Thai Movie Billionaire: A Review

I posted this on Bubblews. Ugh… I can’t probably publicized this. I’ll definitely write a more mature review of The Billionaire when I re-watch it again but I find this review okay too. It’s cute! 

Originally written last September 20, 2013. I was re-reading this entry and it seems pretty safe to me.

It was Christmas break when there was a meet up at Trinoma. I had met one at 11am and another one requested to meet up 1pm. Fortunately, he asked while I was still there and so finishing my fries at Mcdo, I just decided to roam the mall. I went to the 4th floor and roam at Astro Vision because I thought I wanted to get a DVD of Mario Maurer and Erich Gonzales, but that costs 600 pesos and I really thought hard whether I would buy it or not.

While thinking, I went around and looked at their collection, until I noticed the Thai movie Atm Erak Error. I thought, “WTF, is this real? Been wanting to watch this movie for so long!” I saw the price tag 350 pesos and was deciding whether to get this or the other one. I looked at their other collection and saw this guy who was sitting in a executive chair holding money. It was 250 pesos. I read the description and it seemed good, a story about a boy who became a billionaire because of seaweed, one of the best selling snacks in Thailand and the world. I really thought whether what to get 2 dvd’s for 600 pesos or just 1 for 600 pesos. After 30 minutes of pondering, I decided to go with the first one because it’s more practical and there is a chance my aunt would bought the 600 pesos one (which I was right, she actually bought it!).

And now presenting one of my favorites movie, Thai movie THE BILLIONAIRE.

I can describe it as finding a gem in a pile of dvds. Honestly, what I like about Thai movies is often the practical and realistic lessons that it often incorporates. Most of the Thai shows I’ve watched are based on a true story and this movie is no exception. This movie, according to the person who was based on, was 80% accurate. Another thing which I liked is that Thai movies usually runs for more than 2 hours.

The story begins with Top Ittipat who went to the bank to borrow a loan. He shared his story to the person and the flashback begins.

His situation is also amazing, he was able to meet the right people at the right time, especially the 7-eleven woman. Normally, I don’t think that executives would be that nice, especially business etiquette, his product probably is really good.

I was probably unaware of it since I was drawn to the story so much, but the actor who played Top, Pachara “Peach” Chirathivat was natural playing the character. It felt like he was the real deal.

What I liked about the show is that it’s inspiring. During that age, most people only play computer games, but he was able to make something out of the time he spent on the net. I really enjoyed how he was able to make something out of his situation.

Unfortunately, not all people have the skill to become billionaires. There is something in them (which I still don’t understand) that they only have and it is the attributes of all the people who are billionaires now.  If all people understood the concept, then we’ll be all billionaires now. I’m not sure if it is because they only look forward and aren’t afraid to fail.

Failing to realize that “Tao Kae” (Boss) was “Tao Kae” is so shameful, it’s just simple Hokkien language.

The movie still makes me teary while remembering it.

Rating: 4.5 / 5 ( Good movie but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect, I also got bored on some parts)

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