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Showing posts with label Khmer movie. Show all posts
First They Killed My Father - A Film by Angelina Jolie

After knowing the release announcement of Jailbreak movie - the biggest Cambodian action film at the end of this month that I have already planned to watch, now this new movie 'First They Killed My Father' which was directed by one of my favorite Hollywood actresses, Angelina Jolie, whom most of Cambodian movie-lovers also know well, I have to arrange my schedule to watch it in February.

Before getting to know the film a bit more, have you ever read a book 'First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers' by Ms. Loung Ung? If you did that is great but if not, and still interested, you can find it on Amazon. Honestly, I have never read it neither.

According to the official Facebook page, Netflix is proud to announce that the Cambodian premiere of the film will take place on 18th February in Cambodia. The premiere will be followed by other screenings around the country. Director Angelina Jolie is delighted to be returning to Cambodia, to fulfill her promise to premiere the film first for Cambodian people. The film, shot entirely in the Khmer language and with a Cambodian cast, was made for and by the Cambodian people. Angelina is looking forward to sharing this moment with them, alongside Loung Ung, whose story is told in the film, and her fellow producer Rithy Panh - his film 'The Missing Picture' got in the list of the 2014 Oscar Nominees.

READ: The Top 10 Cambodian Websites

About the Film
First They Killed My Father (or in Khmer: មុនដំបូងខ្មែរក្រហម សម្លាប់ប៉ារបស់ខ្ញុំ) is the adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s gripping memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978. The story is told through her eyes, from the age of five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, to nine years old. The film depicts the indomitable spirit and devotion of Loung and her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years. The film was shot on location in Cambodia, between November 2015 and February 2016. It was filmed entirely in the Khmer language, and is the largest movie ever made in the country. The cast is made up entirely of Cambodian actors. Cambodian technicians, artisans and crafts people comprised the largest portion of the crew, along with more than 3,500 Cambodian background actors.
It is the largest movie ever made in the country, Cambodia.
Watch (clip): Director's & Producer's views, and some highlight scenes of the film

You also can see some of the behind-the-scene slide photos that photographed by Sabay News team.

How to Watch it?

  • Save your date on February 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm and buy the ticket to watch it at any nearby theatres in Cambodia.
  • Or watch it online (any device, anywhere and anytime): you have to wait for the official release on Netflix movies on September 15, 2017 (maybe, as mentioned on the Facebook page), and you have to subscribe for monthly service on Netflix Cambodia (the fee starting from Basic $7.99, Standard $9.99, and Premium $11.99 per month) with two type of payment methods (Credit cards: Visa, Master, AMEX, and Paypal).
You have known the release date in Cambodia and for online streaming already so which way you will choose to watch? Will you really want to watch it?

[Update] First They Killed My Father Arrives Netflix on September 15,  2017.  Let watch the official trailer (HD Video) below:

For me, I will go to watch at the cinema. Hope to see you there in Phnom Penh city!

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First They Killed My Father Movie to Screen on February 18, 2017 in Cambodia

Jailbreak Movie Poster

Are you waiting for the release schedule of Cambodian action movie, Jailbreak? Do you want to see Khmer traditional martial arts featured in this movie?

In my previous post about the Jailbreak movie, it is the biggest Cambodian action blockbuster that you should wait to watch at the end of next month. 

After produced 'Jailbreak' in two years, Mr. Jimmy Henderson, Director, told Sabay News that it spends more than USD 300,000 with nearly 100 stunt performers, and some parts of technical production took to Malaysia for high quality film in order to expose Cambodian cinemas abroad.

The movie is scheduled to premiere in theatres on January 31, 2017 ahead.

Here's a brief summary of Jailbreak:
  • Language: Khmer
  • Subtitle: English
  • Release Date: January 31, 2017 (Cambodia)
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy
  • Running Time: 90 Minutes
  • Produced by: Kongchak Pictures
  • Distributor: Westec Media Limited
  • Cast: Jean-Paul Ly, Dara Our, Savin Phillip, Céline Tran, Tharoth Sam, Sirivudh Sisowath, and more 
  • Director: Jimmy Henderson
  • Format: 2D

READ: The First Martial Arts Stunt Team In Cambodia

Watch: Jailbreak - the first official teaser trailer (HD)

“Playboy” is an important key to find the secret gang leader of the “Butterflies” behind all the dark business, he is sent into the secure Prey Kla Prison. To escort him, Police Officer from France Mr. Ly and his supportive partners from Cambodia Officer Dara, Socheat and Tharoth. After a prisoner rebellion the groups gets trapped in the prison. What will happen to all the police in Prey Kla? What fate will Playboy get when all the prisoners are looking forward to killing him? Will they escape or die?

