Bangkok Love (sob) Story

Bangkok Love Story PosterAfter I watched the movie, I felt like I’ve just had a steaming hot pot of tom yam gung with extra chili padi sliced in, then added with pepper, and chili powder, and then mixed in with a huge lump of wasabi dissolved in Tabasco sauce.

Another way to describe my aftertaste would be having a chocolate brick filled with raisins and gummy bears, covered with a thick layer of icing sugar, then dipped into honey and finished off with a crust of caramel.

Or imagine a princess who lost her glass slippers while escaping from an evil witch, got thirsty and took a bite from a delicious red forest apple not knowing that it had been poisoned and turned her into a mermaid. While her feet turned into flippers, she fell and got pricked by a pine needle and fell into a deep sleep. The witch imprisoned her sleeping body atop a high tower and as she slumbered, her hair grew long and thick. The sheer weight of her braid soon gave her a neck sprain. Finally, the prince charming came to the rescue. Only thing is that, he’s a frog waiting to be kissed.

Well, do you need another analogy? I guess my emphasis on the excessive is becoming a compulsive analysis. But that’s exactly how I felt about Bangkok Love (sob) Story. It is a 110 min overdose on the worst-case-scenario situations. This cinematic equivalent of a straight-acting gay has tragedy in such epic proportions, it can outdo a powerhouse full of drama queens anytime! This is perhaps the greediest gay movie I’ve ever seen that kept begging for tears.

I won’t go into the synopsis of the story, but here’s how the movie would triple the sales of Kleenex…

1) Two butch guys with very masculine professions (an assassin, the other a cop), playing love hide-and-seek. The montages of them being so close yet so far was heart-wrenching at first, then digressed to the point where the tedious ‘missed connections’ looked so artificially staged.

2) The AIDS-ridden mother and brother of the assassin (Cloud, played by Rattanballang Tohsawat) being paddled as a campaign for tolerance and acceptance of people living with HIV. Like an orphan out to milk every sympathy vote, the presentation of the symptoms and disfigurations were authentic, but the sequence of Cloud’s mother reaching for medicine while the brother got AIDS bashed was overtly melodramatic.

3) That stubborn love that the cop (Stone, played by Chaiwat Thongsaeng) had for Cloud. Even though Cloud kept avoiding Stone after their first gay sex encounter, Stone (supposedly straight and married with a wife) fell logiclessly in love with Cloud. Stone took care of Cloud, took care of Cloud’s family, became blind because of him, waited many years for Cloud while he served his imprisonment for his crimes, and never gave up loving Cloud. (Such persistent love… what a big turn on!)

4) Alas, after overcoming and bearing much adversity, the two lovers were finally reunited outside the prison walls. By then, both of them have grown old, Cloud’s hair white with age. Then as they walked off talking about starting a new life togayther, Cloud got shot dead by his enemy.

Now, tell me that’s not the most tragic gay cinema of all! Being naturally adverse to sad movies being the big sob that I am, I did well holding back tears in most parts of the movie’s cue to cry because I find the bitterness so overwhelming, I became desensitized to it. But I did lose moisture through my eyes at the scene where Stone visited Cloud in jail and they held hands through the iron grilles. Stone, blind by then, felt around Cloud’s fingers and realized that the latter wasn’t wearing the ring he gave him. In an earlier scene, Stone gave Cloud a ring. If Cloud loves him, he will wear it on his finger, if he doesn’t, Cloud can throw it away. So Stone was disappointed when he couldn’t feel the ring on Cloud’s finger, but Cloud took it out (of his pocket? Necklace? I don’t know where because my eyes were so flooded, I had to look up towards the cinema’s ceiling and distract myself) of somewhere and said that he had kept it someplace else. Someplace close to his heart.

At that instant, love just hit me with some raw energy. It didn’t matter if it is between two guys, two girls, bisexual or heterosexual, love in its pure state has only joy.

I wonder why then, do people play hide-and-seek with love. Why delay joy?

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46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. t_yervor
    Mar 04, 2008 @ 20:34:23

    lol
    anyway the show to me is corny.
    notice the many giggle in the cinema? 😛

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    • celebratelah
      Mar 05, 2008 @ 01:35:09

      yeah… it was tugging so hard at the heartstrings, it triggered the funny bone. heh heh… the corniest part is the cut-away shot of fireworks exploding in the sky. gosh, what the… !!

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      • t_yervor
        Mar 05, 2008 @ 07:18:05

        and the part where Stone was waiting for Cloud when he was avoiding him?
        Stone with that strategically placed chair on the floor of water… wa lao! It’s so nice that it’s so off!!!

      • t_yervor
        Mar 05, 2008 @ 07:18:05

        and the part where Stone was waiting for Cloud when he was avoiding him?
        Stone with that strategically placed chair on the floor of water… wa lao! It’s so nice that it’s so off!!!

    • celebratelah
      Mar 05, 2008 @ 01:35:09

      yeah… it was tugging so hard at the heartstrings, it triggered the funny bone. heh heh… the corniest part is the cut-away shot of fireworks exploding in the sky. gosh, what the… !!

      Reply

  2. t_yervor
    Mar 04, 2008 @ 20:34:23

    lol
    anyway the show to me is corny.
    notice the many giggle in the cinema? 😛

    Reply

  3. roy_az
    Mar 05, 2008 @ 00:52:35

    Is this movie in cinema???…Did they screen it here?…

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  4. roy_az
    Mar 05, 2008 @ 00:52:35

    Is this movie in cinema???…Did they screen it here?…

    Reply

  5. nathanpogi
    Mar 05, 2008 @ 00:58:19

    LOL! “togayther”! funny! see you darren! 🙂 be in SG this month.

