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Sagai United (2004)

A soccer philosophy has it that every underdog has its day . This year King s Cup tournament proves that true, when a bunch of unknown players called Sagai United join the competition under... See full summary »

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Somching Srisupap
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Credited cast:
Samrit Michaelsen Samrit Michaelsen
Khomsun Sritharntao Khomsun Sritharntao
Pongpat Wachirabunjong Pongpat Wachirabunjong
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A soccer philosophy has it that every underdog has its day . This year King s Cup tournament proves that true, when a bunch of unknown players called Sagai United join the competition under the supervision of Paotu, an ex referee who was forced into retirement after getting involved in a gambling scandal. Sagais, or Ngor, is a primitive, jungle-dwelling tribe who re not fond of either traveling great distance or socializing with outsiders. But this time the 11 Sagai tribesmen are making a trip of their lives from the remote Tarnto district in the south of Thailand to Bangkok in the hope of winning the King s Cup. The Sagai United stun the crowds with their weird scoring techniques. Their eccentric style of playing becomes a hot topic among the journalists who finally invited them to appear on every TV channel. The final match is nearing and Sagai United have to face their archrival, the favourite team who re tipped off by all soccer gurus to win the championship. Written by Anonymous

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Thailand

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Thai

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12 February 2004 (Thailand) See more »

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It's time for Sagai boys to make you laugh.
6 June 2007 | by L-MKSee all my reviews

"Sagai United" takes you far to the place where no other Thai films have taken you to before, the southern mountain part of Thailand (though not the southernmost). The film should have been blamed for making fun of minorities, who can find it offensive, since lots of their habits portrayed in the film is inaccurate. Still, the plot itself corrects much of the blame.

The plot is that one gamble con, in an escape from Bangkok mafia gangster, throw himself from the train (which in the film depicted the western part of Thailand) and found himself in rural South (!), where he met with Sagai boys who have talent in playing football, and decided to train them to make some bucks. At the same time, the tribe was in need for medicine to cure its people from deadly disease. The football championship was mistaken to be the way to help them out of the disease. So, the boys decide to take the city, where they would clashed with city lights and humiliation. Their goal is to win the cup, but their trainer is now stick in between his moral and old habits...

The boys are funny and provide innocent looks, though the leading boy and some of them are not Sagai at all. Pongpat, a veteran Thai star, did his best by flowing with the (lame) story.

No politics here. If you skip all minority's right and humiliation, the film is OK, though may not worth watching in the big screen. Still, it's hard to imagine if non-Thai audience will find this film as hilarious as Thai audience would do.


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