Tom Yum Goong Dominates Theatres?

I was a little sad to discover over the weekend that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory had been delayed because the powers that be didn’t want any competition for Tom Yum Goong, the latest action film featuring Tony Ja (his English name) and sequel to the popular Ong Bak.

If the film is good it should be able stand on it’s own merits and it shouldn’t be necessary to remove the option of any alternatives.

Of course, this isn’t unusual and happens everywhere around the world. I’m just really, really looking forward to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

26 Comments so far

  1. him (unregistered) on August 16th, 2005 @ 9:21 pm

    I want to see this, but I can’t bring myself to sit through dumbass slapstick thai “comedy” bits if, indeed, they are present. And let’s face it, they usually are.

    Shutter – a very good wanna-be japanese horror movie – manages not to have anything of this sort except for a split second scream of a ladyboy in a public toilet. Don’t ask.

    So, has anyone seen Tom Yum Goong and what’s the verdict?


  2. Bonifide (unregistered) on August 17th, 2005 @ 2:00 pm

    Him: Some people do enjoy dumbass thai slap stick comedy, such as the 66 million locals.

    Tom Yum Goong basically has no plot and no sense of direction at times. Random things blowing up for no particular reason at all, too much usage of the slow motion cam, and the frequent scene changes at the beginning gave me a headache.

    Otherwise, the hand to hand action is great. I think a bone is broken every 2 seconds. Don’t go in expecting much, and you’ll be fine.


  3. him (unregistered) on August 17th, 2005 @ 4:24 pm

    I never said people don’t enjoy it, I said *I* don’t enjoy it. Don’t mistake my wods of personal view for words of insult against a country. I fully realise this is exactly what Thai’s enjoy and, given that, I understand that a Thai movie may not appeal to me. My question was well stated and understandable: does TYG contain this type of humour?

    If you can’t answer my question, or can’t understand my reasons for asking, don’t misinterpret why I am asking. And don’t attempt to make out that I am commenting on an entire society when I am stating a personal preference.

    In fact, you didn’t even manage to answer my question, which says a lot. Your description makes it sounds fairly worthwhile and something I’d enjoy, however, I still don’t know if I am going to have to sit through stupid dumb ass slapstick comedy between cool fight scenes.

    So, you know, cheers for sweet fuck all, really.


  4. THAT AJARN (unregistered) on August 17th, 2005 @ 5:11 pm

    And so in atypical hi-so bitch style, Bonifide didn’t read or understand Him’s comment before pounding out an incorrect answer. I should say it is almost a relief to see that his powers of commenting are on par with his powers of posting.

    Perhaps we should attempt to interpret Bonifide’s comment of `Tom Yum Goong basically has no plot and no sense of direction at times.` as inferring the fact that this level of entertainment is exactly what those 66 million Thais want and is all they are capable of enjoying?


  5. Ben Harris (unregistered) on August 17th, 2005 @ 6:20 pm

    I mostly don’t find the Thai slapstick humour featured in many Thai films funny either, although there have been slapstick Thai films I’ve really enjoyed. I can’t recall the names of them though… I think one of them was about two friends training to be doctors…

    Even though I probably won’t see Tom Yum Goong, I hope it does well after that Tin Mine (?) film earlier this year flopped. The Thai film industry needs a big success.

    Thai people are very proud of Tom Yum Goong and it’s predecessor Ong Bak, and rightly so. I assume it will do very well in Thailand.

    Aside from that, I would appreciate it if we could refrain from personally attacking each other. If you have a problem with someone I would recommend taking it up with them via email.


  6. nocturn (unregistered) on August 17th, 2005 @ 6:36 pm

    “atypical”? was that your intended meaning or do you simply not understand the correct usage of the word?

    him: i thought shutter was very good, and the bit with the katoey worked very well to release the tension of the scene. i would hardly call it slapstick, but it certainly was comedy.

    as for tyk and charlie, both can wait for dvd.


