Jira Maligool

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Jira Maligool (Thai: จิระ มะลิกุล; RTGS: Chira Malikun; born 1961) is a Thai film director, screenwriter and producer. He has directed three films, Mekhong Full Moon Party, The Tin Mine and Seven Something (part 42.195), and was the screenwriter behind the international hit, The Iron Ladies.

Biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Thailand in 1961, Jira graduated in 1983 from Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Communication Arts, where he majored in film and photography. While still a student, he worked as a music video and movie commercial director.

In 1991, he co-founded his own film studio, Hub Ho Hin Bangkok (later Hub Ho Hin Films). In 2003, it was merged with GMM Grammy's film division GMM Pictures and Visute Poolvoralaks' company Tai Entertainment to form GMM Tai Hub (or GTH).

First features[edit]

Jira started out in feature films as the screenwriter for the 2000 film, The Iron Ladies (Satree lek), which was based on a true story about a gay and transvestite (katoey) men's volleyball team that won the Thailand national championship in 1996. That film went on to be a box-office hit in Thailand and has been a popular feature at international film festivals. It was directed by Youngyooth Thongkonthun, who's gone on to direct a sequel to Iron Ladies as well as another comedy, M.A.I.D. and 2006's Metrosexual.

Jira made his directorial debut in 2002 with Mekhong Full Moon Party, which took a semi-documentary look at the phenomenon of Naga fireballs that rise from the Mekong river in the province of Nong Khai on the full moon in October. The film generally received positive reviews from critics and was a box-office hit. He said he was inspired to make the film after reading a magazine article that featured a debate about the fireballs, with a university instructor believing the fireballs were manmade while a local physician thought they were created by a phenomenon that can be scientifically explained.

Hit producer[edit]

He was also behind the hit 2003 film, Fan Chan (My Girl), a nostaglic look at childhood in 1980s Thailand. The film's ensemble of six directors - Komgrit Treewimol, Songyos Sugmakanan, Nithiwat Tharathorn, Vijja Kojew, Vithaya Thongyuyong and Adisorn Tresirikasem - were students of Jira, who taught as a part-time professor in photography and cinematography classes at Chulalongkorn University. Two of those directors, Komgrit and Songyos, went on to direct hit films, Komgrit helming the romantic comedy Dear Dakanda in 2005 and Songyos with the hit 2006 thriller Dek hor (Dorm).

Jira's second directorial effort, The Tin Mine was a lavish production about a tin mine in southern Thailand in the 1950s. It was based on the short stories of Thai author Archin Panjabhan, who served as an adviser on the production. The film fared poorly at the Thai box office, but it has won several awards and has been featured at international film festivals.

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