A documentary by Thai director Chira Wichaisuthikul about kid kick-boxers in southern Thailand opens in Bangkok next week.
Named after the famous Bangkok stadium where top muay Thai fights are held, “Lumpinee” focuses on a small muay Thai camp where young boys train in the hopes of making it as big-time fighters.
“in a world of violence, thereʼs passion in the silent soul”
Synopsis – Destiny brings a group of hopeless kids into Thai boxing world of violence. It may look like an unjust deed in some peopleʼs eyes. But Thai boxing is a two-sided coin in Thai society. For these kids, it could mean an opportunity to flip their lifeʼs crisis into a chance. For them, itʼs all about passion, determination, and faith.
Bangkok Post film critic Kong Rithdee previewed the film this week.
“In the film, the rise and fall — and rise and fall again — of boxers follow the usual trajectory of poor pugilists who grind their teeth through the kingdom of violence,” he wrote.
“These are kids from a remote region whose future prospects are limited, and whose dream of fighting at Lumpinee Stadium, the sweat-soiled cathedral of all muay Thai gladiators, is a glimmer of hope that would allow that future to become possible.”
“Lumpinee” opens in CentralWorld’s SF Cinema on July 7, and will be shown on one screen once a day.