Monrak Transistor

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  • NR
  • 2002
  • 2 hr 9 min
  • 7.3  (997)

Monrak Transistor is a Thai drama-comedy film released in 2001 directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang. The film mainly revolves around the life of a poor family and their struggle to make ends meet. The film is set in the 1970s and captures the essence of the political and social landscape of that time. The central character of the film is Pla (Supakorn Kitsuwon), a young boy who lives with his sister, Pu (Siriyakorn Pukkavesh), and his mother (Black Phomtong) in a small shack in the suburbs of Bangkok. Pla is fascinated by music and spends all his free time tinkering with electronics, trying to create his own transistor radio.

The family's struggle to make ends meet is portrayed vividly throughout the film. Pu takes up work as a cartoonist while Pla's mother sells noodles from a street cart. Pla, however, is too young to work and too absorbed in his experiments to care about money. The family's fortunes take a turn for the worse when their shack is demolished by the government, and they are forced to live on the streets.

The film portrays the family's resilience in the face of adversity. Pla, who is obsessed with music, dreams of performing on stage with his own band. He tries to find musicians who can play his kind of music, but most of them dismiss him as a kid. Finally, he meets a jaded musician, Sorn (Supakorn Kitsuwon), who agrees to help him form a band.

The film's comedy and drama blend seamlessly as Pla and Sorn try to find the right combination of musicians to create their dream band. They meet a host of eccentric characters, including a blind harmonica player and a man who can play the saw. The scenes where they audition these characters are hilarious and give the film a lighthearted tone.

As the band starts playing in public, the film shifts gears, and the drama takes center stage. Pla's mother falls ill and the family struggles to pay for her medical expenses. To make matters worse, the band is not making enough money to support them. Pla's obsession with music is also causing him to neglect his studies, and he risks failing his exams.

The film's climax is emotionally charged and leaves a lasting impact on the viewer. It is a testament to the human spirit and the power of music to bring people together. The film's ending is bittersweet but provides closure and leaves the viewer with a sense of hope.

Overall, Monrak Transistor is a charming film that captures the innocence and struggles of a poor family in 1970s Bangkok. The film's comedy and drama blend seamlessly, giving it a unique tone. The characters are well developed and memorable, and the performances by the actors are exceptional. The film's score, which combines traditional Thai music with Western pop, is also noteworthy. The film is a must-watch for anyone interested in Thai cinema or anyone who loves music and wants to be inspired.

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    2 hr 9 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (997)