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The Love of Siam (2007) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Taiwan Version)
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Both a commercial and critical hit, The Love of Siam swept most of Thailand's major film awards in 2007 including Best Picture and Director at the Thailand National Film Association Awards. At first glance, this affecting multi-layered tale of family, friendship, and romance seems an unlikely entry from Chukiat Sakveerakul, director of the psychological thriller 13 Beloved and horror Pisaj, but the film did not come without its controversies. Produced by Ong Bak director Prachya Pinkaew, The Love of Siam attracted much attention and debate for its frank and sensitive portrayal of teen homosexuality, making overnight stars of newcomers Mario Maurer and Witwisit Hiranyawongkul who played the film's two confused teenage boys.

With his handsome looks and beautiful girlfriend (Aticha Pongsilpipat), high school senior Tong (Mario Maurer) shouldn't have much to worry about, but he can't seem to sort out certain questions in his mind. One day at Siam Square, he runs into his childhood friend, budding musician Mew (Witwisit Hiranyawongkul), and the encounter opens new possibilities and uncertainties into his life. Tong hires Mew's band manager June (Chermarn Boonyasak) to pose as his longlost sister in hopes that she can help pull his father out of alcoholism. Even more confusing than his family problems though are issues of the heart as Tong faces his own dormant feelings for Mew.

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Product Title: The Love of Siam (2007) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Taiwan Version) 愛在暹邏 (2007) (DVD) (數碼修復) (台灣版) 爱在暹逻 (2007) (DVD) (数码修复) (台湾版) The Love of Siam (2007) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Taiwan Version) The Love of Siam (2007) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Taiwan Version)
Also known as: Rak Haeng Sayam 泰哥兒 / 暹邏之戀 / 與愛同行 / 愛在暹邏廣場 泰哥儿 / 暹逻之恋 / 与爱同行 / 爱在暹逻广场 Rak Haeng Sayam Rak Haeng Sayam
Artist Name(s): Mario Maurer (Actor) | Pchy Witwisit Hiranyawongkul (Actor) | Ploy Laila Boonyasak (Actor) | Kanya Rattanapetch (Actor) | Kao Jirayu La-ongmanee (Actor) | Non Chanon RikulsurakanNon Chanon Rikulsurakan (Actor) | Best Chanidapa Pongsilpipat (Actor) | Nok Sinjai Plengpanich (Actor) | Kob Songsit Rungnopakunsi (Actor) | Wachirathonniyomkul Narinchot (Actor) 馬力歐慕瑞 (Mario) (Actor) | Pchy Witwisit Hiranyawongkul (Actor) | 賴烈亞邦雅淑 (Actor) | Kanya Rattanapetch (Actor) | 賈拉宇・拉歐蒙尼 (Actor) | Non Chanon RikulsurakanNon Chanon Rikulsurakan (Actor) | Best Chanidapa Pongsilpipat (Actor) | Nok Sinjai Plengpanich (Actor) | Kob Songsit Rungnopakunsi (Actor) | Wachirathonniyomkul Narinchot (Actor) 马力欧慕瑞 (Mario) (Actor) | Pchy Witwisit Hiranyawongkul (Actor) | 赖烈亚邦雅淑 (Actor) | Kanya Rattanapetch (Actor) | 贾拉宇・拉欧蒙尼 (Actor) | Non Chanon RikulsurakanNon Chanon Rikulsurakan (Actor) | Best Chanidapa Pongsilpipat (Actor) | Nok Sinjai Plengpanich (Actor) | Kob Songsit Rungnopakunsi (Actor) | Wachirathonniyomkul Narinchot (Actor) マリオ・マウラー (Actor) | Pchy Witwisit Hiranyawongkul (Actor) | ライラ・ブンヤサック (Actor) | Kanya Rattanapetch (Actor) | ジラユ・ラオーンマニー (Actor) | Non Chanon RikulsurakanNon Chanon Rikulsurakan (Actor) | Best Chanidapa Pongsilpipat (Actor) | Nok Sinjai Plengpanich (Actor) | Kob Songsit Rungnopakunsi (Actor) | Wachirathonniyomkul Narinchot (Actor) Mario Maurer (Actor) | Pchy Witwisit Hiranyawongkul (Actor) | Ploy Laila Boonyasak (Actor) | Kanya Rattanapetch (Actor) | Kao Jirayu La-ongmanee (Actor) | Non Chanon RikulsurakanNon Chanon Rikulsurakan (Actor) | Best Chanidapa Pongsilpipat (Actor) | Nok Sinjai Plengpanich (Actor) | Kob Songsit Rungnopakunsi (Actor) | Wachirathonniyomkul Narinchot (Actor)
Director: Ma-Deaw Chookiat Sakveerakul Ma-Deaw Chookiat Sakveerakul Ma-Deaw Chookiat Sakveerakul Ma-Deaw Chookiat Sakveerakul Ma-Deaw Chookiat Sakveerakul
Release Date: 2022-09-09
Language: Thai
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Thailand
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Deltamac (Taiwan) Co. Ltd (TW)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1115057501

