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Sawatwong Palakawong Na Autthaya
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Phaen is a suburban young man with a great love for music. He never misses a chance to show off his voice at temple fairs in his village. It is at one of the fairs that he meets and falls in love with Sadao. On their wedding day, Phaen gives Sadao a transistor radio that the new family loves, and it also gives Phaen many a daydream of becoming a famous singer himself. Soon, Sadao is pregnant and it is hard for Phaen to leave home, but he has to enter military service. While there, he enters a singing contest, and winds up first runner-up. So he decides to leave the service and heads for Bangkok to follow his dream. He spends two years in a band that never goes anywhere, and eventually is forced to work in a sugarcane plantation. But a fight causes him to lose his job. As things go from bad to worse, he recalls his transistor radio with fondness, for it evokes in his mind much better and more peaceful times, when dreams were still possible. Written by
The story takes on the adventure of a reckless guy who is away from his pregnant wife in the rural-area and seeks to become a singer in the city but things turns out badly (or funny?). He goes through a series of unexpected events and finally returns home at the end.
A lack of skills in filmmaking is obviously shown in "Monrak Transistor". The music is somehow nostalgic, reminding me of the old days but the film itself has nothing to do with that feeling . Predictable plot, poor adaptation from country songs to few musical scenes and formulaic ending make it totally dull from start to the end. This film cannot lie itself exactly on what its gene is? is it musical or drama? I guess it's just a drama with some comic elements. Is the stereotype of people livings outside a big city like Bangkok supposed to be funny in a sense? Of course, there are many more ways to portray Thai country lifestyles than a bunch of unnecessary, pathetic jokes that only trigger your physical reaction from your stomach rather than your intellectual reaction from the brain. You might laugh at some gags but later on you might realize that it is a kind of movies that are so bad that it makes you feel you should laugh at it. This is one of the worst Thai films in recent years.
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