Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Big Boy busts a move with Setha Sirichaya

Veteran entertainer Setha Sirichaya (เศรษฐา ศิระฉายา) returns to the big screen next week in the breakdancing comedy-drama Big Boy (บิ๊กบอย ).

"Toy" Setha, former lead singer of the 1970s rock band The Impossibles, made a cameo in 2006's The Possible (Kao ... Kao). His long list of acting credits includes playing the villain in the classic Cherd Songsri drama Plae Kao (The Scar). He remains an ever-present personality, regularly staging concerts and hosting TV variety series. He's also married to actress Aranya Namwong, a screen siren of the 1970s.

In Big Boy he's the old-smoothie grandfather of an awkward teenager (Toni Rakkaen), who comes to Bangkok from Chiang Mai to learn more about breakdancing. Turns out granddad is a dancer himself, though it's the ballroom style of Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire. It's the kind of part a classy entertainer like Setha can play with ease.

What follows looks to be a sort Karate Kid for the Thai b-boy scene, with the young kid getting schooled by the grandpa and a young woman dancer.

The second feature from new production house M39 Pictures, it's directed by Monthon Arayangkoon, who's making big shift away from the kaiju thrills of 2004's Garuda (Paksa Wayu) and the horror of The Victim and The House.

The trailer is at YouTube, but head over to Asian Media Wiki for a look at a subtitled version.

Big Boy opens in cinemas next Tuesday, April 6, the Chakri Day holiday.

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