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只要有愛,就有希望 繆 (維特維斯特海倫亞沃恩酷 飾)與棟(馬力歐莫瑞爾 飾)是從小形影不離的鄰居同時也是同校的好友,但直到棟的姐姐在一次旅行中失蹤,自責不已的父親就開始酗酒,靠著母親蘇妮一人獨立工作支撐家庭,為了遺忘不愉快的往事,棟跟著父母搬家,與繆也就此失聯。幾年後,繆在學校組了一個名為August的樂團,並擔任主唱與填詞,專輯在年輕人聚集的暹邏廣場一帶賣到缺貨。而沒有買到專輯的棟,在唱片行前與繆重聚。被經紀人要求寫溫馨情歌的繆,把自己對棟的情感,寫成了情歌,並在棟家舉辦的派對中演唱,觸動了棟的內心。蘇妮發現棟和繆的同志情感,開始害怕棟會走上一條不歸路,也擔心自己唯一的兒子會離開他,而此時丈夫因為多年宿醉造成肝臟壞死,集多重壓力一身的蘇妮終於崩潰,並極力阻止繆與棟的戀情。此時聖誕節就要到了,繆卻無法再唱出自己寫的情歌,棟夾在家人與繆之間左右兩難,兩人迷失暹邏廣場街頭,他們的愛終將何去何從呢……?

導 演:楚克薩克瑞科
演 員:馬力歐莫瑞爾、維特維斯特海倫亞沃恩酷
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Professional Review of "The Love of Siam (2007) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Taiwan Version)"

April 7, 2009

This professional review refers to Love Of Siam (DVD) (3-Disc Director's Cut) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
A simple gay love story between two childhood friends turns into an epic about grief and infatuation in The Love of Siam, a seemingly unassuming drama that became a sensation in its native Thailand. Even a bigger surprise than its success is that Chookiat Sakveerakul, the writer-director of this gentle film, was the co-writer of the Muay Thai action fest Chocolate, which was…not so gentle. Despite coming dangerously close to being overstuffed, Love of Siam features enough endearing characters and intriguing situations that its 171-minute running time (this review refers to the director's cut) never feels like its length. And even then, the film feels like it has enough to fill in at least another hour. With so many over-bloated big-budget films out of Asia these days, that has to be some kind of compliment.

What's impressive about Love of Siam is that it features a fairly simple cast of characters in a fairly simple story. The film's two heroes, Mew and Tong, meet as young boys after Mew moves into his grandmother's home and becomes Tong's neighbor. The two become inseparable good friends, but tragedy strikes Tong's family when Tong's older sister goes off on a jungle trip with her friends and goes missing. In the midst of their grief, Tong's entire family moves away, and the two eventually lose contact. Sakveerakul doesn't simply spend the opening section setting up the two boys' friendship. The motivations for all the other characters are set up during the opening in an organic manner that never drags, though the film doesn't really get to the heart of the story until 30 minutes in.

The story then jumps to six years later, as Mew (Witwisit Hiranyawongkul) has become a lead singer in a popular pop group, while Tong (Mario Maurer) is trying to maintain some kind of normalcy with his family, even as his father slowly drinks himself to death out of guilt over what happened to his daughter. One day, the two reunite on the streets, and their friendship is immediately rekindled. However, Mew seems to be showing more than just friendly feelings for Tong, who isn't too sure about how to deal with them. Meanwhile, Tong meets June (Chermarn Boonyasak), Mew's band manager, and cooks up a scheme with his protective mother to save his father's life after realizing that June looks exactly like his vanished sister. Will June convince Tong's father to pick up the pieces and rejoin his family? Will love blossom between Mew and Tong, despite the obvious social taboos?

