Unbanned Thai Movie ‘Arbat’ Scores At Box Office

Controversial Thai movie “Arbat” has scored over $770,000 at the box office after producers cut the film and changed its title.

The film, now known as “Arpat,” was released on Friday last week after a ban by the country’s censors was lifted.

Sahamongkolfilm International, which produced and distributed the horror movie, said that it had earned THB27.6 million in the six days to Wednesday.

The film, directed by Kanittha Kwunyoo, tells the story of a young man who is forced by his father to become a monk. The young man later develops an intimate relationship with a village girl.

Censors had objected to scenes portraying Buddhist monks involved with sex, violence and alcohol. Sahamongkol cut some two minutes from the film and received a unanimous clearance by the censor board, which then gave it an 18+ rating.

Both the ban and the subsequent lifting of it sparked considerable social media activity. Opponents of censorship raised an online petition signed by over 100,000 people, while many queried double standards.

Kwunyoo said she was happy that her film had eventually been released.

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