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Mekhong Full Moon Party (2002)

Sibha kham doan sib ed (original title)
Khan, a Nong Khai native now attending university in Bangkok comes home for the annual Naga fireballs festival, just as a debate is raging over the cause of the fireballs. A local physician... See full synopsis »

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Jira Maligool

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Jira Maligool
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Thidarat Chareonchaichana Thidarat Chareonchaichana ... Teacher Alice
Noppadol Duangporn Noppadol Duangporn ... Luang Por Loh
Boonchai Limathibul Boonchai Limathibul ... Dr. Norati
Jonathan Morrill ... Phelong
Surasee Patham Surasee Patham ... Headmaster
Somlek Sakdikul Somlek Sakdikul ... Dr. Surapol (as Somchai Sakdikul)
Anuchit Sapanpong Anuchit Sapanpong ... Khan
Boonsri Yindee ... Aunt Oong
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Khan, a Nong Khai native now attending university in Bangkok comes home for the annual Naga fireballs festival, just as a debate is raging over the cause of the fireballs. A local physician, Dr. Nortai, believes there is a scientific explanation for the phenomenon. A university professor, Dr. Suraphol, thinks the fireballs are manmade and are a hoax.

Khan knows the truth: Having grown up as a dek wat at a Buddhist temple across the river in Laos, he helped the temple's abbot and the monks there to create fireballs and plant them on the bed on the Mekong. It is how he grew up to become such a strong swimmer and obtain an athletic scholarship.

The temple's abbot, Luang Poh Loh, seeks Khan out and begs him to once again help with the planting of the fireballs. But Khan, weary of perpetuating a myth and of the crowds that accompany it, refuses.

This sets up a conflict between science and religion that threatens to change the annual celebration.

For his part, Luang Poh Loh is philosophical, ...

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The Thai title means 'the 15th day, 11th month' which is the full moon day of the 11th month according to the Lunar calendar. See more »

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12 May 2006 | by mryentafoSee all my reviews

I was lucky enough to be at the world premier of Mekhong Full Moon Party in Vancouver. The director and producer were there and joked that the reason the theatre was packed was because most people thought it was a movie about the famous full moon parties held on the beaches of Thailand! He invited those disappointed that it's not about this to exit the theatre, he won't be insulted LOL! Well, this movie had a lot of charm, as well as laughs and some sad moments too. There is some really beautiful cinematography when they show the river at night when it's raining, and also when the fire balls come shooting out of the water. I've seen at least 30-40 Thai movies, and this one is my favourite. It deals with a rather serious matter in the publics faith in religion, and at the same time keeping it light in true Thai fashion.


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Thailand

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Thai | Lao

Release Date:

11 October 2002 (Thailand) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Mekong River, Thailand

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