Thursday, September 15, 2005

Bangkok Loco (Pornchai Hongrattanaporn)

Bangkok Loco (Pornchai Hongrattanaporn) 30 – The “WTF?” factor is high in this Thai flick’s genuinely zany first few minutes. Starting out with the feel of a live-action cartoon, this film kicks off with a cascade of ‘70s pop kitsch. For a while, everything, from the narration (presented with an accompanying Star Wars-style font) to the credits (which are not only presented as digetic objects as the characters run through a marketplace, but are still present when the location is later revisited) comes fast, funny and cheap.

It slows down, quickly, though, settling into a plot involving “The Drums of the Gods”, which is a magical instrument that can be wielded by the forces of good and evil. A silly conflict between the two forces ensues, with a naive couple representing the forces of good and Ringo Starr (!) fronting for the bad guys. It’s as silly as it probably sounds and as insubstantial as you might fear. Interminable song sequences and a bunch of stupid sex comedy dominate the rest of the run time.

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