Monday, December 15, 2008

Happy Birthday comes early

In an apparent move to grab the eyes of holiday-season shoppers, Happy Birthday opened over the weekend for a nightly sneak-preview run in Bangkok cinemas before its planned wide release on Thursday (December 18). Perhaps studio Mono Film is hoping to get a jump on the popular Jason Statham action series Transporter 3, which also opens this week.

The romantic melodrama is the sophomore directorial effort by Pongpat Wachirabunjong, the action film tough guy who gets into warm-fuzzy mode when he goes to work as a writer-director for Mono. A follow up to 2007's acclaimed Me ... Myself, Pongpat is again working with Ananda Everingham.

Instead of playing a gay transvestite cabaret dancer, Ananda is again playing a photographer -- his third turn as a shutterbug after Shutter and Sabaidee Luang Prabang. Working on a travel book, he becomes close to writer Pao. She's played by Chayanan Manomaisantiphap, Ananda's co-star from Me ... Myself.

The pair travel the Thai countryside in probably the coolest-looking Volkswagen Beetle on film since Herbie the Love Bug. The two vow to stay together until do them part. But then Pao's car is totalled by one of Bangkok's notorious green buses. With Pao in a coma, Ten proves he is a man of his word.

The trailer from YouTube, is embedded below.

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