I really am not an avid Thailand cinema fan, I watched their horror films only if I was coerced by my sister, and I watched the romcom-type ones if my friends asked me too. This time it is the same case, I got dragged by a best friend for, supposedly, the sake of a guy known as Nichkhun from some kind of K-Pop group called 2PM. Seven Something (รัก7ปีดี7หน) is an anthology type films, divided into three major parts, based on (what I assume) the age of the lead character in the story. On the first story there’s this little YouTube videos that points out how major events happen in human life every 7 years under some cosmic astrological influence. This is how the three stories unfolds.
Directed by: Pawin “Golf” Phurijitpanya
Puan (Jirayu “Kao” La-ongmanee) is in love, he just started going out with his first girlfriend, Milk (Sutatta “Pun Pun” Udomsilp). Like any other youth, the boy is well rehearsed with nowadays technology and gadget, he uploads his video on YouTube, he tweet his thoughts, he shares on Facebook, and joins online community. Clearly interested in art of photography and probably aiming to be a music video director (or was it a director in general) he expresses his feeling through making a video tribute to his girlfriend. But apparently the two have very different sense of privacy.
With loud, gimmicky visuals to accentuate the mood and exagerated the atmosphere or mainly Puan’s feeling (that after sometimes became quite exhausting) and musical score that is a reminiscent of old school 8-bit game score, this piece might did a great job mimicking the mood created in nowadays flow of information. Reminding me of a little terminology used by my professor, an information implosion. The two young leads are adorable and fits their character well, the acting might be mediocre, but isn’t it just sufficient to tell this adorably puppy-love tale of the digital era. Puan and Milk are a representation of nowadays teenagers who tweets, share, have as much (if not more) online as their offline communities. They spend their days on dates (well documented by Instagram and other aide of iPhone apps) and video chat on Skype at night. When privacy became a hurdle, it feels like a gentle sarcasm towards avid Internet user, because whether you agree to it or not, by getting more stuff online, the line of privacy became such a blur.
Directed by: Adisorn “Ping” Treekasem
Mam (Chris Horwang) is a former actress trying to regain her former glory. When her first hit movie ‘Sea You’ got a long awaited sequel ‘Sea You Again‘, she desperately trying to seek out her former co-star who is also her former boyfriend, Jon (Sunny Suwanmethanon) Mam was disheartened not only by his cold response but also to found him already immersed in his life as a Marine Biologist and his acting career long forgotten. Can Mam persuade Jon to go under the fluorescent light one more time or the hatchet between them are too great to buried?
I remember u watched a movie by the same director and actress (Bangkok Traffic Love Story, 2009), and this movie gave me similar thrill, a perfectly enjoyable movie with a dose of comedy (though sometimes slapstick-y) and enough dose of emotions. The transition of pasts and future events progress interestingly, the present events move onwards as the past events move backwards. The music accompanying this piece are effective in engaging the audience so we can relate to the emotions of the characters. This piece is probably my favorite out of the three, since i sniffle and LOLed so much on this one, a perfectly enjoyable ride.
Directed by: Jira “Keng” Malikul
42 year-old TV anchor lady (Suquan Bulakul) just had a tragedy that puts her life on a metaphorical pause. An accidental bump from a young marathon runner (Nichkhun Horvejkul) push her to move forward. But can she get over her grief of the tragedy, and really move on, with a marathon?
The most dramatic one of the three, as in melancholic love story. The lead without any name is accompanied by a narrator from a 3rd person point of view. The theme of loss and new found hope is accompanied by an unorthodox form of love. I think this piece is a bit underwhelming and I did not sympathize with the lead for reasons I can not fathom. To be honest I did not enjoy the duration of all three movie, which was a total of 153 minutes. It felt too fricking long, a possible reason why I could not fully appreciate the last movie as well.
Seven Something was released on July 26 in Thailand and screen exclusively at Blitzmegaplex since August 11. While it is not a profound, life-altering movies, i found it very enjoyable, well grounded and delivered in simpleness that is endearing. The results are satisfying, get your money worth kind of movie, and for those romantics out there, i think you’ll feel warm and fuzzy after all the cuteness of this movie.
pictures are screen captured from the official international trailer by yours trully.