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    Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by starbooze on December 31st 2008, 12:02 pm

    Credits to Thai Film Journal.

    • Directed by Rashane Limtrakul, Bandit Thongdee, Prachya Pinkaew and Chukiat Sakveerakul
    • Starring Mario Maurer, Kanya Rattanaphet, Pakorn Chadborirak, Shahrit Yamnarm, Suthida Kasemsan na Ayutthaya, Witwisit Hiranyawongkul, Jenjira Jamniansri
    • Released in Thai cinemas on December 25, 2008
    • Rating: 3/5


    Melodrama, comedy, action, time-shifting psychological mystery and even cartoon fantasy all figure into 4 Romances (Fun Waan Aai Joop, ฝัน-หวาน-อาย-จูบ), an omnibus of four shorts by four filmmakers for Sahamongkol Film International: Prachya Pinkaew, Chukiat Sakveerakul, Bandit Thongdee and Rashane Limtrakul.

    It comes out of the corner swinging with Joop (Kiss), a fast-paced comedy about a teen lothario who steals kisses. He's narrating the tale, saying that the sweetest kiss is from a friend's girlfriend, and he's set his eyes on Gaga, the girlfriend of his friend Beaver. Yeah, that's right, the guy's name is Beaver. He's played by Mario Maurer. Making a raunchy, double-entendre use of Beaver's name, Ped the bandit drives a wedge between Gaga and her sweet Beaver. Beaver can't leave it though. He confronts Ped at a boxing gym, where there's a big beatdown.

    Kiss is directed by Rashane Limtrakul, who at RS Film produced a couple of Thailand's most colorful films in recent years, Bangkok Loco and Ahimsa: Stop to Run. Rashane also edited Chocolate with fellow 4 Romances director Prachya Pinkaew. So suffice to say that Kiss has a real kinetic flair. A soundtrack pretty well lifted from Guy Ritchie's Snatch adds even more pugilistic energy.

    Kiss is most purely entertaining of the four shorts. It's also the shortest, making everything that comes after it feel dragged out.



    The next segment, Aai (Shy), is still mercifully light. And it helps that there are two handsome young stars hiking around the stunning scenery of a remote tropical island. "Tan" Kanya Rattanaphet, glamor-shotted up from her rather plain girl-next-door role in Love of Siam, stars as rich girl Tong. She goes to a deserted island with an eye toward building a spa and resort there. Left stranded by a shyster boatman, she's surprised to find that her tour guide on the island is none other Durian ("Boy" Pakorn Chadborirak), her old boyfriend.

    Immediately the two start bickering, revealing more of their past together. It's the typical soap opera of a girl from a wealthy family and a young man from a more modest upbringing falling in love. Durian, it turns out, broke off the relationship because he felt embarrassment about his background when in the presence of Tong's hi-so friends and family. Embarrassment (aai), not shyness, is the main theme, but I guess embarrassment would have been too much of a mouthful as the segment's title.

    But after a night of drinking a deranged Moken fisherman's whisky, and some vomit in the hair, well, who's more embarrassed?



    The next segment, Waan (Sweet), takes things to an entirely different time and place. Shahkrit Yamnarm and Suthida Kasemsan na Ayutthaya star as a middle-aged couple in 1980s or early '90s Bangkok, where Shahkrit's character Shane is a hard-working architect. He's about to go on an emergency business trip, which his wife Waan is vehemently opposed to, telling him he'd better not come back if he goes. Well, Shane goes anyway, leaving Waan alone. Gradually it becomes clear that all is not well with Waan. And when Shane returns home, he finds Waan just isn't the same anymore.

    What the heck is going on? Time confusingly jumps around, leaping from decade to decade with Shahkrit and Suthida being put through the paces of rapid aging by the makeup artists. The Thai film industry's current darling young actress "Saipan" Apinya Sakuljaroensuk is featured as a sparkling Waan in her teenage years.

