Bangkok Loco

Aptly named "Bangkok Loco" is advertising-trained helmer Pornchak Honggrattanaporn's first feature, a delirious camp comedy that for some may recall Takashi Miike's more frenetic efforts. Local nature of the latter limits the pic's hilarity for offshore viewers, though "Bangkok" is a midnight-slot must that will quickly accrue cult status as a DVD item.

With:
With: Krisada Sukoson, Nuntaka Worravanitchanun, Phacaphat Boonsomthum, Noppadol Taveethumnusin, Pranee Keebut, Sumontha Suanpholrat, Nibondh Chaisirkul.

Aptly named “Bangkok Loco” is advertising-trained helmer Pornchak Honggrattanaporn’s first feature, a delirious camp action-fantasy-musical comedy that for some may recall Takashi Miike’s more frenetic efforts. Tale of a rock ‘n’ roll drummer drawn into an ancient good vs. evil struggle provides a deliberately nonsensical line on which to hang nonstop “Hellzapoppin'”-style gags, parodies and in-jokes. Local nature of the latter limits the pic’s hilarity for offshore viewers, though “Bangkok” is a midnight-slot must that will quickly accrue cult status as a DVD item.

Beatle-mopped Bay (Krisada Sukoson) is pounding the skins in his flat one day when it suddenly appears he’s been flaying the skin of his landlady. Did he really kill her, or is this a nefarious plot against him? On the lam from inept police, with occasional help from ersatz girlfriend (Nuntaka Worravanitchanun), a fellow child-student under the mystical Drum Master (Pranee Keebut), Bay endures adventures by turn slapstick, Buddhist, carnal and musical before his true nemesis is finally revealed. Anarchic pic revels in cheesy f/x, gaudy design contribs and wry and crude humor. Lunatic invention seldom palls long enough for viewers to catch a breath.

Bangkok Loco

Thailand

Production: An R.S. Promotion presentation of a Tai-Saduak production. Produced by Rashane Limtrakul, Ekarat Hiracharden. Executive producers, Kriangkai Chetchotisak, Surachai Chetchotisak. Directed by Pornchak Honggrattanaporn. Screenplay, Sompope Vejchapipat.

Crew: Camera (color), Ruengwit Ramsoot; editor, Panutat Wisetwong; music, Sansab Co.; production designer, Thaveesak Hirunlikid. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Midnight Madness), Sept. 11, 2005. Running time: 99 MIN.

With: With: Krisada Sukoson, Nuntaka Worravanitchanun, Phacaphat Boonsomthum, Noppadol Taveethumnusin, Pranee Keebut, Sumontha Suanpholrat, Nibondh Chaisirkul.

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