Thai movie maker Thanakorn Pongsuwan, finest identified for 2009 movie “Fireball,” died on Friday. He was 46.

His dying was not brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, although his final rites will likely be affected. Relatively he died following an unsuccessful battle with most cancers of the blood (lymphoma.) The information was introduced by his sister Manussanun Pongsuwan, who can also be his producer.

Also referred to as “Un,” Pongsuwan was answerable for writing and directing 5 accomplished and launched function movies. His “Pretend” appeared on the 2003 version of the Vancouver Worldwide Movie Pageant. Martial arts movie “Fireball,” later launched by Lionsgate in sure territories, performed on the Far East Movie Pageant in Udine.

On the time of his dying, he was near finishing “Suppose,” which was billed as “an strange love story” and stars Ananda Everingham (“Shutter,” “Pleasure manufacturing unit”) and Chayanit Chansangavej (“The Iron Masks”).

In a posting on Fb, Pongsuwan’s sister stated that the present public well being state of affairs in Thailand does permit for a extensively attended funeral. “As a result of Covid-19 state of affairs, we won’t be able to obtain visitors. However sooner or later, as soon as the disaster has handed, there will likely be different types of remembrance occasions. Thanks to all of you who’ve expressed remorse each by phone and inbox,” she wrote.

“I first met Thanakorn all the best way again in 2003/2004 throughout his worldwide tour of ‘Pretend,’ and this information got here as a shock. Our condolences to his household, together with his producer and sister, Manussanun Pongsuwan,” stated Raymond Phathanavirangoon, a Bangkok-based producer and head of the SEAFIC movie growth and coaching institution, on social media.