Of course, since the film is called The Love of Siam (named after Siam Square in Bangkok, where the major events of the love story happen), a love affair is bound to happen for Mew and Tong. However, the love affair is handled in a surprisingly realistic manner, with the relationship shown in mostly ambiguous terms, rarely defining their relationship clearly. Even though this may be due to Thai audience's resistance to gay love stories (the film was reportedly advertised as a straight love story in Thailand, to the chagrin of some audiences), Sakveerakul's down-to-earth approach to the love affair as more than a gay love story allows audiences of all sexualities to relate, and it's a major key to the film's success.

While the gay love story may be the film's selling point, Love of Siam's emotional core actually lies in the endless grieving process of Tong's family. The subplot on Tong's family is given the same amount of emphasis as the film's central love story plot. Even though June's character is enough of a melodramatic contrivance that she should earn the alternate name of Plot Device, she doesn't sidetrack the plot in any major way because of Sakveerakul's naturalistic handling of the story. However, the weak impact of the June device also means Sakveerakul doesn't lead her story to any type of clear resolution, which will sure dissatisfy audiences who want some kind of return for their time investment in the film.

In fact, this reviewer is not entirely sure what kind of returns Love of Siam offers after 170 minutes. The conclusion of the story arrives at a somewhat abrupt point and feels like it can continue on to give the story a clearer resolution. While this speaks to the weakness of Sakaveerakul's script, it also speaks to its strength in creating characters and situations that are engaging enough that audiences would easily sign on for more. Credit must also go to Sakveerakul's role as director. Despite some awkward direction (especially the scene of Mew and Tong's first reunion), the director keeps a brisk pace throughout, never letting the film slow down for longer than it needs to, while also not cramming too much story in. The Love of Siam shouldn't be recognized as another gay romance film; it's simply a well-told love story related in an involving manner, and is one worth watching whether you're gay or straight.

By Kevin Ma

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Customer Review of "The Love of Siam (2007) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.7 out of 10 (3)

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September 2, 2010

This customer review refers to Love of Siam (DVD) (US Version)
why.?? Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
why this version dont have english subtitles ..??
but even though it dont have english subtitles i love it because the story was so great
but more people will love it more if this product will have english subtitles for them to understand easily the story..
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Kevin
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December 19, 2009

This customer review refers to Love Of Siam (DVD) (3-Disc Director's Cut) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Something to Add Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
I have to add this to my last review (and change my rating). I don't understand how this went over my head initially, but the movie is in the incorrect Aspect Ratio.

The listed Aspect Ratio is Full Screen, but it really should be Wide Screen. If this were pan and scan, it would be bad enough, but the DVD actually has the entire image condensed into a full screen image. This means the everything in the image appears thinner and taller than it should (IE, the characters suddenly have Goofy-like proportions) With a new release on Region 1, I can no longer recommend this DVD.

People who still own it should keep the third disc for the plentiful extras. But I plan on buying the Region 1 disc in time. Non-anamorphic Widescreen is Ok. Shoddy subtitles I can get over. But the incorrect aspect ratio is just unacceptable.
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February 7, 2009

This customer review refers to Love Of Siam (DVD) (3-Disc Director's Cut) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Finally, an English Friendly Release (...sort of) Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I was pleasantly surprised to find that, what was initially described as a Region 3 NTSC release turned out to be a Free Region release, making this release the first DVD release accessible to English viewers. With the extras provided, I would've been glad to give the set a 10. However, the English subtitles are not without mistakes. Problems arise with the consistency in how character's names are spelled throughout the film ("Mew" and "Moug", "Tang" and "Hung"?). And the subtitles are sometimes ungrammatical English. This is typically characteristic of bootlegged versions of Asian movies. The only thing really distinguishing this from bootleg DVDs is the disc of supplemental materials provided (such as the promotional music video and stage performances). Therefore, I cannot give this release a 10.
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