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[Update]: Watch JAILBREAK Official Trailer (HD)

Do you like this movie, and will you watch it? Bookmark your calendar on the 31.01.2017 in cinemas. For more details, check out the Jailbreak’s official website or Facebook page.

The Jailbreak Movie Will be Released on January 31, 2017

Cambodian Action Film 'Jail Break'

For recently years, Cambodian movie industry has gained more popularity among the country after the Ministry of Information ordered bans the broadcast of any foreign-made film between the hours of 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and was intended “to restore Cambodian culture and Khmer movies”, according to Radio Free Asia.

Seeing this trend, local filmmakers have been working hard to produce the qualified movies to fit national and international markets. If asking you what kind of Cambodian movies would you expect to watch: documentary, drama, comedy, adventure, romance, history, action, crime, horror, thriller etc.? For me, I like watching action films (Hollywood-made, Chinese-made, and Thai-made …), and this chance I wish to watch Cambodia-made ones as well.

Luckily, I had watched one film, Hanuman, produced by Kongchak Pictures – it is the Cambodia’s first action movie. So, what will be the next one to watch in the upcoming year, 2017?

- The Missing Picture
- The Last Reel 

Kongchak Pictures in association with Puprum Entertainment, a new startup company founded by two biggest film distributors: Sabay Digital Corporation and Westec Media Limited, have worked together for the action comedy adventure, JAILBREAK, which may do well for Cambodia comparing to regional neighbors.
What started as a simple escort mission will soon turn to chaos as the prisoners of Koh Kla take over the prison grounds. Five special task force officers trapped in the building will have to fight their way out for survival, as they wait for backup to come.
The film will be casting by Dara Our, star of Khmer first action movie Hanuman as well as Father’s Treasure, Before the Fall and The Forest Whispers. His co-lead is the Hollywood-level Jean Paul Ly, his action credits include stunt and fight work on Lucy, Now You See Me 2, Grimsby, 24, Streetfighter and more, recently Cuckoo. The other casts include Tharoth Sam, the first female Bokator Fighter to make it into the MMA League and winner of the One FC MMA Tournament in 2014, and Savin Phillip, who is also cast in Hanuman. It will be directed by Jimmy Henderson with estimated release in 2017.

For more information about this movie, please keep in touch on the official Facebook page here.

Can not wait to watch its official trailer, and what you will expect from the movie? Please share your thoughts below!

The Cambodian Action Movie 'Jailbreak' You Should Watch

Cambodia has a proud history of filmmaking. During the golden age of Cambodian cinema in the 1960s, over 300 films were made in the Kingdom. I am the one who love watching movies so I am optimistic about the future of Cambodian cinema. Today, a new generation of Cambodian filmmakers is receiving well-deserved recognition for their tireless work. Earlier this year, Rithy Panh’s “The Missing Picture” was the first Cambodian film to be nominated for an Academy Award. In October, film director Sotho Kulikar received the Spirit of Asia Award at the prestigious Tokyo International Film Festival for her entry “The Last Reel,” which opened the 5th Annual Cambodia International Film Festival on December 5-102014.
“The Last Reel” is the first full-length independent film by Hanuman Films, a Cambodian film production company runs by Kulikar. Joining the film as executive producer was American Lloyd Levin, who first came to Cambodia to work on the “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” film. At Hanuman Films, they are working to raise Cambodia’s profile by bringing more international film productions to the country.

I think movies can give a voice to the past, and this is true for “The Last Reel,” which explores the legacy of civil war and the shadow it has cast over the next generation. Kulikar hopes her film “will play its part in a long overdue healing process in Cambodia, by encouraging generations old and young to talk more openly about the past.” I wish her dream would come true soon too.

Ms. Sotho Kulikar - Director's Message:
The Last Reel is a film about the remaking of a lost film, by a first-time woman director about a first-time woman director that suggest the process of making and watching films can reconcile the past and the present, victims and their tormentors, parents and children.

About Director:
Sotho Kulikar was Line Producer on Tomb Raider in 2000. Via her production company Hanuman Films she has produced many films and documentaries, including Ruin (Special Jury Prize, Venice 2013). The Last Reel is her directorial debut. Born in 1973, Kulikar grew up during the Khmer Rouge regime, and the subsequent turmoil and civil war.
Film Synopsis: When Sophoun’s father demands an arranged marriage she flees her imploding home and seeks refuge in a decrepit cinema. There, she is shocked to discover an incomplete 1970s melodrama, a film which starred her much loved but now desperately ill mother as a glamorous young woman. With the help of the cinema’s elderly projectionist Sophoun re-makes the missing last reel of the film. By premiering the film forty years late she hopes to remind her mother of a life she’d once lived and to mend the psychological scars that still haunt her.
Director/Producer: Sotho Kulikar
Screenplay/Producer: Ian Masters
Producer: Murray Pope
Executive Producer: Lloyd Levin, Sotho Tan, Nick Ray
Cinematographer: Bonnie Elliot
Editor: Katie Flaxman
Composer: Christopher Elves
Sound Designer: Brooke Tresize
Please have a watch of the trailers (Khmer & English version):

Any comment would you like to share?

