Lost In Thailand (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD
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Two years later, Xu reunites with Wang for Lost in Thailand, a thematic follow-up that also marks Xu's directorial debut. Armed with a much bigger budget (several times higher than the original film), Xu takes the adventure to Thailand, the home of elephants, temples and the Water Festival. Joining the two travelers in the craziness is fellow comedy star Huang Bo (Crazy Racer), playing the villain in constant pursuit of the two heroes. Thanks to the popularity of the first film, the exotic locations and a theatrical release slot during the busiest cinema-going season of the year, Lost in Thailand shattered box office records and became the top-grossing local film in Chinese history.
After years of research, Xu Lang (Xu Zheng) finally found success in creating the Supergas Petroleum Enhancer. The only way he can get funding for additional development is to go to Thailand and have his company's majority shareholder sign a letter of attorney. However, his professional rival Gao Bo (Huang Bo) wants to sell the technology for a quick buck and will stop at nothing to get his own letter of attorney signed first. On the way to Thailand, Xu Lang encounters Wang Bo (Wang Baoqiang), a simple onion cake maker on his first vacation overseas. In the heat of the chase, Wang Bo ends up joining Xu Lang on an adventure across Thailand – with Gao Bo close on their tail.
|Product Title:||Lost In Thailand (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 人再囧途之泰囧 (2012) (VCD) (香港版) 人再囧途之泰囧 (2012) (VCD) (香港版) 人再囧途之泰囧 (2012) (VCD) (香港版) Lost In Thailand (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Xu Zheng (Actor) | Huang Bo (Actor) | Wang Bao Qiang (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing | Tao Hong (Actor) 徐崢 (Actor) | 黃渤 (Actor) | 王寶強 (Actor) | 范冰冰 | 陶虹 (Actor) 徐峥 (Actor) | 黄渤 (Actor) | 王宝强 (Actor) | 范冰冰 | 陶虹 (Actor) Xu Zheng (Actor) | 黄渤（ホァン・ボー） (Actor) | 王宝強 （ワン・バオチャン） (Actor) | 范冰冰 （ファン・ビンビン） | 陶紅（タオ・ホン） (Actor) Xu Zheng (Actor) | Huang Bo (Actor) | 왕보강 (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing | Tao Hong (Actor)|
|Director:||Xu Zheng 徐崢 徐峥 Xu Zheng Xu Zheng|
|Country of Origin:||China|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1033166095|
This groundbreaking Chinese road comedy tells the story of how lead Xu Lang goes to Thailand seeking “everything”, and ends up finding renewal through his encounter with the kind but bumbling Wang Bao. The addition of his business rival Gao Bo to the trip prompts a series of absurd struggles that makes it hard for us to know who to cheer for. This is a ridiculous story of completely unreasonable behavior that uses Thailand’s natural beauty as a stark contrast to remind us that in our usually insane, absurd lives, we have to remember to stay optimistic, because that’s how we find our way back to happiness.
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A very Chinese take on Planes, Trains & Automobiles, 2010's Lost on Journey was a surprise hit at the domestic box office thanks to a solid script (co-written by Hong Kong's Manfred Wong) as well as great screen chemistry between stars Xu Zheng and Wang Baoqiang as two travelers trying to make a 3000-km journey across China. Many expected that Lost in Thailand – only a thematic continuation of Lost on Journey – would be a modest hit thanks to its stars and the popularity of the first film. However, Lost in Thailand didn't just shatter expectation, it crunched them into atoms by becoming the highest-grossing domestic film ever at the Chinese box office.
Does Lost in Thailand deserve such success? On one hand, any expectation that the film is a radical game changer should be put aside, as it's a typical road comedy that never attempts to subvert the genre (it's nothing like the The Hangover films, despite the way some trades label it). On the other hand, Xu Zheng's directorial debut is a surprisingly well-oiled commercial machine that delivers everything audiences would expect from such a film. In other words, don't expect Let the Bullets Fly.
Like Lost on Journey, Lost in Thailand is essentially a road movie about two people trying to get from point A to point B. Xu Leng (Xu Zheng) is a scientist who has developed the Supergas Petroleum Enhancer, a concoction that can expand gas by 50%. To develop and sell the enhancer, he needs a letter of attorney signed by his company majority shareholder Zhou, who is on a meditation trip in Thailand. On the flight, he meets hyper simpleton Wang Bao (Wang Baoqiang), an onion cake maker on his first trip abroad.
