Lost in Thailand Blu-ray Review

     Actors: Wang Baoqiang, Fan Bingbing, Huang Bo, Xu Zheng, Tao Hong
  • Director: Xu Zheng
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • Release Date: February 25, 2014
  • Run Time: 105 minutes

            Lost in Thailand is currently the highest-grossing film in China’s history, though this should not necessarily be a badge of quality. Take into consideration the films which are often the biggest box office winners in Hollywood, and how few of those are simultaneously critically praised or award-winners. 12 Years a Slave just won Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards, despite having very little impact on ticket sales in comparison to many other films in 2013. Lost in Thailand is a very safe film, filled with irreverent comedy and mayhem comparable to an inoffensive Chinese take on The Hangover type humor.


            Rival businessmen are sent to Thailand by their boss to retrieve a contract from a man for the patent formula for a groundbreaking fuel additive. Xu Lang (Xu Zheng) risks his relationship with his wife in order to advance in business, desperately vying for advancement in his company against competitor Bo Gao (Bo Huang). Like an episode out of “The Amazing Race,” these two men struggle to overcome obstacle upon obstacle, sacrificing everything to be the winner.


            Xu is given the first challenge as he sits on the plane next to Wang Bao (Wang Baoqiang), a naïve traveler with enthusiasm to spare. Wang is unintelligent and bad luck for Xu, but his loyalty eventually makes him a friend and companion in the journey. This is after he causes a great deal of trouble for Xu at first, but this is easier to forgive in time due to his pleasant nature. The reality is that this is the type of humor which feeds off of things going wrong, a comedy of errors in the most physical sense.


            The Blu-ray review includes a making-of featurette and a trailer.  


    Entertainment Value: 7.5/10

    Quality of Filmmaking: 6/10

    Historical Significance: 5.5/10

    Special Features: 4.5/10



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