Thursday, June 4, 2009

Film program goes online for World Comedy Film Festival

Finally, the website for the World Comedy Film Festival has listed the films it will be showing. So in addition to stand-up comics, gala ceremonies and junkets around Thailand by celebrities to boost tourism, they are actually going to show films at this film festival.

There are four main sections: International Competition, Short Film Competition, World Comedy and Asian Comedy. Plus there's Special Programs, but those haven't gone live yet.

Here is the International Competition:

  • The Wedding Game, directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham (Singapore/Malaysia) -- Real-life Singaporean celebrity couple Fann Wong and Christopher Lee star in this romance as a pair of superstars who are only pretending they are going to get married. It's also the opening film.
  • Wash (CUCI), directed by Hans Isaac (Malaysia) -- Actor-director Hans Isaac stars with Malaysian funnymen Ac Mizal, Afdlin Shauki and Awie as a group of aspiring cleaners who enter the Window Washing Olympics.
  • Thor at the Bus Stop, directed by Jerry Thompson and Mike Thompson (USA) -- The God of Lightning is on a journey through American suburbia.
  • The Silent Wedding (Nunta Muta), directed by Horatiu Malaele (Romania) -- A couple's wedding is ordered to be halted by the Russian army because Stalin has died.
  • Dachimawa Lee, directed by Ryoo Seung-wan (South Korea) -- In this spoof of 1960s and '70s spy movies, a superspy faces off against a shadowy figure behind the plot.
  • Friday, 12, directed by Vladimir Zaikin (Russia) -- A horror spoof in which everyone in a small town is a psycho.
  • My Only U, directed by Cathy Garcia Molina (Philippines) -- Vhong Navarro and Toni Gonzaga star in this romance about a woman who's facing a family curse -- the everyone dies before they reach 25.
  • Singh is Kinng, directed by Anees Bazmee (India) -- Akshay Kumar stars as Happy Singh, a troublemaker in a Punjabi village who is dispatched to Australia to retrieve the Indian gangster Lucky Singh. A detour to Egypt and Happy's love for a girl (Katrina Kaif) make the trip more interesting.

The Short Film Competition has one Thai entry, Run (วิ่ง วิ่ง วิ่ง) by Watthanadech Ketsuan, about a young man who believes that nothing can stop him.

Southeast Asian entries in the Asian Comedy section are What Does Your Heart Say? by Saw Teong Hin from Malaysia; Epidemic of Laughing (Dich Cuoi) by Do Minh Tuan from Vietnam (1989); Hon Truong Ba Da Hang Thit by Quang Dung Nguyen from Vietnam and starring Johnny Nguyen; Cinlok by Guntur Soeharjanto from Indonesia; and Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly by Edwin from Indonesia.

Among the World Comedy section is Certifiably Jonathan, a mockumentary featuring one of my all-time favorite comedians, Jonathan Winters.

Among the special programs, there's supposed to be the "Chronology of Siamese Humor". Hopefully that will be made final soon.

Update: Showtimes have been added. If you click on a film you're interested in, you can see when it's playing and fill out your available days accordingly.


  1. For hearty laughs, which one(s) you recommend?

  2. Any of the competition films look good. I suppose the spy spoof Dachimawa Lee interests me the most, just for the overall style. Singh is Kinng will probably be hilarious, knowing Akshay Kumar's gift for physical comedy.

    I'm still waiting to see a schedule.

    Show up whenever you have time and see whatever's playing is my best advice.


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