Suddenly It’s Magic, the popular Filipino romantic comedy starring Thai superstar Mario Maurer, has opened in Thai cinemas.
He's a broken-hearted Thai superstar who goes on vacation in the Philippines and falls for a Filipina (Erich Gonzales) who works in a bakery. He then invites her to visit him in Bangkok, but his fans are opposed because they want him to get back together with his former girlfriend, a Thai actress.
Produced by Star Cinemas and directed by Rory B. Quintos, Suddenly It's Magic is the direct result of the popularity of the cute 2010 Thai romantic comedy A Crazy Little Thing Called Love (สิ่งเล็กเล็ก ที่เรียกว่า...รัก, Sing Lek Lek Thi Riak Wa ... Rak), a.k.a. First Love, which was a sleeper hit in Thailand. It spread like a virus to infect teenybopper fans in other Asian countries, especially in the Philippines, where it aired on TV and made the Chinese-German Thai-raised Mario a huge idol there.
So the Philippines returns the favor with Suddenly It's Magic, which has the Thai title Mahassajan Rak Kab Sing Lek Lek (มหัศจรรย์รักกับสิ่งเล็กๆ), aping the original title of Crazy Little Thing.
Mario's Sing Lek Lek co-star "Bai Fern" Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul, also popular in the Philippines, appears as Mario's Thai-actress ex.
Mario, coming off his starring role in the epic drama Jan Dara, next has the GTH horror comedy Pee Mak Phra Khanong (ตัวอย่าง พี่มาก..พระโขนง ), directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun, due in Thai cinemas on March 28.
There's a trailer for Suddenly It's Magic, embedded below.