Gang Chanee Kap Ee-aep a.k.a. Metrosexual

Metrosexual is a term coined by British journalist in 1994 describing a man of any sexual orientation who spends a great deal of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle. However, in this movie, one might not be able to draw a conclusion on the theme of the movie by its English title as directly as an official Thai title "Gang Chanee Kap Ee-aep," which could be literally translated as "the chicks gang and a closeted gay man."

The movie tells a story of a group of friends which consists of five working metropolitan girls in their late 20’s and early 30’s. One of a girls suddenly announces that she will soon get married with a perfect guy, who seems to know it all when it comes to cosmetic, cooking and shopping. The rest of the gangs think that the guy is "too" perfect. The paranoid of their lovely friend getting married with a "closeted" gay man looms in, thus the gang embarks on the quest for the truth. Are they mistaken? If not, could they get the truth before the engagement ceremony? While the gangs are in the journey for the truth, they still have to deal with their own life and love affairs. This is a proof of love, friendship and self-actualization for all…

The movie is directed by Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, whose previous works including the Iron Ladies I & II and M.A.I.D. You may notice that all of his movie focus on what we call a minority group in the society; either a transvestite or a servant. One might think that this movie would feature heavily on a closeted homosexual man. While it is not totally wrong, this movie takes a wider look on friendship and love, with homosexuality only in the background. The director even stated that he has been maturer in movie making, thus his movie would now be maturer as well.

In fact, the groups of five leading actresses in the movie is not a new face in Thailand. They are all household name as news anchors and hosts of TV news talk show. You shouldn’t expect much about their acting as they are not a professional actress. However, their characters in the movie is almost exactly the same as their on-screen TV appearances, thus an audiences in Thailand would have no problem enjoying numerous local jokes and puns in the movie. There also wouldn’t be a problem for a foreigner to enjoy the movie as the script depicts a universal theme and the character establishment is strong. The credit should go to the script-writers who did a marvelous job in putting a story together. The dialogues in the movie are full of sharp and quick-witted quotation.

4 Stars out of 5. All in all, the movie is enjoyable to watch even though the ending is a little bit too cliche.

P.S. Check out the official website in Thai at http://www.chanee-eabb.com/ and in English at http://www.gmmtaihub.com/.

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One Response to Gang Chanee Kap Ee-aep a.k.a. Metrosexual

  1. Jantipa says:

    wondering what kind of ending the director chose ??

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