  7. Bonifide (unregistered) on August 17th, 2005 @ 7:05 pm

    Dude, I’m attacking you at all. I’m just saying some people enjoy the slap stick comedy, namely the Thai population. Seriously, I have no reason to attack you at all. You guys sit here and call me an idiot, uneducated, hi-so bitch & teaz0r whatever else you called her — for what reason exactly? Do you guys have some vendetta against me? or her? Perhaps, I should have just stayed quiet like her but why should I? when your only intent seems to be of slandering, and void of any constructive critism. Do you seriously have nothing better to do than sit here and insult us?

    I’m angry so I post something, No one told me this was a news blog know where I have to go back research & every newspaper article in the world before I should post. I was told I can post whatever I feel like that involves the city/state/country I live in. (That’s the last I’ll commnent on, in respect to Ben’s request.)

    If my description ‘makes it sounds fairly worthwhile and something I’d enjoy…’ then why not watch it? The slapstick comedy is nearly unavoidable with Thai productions.

    If you compare the Thai films vs Western films its on two completely different levels. I’m just simply saying you should have two levels of comparision when you compare a Thai film & US film. Actually, most Thai films do lack a sense direction & simple plots — movies where they don’t have to think much.


  8. THAT AJARN (unregistered) on August 18th, 2005 @ 11:32 am

    Mr Bonifide you must understand one thing. If you stick your head up in public and decide to talk / spout wisdom / give news / expand ideas then you must realise that people will not always agree with you and, sometimes, may completely disagree with not only your topics but your delivery.

    I am sure there are many blog writers out there who, like you, find this out the hard way.

    It is as they say. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.


  9. THAT AJARN (unregistered) on August 18th, 2005 @ 11:37 am

    Nocturn: Yes, I understand I missused ‘atypical’ (Not conforming to type; unusual or irregular). It was of course meant to be ‘typical’ (Exhibiting the qualities, traits, or characteristics that identify a kind, class, group, or category: a typical suburban community.) but I noticed too late and unfortunately there is no way for a commentor to edit their comment.

    Just to add, I have seen Charlie / Chocolate Factory and it does not live up to what it could have been.


  10. Ben Harris (unregistered) on August 18th, 2005 @ 11:42 am

    Damn. Are you sure? I didn’t think the dynamic duo of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp could do any wrong!

    I feel so dejected now…


  11. bkkmei (unregistered) on August 18th, 2005 @ 12:14 pm

    ahhh…keep posting guys, all the slagging off makes it much more fun to read!

    Just kidding sort of. I think you’re doing ok. I’m actually intrigued by some of the disagreements that occur – makes me wonder… is there some hidden relationships we don’t know about?


  12. Bonifide (unregistered) on August 18th, 2005 @ 12:19 pm

    Ajarn: I’m fine with and well aware that people will not agree with me or my delivery, thats what I want. But if you sit down and start insulting me or other writers on a personal level then its a whole completely different ball game.

    Otherwise, I have no problem with you or him commenting as you feel like.


  13. him (unregistered) on August 18th, 2005 @ 1:17 pm

    I think there’s definetly some hidden relationships on the go here :) Maybe THAT AJARN is Bonifide! You never know.

    I’d like to state for the record I’ve only met two people from here, Ben and Polapat / Paul.


  14. Bonifide (unregistered) on August 18th, 2005 @ 1:54 pm

    Damn, I’ve been foiled! I knew my multi personality disorder would get revealed sooner or later.


  15. Bonifide (unregistered) on August 18th, 2005 @ 1:55 pm

    I’d also like to go on the record and clear up that my right hand has not personally met anyone here except for myself. :)


  16. THAT AJARN (unregistered) on August 18th, 2005 @ 6:01 pm

    Mr Bonifide. I have never insulted you based on anything other than how you represent yourself to the public, on this website. If you feel that my comments are unfair, derogatory or a misrepresentation of you then perhaps you should look to the cause.

    That being, in case you did not follow, how you make yourself look.


  17. aurix (unregistered) on August 18th, 2005 @ 7:46 pm

    BEN, don’t fret just yet. i, too, have seen ‘charlie and the chocolate factory’ and i have to say that i did enjoy it a lot. it had some flaws, in my opinion, but overall it was great. tim burton is nuts–and that’s good.

