Narrative and Reflection on Society in Thai Films to be Nominated for an Oscar Awards of the Year 2010 - 2019

  • Patrawadee Sena College of Communication Arts. Rangsit University
Keywords: Thai society, Narrative, Films


        The study on the topic “Narrative and Reflection on Society in Thai Films to be Nominated for an Oscar Awards of the Year 2010 - 2019” aimed to study how the Thai Films to be Nominated for an Oscar Awards of the Year 2010 - 2019 reflected Thai society by analyzing the narrative strategies of films. This study is qualitative research in textual analysis by using the concept of films such as Narrative, Genre and Social Problem with a selection of ten Thai films to be Nominated for an Oscar Awards of the Year 2010 - 2019.

        The study results, it was found that ten Thai films reflected Thai society in three main issues as follows; (1) social problems, such as morality, culture and mind, drugs, prostitutes, crimes, educational inequality, deformity and homosexuality, family, habitat and decayed areas, including health, sanitation and diseases; (2) political problems, such as corruption, interest and influence groups, infiltrating communism and war; (3) economic problems, such as poverty and energy.

        For the study on narrative strategies of films, the study results it was found that the Thai Films to be Nominated for an Oscar Awards of the Year 2010 - 2019 had a continuity of story which can be divided into two types, which were chronological and non-chronological order. As well as the endings, the characters often happy, sadness and the story ended without a clear resolution. In addition, the theme that the films aimed to communicate to the audience mostly reflected society in aspect of social criticism. For most of the conflict, the films presented internal conflict that the characters difficult to make decision and lifestyles, including the conflict between people and people, conflict between people and society that different concept or ideology. In addition to presented the conflict between human and external force which natural hazards. Moreover, for the characters traits, the study films presented the characters in two types, which were flat or typed character and round character. Furthermore, most of the scenes in the films were in artificial setting and scenes in daily life of the characters. It also found scenes in abstract environments were characterized according to the beliefs, values or ideas of people in society. For the point of view in storytelling mostly had the story from the first - person point of view and usually had the third - person and omniscient point of view


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