Thursday, September 1, 2011

Five friends fighting in Yuthlert's Bangkok Kung Fu

Prolific director Yuthlert Sippapak had many plates spinning last year when he embarked on several projects at the same time, which included his Hit Man 3 Pak trilogy of assassin thrillers being released by Phranakorn Film and a trio of projects for entertainment conglomerate RS Public's new film marque Film R Us.

This week, it's one of Yuthlert's Film R Us movies, Bangkok Kung Fu (บางกอกกังฟู), which looks to be blend of comedy, romance and stylish action that's business as usual for the genre-bending director.

It's about five young martial artists who were taken in and trained as children by the same master. They are out for revenge against some gangsters.

Or something like that.

The cast is led by Slice star "Pe" Arak Amornsupasiri from the rock group Slur, who previously worked with Yuthlert on the romantic weeper Rak/Sam/Sao (The Last Moment).

There's also the upwardly trending heartthrob actor Mario Maurer from Love of Siam, who also stars in Sahamongkol's upcoming Rashomon adaptation, The Outrage.

The quintet of young fighters is rounded out by three young stars from RS Public's teenybopper record label – "Bank" Athigit Pringprom from Black Vanilla, "Tomo" Wisawa Taiyanonnt from K-Otic and Kaew Sirimongkonsakol, from the trio Faye Fang Kaew, a.k.a. FFK.

Originally, the scandal-plagued superstar "Film" Ratthaphoom Tokhongsab had been in the cast, but he went to England to pursue studies and star in a reality-TV series for RS Public's satellite network. So, according to a post by Lyn's Lakorn Lakorn blog, Film was replaced by Tomo.

Maybe Film's still in the movie somewhere, but I don't see him in the posters or the trailer.

Sucharat Manaying from last year's Yes or No? So, I Love You, also stars, playing a romantic interest for Pe's character.

Bangkok Kung Fu is in cinemas today. Check the trailer, embedded below. That's actually the second trailer. Another one was released back in July.

And that's not all from Yuthlert – his award-winning hitman thriller Friday Killer (มือปืน ดาวพระศุกร์, Meu Puen Dao Prasook), starring comedian Thep Po-ngam, Ploy Jindachote and Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, finally makes its way into Thai cinemas on September 15.

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