The Last Reel - Dom Fill Chong Krauey

While reading news on Internet and Facebook news feed yesterday evening, most of my friends shared and congratulated on "Cambodia's first Oscar nomination" then I have tried to read and search more detail. So, I found it! It is true, and it really makes me feel proud of that news as I am a movie hunter and Cambodian citizen too.
This Khmer movie titled "កង្វះរូបភាព (in Khmer language) or The Missing Picture" which directed by Cambodian famous film-maker, Mr. Rithy Panh.

As posted on the official Facebook page of the movie and stated on Oscar website, this is the first Academy Award nomination for Cambodia at the 86th  Oscar Academy Awards.

Does it the first Cambodia films submit to Oscar committee?
No, it is the third submission that Cambodia has submitted to Oscar, The Foreign Language Film Award Committee. The first Oscar submission, The Rice People "អ្នកស្រែ (Neak Sre)" - in 1994 at the 67th Academy Awards, is a Khmer language drama also directed by Mr. Rithy Panh, about a family of women struggling to survive after the death of the family patriarch from a foot infection. For the second submission, Lost Loves "ឃ្លាតទៅសែនឆ្ងាយ" - in 2012, is a drama film in the Khmer language that directed by Mr. Chhay Bora and based on real events - it is the first Cambodian film in more than 20 years to deal with facts during the Khmer Rouge era.

You can watch its trailer and find out more about the-Oscar award movie as the following:

Note: You can watch it by translation into Khmer language
Film SynopsisFew images exist of the brutality unleashed on Cambodia by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge following the Kampuchean Revolution in 1975. Using clay figures to stand in for himself, his family and the many Cambodians whose lives were destroyed during the years that followed, Rithy Panh recreates a dark and bloody period in his country's history.
Directed by: Rithy Panh
Produced by: Catherine Dussart
Written by: Rithy Panh
Narrated by: Randal Douc
Cinematography: Prum Mesa
Release dates: 19 May 2013 (Cannes)
Running time: 90 minutes
Language: French 
The Missing Picture it won the Best Foreign Language Film of Oscar Awards in a selection of other 4 Nominees: The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium), The Great Beauty (Italy), The Hunt (Denmark)
Omar (Palestine). 

SEE ALSO: The Last Reel

Have you watched all these movies yet?
Let's find good ways (online watch or book tickets?) to watch it all as possible!

My message for all Khmer film-makers:
In here, I would like to thank for all Cambodian film-makers especial Mr. Rithy Panh who has great effort to make our Khmer films nominated in the international stage, Oscar. I am really proud of them! This is a good sign that all newbies or professional local film-makers, Cambodia, could learn from the achievements.
For the final selection will be on March 2, 2014. So, please wish our film win the prize!!

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The Missing Picture - The First Cambodia Movie Gets Oscar Nomination

"Run" in Khmer "រត់" is a first Khmer zombie and 2D movie that produced by Khmer filmmaker, Arom Films. According to an actor whose name is Happy Man "កំលោះ រីករាយ" posted on his Facebook profile mentioned that this is the first Khmer Movie that our actors and film producer spend their value time to create it and push it to become a standard quality to compare to our country. This movie will be showed in Legend & Cineplex (Cambodia) and Korea country as Korea Movie Festival. They plan to include in US movie festival last September but cannot due to time constraint (Cambodia election, Democratic and other), budget and political. However, to show up Cambodian can do it, they have tried their best and make it happen.

Through my interview with him, he said most actors were volunteers, and they were newly (they don't have experiences to be the actor before).
Let have a look the trailer!

SYNOPSIS: Phnom Penh is changed after a deadly flu virus spreads through the city, turning its citizens into undead like creatures with a taste for flesh. Join a group of survivors who battle to stay alive through this turbulent event while trying to find out why this disaster occurred. Life in the city will never be the same again.
For more please visit the official Facebook page of the movie,

"Run" will be screened in Legend Cinemas (Cambodia) and Platinum Cineplex (Cambodia) on October 23, 2013, with Khmer language and English subtitle.

SEE ALSO: The First Cambodia Movie Gets Oscar Nomination

After watching this trailer, I really have an impression on it even the non-experienced actor but they all try the best to act well, and I do appreciate them all.

Let's go and watch the movie on that date together!

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