However, finding Zhou is not Xu Leng's only worry. Close on his tail is Gao Bo (Huang Bo), a company rival who wants to sell the Supergas technology to the French for a quick payday. To shake Gao Bo off his tail, Leng leaves his bugged cell phone in Wang Bao's bag. Being the kind simpleton that he is, Wang Bao tries to return the phone to Xu Leng and ends up joining the journey in the heat of the chase. Realizing that he needs Wang Bao's passport to travel, Leng now has to make sure he beats Gao Bo to Zhou and that Wang Bao won't get them killed on the way there.
In addition to being a road trip buddy comedy, Xu and co-writers Shu Han and Ding Ding add a refreshing chase element in the form of Gao Bo. The character not only replaces the extraneous dramatic digressions of Lost in Journey with more comedy (including an obligatory car chase), he provides a much-needed push that keeps the story and the characters moving along. Huang Bo is at the top of his game under the direction of his Crazy Stone co-star, having great fun as an unstoppable villain who sometimes is not unlike a cyborg from the Terminator films.
Still, the focus here should actually be on the reunion of Journey pair Xu Zheng and Wang Baoqiang. Despite acting as both director and star, Xu still makes a fine straight man next to Wang, playing a more hyper variation on the simpleton character that he was born to play (though Wang's childlike antics may annoy some). While neither gives a performance that could be termed a breakthrough, the two stars once again make a great comic duo. As in Journey, their onscreen chemistry plays a major role in Thailand's success.
Xu's direction also elevates Lost in Thailand beyond other Mainland Chinese comedies. Despite taking up all film's major creative roles, Xu seems to appropriately focus his energy on the writing as well as establishing the proper comic timing. Each joke is set up and delivered expertly, making the first-time director look like an experienced pro who knows how to put together a film. The 30 million yuan film (actually not a modest budget for a comedy) looks technically polished, while Xu's direction is appropriately uncomplicated and without excessive stylistic touches.
If there is any real complaint about the film, it's the loss of cultural specificity. Lost on Journey appealed to Chinese audiences by using a familiar formula to tackle a uniquely Chinese problem (the Lunar New Year holiday migration). On the other hand, Lost in Thailand chooses to appeal to audiences with a universal message (i.e., the hero learns to take time to stop and smell the roses) and Thailand's exotic scenery. The humor is rarely mean, and the film is overall tame enough that it's appropriate for anyone over 10 years of age. However, because of its formulaic story and ideas, the film may lack appeal for overseas audiences who aren't familiar with the stars and language-specific humor.
Nevertheless, Lost in Thailand is an expertly crafted piece of popular entertainment that will please the masses and fortunately doesn't try to do much more. The film's success is not due to it being a particularly original film. Instead, it's successful because it shows audiences that Chinese directors can adopt age-old formulas and execute them just as well as the rest of the world. While directors like Jiang Wen and Ning Hao are busy trying to show off how smart they are, Xu Zheng sticks to the basics and delivers a straightforward comedy with an easy-to-understand message that doesn't pander to anyone. Lost in Thailand won't make any critic's top ten list, but it is essentially what a commercial Chinese film should be.
by Kevin Ma - LoveHKFilm.com
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Laughs found in Thailand
The story that "Lost In Thailand" tells is based upon a preposterous premise. Its comedy is founded upon a relationship between mismatched travelers which quickly becomes grating. Nonetheless, the movie's nonstop crazy energy kept me glued to my seat and cheerfully entertained.
Here's the silly premise: Researcher Xu Lang (Xu Zheng, who also directed the film), after years of work so intense that it has jeopardized his marriage, has developed a fuel additive that physically expands fuel so that less of it is needed to power a vehicle. He hasn't yet ironed out all the kinks in his invention and seeks approval from his boss to complete the task and to have his employer market the completed product. His rival at the company, Gao Bo (Huang Bo) wants to cash in on the invention immediately by selling the unfinished product to a European company. Their boss has taken a leave of absence to seek peace at a Buddhist temple. Now Xu and Gao are in a race with each other to travel to that temple and have their boss sign a power of attorney to empower the possessor of the document to pursue his desired objective. (This is a decision-making model employed by no company anywhere at any time ever.)
In his race to the temple, Xu finds himself paired with Wang Bao (Wang Baoqiang), a simple-minded dreamer who Xu can't manage to shake. Wang's sincere but silly efforts to assist Xu do nothing but slow him down. As Gao trails Xu on his way to the temple, Gao becomes ever more unhinged in his efforts to throw Xu off the track. The tale becomes wilder with every new adventure.
"Lost In Thailand" obviously is inspired equally by "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" and by "The Hangover Part Two", but has a zany charm that is all its own. It ain't great art, but it makes for a fun popcorn movie.