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LOST IN THAILAND (MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

LOST IN THAILAND (MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

The second highest grossing film in Chinese history (US $200 million), and I found it embarrassingly bland, ridiculous , sophomoric; unworthy of the viewing time. I watched with three Chinese Americans whose chuckles were tepid and vastly sporadic. “Lost in Thailand” will be “lost” on Western audiences; will not last a week in AMC theatres which were recently  purchased by China’s huge theatre circuit, Dalina Wanda Group.

Possibly, being a product of a democratic environment, I was incapable of grasping what qualifies as entertainment in an authoritarian milieu.  At best, a morality theme: minimal spiritual enrichment comes to those who blindly quest for notoriety and wealth;  geared to the most simplistic of souls. Supremely silly, the major actors bare a pathetic resemblance to the “Three Stooges”; their jejune histrionics illicit groans, not giggles. That being stated there were a few moments of splendor: Thailand and its majestic temples, shimmering, lustrous landscapes, untraveled, pristine roads, contrasted with state-of-the-art airports, cell phone dilemmas, lend a satisfying juxtaposition between two disparate worlds.

Publilius Syrus, a Latin mime writer in the 1st century BC, wisely wrote: “Fortune makes a fool of him she favors too much”. In “Lost in Thailand” the foolishness oozes from the screen, suffocating the viewer.

ONE STAR!

For Now………Peneflix

The second highest grossing film in Chinese history (US $200 million), and I found it embarrassingly bland, ridiculous , sophomoric; unworthy of the viewing time. I watched with three Chinese Americans whose chuckles were tepid and vastly sporadic. “Lost in Thailand” will be “lost” on Western audiences; will not last a week in AMC theatres …

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