Magazine article Screen International

Wisit Sasanatieng

Magazine article Screen International

Wisit Sasanatieng

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Thai filmmaker Wisit Sasanatieng is having a busy Rotterdam, presenting his new film The Red Eagle, pitching his next project at CineMart, and serving on the Tiger jury.

Thai director Wisit Sasanatieng burst onto the international scene with 2000's Tears of The Black Tiger, the first Thai film to be selected for Cannes.

He is in Rotterdam serving on the Tiger jury and also presenting his new film, The Red Eagle, something of a departure for the director since it is an action and CGI-heavy superhero story. He is also at IFFR's CineMart pitching a much smaller, more personal project, Suriya. The film is based on the true story of a Muay Thai boxer who lives a reckless lifestyle. The director says he was inspired by a book about Suriya for many years, and felt it was fate when he lost the copy of the book for many years but was then re-introduced to it.

How did you come to do an action film like The Red Eagle? This is a change of pace for you.

It's a remake of The Red Eagle, TV show about the Thai hero, that was quite popular and when I was young. It impressed me a lot. When I wanted to do something like this, I thought only of The Red Eagle.

Did you have fun working with all the action and effects?

I think it should be fun but I found the work too complicated and tough, especially on this budget. The production budget was 30m Thai baht [just under $1m] so it's not that much. We did a lot of CGI is really tricky to make in Thailand because we have less people and the timing is quite tight. …

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