A Man & His Elephant in First Trailer for Sundance 2017 Film 'Pop Aye'

January 13, 2017
Source: The Playlist

Pop Aye Trailer

"The city takes you in as quick as it spits you out." A trailer has debuted for one of our most anticipated films premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival starting next week. It's a film titled Pop Aye, from writer/director Kristen Tan, about a man in Thailand who finds his long lost elephant and takes him on a journey home across the country. The description is so unique and this sounds so cool, that I was sold on it already, but this trailer makes it look like a "must see" during the festival. The film's cast features Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Penpak Sirikul, and Bong the elephant as "Popeye". I also love the poster they made for this (seen below), and I can't wait to see the scene it's from. Looks so awesome! Don't miss this trailer.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Kirsten Tan's Pop Aye, originally debuted by The Playlist:

Pop Aye Poster

On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect named Thana (Thaneth Warakulnukroh) bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a journey across Thailand, in search of the farm where they grew up together. Pop Aye is both written and directed by filmmaker Kristen Tan, making her feature directorial debut after a number of shorts previously. Kristen grew up in Singapore, but soon wandered off after graduation to live in South Korea and Thailand, before ending up in NYC where she now lives. The film is premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival this month. Pop Aye is currently seeking distribution, no release plans are available yet. Stay tuned for more updates. Curious?

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Looks pretty good. But I have a hard time separating Thailand's treatment of elephants and enjoying a film like this. // While I was in Thailand, a native told me how shitty the situation is. Not good...basically BLACKFISH type situation, but for the elephants.

DAVIDPD on Jan 13, 2017


That makes sense, and I was thinking about this, too... But my hope is that this film goes the other way and shows a man who really cares about and loves his elephant, and treats him with respect. That seems to be the case, but I still want to see the film to find out.

Alex Billington on Jan 13, 2017


True, and I am pretty sure, they won't really delve into the abuses, I hope some one in Thailand is brave enough to expose the elephant handlers to the mainstream.

DAVIDPD on Jan 13, 2017


Now, in case we missed some crazy story, there's one. But, it can be believable, too ...

shiboleth on Jan 13, 2017


This is going on my 'gotta see in 2017' list. Though it definitely lends to the off-beat feel of the trailer, the surf guitar music isn't an obvious choice, is it? I think this story could make me cry.

Movie Bear on Jan 16, 2017

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