    The short is directed by Prachya Pinkaew, who's better known for his action films like Ong-Bak and Chocolate. But he actually cut his teeth on romantic dramas back in the 1990s with Rashane at RS Film. He takes the psychological drama of Sweet to some mighty dark and mysterious times and places. It's so dark and mysterious in fact, that it's hard to tell what is happening. Nor is it certain just what state of mind Shane and Waan are actually in, or where and when they are existing, if at all.



    The realm of fantasy goes even further afield in the final short, Chukiat Sakveerakul's Fun (Dream), a dizzying blend of Thai pop music and cartoon fantasy. The story involves a little girl, Ton Kheaw (Jenjira Jamniansri), who is so obsessed with the boyband August, that she becomes lost in a vivid dream world, where she takes part in a magical adventure with the band.

    Now, August is a real band. It was formed for Chukiat's acclaimed teen romantic drama Love of Siam as the backing group for the character played by "Pitch" Witwisit Hiranyawongkul. August made promotional appearances for the movie and grew so popular that it took on a life of its own, playing shows, recording albums and making music videos. Singer Pitch is just one of the strong personalities in the band, and perhaps another movie could be made that explores them more fully.

    In Dream, August has made a deal with the Devil Black Cat. Like Robert Johnson at the Crossroads, they sold their souls. In human form, the Black Cat is named "Mr. Bird", and, hilariously, the character is patterned after real-life superstar Bird Thongchai McIntyre, and the actor playing him even looks like Bird a bit.

    August wants out of the deal, and somehow the lines between fantasy and reality start to fade away, and the girl Tong Khaew holds the key to survival. The band members transform into cartoon animal beings, and Tong Khaew becomes a wide-eyed anime little girl.

    And though the animation is rather crude and unfinished looking, the candy-colored setting and the idea of August being a bunch of anime teddy bears and reindeer is still quite trippy. It reminded me a bit of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine animated feature.

    But it goes on a bit too long, as Tong Khaew and the August animals fly from one narrow escape to another with the marauding Devil Black Cat hard on their tails. It became headache inducing, and I just wished the little girl would wake up already. But will she?

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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by nonez on January 1st 2009, 11:56 pm

    A Christmas-time movie might be becoming something of a tradition for director Chukiat Sakweerakul. Last year around holiday time, his Love of Siam was released in cinemas, and indeed Christmas was an integral part of the film.

    This Christmas, Chukiat will see the release of 4 Romances (Fun Waan Aai Joop, ฝัน-หวาน-อาย-จูบ), a four-segment omnibus in which he participates along with Prachya Pinkaew, Bhandit Thongdee and Rachen Limtrakul. With romance as the overarching main theme, the film also seeks to explore four different genres - comedy, action, musical and drama.

    Set for release on Christmas Day by Sahamongkol Film International, 4 Romances looks to be following the successful formula laid out by rival studio GTH with the horror omnibus 4bia, and to a certain extent GTH's ensemble romance Hormones. It will also be facing competition on Christmas from the teen-oriented musical comedy Super Hap, and will be contending with the sheer spectacle of Baz Luhrmann's Australia as well as the animated Madagascar 2.

    But 4 Romances has the solid success of the critically acclaimed Love of Siam to build on, and it features the stars of Love of Siam, among them Mario Maurer and "Pitch" Witwisit Hiranyawongkul. They are just a small part of the sprawling ensemble cast.

    Chukiat is directing the musical segment called Dream (Fun), which features Pitch and the August band. There's also a music video for the band's song, "Kwam Rak" ("Love").

    Mario is featured in Joop (Kiss), which is directed by Rashane, a producer at RS Film, but he also edited Chocolate. I guess this is the action segment, seeing how much of the trailer for 4 Romances (embedded below) is taken up by Mario and his mug, which has been beaten and bloodied. Turns out all he was trying to do was keep his girlfriend's first kiss stolen by another guy.

    Prachya directs Waan (Sweet), starring the versatile Shahkrit Yamnarm and Suthida Kasemsan na Ayutthaya as a couple whose romance has seen better times. "Saipan" Apinya Sakuljaroensuk figures into this segment somehow.

