Today I had a chance to join the press screening of Thai movie called "Khao Chon Kai" thanks to Udomdog and Deknang.com for providing me the tickets.
Khao Chon Kai is the name of Thai military training camp in Kanchanaburi province naming after the name of the mountain in which it’s situated. For Thai high school boy who doesn’t want to be enlisted in the military service, there is an easier training to enroll and complete in 3 academic years. This training is somehow equivalent to the US army’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) system in a younger age. At the end of this tiresome training, one should pass a field training exercise at Khao Chon Kai.
That being said and explained, one might be able to understand what one could expect from the movie which is filmed at the actual location. The movie revolved around a group of the third year cadets who finally made it to the end of their training. However, with scattering comical gags and out-of-control dramatic elements, the movie seems to be lost and fragmented into bits and pieces. This might be the result from poor script and unreasonable plots. You might enjoy a moment in the film and then suddenly feel out of place by the shift of mood. There are rooms of improvement for those at the editing and cinematography team of the movie. I guess the best part of the movie is, unfortunately, the only supporting actress in an entire ensemble of the cast. Gosh! she is cute and certainly make the film worth a watch. See the picture below.
2 stars out of 5 – Is it only me feeling familiar with bits and parts of this movie? The beginning at the barber’s, the bathroom/toilet scenes and the final words/conversation at the very end of the movie – all seems too much to use the term "inspired by"
P.S. Visit the official website (in Thai) at <http://www.khaochonkai.com/>