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  6. nathanpogi
    Mar 05, 2008 @ 00:58:19

    LOL! “togayther”! funny! see you darren! 🙂 be in SG this month.

    Reply

  7. icezworld
    Mar 05, 2008 @ 02:18:15

    Yes, you have given very apt analogies to describe this movie. I felt sad at certain moments too but cos its so over-done, it’s kinda funny to me too.

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  8. icezworld
    Mar 05, 2008 @ 02:18:15

    Yes, you have given very apt analogies to describe this movie. I felt sad at certain moments too but cos its so over-done, it’s kinda funny to me too.

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  9. faithpig
    Mar 05, 2008 @ 02:26:24

    Goodness, I am so glad I watched this movie. After weeks and weeks of Academy-laden movies, it feels great to watch a film of such poor quality that I could not believe my eyes…
    I am still laughing at every part of the movie..
    Regardless of whether I believe in love or not, this movie is beyond words..

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    • celebratelah
      Mar 05, 2008 @ 04:31:17

      the part i still couldn’t get over is when stone and cloud kissed and groped on the street and at that same moment, cloud’s brother and mother, and stone’s wife spied on them… wahlau… i’m also lost for thoughts on what to make of it. haha…

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      • t_yervor
        Mar 05, 2008 @ 07:16:47

        ya it’s like how come everyone happened to come together at the same place?
        oh, you missed out one person! The killer! Who has been hiding nearby all the while. He must have “wtf… one more reason to kill…”

      • celebratelah
        Mar 06, 2008 @ 02:16:06

        oh ya hor… didn’t think about the killer. haha… and the wife got such bad aim… dunno what’s the plot purpose for her to fire the shot…

      • t_yervor
        Mar 06, 2008 @ 04:30:36

        i think she last min decide not to kill the husband but still shoot to 1) vent her anger 2) let the husband knows “i know what you did last week”

      • t_yervor
        Mar 06, 2008 @ 04:30:36

        i think she last min decide not to kill the husband but still shoot to 1) vent her anger 2) let the husband knows “i know what you did last week”

      • celebratelah
        Mar 06, 2008 @ 02:16:06

        oh ya hor… didn’t think about the killer. haha… and the wife got such bad aim… dunno what’s the plot purpose for her to fire the shot…

      • t_yervor
        Mar 05, 2008 @ 07:16:47

        ya it’s like how come everyone happened to come together at the same place?
        oh, you missed out one person! The killer! Who has been hiding nearby all the while. He must have “wtf… one more reason to kill…”

    • celebratelah
      Mar 05, 2008 @ 04:31:17

      the part i still couldn’t get over is when stone and cloud kissed and groped on the street and at that same moment, cloud’s brother and mother, and stone’s wife spied on them… wahlau… i’m also lost for thoughts on what to make of it. haha…

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  10. faithpig
    Mar 05, 2008 @ 02:26:24

    Goodness, I am so glad I watched this movie. After weeks and weeks of Academy-laden movies, it feels great to watch a film of such poor quality that I could not believe my eyes…
    I am still laughing at every part of the movie..
    Regardless of whether I believe in love or not, this movie is beyond words..

    Reply

  11. shayan
    Mar 05, 2008 @ 04:11:23

    WAIL… now no need to watch liao… you post all spoliers.
    HMPF.

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  12. shayan
    Mar 05, 2008 @ 04:11:23

    WAIL… now no need to watch liao… you post all spoliers.
    HMPF.

    Reply

  13. kerubin
    Mar 05, 2008 @ 10:43:21

    in one word… melodramatic! hehe was there too leh on monday…never see you ?:P

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    • celebratelah
      Mar 06, 2008 @ 02:14:54

      yah lor… the royalty of all drama mamas :o) well, so many pple for the free movie, hard to see also la… just like how Stone can still missed finding Cloud even though he heard him playing the harmonica lor… hahaha

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      • gary_ga2000
        Mar 06, 2008 @ 21:05:21

        was there on monday as well…
        well, i think it’s so melodrama, that it’s gotten too mindlessly funny.
        all i can say is… it’s mills & boon on slver screen.
        and oh! oh!… for those who likes to think about the ‘moral of the story’ at the end of the film, this is it: If you want snow, move to the countryside; it will always rain in the city…

      • celebratelah
        Mar 09, 2008 @ 11:28:26

        haha… love the moral of the story bit… so true according to this movie! hahaha… didn’t know it snows in thailand’s countryside… heh heh…

      • celebratelah
        Mar 09, 2008 @ 11:28:26

        haha… love the moral of the story bit… so true according to this movie! hahaha… didn’t know it snows in thailand’s countryside… heh heh…

      • gary_ga2000
        Mar 06, 2008 @ 21:05:21

        was there on monday as well…
        well, i think it’s so melodrama, that it’s gotten too mindlessly funny.
        all i can say is… it’s mills & boon on slver screen.
        and oh! oh!… for those who likes to think about the ‘moral of the story’ at the end of the film, this is it: If you want snow, move to the countryside; it will always rain in the city…

    • celebratelah
      Mar 06, 2008 @ 02:14:54

      yah lor… the royalty of all drama mamas :o) well, so many pple for the free movie, hard to see also la… just like how Stone can still missed finding Cloud even though he heard him playing the harmonica lor… hahaha

      Reply

  14. kerubin
    Mar 05, 2008 @ 10:43:21

    in one word… melodramatic! hehe was there too leh on monday…never see you ?:P

    Reply

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