A lightweight spy comedy that takes the best of the Bond universe to preposterously ridiculous results.
A drug operation goes wrong, spurring an array of international villains, a mysterious femme fatale, the military and the security police to get involved. With cavalier free agent Reung at the centre of it all and the ostensible Bangkok Bond reference, the deceptively simple narrative doesn’t take too long to fray into a series of hijinks where each party tries to outsmart the other in a never-ending game of espionage and betrayal.
Spinning off Western Bond clichés and adding a little regional flair of its own for unexpected comedy, the film throws into the hilarious mix featuring ultra-mod lairs under Chinese tombs, surreal musical numbers with sultry singers but also mascotted spiders, as well as a bumbling cop who prefers staying home with his mother-in-law.
Organised with the support of the Film Archive (Public Organization), Thailand.
Cast & Credits
Ubol Yugala was a Thai director whose films included My Slave (1955), the first Thai film selected for Berlinale in 1960, and Pak Thong Chai (1957). Founder of Lavoa Motion Picture Production, she produced films such as Paradise Island (1969) and Doctor Karn (1973). She married the legendary Thai filmmaker, Prince Anusornmongkolkarn, and is also the mother of the Prince Chatrichalerm Yugala, the master filmmaker.
Mitr Chaibuncha, Man Teerapol