    Shy (Aai), directed by Bhandit, stars actress "Tan" Kanya Rattanaphet (girl-next-door Ling from Love of Siam), and a new face actor, "Boy" Pakorn Chadborirak. I can't quite make out what the segment is all about, except that involves the couple at the beach, giving each other significant glances from a distance.

    And there's lots more about 4 Romances at Bangkok of the Mind, which despite a threat of going on hiatus also has been dishing up the latest on the impressionable young Mario and his new manager.

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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by nonez on January 2nd 2009, 12:15 am



    Thai actors Mario Maurer and 'Pitch' Witwisit Hiranyawongkul, last seen together in the coming-of-age gay drama Love of Siam, are being reunited for a movie called 4 Romance, out in late November, according to fans at a Thai movie webboard.
    Well, reunited in a manner of speaking - 4 Romance is a four-part story of love, as seen through the eyes of four directors, who are all 'for' romance.
    Mario is in one part directed by one director; Pitch and August are in another part directed by someone else.
    The four directors contributing to the film are Chukiat Sakweerakul (ชูเกียรติ ศักดิ์วีระกุล), who lasted directed Mario and Pitch in Love of Siam; Pracha Pinkaew; Bandit Thongdee; and Rachen Limtrakul.
    The four parts are called Dream Sweet, Shy, and Kiss.
    Chukiat is directing Pitch and his band August in his part of the movie, a fantasy called 'Dream'. Pitch's band, August, was created for his last movie, Love of Siam.
    Rachen Limtrakul is directing Mario in the part called - wait for it - Kiss! The lead actress is a new face to acting whose name was not given.
    Shy, directed by Bandit, stars actress Tan Kanya Rattanaphet, from Love of Siam, and a new face as the male lead.
    Sweet, directed by Prinya, stars actor Chakrit Yaemnam, 'Champ' Wasit Phongsopha from Khao Chon Gai, and Saipan Apinya, from Friendship, also starring Mario.
    Those details appear at the Popcorn magazine website for Thai movie fans.
    At the Pantip webboard, a thread has appeared today which says that another male star from Love of Siam, 'Non' Chanon Rikulsurakan (นน ชานน ริกุลสุรกาน), is also in 4 Romance.
    Presumably Non, who played guitarist 'X', has been cast in the part directed by Chukiat.
    A fourth male star is mentioned, a young man called Nai (or Nine). I know nothing about him.
    Pantip readers ask if any gay romance is included in the film.
    'Mario, Pitch, Non and Nine - that's a four-part romance in itself,' says one.
    Those four male actors have posed for pictures for the movie poster (see above). Mario looks like someone has beaten him up.
    The band August is releasing a single from its second album next month. That could be linked to the film, as it is mentioned at the same Pantip thread which talks about the movie.
    The movie has a hi5 site, where you can view more slides of the main actors. You can find it here.
    Postscript: I am changing the spelling of Pitch's name slightly, to bring it into accord wth the spelling given on his Wiki page. Note to all those Pitch (พิช-วิชญ์วิสิฐ หิรัญวงษ์กุล) fans who have copied my blog posts shamelessly onto webboards, fansites, and the like: Update yourselves now

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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by starbooze on January 3rd 2009, 11:13 pm

    Credits to Box Office Mojo.

    4Romances (Fan Wan Ai Joob) reigns Thai box office from December 25-28 grossing an amount of $1,424,592.

    Congratulations to the cast and staff of 4Romances!

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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by D@shie on January 3rd 2009, 11:21 pm

    YEHEY! cheers


    Now, all that we need to figure out is how to have a subtitled version of 4 Romances ASAP... Crying or Very sad


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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by nonez on January 6th 2009, 7:07 pm

    that could be nice..i wonder this is the movie of the year for us................

    great job to all the staff and cast.... cheers

    still looking 4rward for the movie to watch it...

    and have a subtitle.... bounce

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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by chiruruzu on January 6th 2009, 8:50 pm

    nonez wrote:that could be nice..i wonder this is the movie of the year for us................

    great job to all the staff and cast.... cheers

    still looking 4rward for the movie to watch it...

    and have a subtitle.... bounce

    The trailer posted in YouTube is very interesting., waah., can't wait for the subtitled version to hit the net., Very Happy But i'm getting very excited... the waiting is but a torture for me... lol!

