The 10th moving image avatar of the character Angsumalin _ one of the most beloved in the canon of Thai literature _ is a naive girl who's no longer playing Chinese cymbalo but is instead an expert rower. Playing Angsumalin in the latest film version of Khu Kam is Oranate "Richy" D. Caballes, an 18-year-old professional badminton player from Chiang Mai. She will star opposite Nadech Kugimiya as the Thai woman who falls in love with the Japanese soldier Kobori during the chaos of World War II when the Emperor's Army marched through Siam.
Khu Kam is one of the most popular Thai novels of the past half-century. Several famous actors and celebrities have played the roles of Kobori and Angsumalin. The novel's author, national artist Tommayanti, recently said that Sukrit "Bie" Wisetkaew, in the still-on-air television series, is perfectly suited to play Kobori. What's interesting about the latest film adaptation, directed by Kittikorn Leosirikul and coming out tomorrow, is that both main characters are played by stars of European descent.
Oranate is the youngest and the greenest actress to ever play Angsumalin _ this is her first movie role. We caught up with her one evening.
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