Lost in Thailand

Lost in Thailand is a Chinese comedy film that came out in 2011.

Lost in Thailand Movie Poster (from IMDB)

Lost in Thailand Movie Poster (from IMDB)

From Rotten Tomatoes:

Lost in Thailand is the story of two rival business managers, Xu (Xu Zheng) and Bo (Huang Bo), who are fighting over a revolutionary new in-house technology for control of their company. If Xu wins, his future will be secured. The critical task is to secure control over the shares of the chairman, who is at a retreat in Thailand. Xu catches the first plane to Bangkok, where he meets the happy-go-lucky Wang (Wang Baoqiang), an unexpected travel companion who will open his eyes to life’s true priorities.

Dubbed the “Chinese answer to The Hangover,” it became the highest grossing Chinese film in history, and is dwarfed only by Avatar in Chinese domestic ticket sales.

It has inspired a massive wave of Chinese tourism into Chiang Mai where the film takes place. Shops have Chinese language signs, restaurants have Chinese language menus, taxis have signs noting whether or not the driver speaks Chinese.

One of the most interesting aspects of this huge influx of tourists is that it’s largely families and independent travelers, instead of the usual large tour groups that came before. It’s kind of sweet to see 50-something Chinese couples riding in a songthaew instead of a giant tour bus.

If you really want, you can sign up for a Lost in Thailand tour of the city, where you will be shown all the sights from the movie. They even provide costumes so you can dress as the characters and pose for photos.

We watched the movie last night, and it does show off many of the charming and scenic aspects of the city. It’s sort of a screwball comedy that relies on physical humor and the stupidity of one character for a lot of its laughs. It’s fairly entertaining, and worth watching if you’re interested in Chinese cinema.

There’s a positive review of it on RogerEbert.com if you’re interested in reading more.


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