Lost In Thailand (2013)
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Critic Reviews for Lost In Thailand
Zheng errs on the side of improvisatory and lazily assembled Apatow-esque narrative episodes; many of those scenes are amiably goofy, but it all holds together based on his cast's charm and energy.
By our quote-unquote standards of contemporary comedy, it plays as uneven at best and often just flattens out for long jokeless stretches.
This film races with such high energy that the humor continues to satisfy, if only because the characters are so likeable.
The film is perhaps a more effective tourism poster for Thailand than our official campaigns; the mix of beauty and quirk is just right, almost bland, certainly not offensive or critical. A sequel is in the pipeline _ it's win-win, at least for now.
Audience Reviews for Lost In Thailand
Not a good movie, but a light and goofy one that moves at a lightning fast pace. This is much like Schlussmacher, and many others, that's just the most recent example of it, where a serious business manage, on the verge of being set for life with a revolutionary renewable energy plan, is stuck with a goofy, but well-intentioned, man whose friendship teaches him what's really important in life. Predictable, and a little silly, but that's what you get with this film. Of course Xu Lang, the business manager, at first, is driven nuts by Baobao's ways and how he always finds a way to get both of them in trouble, etc. Baobao starts to grow on him and by the end of the film they're the best of friends and their lives are changed forever. Of course, that's a little goofy considering that they only spent a couple of days together, but let's go with that. The film is fine, it doesn't really offer much of anything you haven't seen elsewhere. I do think that the leads have great chemistry with each other, which makes this type of film easier to watch. It also has a pretty memorable villain. He wasn't great, but he was funny and easily the highlight of the film. Another positive is that the film moves so fast that it doesn't really give you much time to think about its flaws while you're watching it. Of course, what they don't realize is that you're going to do that AFTER the film is over, but I have to give props to the film for at least managing to move fast for its length, and for trying to keep things entertaining for a broader audience. Its attempts don't always work, but I'm sure more people will walk away from this with a smile on their face than those that won't and I'm pretty sure that was the filmmaker's intention. There is some melodrama here, nothing like the Korean films, but it still felt incredibly out-of-place. Seeing Xu Lang, in the end, phone his wife to admit his mistakes and trying to make up for them while he's crying and a sad score plays in the background was really bad. Thankfully it's not much and they quickly move away from that. There's also some drama with Baobao and his sick mother but, again, it's kept to a minimum. Didn't really think this was that great of a movie, but its high energy and solid cast will certainly win over some people. This was average, but the good kind...if that even makes sense.
I went on the premiere of this comedy (and waited until now to see the film listed on RT) of the director Xu Zheng and I have to admit that I'd never been in such full cinema in China. Usually half of the theatre is empty but this time there was no spare seat which resulted in our row collapsing at the end and we had to watch the remaining 10 minutes seating on the floor! The good thing is that nobody left and we all laughed big time until the closing credits. It was almost identical atmosphere from the last Xu Zheng and Wang Baoqiang project from 2010 "Lost on Journey". A crazy story of two colleagues from the same company trying to find their boss to sign a power of attorney for an international contract for a newly invented "super gas", started in China and followed in Thailand where most of the action was happening. A screenplay full of action and funny situations included a third character, confused onion cake maker who doesn't seem all there, trying to fulfil a list of dreams... while leaving his tour group to follow his new "friend" who is just using him. The trio Xu Zheng, Wang Baoqiang, and Huang Bo were perfectly cast and chemistry between them was so obvious that the atmosphere created had to be fun - no other result was possible. Be ready for laughs all around 105 minutes while watching this action filled Chinese comedy perfectly suited for any age (most of the time)... if you are watching the movie with elderly or youngsters maybe there is a need to explain the ladyboys in some of the scenes! Have fun!
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