“Be Bloody and Resolute” – The Banned Thai Film

Shakespeare must be banned – The Nation, April 3, 2012

“Shakespeare Must Die” Official Website

From the statement from the filmmakers:
…As every English-speaking middle school children know, ‘Macbeth’ is the supreme study of megalomania, the tale of a warlord with limitless ambition who, prompted by the prophecies of witches and egged on by his fiendish wife, kills his king to crown himself. A reign of terror ensues, as the paranoid tyrant must keep on killing to preserve his power.
It seems strange that the cultural ministry would ban Shakespeare, in the form of a film that the ministry itself had funded. It’s as if we’re actually living under a real live Macbeth. There are cinematic versions of Macbeth from all over the world—India, Japan, Taiwan, you name it. This is the first Thai Shakespearean film and, for reasons of national security, it is deemed too dangerous for Thai people to see!

And more on this page as the director prepares the film to send to the Thai censors:
…Thailand is in the worst mood in my living memory; the very dust in the air is filled with rage, hate, grief and helplessness. The inevitable questions from the censors, and others, will be: Are you not afraid that this film will contribute to the existing divisiveness? Are you biased against the red shirts? Aren’t you scared that the red shirts will kill you? Is the film an attack on the Shinawatra family? Is this film an attack on the royal family? (Given the current plague of lese majeste cases, let me confirm right here that every syllable in that scene is straight from Shakespeare; it’s a discussion of the Divine Right of Kings, ie they’re only divine if they behave, and it’s essentially about rulers and leaders of men, not only kings.) Is this film dredging up old and new wounds unnecessarily? Why does Khunying Mekhdeth (Lady Macbeth) call on evil spirits to possess her while praying before a Buddha statue? Etc….

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6 Responses to “Be Bloody and Resolute” – The Banned Thai Film

  1. Wiz says:

    The very reason why “Shakespeare Must Die” has to be banned is due to the fact that it has LEAKED the conspiracy of Ai Maew to commit regicide to install the new puppet as His Majesty refusing to bow to Ai Maew’s pressure

    15 Days to appeal for lifting the ban on “Shakespeare Must Die”

  2. Wiz says:

    The very reason behind the ban: the Anti Monarchy attitude of Ung Kanchanawanit

  3. lek says:

    if you do not understand why this file is banned by the regime, you do not understand what is coming very soon.

  4. Wiz says:

    After I watch the commentaries in Thai PBS, I learnt that there is a photo from 6 October 1976 purge showing people watching those Red Gaurs Killing a hanged left wing student by hitting him with a folded steel chair … while those people showing gleefully response which is very surreal to say the least … and the commentator have pointed out about the right wing brainwashing without mention about the brainwashing announcement by left wing students to call fellow left wing students to joint the demonstration despite of the looming storm of the Red Gaurs as well as the appealing by Rector Puay Uengbhakorn … which is a real SHAME to that female commentator …

  5. MichelinMan says:

    Why would anyone blame a PBS reporter for a minor piece of personal bias as a result of her loathing of murder committed by a brainwashed lynch mob. If they had been properly punished (instead of being handsomely rewarded) for their crimes, we might just have avoided a little of the current mafia mob mess. It is completely obvious that strong-arm government has been a complete failure. But then again, even in 1932, it was never intended to be anything more than a cynical power/money grab.

  6. Wiz says:

    The issue on this movie will be held on 11 May 2012

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