    BONAFIDE, you said “some people do enjoy dumbass thai slap stick comedy, such as the 66 million locals.” i’m one of the “66 million locals” and i don’t enjoy this kind of movie, neither do many of the people i know. don’t generalize…


  18. movie buff (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2005 @ 12:12 pm

    There is hardly any slapstick comedy in Tom Yum Goong. It’s an action / martial arts movie, and those who go into the cinema expecting a good movie in that genre will most likely get up from their seats 2 hours later quite satisfied. I certainly did.


  19. Peter (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2005 @ 8:02 pm

    Did you ever think that Charlie & the Chocolate Factory was pulled to give it a fighting chance at the box office?

    You know movies only last 2-3 week. I don’t think you’d want to waste a third of your selling time when everyone is talking about Tom Yum Kung.


  20. Dylan Gozum (unregistered) on August 24th, 2005 @ 4:14 am

    Thank goodness things like this don’t occur here in Manila!


  21. him (unregistered) on August 24th, 2005 @ 10:10 pm

    Thank goodness eh? Because it’d be hard to cope with having one of the world’s most corrupt governments AND having Charlie and the Chocolate Factory delayed one week!


  22. noname (unregistered) on August 29th, 2005 @ 3:27 am

    To “HIM” and “Stupid AJARN”,

    Are you people nuts..!! What are you people implying…???

    I don’t how the slapstick jokes in TYG are any less humor than lame ass Hollywood movies such as american pie, and the like–the jokes were about about sex..! Different people have different flavors. So to following the line of argument, I suppose, all those people who made american pie a smash hit were idiots. And what about all the chinese, Jacky Chan, Jet lI, Bruce lee movies..? I suppose all those chinese who watch the movie are as intellectually challenge as well…

    Why don’t you stop your arrogant, ignorant and prejudice comments.. Don’t be a hater fools..!

    Oh by the way, TJ makes so much money he could buy you girlfriend, wife, mother to be his whores(if he wanted too). But, of course, they are all too ugly by any standards.


  23. him (unregistered) on August 29th, 2005 @ 9:44 am

    Noname? Don’t you mean Nobrain?

    For one, you ignorant fucking tosser, I haven’t seen TYG and was ASKING if it had stupid slapstick humour.

    For another, how do you get off comparing silly humour in a martial arts movie (TYG) to silly humour in a silly comedy (American Pie)? Try comparing to a peer, something like House of Flying Daggers or a Western action movie.

    The rest of your comments are not worth answering. Don’t be such an ignorant fucked-up loser all your life.


  24. THAT AJARN (unregistered) on August 29th, 2005 @ 11:45 am

    ‘TJ makes so much money he could buy you girlfriend, wife, mother to be his whores(if he wanted too). But, of course, they are all too ugly by any standards.’

    Tell me is that really the best you can manage? I am not too sure what a ‘hater’ is but there would appear to be a degree of hatred in your comment. Judging by the language, and lack of direction and common sense you are clearly suffering some form of mental disability. Do your parents know you have access to the Internet?

    Or is this your application to be a Bangkok Metroblog Author?


  25. Dan (unregistered) on August 29th, 2005 @ 10:13 pm

    Jezz boys and girls. Lets aim for constuctive comments. No sense in all these ego-building replies (that goes for everyone…)

    “Oh by the way, TJ makes so much money he could buy you girlfriend, wife, mother to be his whores(if he wanted too). But, of course, they are all too ugly by any standards.”

    “suffering some form of mental disability. Do your parents know you have access to the Internet?”

    “you ignorant fucking tosser, I haven’t seen TYG and was ASKING if it had stupid slapstick humour.”

    … no need to defend, just don’t bicker in the comments box. :)


  26. him (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 9:03 am

    or how about “screw you dan, I have every right to defend myself when some igorant fucker like noname has a go at me”

    how does that sound? if you can find one ego building comment I’ve made, then please let me know because I can’t.

    remember: noone died and made you god. so stop fucking acting like it.



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