Among this winter crop, there's MAIDS, or Jaew, about secret, crime-fighting maids. It's by Yongyooth Thongkongtoon, the director of Iron Ladies. Early teasers, featuring maids with M-16's hidden in their broom closets, made this film look pretty entertaining. New longer previews play on the fact that one of the characters is a Burmese hilltribe woman and therefore doesn't understand things about elevators and elevated trains, implying the stereotype that she's just a dumb hillbilly. This is getting a lot of laughs, but I don't find it funny. Too bad.
Other year-end films include:
- Khun Krabi Phee Rabad (SARS Wars), an action comedy from debuting director Thaweewat Wanta.
- Er Rer!, a heart-warming story of a friendship between a boy with Down’s Syndrome and a naughty girl.
- Sagai United, an exploitive sports drama from Mae Bia director Somching Srisuphab about members of the elusive Sagai hilltribe from southern Thailand who come to the city for a soccer tournament.
- My Space, a student-produced film from Thammasat University, it's a drama about a man and a woman who live in the same apartment building and strike up a friendship.
(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)