[Shining Boy & Little Randy]
This is a true story of Japan’s first ever mahout named Sakamoto Tetsumu. As a teenager, Tetsumu had a tough relationship with his friends and family. Until he met an elephant named "Randy," Tetsumu realised that he had a talent and could get along well with elephant. He then decided to come to Thailand and trained himself to be a mahout – the first ever Japanese to do so.
Yuya Yagira (柳楽優弥), a boy who won best actor at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival from his debut movie "Nobody Knows" (誰も知らない), is starring as Tetsumu Sakamoto. This might be a strong point for advertising the film as everyone would still remember him. The boy is certainly a good actor but as the film was mainly shot in northern part of Thailand and Thai language is extensively used in film, Yuya’s Thai accent is annoying. This might not be a problem if you don’t know any Thai words. However, as a Thai, I felt distracted every time he tries to speak Thai.
The story itself is touching and true to life. Comedy elements are added in the movie to soften the main dramatic theme. Watch out the last scene when you might get carried away and cry your eyes out. If you are animal lovers, especially elephant, I am sure you would love this movie. At least, you would see a lot of scenes showing off intelligent Thai elephants. I am sure Tourism Authority of Thailand would love to see this movie promoting Thai elephants.
4 Stars out of 5 – recommend for family.
For more information, check out the official website : http://www.randy-movie.com/