this article explores thai cinema since 1997 to illustrate that New Thai Cinema, whose main directors are Nonzee Nimibutr, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Wisit Sasanatieng, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, constitutes a cinematic movement. The analysis examines the technical, artistic, and ideological aspects of these directors’ work in relation to Thai cultural, economic, social, and political developments as well as Thai filmmaking in the 1990s and early 2000s, which was marked by a considerable decline in the number of local productions. From 1990 to 2000, the number of feature films produced in Thailand decreased year after year, until reaching a minimum of nine titles per year. The decline became more pronounced after 1997, partly due to the economic crisis that devastated the country and spread to most of Asia (Sungsri 131). Yet the sudden economic slowdown in Asia in 1997, prompted by the devaluation of the baht, did not eliminate the hopes...

You do not currently have access to this content.