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13: Game of Death (2006)

13 game sayawng (original title)
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After losing his job, his car and his money, Phuchit, Krissada Sukosol, races against time to complete 13 tasks ordered by an anonymous caller who promised 100,000,000 Thai Baht upon completion.

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Chookiat Sakveerakul (as Matthew Chookiat Sakveerakul)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Krissada Sukosol Krissada Sukosol ... Phuchit Puengnathong
Achita Sikamana Achita Sikamana ... Tong
Sarunyu Wongkrachang Sarunyu Wongkrachang ... Surachai (as Sarunyoo Wongkrachang)
Nattapong Arunnate Nattapong Arunnate ... Mik (as Nathapong Arunnetra)
Namfon Pakdee Namfon Pakdee ... Maew
Piyapan Choopech Piyapan Choopech ... Chalerm
Philip Wilson Philip Wilson ... Phuchit's Father
Sukanya Kongkawong Sukanya Kongkawong ... Phuchit's Mother (as Sukulya Kongkawong)
Nakarin Triemmareng Nakarin Triemmareng ... Phuchit - age 8
Chano Pemberger Chano Pemberger ... Phuchit - age 11
Stuart Nombluez Stuart Nombluez ... Phuchit - age 14
Suttipong Satjachoktam Suttipong Satjachoktam ... Bad Boy
Nuttakrit Boonannatanasarn Nuttakrit Boonannatanasarn ... Bad Boy
Chanunpong Peungrargdee Chanunpong Peungrargdee ... Bad Boy
Pasnani Chinsatapornchok Pasnani Chinsatapornchok ... Bad Boy
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Storyline

Pusit is having the worst day of his life. He just lost his job and is in serious debt. That is all about to change when he receives a mysterious phone call with a tempting offer. If he could complete 13 tasks, he will win 100 million Baht. Pusit agrees and the game begins. Written by Ploy P.

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13 Challenges. $100 Million. How Far Would You Go? See more »


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Rated R for some violent and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Thailand

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Thai | English

Release Date:

5 October 2006 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

13: Game of Death See more »

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Budget:

THB 119,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The film covers one day but actually took about seven months to film. See more »

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(at around 54 mins) During Challenge 7 Phuchit throws an arm up the well. The wire attached to the arm is visible. See more »

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Harrowing spin on reality TV game shows
4 June 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A surprisingly decent little Thai thriller that comes across as a mix of FALLING DOWN and DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE, 13: GAME OF DEATH is unique in that it offers something from a country that we haven't seen before. Most Thai movies I watch are typically poor vengeful ghost style movies that lack a single iota of originality, but this film has a lot more going for it. It's pretty well made too, with director Chookiat Sakveerakul eliciting plenty of suspense from his premise and a fair amount of good twists as the narrative progresses.

This isn't a perfect film by any stretch of the imagination. The script is fast-paced and witty, yes, and the liberal sprinklings of blackly comic humour definitely add to the experience to make it more palatable. You may be inclined to think there's at least one too many twists come the unsatisfactory end, though. In addition, and this comes as no surprise, the characters are underwritten; the writer allows Krissada Sukosol's protagonist to develop through the nature of his experiences, but it's not enough to elicit any sympathy in the viewer in the same way as, say, Michael Douglas's character did in FALLING DOWN.

Still, there's plenty of intensity here, and the anything-goes premise means that we're in for plenty of incident even if some of it is lacking. The 'well' set-piece, clearly derived from RING, is a real stand-out, while the restaurant scene will be sure to test the stomachs of even the toughest viewer, coming across as an extreme and timely version of a certain reality TV gameshow, I'M A CELEBRITY...GET ME OUT OF HERE! There's also at least one ultra-gory CGI effect that had me genuinely shocked with its realism and effectiveness. No, 13: GAME OF DEATH isn't perfect…but it is a great deal of fun, and one of the freshest and most inventive Thai movies I've seen in a while.


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