Director: Prachya Pinkaew



Born 2 September 1962, Prachya was graduated at Technology Nakornratsima College in 1985, majored in Architecture.

Prachya Pinkaew began his career in 1990, working at Pack Shot Entertainment as first an art director and later creative director. In 1992, he became director for music videos and since he has won several Best Music Video Awards at the Golden Television Awards in Thailand.

In 1992, Prachya had the opportunity to direct his first feature film 'The Magic Shoes', followed in 1994 by his second film 'Romantic Blues'.

Prachya began work on Ong-Bak in 1999, working as both director and producer. The film, which was completed in 2003, was selected as the closing film for the Bangkok International Film Festival. It will also receive its official international premiere as part of the Midnight Madness programme at this year's Toronto Film Festival.

Ong Bak was the highest-grossing Thai film of 2003 and Prachya is considered a new leader in commercial Thai cinema. He just finished his fourth film, "Tom Yum Goong", which is due to be released in August 2005 in Asia.

Since 1998, Prachya has been focusing on producing. He is the head of an independent production house, Baa-Ram-Ewe, which has an output deal with Thai Major Studio, Sahamongkolfim International Company Limited. Recently, Prachya has produced many popular Thai Hits including the vampire movie 'Body Jumper' (2001); action comedy 'Heaven 7' (2002); horror movie '999-9999' (2002) (Official Competition in Puchon Fantastic Film Festival 2003); the musical 'Hoedown Showdown' (2002).

This year, he produced the art house comedy 'Sayew' and the horror drama 'The Unborn' and artistic drama 'Fake'.

'Sayew' has won the Honourable Mention Award at the Seattle International Film Festival (2003). 'Fake' will be official competing for the 'Dragons and Tiger' Award in the coming Vancouver International Film Festival.

Prachya has just been promoted to be the Director of the Thai Film Association and will worh again with Tony Jaa with their new project "Sword" : a period movie swordplay using the art of "Dab Thai" : "Double-Handed Sword-Fighting".


Filmography

- Tom yum goong (2005) (post-production) (producer, director)
- Kerd ma lui (2004) (producer)
... aka Born to Fight (Europe: English title)
- Pisaj (2004) (producer)
- Fake (2003) (producer)
- Sayew (2003) (producer)
- Ong-bak (2003) (producer)
- 7 pra-jan-barn (2002) (producer)
... aka Heaven's Seven (International: English title)
- 999-9999 (2002) (producer)