Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 21st, 2014
BluRay released: February 25th, 2014
Approximate running time: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Mandarin, Dolby Digital Stereo Mandarin
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
Synopsis: Two scientists with competing projects find themselves at odds with each other. When it is revealed that the first one to discover the secluded place where the largest shareholder of the company they work for has been staying. Along the way a one of the scientist is befriended by a free spirited young man who helps him in his quest.
The three main characters which populate this film are distinctively different and this ends up being a very good thing. The character named Xu Lang is the straight man of this story and thus he ends being the one who gets the brunt of this films comedic unleashed on him, verbally and physically. His opposition is a character named Gao Bo who is by far and away the most rigid of the characters. Then finally there is a character named Wang Bao who is essentially playing the village idiot.
Content wise though a lot has been made that this film is the Chinese equivalent of The Hangover, the differences between Lost in Thailand and The Hangover films are vast. If anything one could say that Lost in Thailand has similar vibe to the aforementioned Hangover films.
Once the Xu Lang and Wang Bao characters are introduced to each other the films takes off from there and everything moves along at break neck pace that never lets. Sometimes it is true that humor can get lost in translation, but that is not the case here since the majority of this film’s more memorable humor moments are more based in physically comedy and thus have a more universal appeal.
One of the more durable assets of this film is its anything goes attitude that is sets from the get go. It is sheer joy watching these three characters thrash through scenery as they all inch towards an unrealistic goal.
A few of this film’s more memorable moments include a scene where Xu Lang is forced to hide under a bed while a very muscular Russian man who is above him getting it on with two lady-boys. Another great moment is a scene where Xu Lang thinks he has found the temple he has been looking for, only to discover that he has walked in on an underworld crime boss who is conducting business. And without a doubt this film’s most absurd moment is its finale which involves Fan Bing Bing portraying herself. To return the favor Xu Lang owes Wang Bao he hires her to be Wang Bao’s girlfriend.
Performance the entire cast is all exceptional in their respective roles and it is hard not to get caught up in their enthusiasm. The strongest performance in the film comes from Zheng Xu in the role of Xu Lang. He also co-wrote, produced and directed this film.
Overall it is not hard to see how Lost in Thailand was one of the most successful films the year it was released in China. And the end result is easily one of best comedies to come out Chinese cinema in a very long time.
Lost in Thailand comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This is a clean looking transfer that has no issues with DNR or compression. Details look crisp, colors and flesh tones look accurate.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Mandarin and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Mandarin. Both audio mixes sound clear and balanced throughout. With the stronger of the two audio mixes being the DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Mandarin, which offers a full sounding mix that does a great job with the ambient noises and sounds robust when it needs too. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute 20 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen) and a ‘Making of’ featurette (16 minutes 25 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen, Chinese with English subtitles). As far as ‘Making of’ content goes the stuff is pretty standard as they discuss the story, the characters and working with each other. Also included with this release are trailers for other titles also available from Well Go USA. Overall Lost in Thailand gets a first rate release from Well Go USA.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.