The Other Bodyguard

The film ‘The Bodyguard’ was on television last night, but I wasn’t expecting Whitney Houston or Kevin Costner to make an appearance because it’s a Thai film (complete with the token ka-toey).

I knew from the outset it wasn’t going to be good with the main character doing matrix like moves while dual weilding hand-guns. All the while he’s able to hit his targets but the bad guys can’t hit shit, and food on tables is stopping or deflecting bullets from hitting him.

It’s hard to know exactly where it hits rock bottom. Is it when four cars collide mid-air into a fireball directly above our antagonists? Is it when a characters body is found buried under piles of trash, yet he’s still alive? Is it when an unimportant character is riddled with bullets but keeps going for another 60 seconds to facilitiate the escape of the buried-in-trash man? Is it the fact that everyone in the film also appears in practically every other Thai film?

It’s meant to be an action/comedy along with a whole bunch of other things (Thai films have trouble figuring out what type of film they are so try to be everything) but the humour isn’t funny – it’s stupid. Perhaps a Thai person would find it funny…

The censors were working overtime on this one quieting the huge amount of swearing (in Thai), blurring any cigarettes and blurring any knives at throats. The film was intact though and the general idea could still be gleaned.

Why can’t there be more films like Fan Chan or Mehkong Full Moon Party?

5 Comments so far

  1. him (unregistered) on May 9th, 2005 @ 1:53 am

    Censorship in this country is so screwed. No smoking on TV – oh no, but any age can go to ay film at the movies! Yesterday I saw Unleashed – a remarkably violent martial arts / gangster movie. Very graphic. 18+ in the UK, probably R in the USA. In Thailand? Annoying little 7 year old whiney kid behind me. Great.

  2. Ben Harris (unregistered) on May 9th, 2005 @ 12:02 pm

    That’s a good point, do they have a rating system here?

  3. Pailin (unregistered) on May 9th, 2005 @ 2:03 pm

    I don’t think they have the rating system here at all.
    I’m totally agree with him about the censorship.. it’s screwed! I just can’t see the point why they just blurred the guns, ciggies or the knives..I think it just make people more curious.

  4. teaz0r (unregistered) on May 9th, 2005 @ 4:23 pm

    they need to make more movies like “prik kee noo moo ham” love janjira and kajornsak.

  5. Ben Harris (unregistered) on May 9th, 2005 @ 10:38 pm

    Erm… what’s that one?

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