Saturday, December 7, 2013
Wanna sing? Let Chang show you how
While views of Nicolas Winding Refn's Bangkok crime flick Only God Forgives have been wildly polarized (though The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw really liked it) most folks will agree that the highlight of the movie was Vithaya Pansringarm's superpowered avenging angel, the sword-wielding former police office Chang.
And the soundtrack by Winding Refn's frequent collaborator Cliff Martinez also gets high marks.
Here then are the two best parts of the movie together – Chang singing karaoke (embedded above).
It's actually a song by the '90s Thai pop group Proud, "Tur Kue Kwan Fun" ("You Are My Dream").
But Vithaya himself pops up on another track from the film, "Can't Forget" ("Mai Luem"), a chestnut popularized by luk thung superstar Suraphol Sombatcharoen and featured in Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Monrak Transistor.
Vithaya will next be seen in Tom Waller's Chavoret: The Last Executioner, which is in production right now.
Only God Forgives hit Blu-ray in the U.K. this past week. It's also out in the States.