There are so many movies being produced these days that the premiere of most films hardly merits a second look. But in Laos there is cause for genuine excitement. Thirty-three years after the communist government overthrew the king and seized power, the south-east Asian nation has just produced its first privately funded movie, Good Morning, Luang Prabang.Our exploration of the Southeast continues with a film borne of cooperation between Thailand and Laos. Good Morning, Luang Prabang is a romantic film drama I'm not going to see because despite the presence of great-looking actor Ananda Everingham (a.k.a. "Pari" from Queens of Langkasuka), I already know it's not my genre.
The plot is simple enough; a Thai photographer visiting Laos falls in love with his beautiful Laotian tour guide. But much more remarkable than the plot-line, is that the communist government, having for years seen cinema as nothing more than an opportunity for propaganda, has given its support to the movie. As such there are hopes that Good Morning, Luang Prabang, which recently premiered at one of the country's two cinemas, might be the first of many.
"We aim at presenting Laotian culture, our beautiful scenery and cities," said Anousone Sirisackda, a Lao video producer who was involved in making the film with the Thai director, Sakchai Deenan. "Although Thailand and Laos have similar cultures, their differences are the charms that would draw people to see this movie."
~ "Good Morning, Luang Prabang – and hello to Laos's film industry"
But because two Southeast Asian countries came together and made something beautiful and all about them - with hopes of bigger and better projects in the future - it gets 5 stars from Moi on principle.