)

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Hormones
Hormones poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Songyos Sugmakanan
Starring Charlie Trairat
Sirachuch Chienthaworn
Focus Jirakul
Ratchu Surachalas
Chutima Teepanat
Chantawit Thanasewee
Thaniya Ummaritchoti
Ungsumalynn Sirapatsakmetha
Sora Aoi
Lu Ting Wei
Distributed by GMM Tai Hub
Release date(s) March 20, 2008 (2008-03-20)
Country Thailand
Language Thai
Mandarin Chinese
English

Hormones (Thai: ปิดเทอมใหญ่ หัวใจว้าวุ่น; RTGS: Pit Thoem Yai Hua Chai Wa Wun) is a 2008 Thai romantic comedy film directed by Songyos Sugmakanan. The literal meaning of the Thai title is 'restless hearts during school break' or 'school break, hearts aflutter'.

Plot[edit]

The film revolves around a group of high school and university students during their school break, and the relationships that develop (or don't). Four romantic threads are interwoven in the film's plot. Both Pu (Charlie Trairat) and Mai (Sirachuch Chienthaworn) are in competition for Nana (Ungsumalynn Sirapatsakmetha) while class geek Jo (Ratchu Surachalas) is in love with a popular girl C (Chutima Teepanat). Meanwhile Oh Lek (Focus Jirakul) is wild about Taiwanese pop sensation Didi (Lu Ting Wei), and Hern (Chantawit Thanasewee) is thinking of cheating on his girlfriend Nuan (Thaniya Ummaritchoti) when he meets Japanese tourist Aoi (Sora Aoi).[1]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Director Sugmakanan admits he was inspired by the format of the British romantic comedy Love Actually but points out that relationships in Asian culture are not comparable to those in Western culture.[1]

The studio was anxious to avoid the possible controversy involved in having Japanese adult video star Sora Aoi in a movie directed at a teen audience so her name was omitted in promotional materials although she appears in the trailer.[1] Sugmakanan has said that the segment in which Aoi appears was based on a friend's actual experiences.[2]

Reception[edit]

The film saw national release in 163 theatres and earned an unprecedented (for GTH films) 10 million baht on its first day, totalling 34.1 million in its opening weekend. It earned a total of 80 million baht in the box office and was the third-largest grossing Thai film in 2008.[3][4]

A Daily XPress review of the movie calls it "sexy and funny" as well as "Thought-provoking and nostalgic".[5] The film won the Jury's Special Prize at the fourth Asian Marine Film Festival held in Makuhari, Japan, an award which one journalist ascribes to the presence of Sora Aoi.[6]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Country Result
2008 4th Asian Marine Film Festival The Juries' Special Prize Japan Won
2009 6th Starpics Thai Films Awards Best Picture Thailand Won
2009 6th Starpics Thai Films Awards Best Director Thailand Nominated
2009 6th Starpics Thai Films Awards Best Film Editing Thailand Nominated
2009 18th Thai National Film Awards Best Supporting Actress (Focus Jirakul) Thailand Won
2009 18th Thai National Film Awards Best Costume Design Thailand Nominated
2009 17th Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards Best Picture Thailand Nominated
2009 17th Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards Best Director Thailand Nominated
2009 17th Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards Best Supporting Actor (Ratchu Surajaras) Thailand Nominated
2009 17th Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards Best Supporting Actress (Focus Jirakul) Thailand Won
2009 17th Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards Best Screenplay Thailand Nominated
2009 17th Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards Best Film Editing Thailand Nominated
2009 17th Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards Best Original Score Thailand Nominated
2009 6th Hamburger Awards Best Actress (Focus Jirakul) Thailand Won
2009 6th Hamburger Awards Favourite Scene-Stealing Actress (Sora Aoi) Thailand N/A
2009 6th Hamburger Awards Best Original Song (รอเธอหันมา – โฟกัส จิระกุล) Thailand N/A
2009 6th Hamburger Awards Best Original Song (อย่างน้อย – บิ๊กแอส) Thailand N/A

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Parinyaporn, Pajee. "Teenage love, actually". Daily XPress. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  2. ^ Lersakvanitchakul, Kitchana (September 7, 2008). "Babes in the hood". Daily XPress. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  3. ^ Mayuree, Amnuayporn (31 December 2008). ที่สุดของหนังเด่น-หนังโดนแห่งปี (Movie records of the year). Daily News. Retrieved 2009-01-25. .
  4. ^ ปิดเทอมใหญ่ ซัดไป 34 ล้าน (Pid Term Yai grabs 34 million). Manager Online. 28 March 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-25. .
  5. ^ "Pid Term Yai Huajai Wawun (Hormones)". Daily XPress. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  6. ^ "With help from Sora Aoi, Hormones wins jury prize at Japan's Asian Marine Film Festival". thaifilmjournal.blogspot.com. September 12, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 

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