Mundane History

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Mundane History
Directed byAnocha Suwichakornpong
Produced bySoros Sokhum
Anocha Suwichakornpong
Written byAnocha Suwichakornpong
StarringPhakpoom Surapongsanuruk
Arkaney Cherkam
Paramej Noiam
Anchana Ponpitakthepkijo
Music byFurniture (Malaysian band)
The Photo Sticker Machine (Thai band)
CinematographyMing Kai Leung
Edited byLee Chatametikool
Electric Eel Films
Distributed bySurvivance
Release date
Running time
82 minutes

Mundane History (Thai: เจ้านกกระจอก) is a 2009 film by the Thai film-maker Anocha Suwichakornpong. She wrote, co-produced and directed the film. It is described as “one of the most startling and original feature debuts of recent years",[1] and received its world premiere on 10 October 2009 at the 14th Busan International Film Festival in South Korea. It was the first Thai film to receive the country's most restrictive viewing rating, due to a scene of full-frontal male nudity and masturbation.[2][3]

Mundane History won the Tiger Award at the 2010 International Film Festival Rotterdam.[4]


Mundane History centres on the friendship that develops between a young paralysed man from a wealthy Bangkok family and his male nurse from Isan in the North of Thailand. The film is also a commentary on Thailand's class-based society and the frailty of life.[5] It premiered at the 2009 Pusan International Film Festival, where it was in the New Currents competition and also opened the World Film Festival of Bangkok.[6] It made its European Premiere in the Tiger Awards competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and was among the three films in 15-title line-up that won the Tiger Award.[4]

Main cast[edit]

  • Arkaney Cherkam ... Pun
  • Paramej Noiam ... Father
  • Anchana Ponpitakthepkijo ... Somjai
  • Phakpoom Surapongsanuruk ... Ake

Making of Mundane History[edit]

Made for $150,000, Mundane History was financed by the filmmaker's family and friends as well as grants and awards from the Hubert Bals Fund of the Rotterdam International Film Festival.[7]


Featuring a scene of full-frontal male nudity and masturbation, it was the first Thai film under Thailand's motion-picture rating system to be given the most-restrictive 20+ rating.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mundane History. Publisher: Second Run. Retrieved: 24 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b Payee, Parinyaporn (26 January 2010). "Lights, camera, action ... ratings". The Nation (Thailand). Archived from the original on 29 January 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Mundane History (Jao Nok Krajok)". The Art Shelf. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  4. ^ a b "And the winners are ..." International Film Festival Rotterdam. 2010. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Rithdee, Kong (12 October 2009). "From Pusan: Mundane History and New New Thai Cinema". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
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  7. ^ Lee, Maggie (13 October 2009). "Mundane History -- Film Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 March 2014.

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