Monday, January 30, 2012

Thai movie 2010/2011

In my quest to learn the thai language, I have immersed myself in movie and dramas (lakorns) from Thailand. It turns out that there were many good movies and lakorns. I got myself hooked on a couple of lakorns and now, I have to learn Thai language to understand these lakorns. Bummer!!

By the way, I'm half siamese so please understand my obsession with learning the language. Last year, I watched 4 Thai movies. Some were turned out to be better than I expected, some so-so, the rest..meh~ I won't go in depth as they were released quite long ago and you could find the reviews so easily on the net. I do have to note that I watched them on youtube. Here's a short summary: *note: There's some spoiler ahead. Not too much but they are there*

#1 Yes or No (2010) : Me likey!!! Thai lesbian movie. I wasn't expecting much when i watched this movie. I am pretty open towards same sex relationship but not sure if I could empathize with their love. Turns out that not only was I entranced by the sweet scenes, I even cried during their conflicts. I love it when a movie which I have absolutely no expectation of comes and sweeps me off my feet! Love is universal indeed. This movie stars Tina Jitaleela as Kim and Aom as Pie. The story revolves around Pie who has negative perception towards tomboys and how one day she got a tomboy roommate (Kim). Overall, this movie is funny, thought provoking and left me with a good hopeful feeling. It is a great way to gently educate the mass public of a different kind of love. I am really happy to find out that Yes or No 2 has started filming this January 2012. Will be expecting the sequel end of this year perhaps?

#2 Suckseed (2011) - me likey very much too!! This musical teenage flick stars Jirayu La-ongmanee (Kao), Natcha Nuanjam, Pashorn Jiratiwat (Peach), Thawat Pornrattanaprasert. Generally, it's about 2 best friends starting an amateur to impress girls and everyone else. They are the underdogs that seek to be rise up the social status quo by having this band. Things gets all complicated when a long lost girl friend, Ern, gets into the equation. The show is really funny and i like that it plays homage to the Thai rock music industry. You can see that it is interspersed with popular Thai song with cameos by popular Thai rock bands e.g. Paradox (my fav song! Summer), Big Ass, Bodyslam etc. Watching this movie will give you an insight of the popular (there's no other way to describe it) songs/bands that makes up the Thai rock industry. For me, it was nostalgia. Those are the bands I used to hear (and now forgotten) on my cousin's CD. Should you watch this movie: Hell Yeah!!

#3 Crazy Little Thing Called Love (2010) - meh~ Stars Baifern as Nam and Mario Maurer as Shone. Very meh~ indeed. A lot of people loved it, I'm sure. It's a little too lengthy and draggy for me. It's has a cliche storyline no doubt, an ugly ducking turned into a swan only to find out her crush was into her all along.. (is this a spoiler?) Cliche! You would have guessed it. I'm not against cliche but the pace is too slow. least for me. Not much humor. Not much chemistry between the two couples. Although I do have to applaud Baifern's acting. Mario is an eye candy. Kinda too perfect. Can't blame him. But I do have to say there are some parts of the movie that I could relate too. Every girl who's had a crush during high school would find this movie relatable.

#4 Hello Stranger (2010) - so-so Boy meets girl in Korea. Boy not a fan of korean culture. Girl is a crazy Kdrama fangirl. They are stuck on this trip together but decides not to know each other's identity until the end. The trailer made it seem super exciting but I find the movie too lengthy too. Perhaps I am no Kpop or the korean culture fan so i don't find the movie relatable at all. Entertaining but nothing to hu-ha about.

I hope to watch more this year. But then again, I am quite selective. I watch mainly rom-com and do not intend to tread other genres. To 2012!! Cheers!!

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