Kongdej Jaturanrasamee

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Kongdej Jaturanrasamee
Born 1972 (age 44–45)
Thailand
Education King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
Occupation Film director, screenwriter

Kongdej Jaturanrasamee (Thai: คงเดช จาตุรันต์รัศมี, born 1972) is a Thai screenwriter and film director. His screenplays include The Letter, Tom-Yum-Goong, Noo Hin: The Movie and Me ... Myself. His own films include Sayew and Midnight My Love.

Biography[edit]

Education, early career[edit]

Kongdej graduated from the film department at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang. He began his career in the late 1990s directing music videos for record label RS Promotion. He also wrote screenplays for the company's the then-new RS Film, but none were ever produced into films.[1]

Sayew, The Letter[edit]

Kongdej made his directorial debut with Sayew, which he co-wrote and co-directed with Kiat Songsanant. A comedy about a tomboyish young woman exploring sex and her sexuality, it won an honorable mention Asian Trade Winds Award at the 2003 Seattle International Film Festival.

He had also been approached by producer Duangkamol Limcharoen to write the screenplay for the romantic drama, The Letter, a 2004 Thai remake of a 1997 Korean film. The film was a hit, and with the screenplay, Kongdej became a sought-after scriptwriter.[1] He also wrote the screenplay for the 2005 Tony Jaa martial arts film, Tom-Yum-Goong.

Midnight My Love[edit]

His first solo directorial effort, 2005's Midnight My Love, was nominated for several Thailand National Film Association Awards, including best director and best screenplay. It won best director and best script awards from the Bangkok Critics Assembly. The romantic comedy-drama starred comedian Petchtai Wongkamlao in a dramatic role as a melancholy taxi driver who develops a relationship with a massage parlor worker (Woranut Wongsawan). Midnight My Love was featured at several film festivals, including the Deauville Asian Film Festival, Cinefan and the Chicago International Film Festival.

He also wrote the screenplay for the 2006 comic-book adaptation Noo Hin: The Movie and the 2007 romantic comedy Me ... Myself.

His 2008 romantic comedy is Kod (กอด), about "a three-armed man and a big-bosomed girl."[2]

Other projects include the screenplay for Nonzee Nimibutr's 2008 fantasy, Queen of Langkasuka.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1995 Romantic Blue (Lohk thang bai hai naai khon diao) Actor
2003 Sayew Screenwriter, co-director
2004 The Letter (Jod mai rak) Screenwriter
2005 Midnight My Love (Cherm) Writer-director
2005 Tom-Yum-Goong (The Protector) Screenwriter
2006 Noo Hin: The Movie Screenwriter
2007 Me ... Myself Screenwriter
2007 The House Actor
2008 Handle Me With Care (Kod) Writer-director
2008 Queen of Langkasuka Screenwriter
2008 Happy Birthday Screenwriter
2011 P-047 Director-Writer
2013 Tang Wong Director-Writer
2015 So Be It Director-Writer
2015 Snap Director-Writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rithdee, Kong. January 25, 2008. A fine romance, Bangkok Post, Real Time, Page R1; retrieved from cache 2008-01-26
  2. ^ Rithdee, Kong. January 4, 2008. Hope and fear for the coming year, Bangkok Post, retrieved via cache 2008-01-07

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