According to online viewership, some popular movies in the Thai Khmer language include "Balang Mek," "Than Sour Ney Sne" and "Kampoul Mnous Dav Te Vta." "Plook Mun Kuen Ma Kah 4" is a Thai movie in the Central Khmer language. The film debuted in 1994 and received high ratings on IMDb.com.Continue Reading
Many movies that are not of Thai production have gained popularity in Thailand after being translated into Central Khmer, such as "Apocalypse Now," "The Killing Fields" and "Beyond Borders." Some of the movies included on IMDb.com's list of "Most Popular Central Khmer-Language Feature Films" include "Dreamland," "Ruin," "The Last Reel," "The Rice People" and "Hanuman." Many websites that cater to Khmer language films include translations into both Central and Northern Khmer.
As Khmer is primarily spoken in Cambodia, many of the movies produced in Khmer are of Cambodian, not Thai, production. Thai Khmer, which is considered Northern Khmer, has a distinct accent from Central Khmer, and the differences vary from dialect to dialect, as well as from region to region. Some experts believe that the Northern and Central dialects are different enough to be classified as separate, although closely related, languages. However, Cambodian Khmer movies, and movies translated into Khmer, are still consumed in Thailand despite these differences.Learn more about Education