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Lost In Thailand

Lost In Thailand

Xu Zheng directs and stars in "Lost In Thailand", which follows the rivalry between two ambitious business managers in competition for a revolutionary new technology. Having recently played a crucial role in developing a revolutionary new fuel called Supergas, energy company executive Xu (Xu Zheng) seeks to patent his creation before his crafty associate Bo (Huang Bo) beats him to the punch. But in order to do so, Xu will first need to gain control of the stakes currently held by elusive chairman Zhou, who's currently on vacation in Chiangmai, Thailand. Soon the obsessive quest quickly becomes an outrageous comedy of errors.

Language: English / Mandarin / Thai
Subtitle: Na
Classification: P13
General Release Date: 14 Feb 2013
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Distributor: RAM ENTERTAINMENT
Cast: Xu Zheng, Huang Bo, Wang Bao Qiang
Director: Xu Zheng
Format: 35MM, 2D



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Review
Writer: Ng Suzhen

Writer Ratings:
Overall: 3.5 Out of 5
Cast: 3.0 Out of 5
Plot: 3.0 Out of 5
Effects: 3.0 Out of 5
Cinematography: 2.5 Out of 5

Watch this if you liked: “Lost On Journey”

The walk into the cinema hall for "Lost In Thailand" may be a sceptical one, but 10 minutes into the movie and you will realise there is a reason for it being a big box office hit.

While the plot may not contain anything new, the character portrayals and jokes are earnestly funny, especially Wang Baoqiang's portrayal as the filial, straight-thinking Baobao. When Xu Lang (Xu Zheng) rushes off to Thailand in secret to obtain the rights to a solution named You Ba (Super Oil), little does he realise that the annoying Baobao would end up being his saviour of sorts.

Using Baobao as a shield to distract and avoid company rival Gao Bo (Huang Bo), comedy ensues as the cat and mouse game begin under the nose of the oblivious Baobao.

Malaysian audiences might not recognise most of the actors save for Huang Bo, who shined as co-host in the recent Golden Horse Awards as well as whose performance can be currently seen in "Journey To The West". While he was memorable in the aforementioned performances, the spotlight, unfortunately, dims for this actor in the case of this comedy.

Huang, who was not in predecessor "Lost On Journey", was probably pulled in as an additional comedic element to delight audiences. Those looking forward to him delivering a standout performance might be disappointed to find his presence in the movie mediocre while hilarity ensues every time original cast Xu and Wang are together.

Wang, in particular, shines as the bumpkin pancake seller who quotes his mother constantly. Like Xu Lang, your first impression of the man in a blonde wig with a huge idiotic smile plastered on his face will have you worried if this would be a character that will be potentially annoying throughout the movie.

Unlike Hollywood road trip fare "Due Date", where Zach Galifianakis' Ethan Tremblay seriously deserves a punch in the face, Baobao's endearing demeanour will unexpectedly creep up on you and before you realise it, you'd start wishing for him to stick around a little bit longer.

Aside from the expected jokes played at the expense of Baobao's naivety (much to Xu's exasperation oftentimes), the gags pretty much pull through the movie effectively with much laughter ensuing at nearly every point. Brownie points for Baobao's pancake-making skills which are not wasted here as he utilises his expertise in a classic scene at a hotel where he attempts to give Gao Bo a massage.

If you are looking forward to something light-hearted at the end of a stressful work day, "Lost In Thailand" would be the cure for you. At the end of the movie, you will leave the cinema with a smile on your face.

Cinema Online, 22 February 2013
   

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