Thai Town is a six-block area near Hollywood, Los Angeles, which is home to over 50,000 expatriated Thais. The town is such a gateway for Thais entering America it was dubbed Thailand's ... See full summary »
Thai Town is a six-block area near Hollywood, Los Angeles, which is home to over 50,000 expatriated Thais. The town is such a gateway for Thais entering America it was dubbed Thailand's 77th Province. The movie follows a Thai family as it struggles to survive in Los Angeles' fast-paced consumerist culture, while still maintaining traditional values. The identity struggle between Thai-ness and the high octane way of life on the west coast of America, defined by hip-hop, drugs, street racing and violence, affects Pat, a good boy tempted by a life of crime, and his sister. Written by
Kick-boxing dishwasher saves Thai restaurant in L.A.
A doubtless sincere attempt to portray the social and cultural difficulties facing hard-working Thais trying to make a living for themselves in the New World: Los Angeles, that is South Central by the looks of it. So their family restaurant is infected by local lowlifes. And few slouch lower than Jeremy Thana's knuckle-scraping bling-bling gang-banger Goldie. To help out the family business' tax problems, Mike Kingpayom makes the mistake of getting involved with Goldie's drug-dealing schemes. Fortunately, head-down Pete Thongchua is the restaurant dishwasher you know, like Steven Seagal saying "I'm just the cook" in Under Siege. The bilingual script (by Martin S. Gonzalez) comically overdoses on Anglo-Saxon expletives for the American characters. Director Smith Timsawat provided the story and edited the movie, so the buck presumably stops with him. It's a simplistic little B-picture, attractively shot and apparently seduced by the decadent lifestyle it tries to decry. "Across the world we exist," proclaims an end-title, signalling a seriousness of intent that's belied by the sporadic action.
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