Touted block buster, mega budget Thai movie used for Orwell 1984, tanks into abyss

There is a well know Red Shirts, Sombat, who apart from protesting against the Thai traditional elite establishment, is known as a “Highly Creative” person. After Prayuth coup, he led became known as the Hunger Game protest leader.

He was caught and underwent an attitude adjustment. When he was freed, his long-hair, was replaced by a military style “Short-Hair” and ceased his protest activity. He says he was not hit by the “Stockholm Syndrome.”

For a long time, as part of Thailand, Abhisit copy of Indonesia, that made first push into “Creative Economy.” Indonesia, as part of its creative economy drive, pushed into the movie industry, and it became hot. Thailand under Abhisit did very much the same. So Abhisit copied “Creative Economy” from Indonesia, and went promoting Thailand movie industry, but even Yingluck, also went full blast on Thai movie industry promo.

And for a while, Thailand like took leading position, as ASEAN center, for movie making, and foreigner came in droves, to use Thailand as set. All was well, for Thailand, copying Indonesia’s plans, and excelled. Thailand went on the map, as a movie making center of ASEAN.

(Up-Dated) Maybe I miss the news, but looks like big-budget, mega Thai movie, Narasuan, about a Thai King in an independence war, box-office tanked. For political right timing, meaning for conservatism to come to Thailand, producers of Narasuan, decided to hold off releasing film.

So when conservatism arrived with coup Prayuth gave out 1,000s upon 1,000s free Narasuan tickets to public, to promote military & coup. With Narasuan movie quiet exit from movie theaters & little news of how success it was, many in #Thai film industry began to talk. Many said, Wagging The Dogs Tail, mostly works, in Political Virgin country, but Thais learning curve is way way up & see Narasuan use.

So the talk mainly focused on, is the “Politicization” of Thailand’s film industry & the future of Thai movie industry.

So fresh, after Narasuan, strange quiet exit & little news, comes another movie, star famous Thai celebrities who are certified Fascist. Like Narasuan, this one, also making little news at the box office, & many say, probably tanked massively as well.

I cannot confirm, but latest news Prayuth junta orders more “Politicization” of Thai movie industry, like Thai values in film. Lots news these days what “Thai Value” & “Thai Way” is, but the consensus is, “Thainess” these days, is anything but liberal values

So where does Thailand movie industry go from here? And Thailand’s Creative Economy? Hard say, but for sure 1984 & Hunger Games, is alive and well, in Thailand, as Narasuan proves. But then again, if Orwell’s 1984 and Hunger Games, is so good for the movie industry, why did Narasuan, made a quiet exit, from the movie theaters?

The following is on Thailand’s Creative Economy:

The Nation reports:

In economic development, there are three stages of growths: resource-driven growth, efficiency-driven growth and innovation-driven growth. Most people would agree that Thailand moved out of resource-driven growth a long while ago, given the depletion of our natural resources. Most economists would say that Thailand is now at the second stage of development, under efficiency-driven growth. However, with the Thai government’s January 22 announcement of a “Country Development Strategy” in promoting growth and competitiveness, the stated goal for Thailand is to “move up the value chain”.

The first definition of a “creative economy” was developed by British writer John Howkins in 2001. According to Howkins’ definition, the various activities that comprise a creative economy have one thing in common: they are the result of individuals using their imagination and exploring (or protecting themselves from others doing so) related economic value. We should recognise that a creative economy is more than just Internet and information technology companies – its coverage is wide-ranging, including, among other things, the cultural sector, tourism, arts and media – basically anything that you can apply your ideas to to add value in the production and distribution processes.

The only way we can move Thailand toward a high-income economy is to realise the third stage of development – innovation-led growth. In the future, the Thai economy must grow through “ideas” rather than an “I can do” mentality. We can look at the most concrete examples now. The most value-added (or profit) is now with the companies that generate “ideas”, while companies that “do” the actual work (i.e. assembly) get a miniscule profit share. Take Apple products, for example. Apple in 2012 recorded revenue of over $156 billion, with net profit over $41.7 billion (a wide 26-per cent profit margin), while Foxconn, the company that manufactures Apple products showed revenue of $131 billion, with net profit of $2.7 billion (a slim 2-per cent profit margin). So we can see that value creation benefits mostly those with ideas and innovation – the hallmark of a creative economy.

Ultimately, the aim is to get Thailand out of the so-called “middle income trap”. The World Bank defines middle-income countries as those with GDP per capita between US$1,000 to $12,000 per year. Thailand is now at about $5,300, and there is still a long way to go as far as statistics are concerned.


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