In a recent cinematic revelation, Srettha Thavisin, the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, bestowed high praise upon the Thai film “Sapparor,” or “Undertaker” in English, for its exceptional portrayal of local culture. This momentous announcement, made during a special screening on the evening of October 25th, took place in the company of Paetongtarn Shinawatra, Deputy Chairperson of the National Soft Power Strategy Committee. The occasion served as a platform for the Prime Minister to express his enthusiasm for the film and his commitment to boosting the presence of Thai cinema on the global stage.
“Sapparor,” a captivating narrative that offers a fresh perspective on a seldom-explored profession within Thai society, has deeply resonated with Prime Minister Thavisin. He believes that the film not only sheds light on the intricacies of a unique vocation but also provides valuable insights into the rich tapestry of Thai culture. With this in mind, the Prime Minister pledged unwavering support for talented directors, emphasizing the importance of enabling both short and feature-length films to achieve recognition worldwide.
A notable aspect of the Prime Minister’s statement is his stance on censorship and content regulation. He contends that these traditional practices are in need of a modern-day overhaul, a call for more creative freedom in the Thai film industry. This proposition is particularly crucial for short films, which often face funding constraints. While acknowledging the challenges, Prime Minister Thavisin highlighted that the Committee on Soft Power has already initiated efforts to address the issue of resource scarcity within the industry.
“Sapparor,” a cinematic masterpiece that subtly weaves elements of “soft power” into the fabric of rural life in Northeastern Thailand, transcends conventional storytelling boundaries. The film’s focus on the profound cultural significance of funeral rituals and traditions is setting a new benchmark for the Thai film industry. Since its release on October 5th, 2023, “Sapparor” has enjoyed remarkable success, amassing an astounding 500 million Baht in domestic box office earnings. This resounding achievement is not limited to financial milestones alone; the film continues to captivate audiences, drawing widespread acclaim and maintaining strong ticket sales. Notably, “Sapparor” has achieved the distinction of becoming the highest-grossing Thai film in the past eight years, solidifying its place in the annals of Thai cinema history.