Famed film director Mom Noi dies aged 69

ML Pundhevanop Dhewakul, better known as Mom Noi, who died of lung cancer on Thursday. (boraan.th Facebook Page)

Acclaimed Thai film director ML Pundhevanop Dhewakul died of lung cancer on Thursday night. He was 69 years old.

He was best known for two movies, "Chua Fah Din Salai" (Eternity) in 2010 and "U Mong Pa Meung" (The Outrage) in 2011, which was based on the classic Kurosawa film "Rashomon".

Mom Noi, as he was better known, had been receiving treatment at Bangkok Christian Hospital for almost two months. 

The filmmaker did not attend the premiere of his latest work "Six Characters" (2022, based on Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello) on Wednesday.

Chaiyapol Julien Poupart, who played one of the lead characters, told reporters then that Mom Noi missed the premiere for health reasons.

Mom Noi was born on March 16, 1953, to MR Chananwat Dhewakul and Bhakdi Dhewakul na Ayutthaya. 

Other well-known films directed by Mom Noi include two "Jan Dara" films (2012 and 2013), "Plae Kao"  (The Scar, 2014) and "Mae Bia" (2015, adapted from the novel by SEAWrite laureate Vanich Charungkitanan)

He also taught acting - at Mahidol and Chulalongkorn universities and other institutions.

Movie poster for "Chua Fah Din Salai" (Eternity, 2010). (Photo: Sahamongkol Film)

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