Nearly a year after it had its world premiere, Yuthlert Sippapak's hitman comedy Friday Killer finally opens in Thai cinemas this week.
And, it has a new Thai title – Ma Kae Untarai (หมาแก่อันตราย), literally "dangerous dog".
Veteran comedian Thep Po-ngam stars in a rather downbeat role as an aging assassin. Released from prison, Pae Uzi is afflicted with failing eyesight. Nonetheless, he takes on a job, which puts him in conflict with the daughter (Ploy Jindachote) he never knew he had. Turns out she's a tough policewoman, and she's now gunning for him, without knowing he's her father. Also, she has a secret that further confuses matters.
Along with all that drama, Yuthlert mixes in stylish action, Kill Bill references and cheeky bits of comedy and satire that poke fun of Thailand's political situation.
With the original Thai title of Meu Puen Dao Prasook (มือปืน ดาวพระศุกร์), Friday Killer made its premiere as the closing film of last year's Phuket Film Festival.
It won a jury prize and cinematography honors at this year's Shanghai film fest, and also screened at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.
Part of Yuthlert's Meu Puen 3 Pak, which pair up veteran comedians with young starlets, it was intended to be the first film in the series, but Saturday Killer (Meu Puen Dao Pra Sao, มือปืน /ดาว /พระ /เสาร์) was released first, coming out last September. It starred "Nong" Choosak Iamsuk and Cris Horwang. A third film, Sunday Killer is yet to be released. It stars Kohtee Aramboy and "May" Pitchanart Sakakorn.
Check out the trailer for Friday Killer, embedded below.