March 01, 2012
A bodyguard determines to find and protect the missing son of his former employer but is thwarted by a gang of hit men.
Tony Jaa (Panom Yeerum) has a small cameo in this film. He plays a supermarket employee who almost steals the movie. His energy and Thai boxing moves are fantastic.
Our hero "The bodyguard" played by Piphat Apiraktanakorn, an outstanding actor, is trying to continue to protect the family of his slain millionaire employer. The amazing special effects of the hotel shoot out, take us from the banquet room to the parking lot, and is quick, funny and very unbelievable. After the death of the employer the son doesn't believe that the bodyguard is up to the task of protecting him. The film is quite a bit of fun, although they spend a little too much time with a particular butt joke, making it slightly uncomfortable. The action continues all the way through and it is good fun for anyone who is interested in fast action, shoot-em up, Thai boxing comedies. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 55896-D 96 minutes 2004
December 05, 2011
Ghosts and numbers
Set in the aftermath of the devastating financial crash of the Thai baht and the Asian monetary crisis, Ghosts and Numbers is a fantastic meditation on Thai encounters with the spirit world and the world of numbers, as these intersect in unexpected ways. The film journeys with displaced farmers who can no longer work the land for a living and can only eek one out by selling lottery tickets on Bangkok streets. They are double-threatened by an impending conversion of the Thai national lottery to completely virtual form, displacing the paper ticket and cutting them out of the economy of numbers altogether. Intercut with the story of migrant lottery sellers are the stories of an avid lottery seller who communicates with spirits and the story of the devastating financial crash visually represented through a surreal journey through Bangkok streets. The film includes an amazing possession séance that is boosted by mobile technology and also relates stories of ghosts and haunting that span past and present and which are set among frightful trees in the country and ruined buildings in Bangkok, left half-built after the financial crash. The dream-like passages are presented by an ambiguous narrator who takes on increasingly spectral form in the stories she tells.
UM Public Performance Rights obtained
A wonderful meditation and realization of the pre and post financial crisis and hardships faced by many. A prelude to the western economic crash. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 55566-D 67 minutes 2009
August 29, 2011
Kham grew up with elephants in Thailand. To him elephants are majestic creatures, bred for peace, but prepared for war. When an evil Asian gang kidnap a bull and baby elephant during a festival, they are smuggled into Sydney, Australia. Kham must travel to a foreign land, and unravel a conspiracy that will reach into the highest levels of Australian law and business circles. With only his Muy Thai fighting techniques, and a disgraced Thai-descent police sergeant, he must reclaim his elephants, and his heritage.
Disc 1. U.S. theatrical version -- Disc 2. Uncut international version.
Amazing fight sequences and a sweet story. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 55229-D