Saturday, May 23, 2009
The Gig 3 goes straight to video
The third entry in Mono Film's teen-sex franchise, The Gig 3 (เดอะ กิ๊ก 3) has gone straight to video.
I was tipped off to this two weeks ago by Kconsciousness and I didn't believe it at first.
Then I was pointed to the whole movie on YouTube. I watched the first five minutes, which cleverly and crassly parodied the short skirts and button-popping uniform blouses worn by female university students, and promptly lost interest after that.
In fact, I forgot all about it until I saw the DVD (no subtitles of course) in a Mangpong shop.
Meanwhile, the YouTube video has been removed due to a "terms of service violation".
I asked around a bit, and it turns out The Gig 3 was all set for theatrical release -- it had been approved by the censors and everything -- but it was bagged at the last minute and sent directly to VCD and DVD.
"People who saw it said that it's the right decision," says a co-worker.
Word is that it was intentionally put up on YouTube temporarily as a viral-marketing campaign to promote the home-video release and the Internet provider Maxnet.
Which is kind of genius.
Directed by Theeratorn Siriphunvaraporn, this third installment comes after The Gig in 2006 and The Gig 2 the following year. The title comes from the Thai slang term for casual, no-strings-attached sexual relationships. It's sometimes transliterated as "kik".
The trailer's still at YouTube, and I've embedded it below.