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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by krispen on January 7th 2009, 9:11 pm

    still no update on their site...tsk

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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by blissinabox on January 9th 2009, 6:45 pm

    krispen wrote:still no update on their site...tsk

    really? aww.. even in youtube? sigh...can't wait to watch this!!!

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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by atebugs on January 9th 2009, 6:48 pm

    I tried finding it sa mga gay torrent sites.. Kasi dun ko nahanap ang tlos.. pero natauhan ako at napagisip isip kong hindi pla xa gay themed movie.. hahaha!

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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by blissinabox on January 9th 2009, 6:55 pm

    atebugs wrote:I tried finding it sa mga gay torrent sites.. Kasi dun ko nahanap ang tlos.. pero natauhan ako at napagisip isip kong hindi pla xa gay themed movie.. hahaha!

    anubeh!!! ahahahha...natawa naman ako dito....

    feeling ko wala pa sa torrents ang 4 romances, tagal naman kasi ilabas ang DIBIDI...tsk!

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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by atebugs on January 9th 2009, 6:58 pm

    blissinabox wrote:
    atebugs wrote:I tried finding it sa mga gay torrent sites.. Kasi dun ko nahanap ang tlos.. pero natauhan ako at napagisip isip kong hindi pla xa gay themed movie.. hahaha!

    anubeh!!! ahahahha...natawa naman ako dito....

    feeling ko wala pa sa torrents ang 4 romances, tagal naman kasi ilabas ang DIBIDI...tsk!

    Ay, amsyado mo minamaliit ang sang-kapiratahan! Tayo na at suyurin ang quiapo! I'm sure meron na dun!


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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by nonez on January 12th 2009, 12:51 pm

    haayyy... Sleep

    how many sleep to come?

    cant wait to the movie to watch....

    well im so excited to it....

    i need to watch it asap... lol!

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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by phelom on January 25th 2009, 2:41 pm

    looking forward ma panood ko to...

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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by D@shie on January 25th 2009, 2:50 pm

    Yup can't wait can't wait for a DVD copy of this. Sana po torrent... Kesa sa yoochoob... para pwede idownload, ilalagay ko sa ayfad... Razz


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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by phelom on January 25th 2009, 2:52 pm

    ibang thia movie walng sub nga sa yootb

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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by D@shie on January 25th 2009, 2:56 pm

    I know, but this one has daw... yun ngalan barely readable yung subs...


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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by phelom on January 25th 2009, 4:23 pm

    yun ngalan barely readable yung subs... ????
    ano ibig sabihin?

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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by krispen on January 25th 2009, 11:24 pm

    phelom: kuha sa sinehan. ung pumirata hindi pa marunong kaya hindi kuha ang mga subs...


    teka sa 4romances ba ito? hehe

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    Post by D@shie on January 26th 2009, 4:59 am

    Yup, that si why I didn't watch it though I am so anxiously waiting for this! Kasi ang corny naman kung mafigure out ko na yung kwento kahit hindi ko naiintindihan. Crying or Very sad


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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by starbooze on January 26th 2009, 6:29 am

    MAY 4ROMANCES NA SA YOOCHOOB? WAAH!

    May torrent na? Smile


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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by phelom on January 26th 2009, 6:34 am

    ayuko nga bka mahuli pa ako... kau na lng share u nalang sakin...hehehe

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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by D@shie on January 26th 2009, 6:44 am

    Yes meron sa yoochoob pero pangit kasi hindi mo makit ayung subs... wala pang torrent! Crying or Very sad


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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by phelom on January 26th 2009, 6:47 am

    paki pasa ung url

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    Re: Film Review: 4Romances

    Post by D@shie on January 26th 2009, 6:56 am

    Here... better see it for yourself...




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